Smith’s new 4D Mag goggles are certainly head-turners, but will the eye-catching eyewear find favour with our tester?
The Ski Club’s content manager Joe donned the new Smith goggles ahead of the launch of the product in the Autumn. Find out how the American brand’s latest flagship model fared in our review.
Smartphones and protective eyewear don’t have too much in common. However, Smith’s new BirdsEye view technology on their 4D goggles has a definite resemblance to the curved screens that are trickling into the smartphone market. The curved LED screens have been applauded by some, but boo-booed by others, will Smith’s new lenses receive the same polarising verdict?
I headed to the Freeride World tour in Fieberbrunn to find out how well the new goggles would perform.
Straight out of the box, the patented BirdsEye vision curved lenses had the gear fanatics in the editorial team drooling. The striking design has a space-age look about it and on paper seems to be a fantastic idea that offers a superior field of vision. Trying them on for the first time I’m tentatively inclined to agree, I say tentatively because with any new tech the proof is in the pudding, or in this case the skiing.
The construction and materials are exactly what you would expect from a top end goggle. Flexible frames match the curves of my face while the triple layer foam feels smooth and cushioned. The shape of the goggles will suit those with medium size faces or larger. Unsurprisingly, the goggles fit perfectly with the Smith helmet I’m simultaneously testing, with the numerous of air vents matching up perfectly with Smith’s AirEvac system on the helmet.
Overall I found the goggles very comfortable, although they were slightly snug around the nose, possibly in order to make way for the fancy curved lens. As always it’s important to try before you buy to ensure the goggles fit with your face but also with your helmet.