Dragon started out as a sunglasses company in 1993 before becoming one of the first to branch into snowboarding as it started to spread in California. Its first team rider, Jamie Lynn, is still with the brand today, alongside Danny Davis and Gigi Rüf to name just two. In recent years the brand has made waves by pioneering ‘frameless’ goggles, where the lens sits on the front of the frames and therefore offers a greater field of vision. It was the Advanced Projects X (aka APX) that started the trend, and the X2 looks to build on its predecessor’s success.
The big difference is the Swiftlock lens-changing system, which uses small levers to make popping and swapping with the included spare lens ridiculously simple. In fact, you can even keep your gloves on throughout! It’s designed for ease, then, but don’t assume that there’s had to be a trade-off to achieve this; at no point does it feel like the lens isn’t securely held in place. It also features a hard plastic vent on top of the foam sections – something Dragon calls ‘Armoured Venting’ – and an effective Anti-Fog coating. Given that it’s frameless you’re going to have to be OK with the big goggle look to get on with these, but for those that do it’s got be among the top choices out there.