Dragon D1 2017-2018 Snowboard Goggles Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2018/2019 Dragon D1 here

As one of the best known specialist goggle brands in the game, Dragon have crafted some seriously high-tech models that wouldn’t look all that out of place in the cockpit of a Eurofighter. That being said, not everyone is in a position to shell out for the best, and thanks to affordable models like the Dragon D1 snowboard goggle, we don’t have to either.

“The D1 packs plenty of interesting features into a stone-cold classic design”

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The Dragon D1 comes in at half the price of the Dragon NFX2, yet packs plenty of interesting features into a stone-cold classic design. Even Dragon’s ‘standard’ lens tech is pretty swish, and it’s all here; a durable, hard-coated lens that offers full UV protection and excellent fog resistance, that repels dirt and water alike.

Ventilation is in no short supply, with the entire top edge of the frame designed to allow air to flow through the goggle at all times. The dual-layer face foam may not be as techy as the triple version found on other models, but it’s only the most discerning of faces that will be able to tell the difference in normal circumstances. Besides, the foam of the Dragon D1 has the same hypoallergenic micro-fleece lining as its pricier brethren.

Larger, chunkier frame styles are definitely seeing a resurgence now that so-called ‘frameless’ designs are no longer the hot new thing. And the D1 is a prime example. There’s room enough under the cylindrical lens to fit a pair of prescription glasses, but are fine for those with perfect 20/20 vision too.

“Dragon’s new Lumalens is truly effective, and worth every penny”

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While you can’t get auto-changing Transitions lenses for this, Dragon’s new Lumalens comes as standard on almost every pair – with a spare low-light lens thrown in to boot. It’s no mere marketing gimmick; Dragon’s version of an enhanced, higher-contrast lens is truly effective, and worth every penny.

With sixteen colourways to choose from, ranging from this ninja-esque number to the kaleidoscopic ‘Dayze Dap’ design, any rider looking for a reliable, affordable goggle will get on famously with the Dragon D1.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthie –

“If someone told me that I needed to pay at least £150 for a pair of goggles when I started snowboarding, one of two things would have happened. Either I’d have scorched my retinas riding without, or I’d have given up entirely. The Dragon D1 is proof that you can get a great pair for half that cost.

“Comfy, performs well, looks great and isn’t too dear – what more could you ask for?”

The D1 is refreshingly simple, yet still doesn’t feel basic, if that makes sense. It doesn’t feel like you have to handle it like a Ming vase; if you’re a bit more slapdash with your kit (as I am), it’s reassuringly robust.

It’s also big enough to quell any concerns about peripheral vision, despite being a framed, cylindrical model that often has a bad rep in that department. The D1 is comfy, performs well, looks great and isn’t too dear – what more could you ask for?

Plus Lumalens really works, offering a better experience in all conditions than a standard lens.”

Trade Secrets

Shay Williams – Communications Manager, Dragon

While a great many of our goggles utilise our patented frameless design, we are constantly updating all of our frames. This year’s D1 is a perfect example of that. The throwback, flat styling of the goggle is popular with both our ambassadors and our consumers. Changes to the fit allow for wider peripheral vision and accommodate those who wear glasses.

The D1 comes in at an attractive price point, but this year utilises our Lumalens optimized color filtering technology, boasts our Super Anti-Fog coating that is 200-percent more robust, and face swaddling dual-layer face foam.

The D1 is a perfect blend of style, fit, and function and will keep your days hassle-free so you can focus on enjoying the ride.

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