Dragon D1 2018-2019 Snowboard Goggles Review

Where a respected goggles brand like Dragon is concerned, there’s a frame for everyone. If the ‘frameless’ look is a bit too space-age for you, then the obvious choice is the Dragon D1. The lower price for this model is a definite added bonus; you’re unlikely to feel like you should have shelled out more.

The large-sized cylindrical lens (big enough to safely house a pair of glasses) offers a wide range of view, and if you opt for a version with Lumalens then you get a seriously impressive amount of clarity. For its price, the Dragon D1 has few competitors.

“For its price, the Dragon D1 has few competitors”

The dual-density foam is finished with a micro-fleece lining that reduces irritation. That’s useful in all conditions, but particularly when sweat inevitably creeps in during scorching spring sessions. As for fogging, that’s taken care of with on-lens ventilation, as well as an effective coating. Changing the lens is done the old-fashioned way; it might not be as easy as the process for, say, the Dragon NFX2, but it’s fairly straightforward nonetheless.

The lens of the Dragon D1 is fairly tough, too, so it’ll take longer than you think to display the usual signs of wear and tear. As always with Dragon, the D1 comes in a wide range of colourway – no fewer than 14 – so you’ll be able to find one to suit any style. Most (but not all) come with an extra lens too.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris MoranHere Be Treasure

“Right, here’s my near-30-years snowboarding experience pouring out for y’all. OK so these Dragon D1 goggles are my ‘go-to’ goggles and have been for the past eight years or so. And since I started Whitelines, and can generally blag stuff for at least a half-decent discount, why do I chose pretty much the cheapest goggles that money can buy?

Firstly, they’re super light. This is good as you can kinda ignore the fact they’re on your face. Secondly, they’re simple: there’s not much can go wrong. Thirdly, cheap! cheap! cheap! Buy two or three sets and keep them in your bag if one gets fogged up. No matter how good a lens swap system is, nothing beats fresh gogs. Nothing! (ok that’s a lie, but this is a family website, so let’s move on).

“Firstly, they’re super light. Secondly, they’re simple: Thirdly, cheap! cheap! cheap!”

Lastly, The rim of the goggle has a practical function. Put these on a table face down and the lens won’t get scratched. Stuff ‘em in your bag and likewise, they’ll likely stay pretty fresh.This is a major deal if you want your goggles to last more than one trip.

Lastly, they also come in a HUGE range of colours, most of which are black, or variations of black. YES! Lastly (yes I know I’ve said lastly twice already), they look good. They look like you’re in a Milk Tray advert from the 1980s (google it, it’s a STRONG look). Oh and fourth-time-lastly: they don’t have any of that ludicrous eye-wear technology bollocks that other companies drench their product with (unobtanium etc).

So here is my massive massive recommendation: DO NOT pay £200+ for any goggles. Buy two sets of the Dragon D1, and also get a pair of the Dragon Mountaineer X sunnies and you’ll have the perfect eye-wear protection set up for literally any snowboarding or splitboarding situation you could ever find yourself in. Here endeth the lecture…”


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