Dragon D1 2019-2020 Snowboard Goggles Review

The D1 has a slight ‘older guy at the skate park’ feel to it, it hasn’t hopped on the hype of this new-fangled space age aesthetic. It’s still rocking a classic frame look, but don’t be deceived by its exterior this is a goggle that can pack a punch and houses premium optics.

Despite being one of the most popular goggles around, the D1 has a seriously low price point. So much so, you might be left wondering ‘What am I missing?’. Nothing. The D1 has a dual density, anti-microbial foam to wrap your face to keep it extra comfy.

“The D1 has a dual density, anti-microbial foam to wrap your face to keep it extra comfy”

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The lens is Dragons own Lumalens technology, which offers superior clarity and colour distinction, making everything a bit easier on your eyes. You don’t have to squint and strain to make out the dips in the piste, the contrast will be way stronger than a lot of other lenses.

The lenses are 100%UV protected and are coated with a super anti-fog treatment to keep the moisture out where it should be. You’re not gonna have to be doing the hasty mid chair lift goggle rub anymore.

The D1 has an OTG fit, so even if you’re part of the glasses gang you can still enjoy these bad boys. They’re a larger fit in general, coming across the face wider and longer. They come in a bunch of different colour frames and lens tints, so you can match with your whole crew.

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

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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