- Price: £185-£225
- Frame/Strap: Hone Blue
- Lens: Optimised Flash Blue
Here’s a pair of goggles that you can easily spot a mile off; the Dragon NFX2 snowboard goggle is a bona fide modern classic, and must be among the most popular cylindrical-lensed models on the market.
Last year the ‘Swiftlock’ lens-changing system was introduced to the Dragon NFX2, and we’re pleased to see it return for 2016/17. A small plastic lever on each side holds the lens in place, and with two quick flicks you can pop it out and change it for a different tint. Just place the new lens onto the frame and move the levers back to their original position – job done. It might not look like the strongest, most secure system out there, but it’s been in Dragon’s range for a couple of years now and we’ve never heard of it failing.
“We’re pleased to see the Swiftlock lens change system return for 2016/17”
Dragon’s signature ‘Armoured Venting’ is present and correct, too. A solid plastic panel across the top of the goggle is heavily perforated to allow air to flow through the goggle and escape, which makes you more comfortable and minimises the chances of your lens fogging up. Unlike some rival systems, it’s sturdy enough to take a beating, and won’t be affected in the slightest by changes in temperature.
The foam that sits on your face has a hypoallergenic coating that’s kind to your skin, and is plush enough to keep you comfortable from first lifts to last run. It’s compatible with just about every helmet out there, and if you prefer to wear your goggles on the outside of your lid then the patterned silicon on the inside of the strap will make sure they stay put.
The Dragon NFX2 comes with an extra lens, so between the two you’re pretty well covered – and if you’re after a particular tint, Dragon make no fewer than 24 different versions from which you can choose.