Dragon NFX2 2016-2017

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2018/2019 Dragon NFX2 here

  • 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.

Tester’s Verdict

Barry Parker –

I have surprised myself numerous times while wearing these goggles, as they’re so comfortable that I simply forget I am wearing them!

“The protected vents on top allow for stress-free snow clearing when you get those face shots”

The NFX2 is not oversized, so fit perfectly with most helmets and look good. The protected vents on top allow for stress-free snow clearing when you get those face shots, and the quick release mechanism makes lens changing easy – say goodbye to the excuse of a bad-vis day…

The ranges of styles and colours is massive, and the different lens options even more so, which makes finding a pair that matches your style no problem. It’s no wonder why the instructors at Real Snowboarding wear them season to season!

Trade Secrets

AJ Montanez – Designer, Dragon

Keeping with a minimalist design language and a “form follows function” strategy, the NFX2 goggle has become one of the more popular styles in the Dragon line amongst team riders and consumers alike, as well as the crew here at Dragon HQ.

The Frameless technology makes wiping away powder and built-up moisture a snap, and the ease of lens interchangeability makes it a non-issue when cleaning or changing out your lens. The goggle works like it’s supposed to, making it easy to stay stoked on the snow without worrying about your vision.

‘What I really like about this goggle is that it looks kind of retro but it’s got the newest technology, and there’s really nothing better than the frameless design’ says Dragon global team rider Danny Davis, who has a signature model in the NFX2 Collection.

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