- LENS: Toric
- SYSTEM: Classic
- TINT SHOWN: Lumalens Silver Ion
- FRAME SHOWN: Galaxy
- PRICE: £159 / €209
Cylindrical, or spherical? For the majority of snowboarder’s that’s forever been the question when it comes to goggles. Both have their advantages, as well as distinctive aesthetics, so we don’t imagine either will disappear any time soon. Dragon makes both, such as the cylindrical NFX2 and the spherical X1 – but this one, new for 2018/19, is neither.
The Dragon PXV snowboard goggles have a lens that’s ‘toric’ in shape. We’ll avoid taking a deep dive into the world of geometry, and say for now that it’s somewhere between the two. Dragon calls its particular shape ‘Panotech’, and the PXV is the first frame in the range to feature it.
“Serious peripheral vision without being too goldfish bowl-esque”
The middle of the Dragon PXV’s lens is spherical, to allow for the best possible clarity and minimal distortion, but as you move out towards each side it bears a closer resemblance to a cylindrical lens. The reason for doing this is to allow for serious peripheral vision without making the PXV too goldfish bowl-esque in nature.
Indeed, the lens reaches out far on either side, so you get no compromise in visuals, but the overall shape means that the lens isn’t sitting too far off your face. Essentially, they’re great to look at and great to look through.
The Panotech lens is backed by all of Dragon’s best tech. The Dragon PXV features hard plastic vents that still work perfectly even after taking several hits, and a triple-layer face foam with microfleece lining for comfort. The lens itself has been treated to repel water and debris, and is pretty tough to mark too.