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Dragon PXV 2018-2019 Snowboard Goggles Review

PxV = the ultimate collab

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.

“Essentially, they’re great to look at and great to look through”

Like all Dragons, the PXV features the contrast-boosting ‘Lumalens’, available in various tints. A spare lens is included as standard, so you’re covered for all conditions. There are also four ‘Lumalens Photochromic’ options available, self-correcting versions that adjust how much light that passes through them depending on the conditions.

Some riders can get pretty tribal about what shape of lens they’re prepared to rock, but if you’re in the mood for something fresh (that’s also of proven quality), then check out the new Dragon PXV goggles.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris Sturgesssnowfit.co.uk

“When we get to a product test I always get excited about trying the new boards, bindings, boots – they are the glory product, right?! But this season the thing that stood out most from all the 2019 test kit were, for me, these Dragon PXV Goggles.

“The PXV is simply the best pair of goggles I have ever used”

It has a funky toric-shaped lens which gives the lens a non-symmetrical base curvature that wraps it right at the edges (imagine the curved screen on your mobile phone). This not only looks great but allows Dragon to bring the goggle lens further back and offers Peripheral vision like I have never experienced.

So if you prefer the retro look of a cylindrical lens but want the performance of a spherical one then these are the goggles to get. Combined with Dragon’s amazing Lumalens tech plus the option of interchangeable lenses or a photochromic lens, the PXV is simply the best pair of goggles I have ever used.”

Trade Secrets

Shay Williams – Product Development Specialist, Dragon

“All-new for the 2018/19 season, the PXV sports Dragon’s toric-shaped Panotech lens which offers the widest peripheral field of view on the market at 220-degrees.

Add in Dragon’s Lumalens Colour Optimized tech, Armored Venting, and the industry-leading anti-fog coating, and you’ve got one heck of a pair of goggles.

For those looking for goggles that allow for unlimited visibility – and a bundle of features – look no further than the PXV.”

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