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Drop Traffic 2018-2019 Snowboard Goggles Review

Recently back on our radar after a few years in the wilderness, Drop MFG has completely overhauled how it does business. The new direct-to-consumer sales model means has kept prices right down, to the point where the Drop Traffic snowboard goggles are easily the most affordable magnet-enhanced options on the market.

Thanks to an array of magnets placed all around the frame, the lens in the Drop Traffic goggles can be switched in almost no time, and with zero hassle. Using a protruding tab in the bottom right, you can pull to release the lens before simply placing the new one onto the frame. With a satisfying click, it connects and is good to go.

Thanks to an array of magnets the lens in the Drop Traffic goggles can be switched in almost no time, and with zero hassle

Drop may not have joined the high-definition lens ‘arms race’, but the ones it does make are still pretty good. Each pair comes with a low-light and sunny-day lens as standard. Your spare packs away nicely in the supplied sleeve, and the mini-frame around each lens makes it feel less vulnerable when tucked away in your jacket pocket, or in your bag.

Elsewhere the Drop Traffic adopts a ‘no frills’ approach, with standard two-layer foam and silicone-backed strap. It’s available in three colour variations of a fairly vanilla design, and the lenses are the same for each version. Simplicity itself, then; and in no way is that a bad thing.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“I like the simple, straightforward look of these, and as far as performance is concerned they weren’t bad either. The lenses won’t trouble the market leaders, but unless you’re quite particular then they’ll certainly do the job.

The magnets are pretty strong, so the suggested one-handed lens removal isn’t as easy as Drop suggests – but hey, you’ve got two hands, and if you use them both it’s a breeze. Clicking the new lens into place is pretty much impossible to screw up, too. I even managed the hallowed ‘face catch’ a couple of times.

“The magnets are pretty strong, so the suggested one-handed lens removal isn’t as easy as Drop suggests – but hey, you’ve got two hands”

The dual density foam and general plasticky feel of these goggles mean that they don’t exactly scream ‘premium’, but if that’s what you want plenty of options are available for twice the price. For those with a more modest budget, though, these work well.

It’ll be hard to gauge without trying them on first, but be sure to carefully consider the sizing options before buying. I tried a medium pair, and would have much preferred the larger ones.”

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