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Giro Agent 2019-2020 Snowboard Goggles Review

Giro describe their Agent goggles as “eye-catching”. This could be taken two ways, but we assume (and hope) they mean figuratively. Either way, there’s plenty of tech to feast your eyes on here, and a pretty sweet view of the world from behind the lens, too.

The Agent, as with all of Giro’s top-shelf offerings, comes with a razor-sharp Vivid lens from Zeiss Optics. This patented technology, like much of the competition, works by enhancing contrast and definition specific to the mountain environment.

“The Agent, as with all of Giro’s top-shelf offerings, comes with a razor-sharp, Vivid lens from Zeiss Optics”

These lenses will work in a wide variety of lights and conditions to eliminate the need to swap out with every passing cloud. If you choose to, however, the Agent comes as standard with a bonus lens and, with a series of magnets surrounding the edge, it couldn’t be easier to do the ol’ switcheroo.

The clarity is crystal, but it’s the amount of vision on offer here that makes the Agents a proper gem. Giro’s Infinity design allows the lens to flow over the edges of the goggle, eliminating the need for a frame and offering the widest possible field of view.

Style blends effortlessly with function in Giro goggles. The Agents are one of many options to feature Adapt Strap compatibility, allowing the user to swap out straps for a wide range of available option to keep your look fresh from one season to the next without splurging on a new pair.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“I’ll be honest, the pair I rode wasn’t the most snowboard friendly looking colourway. They’d have looked more at home strapped to the forehead of a mother, sat in on an alpine restaurant terrace, dressed head to toe in Schöffel, eating the fondue with a knife and fork. Having looked at the catalogue, there’s definitely some more original colour ways out there, and with the Adapt Strap system, you can easily change from one season to the next to stay looking fresh.

“There was plenty peripheral vision on these, and the lenses I used (Vivid Ember) were great when the sun came out”

There was plenty peripheral vision on these, and the lenses I used (Vivid Ember) were great when the sun came out, but surprisingly effective in the morning when we were riding in the clag.

I do have one fault with these, however. The Magnetic system is very effective at quickly popping out the lens – but to the detriment of happening when you don’t even mean for it to. One two occasions I grabbed the frame to pull the goggles up on to my forehead, the lense popped out without much force. Fortunately I was stood at the base station both times, but I’d hate to imagine how that would have gone down on the chairlift or in a powder field…”

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