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Giro Contact 2018-2019 Snowboard Goggles Review

This mostly-frameless pair of goggles first appeared a few years ago, and hasn’t changed much since. Then again, why would it? The Giro Contact snowboard goggles have a lot to offer, not least their innovative magnetic lens-changing system.

The magnets are slightly less prominent on the right hand side of the frame, with a simple push-button system providing the final element of security. Simply click it like a point-and-shoot camera and the lens starts to come away, allowing you to get hold of the edge with your finder. Then just push the new one lens in and the magnets and latch will do the rest.

“The Giro Contact goggles have a lot to offer, not least their innovative magnetic lens-changing system”

The lens itself is not quite cylindrical, and not quite spherical, but all quality. The VIVID tech by optical giants Zeiss improves the Contact’s performance when compared to a standard model, with crisper visuals and less eye fatigue.

The shape allows for more air to be present under the frame, giving mist a harder job of accumulating on the lens. Before it has a chance to, the foam venting system provides safe passage out the top of the frame.

Other than the top-shelf pair of Anon M2 goggles, and the electrochromic Oakley Fall Line XL Prizm React, these are the most expensive in our 2018/19 guide. Consider that a warning of sorts, because once you’ve tried the Giro Contact snowboard goggles, you may be prepared to pay anything.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“I did extensive testing with the Giro Contact goggles, and would almost give them full marks. Other than a couple of little niggles (see below), they excelled.

Compared to other magnet systems, these are by far the easiest to operate whilst still on your face (unless you’re wearing a helmet, that is). Most of the others require you to manipulate the frame a little, which is best done in your hands, but with these all it takes is a little push of the button.

“Compared to other magnet systems, these are by far the easiest to operate whilst still on your face”

The small downside to this is that I occasionally released the lens when moving the goggles to my forehead with just my right hand. It may be that I hadn’t quite clicked the new lens back into place, so that’s something to watch out for.

I also found these to fog up on one occasion; in extreme cold and high winds whilst splitboarding. Once they were out of my pocket and on to my face for the descent, they just steamed up, so I had to do one run goggle-less. It was a total one-off, though, and on all other occasions the Giro Contact goggles have been excellent.

Worth the price tag? I’d say so.”

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