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Head Infinity 2018-2019 Snowboard Goggles Review

And beyond!

Each year, the Whitelines 100 contains what we feel are the best snowboarding products on the market. However, in much the same way that a snowboard doesn’t have to have all the carbon-riddled trimmings to make the cut, a pair of goggles doesn’t have to feature fighter-pilot-approved tech.

If a pair can prove its performance in the field, it’s a contender; and if it can do so whilst coming in at a staggeringly low price, then it’s pretty much a shoo-in. That’s why you’re now reading about the Head Infinity snowboard goggles.

On the surface, the Head Infinity is a fairly basic model. It’s got single-density foam, simple styling, and an old-fashioned lens-changing system. Indeed, that’s it’s biggest drawback; whilst the fresh lens definitely feels 100% secure due to the frame sitting in the middle of the double lens, it’s actually a bit fidgety to get to that stage.

“Lightweight and anonymous, with great vision and plenty of anti-fogging features, they’re hard to fault”

In the grand scheme of things, though, it’s not a big concern. It gets easier the more you do it, and it’s not something you have to do more than a couple of times a day at most. Perhaps that makes it not the best choice for multi-day backcountry missions, but for resort riding it’s spot on.

More importantly, once they’re on your head, the Head Infinity goggles are the absolute business. Lightweight and anonymous, with great vision and plenty of anti-fogging features, they’re hard to fault. As long as you can work with a mid-sized cylindrical design, these will definitely surprise you.

“Serious performance, and an absolute bargain”

The Head Infinity goggles are available in three different varieties: the original (seen here), the Infinity FMR and the Infinity TVT. The latter – Trans Vision Technology, to give it its full name – reduces the blue frequencies of light that reach your eye, enhancing contrast and reducing fatigue. The FMR, meanwhile, has a reflective mirror finish.

Both of those cost a bit more, though, so it’s the original Head Infinity goggles that get our nod for this year’s 100. Serious performance, and an absolute bargain.

Tester’s Verdict

Sam McMahonwhitelines.com

“Snowboarding is an expensive hobby, inevitable due to its highly seasonal nature, infrastructure costs and large amount of gear required. Other than being strapped to your board it’s the key difference between us and skateboarding, at least in terms of accessibility, so we’re always stoked when something comes across that dramatically reduces the price of riding.

The proviso, is it has to work, and often you’ll see cut price entries to to snowboard market that are just, well, shit. Take Aldi’s £20 jacket – yeah, it’s cheap, but it doesn’t provide what you need in terms of protection and probably won’t last. It’s just landfill before it goes underground.

“Seeing as similar styles of goggle retail for twice, three times or even four times the price, I assumed I was in for a morning of fog. I couldn’t have been more wrong”

So I was a little sceptical when I was handed the Head Infinity goggles at The Selection. They were described as a £55 goggle with a fixed lens and, seeing as similar styles of goggle retail for twice, three times or even four times the price I assumed I was in for a morning of fog.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Whilst they initially felt a little cheaper, I soon started thinking of them as ‘lighter’ instead, before promptly forgetting about them altogether, which is essentially the Holy Grail of goggle design. No one wants to constantly feel like they’ve got goggles on.

Sure, the lens was missing the new wave of blue light filtering and yeah, they did mist up at one point, but only on a sweaty hike that would have done the same thing to any pair. Normally I’d have taken them off and stashed them on a walk, but this was a test after all.

“In a nutshell, they’re simple, and pull off that rare trick of performing well (and even looking good) at a fraction of the price of other brands”

In a nutshell, they’re simple, and pull off that rare trick of performing well (and even looking good) at a fraction of the price of other brands. No word of a lie, this was the pair I wore that drew the most compliments that week, and no one could believe the price, even after I told them the lens was fixed.

The best bit? We turned out to be wrong about the lens – when I put them back I found a spare one and figured out how to pop the original out. A nice looking, lightweight goggle with a spare lens for just £55. What’s not to like?

Trade Secrets

Sina Candrian – team Rider, Head

“I ride the Infinity goggles because I like the slick shape. They also match my helmet perfectly.

The goggles are big enough to have the full range of visibility, but don’t look too bold on your face, making you look like a fly.

I use the blue/green lens for sunny and bad weather days – the perfect lens for all weather conditions.”

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