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Shred Amazify 2018-2019 Snowboard Goggles Review

Both tall and wide, the Shred Amazify snowboard goggles will please anyone looking for a cylindrical lens that dominates the face – with the added bonus of increased peripheral vision. Yes, the ‘Shred Wide’ lens offers one of the biggest fields of view around. Combined with the CBL (that’s Contrast Boosting Lens) tech, it’s got you fully covered.

The lens is held in place by notches on the frame, so you need to pull that open in order to change your tint. That’s not as convenient as some systems, but it’s still the most reliable – and the process itself is easy when you know how.

“A small valve equalises the air pressure between the two lenses”

Dual lens systems can be affected by changes in altitude, which is why the Shred Amazify goggles feature a small valve that equalises the air pressure between the two. The prevents warping of the lens, which can lead to eye fatigue in the worst cases.

No corners have been cut in the foam department; this multi-density stuff is designed for ultimate comfort, with a moisture-wicking finish to boot. It’s also tapered to better fit your face without any unwanted pressure points.

The Shred Amazify works best with one of the brand’s own helmets, but just about any lid will suit it well.

Make sure you check out the site for a full range of Shred Optics goggle options!

Tester’s Verdict

Ed Blomfieldwhitelines.com

“Shred is a relative newcomer to the eyewear game, but it’s wasted no time coming up with a bunch of ‘technologies’ to rival the offerings from Oakley, Dragon et al.

The Amazify promised me better peripheral vision thanks to something called ‘Shred Wide’ (read: a big lens); they also boast a ‘Contrast Boosting Lens’ or ‘CBL’ (Shred’s answer to Oakley’s Prizm and Dragon’s Lumalens), ‘No Distortion’ (something to do with a valve) and that holy grail of goggle marketing, ‘Anti Fog’. I was half expecting them to make me a cup of tea while they were at it.

“These are certainly amongst the better-looking designs out there”

And yet, having ridden them for a day, I can report that they are just a goggle. Not a bad pair of goggles, it has to be said – certainly amongst the better-looking designs out there – but nothing as revolutionary as the catalogue might suggest.

They were comfy enough, and clarity was decent, but when the snow came down hard and we began hiking in deep snow or jumping in steamy gondolas they misted occasionally like… well, like almost every other goggle out there.

Still, if you’re into your Harry Potter spells then you might be swung by the name, or perhaps one of the other models in the range, including the Stupefy, Nastify and Expelliarmus. OK, I made that last one up.”

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindleywhitelines.com

“With a name like the Amazify, you might expect these Shred goggles to blow you away with their all round quality and tech, but unfortunately this just wasn’t quite the case for me. While bad goggles they certainly are not, the face foam felt a little low grade, and made the wearing a little more itchy/uncomfortable than the top end goggles on the market.

“If simplicity and classic goggle design features are enough to keep you sated then these will do the job swimmingly”

That said, even in situations where you’d expect a hefty dose of fogging – with healthy amounts of hiking and more – the lenses stayed clear, and the full field of vision was available to view.

If simplicity and classic goggle design features are enough to keep you sated then by all means these will do the job swimmingly, but in a world of light adapting lenses, and rapid change lens systems, they feel a little bit behind the times.”

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