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Shred Simplify 2018-2019 Snowboard Goggles Review

Shred was co-founded by alpine skier Ted Ligety in 2006 – and before you run to the hills wailing about lycra, that’s a pretty good pedigree to have. Few snowsports disciplines rely on clear, consistent vision as much as the world of pole-bashing, and after over ten years in the game the brand is well-established across both skiing and snowboarding.

The Shred Simplify snowboard goggles are among the largest pairs in the range, so if you like the big-frame look married to a cylindrical lens, you’re laughing.

“If you like the big-frame look married to a cylindrical lens, you’re laughing”

As is standard these days, Shred has enhanced the quality of its lenses, and their version – known as CBL (Contrast Boosting Lens) technology – effectively offers a crisper, better field of vision than previous offerings.

The face foam on the Shred Simplify goggles is nice and plush, and also tapered for a more comfy fit. As for the foam on the upper vents, a special water-repellent coating helps to keep the snow out while still allowing moisture from your skin to escape.

It has to be said that Shred’s three-stage lens-changing system lags behind the rest of the field in terms of simplicity and speed, so that’s something to consider. That said, it gets easier the more you do it, and isn’t an issue for long.

Tester’s Verdict

Sam McMahonwhitelines.com

“No doubt, these things look cool. There’s nothing quite like a big, badass goggle frame to make you feel like a king. On day one of The Selection these were the googs I gravitated towards, stoked to start testing next winter’s stuff with a great bunch of riders. Out of the the box and on to the face they felt good – comfortable, with no noticeable distortions or reflections. But then…

To say they misted up would be underselling it somewhat. I’ve been to the river Tyne and seen less fog. I’ve met Damon Albarn and seen less blur. I’ve strapped fucking kettles to my head and been less steamy than I was whilst riding in these.

“Out of the the box and on to the face they felt good – comfortable, with no noticeable distortions or reflections. But then…”

To be fair, it was the worst kind of day to test goggles in. Heavy clouds pushed us into the trees where warm winds wafted over us, we did some hiking, a bit of rolling around in heavy snow… But when I made a fuss and got our gear editor to switch with me, the goggles I got in return were crystal clear. And when he handed the Simplifys back to me at the bottom it was like looking at the world through baking paper, again.

I can’t say what exactly was causing all of this, but even after wrestling the spare lens in via the ‘1-2-3 Shred Replacement System’ the problem didn’t go away. It was like the once the moisture was in, it was there for good. I’d love to give them the benefit of the doubt and give them another go in better conditions, but seeing as a plethora of other goggles available did handle the weather as the week went on I can only report what happened on the day.”

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