- Lens: Cylindrical
- System: Classic
- Price: €149
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.