- Lens: Cylindrical
- System: Classic
- Price: £119 / €139
A bigger frame for a bigger face, the Smith Squad XL snowboard goggles offer cinema-screen-wide visuals and the proven ‘Chromapop’ lens tech. The lens is cylindrical, but if that’s ever had a ‘not big enough’ feel for you in the past, you won’t find that problem here.
The Smith Squad XL goggles aren’t just wide, they’re tall too. Even though there’s some sections of frame around the top and bottom, you won’t be conscious of them as you ride. Distortion isn’t an issue either; the lens is tapered as you move out towards the edges, correcting the passage of light, and there’s a discreet valve to prevent warping caused by high altitude.
“The lens is tapered as you move out towards the edges, correcting the passage of light, and there’s a discreet valve to prevent warping”
Unlike the I/O series, there’s no quick release system for the lens, but the more old-school version isn’t hard to get to grips with. Plus with Chromapop’s a contrast-boosting, wider-ranging lenses, you’ll find you don’t actually have to change up as often as usual.
Smith is (rightly) very chuffed about its goggles’ anti-fogging properties, which are the result of a treatment that uses tiny etchings in the inside of the lens to stay clear even in the most mist-prone conditions.
If these look a bit too big, then there’s always the standard squad, but those looking to supersize should check out the Smith Squad XL snowboard goggles.