- Lens: Cylindrical
- System: Magnetic
- Price: £134-239 / €169-295
The Zeal Hatchet snowboard goggles are new for 2018/19 offering all the tech of the established Zeal Portal but with a cylindrical frame. These are available with three levels of lens tech, from standard to photochromic (that’s the ones that change their tint to match the available light), hence the price range.
Unless you do opt for the photochromic, you’ll have to change lenses at some point, and the Zeal Hatchet goggles have a unique system for swapping on the go. The lens slides out via the top of the frame, and the new one comes in the same way.
“These are available with three levels of lens tech, from standard to photochromic”
A magnet holds the bottom of the new lens in place, resulting in a ‘frameless’ look that feels extra secure. Peace of mind, then, but there’s also an added bonus that our tester discovered (see below).
The lens itself has a tough coating that protects against scratches, and an anti-fog system to boot. Vents on both the top and bottom help to keep things clear, and the triple-layer face foam sits nicely on your face.
Fans of a spherical lens should hunt down the Portal, but for everyone else the new Zeal Hatchet is worth checking out.