Whether skiing or snowboarding in a ski area or in the backcountry, eyes should always be protected from the elements Julbo Aerospace googles not only protect eyes from blowing ice and snow, they use the latest in lens technology to safeguard the eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. By combining a minimal frame with a photochromic lens, some that included glare control or are polarized with their exclusive Superflow venting system, Julbo offers a google that is at home going uphill as well as downhill. A photochromic lens which darkens as it is exposed to light allows the googles to be used over a wide range of lighting conditions. With Superflow venting, the lens and its hinged frame pull away from the face frame to allow air flow to surround the lens thereby preventing overheating. Pairing the minimal frame with a large, durable anti-fog NXT spherical lens gives the user an extra-wide field of vision, along with excellent optical clarity. Dual layers of foam surround the frame for comfort and a pivoting, silicon double-loop adjusting strap complete the googles. Julbo Aerospace googles are available in four frame colors and four lens colors incorporating three lens technologies to cover a wide range of lighting conditions.
Testing was done at two ski resorts in the Tahoe area over a period of five days in a variety of conditions. The Aerospace googles, featuring Julbo’s Snow Tiger photochromic lens with glare control, were used throughout the testing. The two loops of the symmetric adjusting strap allowed the googles to be adapted easily to the author’s helmet. Pivoting strap attachments permitted the googles to conform well to the face. Starting on a sunny day, the benefit of the photochromic lens was immediately apparent. Glare was none existent and the UV protective lens had a soothing dark color. The quality optics made picking up variations in the snow a breeze. When hiking to ski out of bounds the Superflow venting worked great. By grasping the lens from both sides and pulling gently outward, the reward was a cool breeze. The second day of testing was a different story, with cold temperatures under an overcast sky. After putting on the helmet and googles, it really showed the versatility of the Snow Tiger lens. The lens was many shades lighter than on a bright day, optical quality was still excellent, and again, it was easy to pick up even small changes in the terrain. The large field of vision was a benefit on all days of the test as the more you can see, the safer you can ski.
Backed by 125 years in the field of outdoor optics, Julbo invented the first mountain sunglasses used by Chamonix, France crystal hunters. They continue to create innovative outdoor eyewear that allows the world to see better.
The Julbo Aerospace googles provided excellent protection for the eyes while skiing in a variety of conditions.
- Size – Extra-large adjustable strap
- Lens Types – Photochromic, Glare control- Photochromic, Polarized- Photochromic
- Frame colors – Black, Green, Blue/Yellow, Blue/Red
- Cost – $240.00
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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.