Gear Up! Goggles. Protect Yourself.
With summer camp in full swing, NZ and South American seasons around the corner and prime-time goggle buying season coming up fast, we decided to highlight some goggles coming out. And test the protective capapbilities of these goggles by throwing water balloons at our new assistant editor, Steve Hemphill. Some goggles completely blew up the balloons and diverted the water away. Some deflected the whole balloons (Spy). Some missed… I mean, throwing balloons at barely-protected employees isn’t an exact science. Enjoy!
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We Say: “The EG2′s giant lens surface area means more protection from water balloons… and harmful UV rays.”
We Say: “Notice the halo of water? That is water (and other harmful projectile) protection. Giro got it right.”
We Say: “With the ferocity of a Dragon, these goggles safely deflected the balloon where it detonated away from the face. Which is a good thing.”
The JP Auclair Crowbar
We Say: “Our assistant editor can see thanks to the thermonuclear protection, just like JP in bottomless pow in BC. Tested and approved!”
The Iris Bug
We Say: “While the balloon was a bit off target, it was most likely intimidated by the non-spherical protection offered by the Iris Bug.”
Company: Scott USA
We Say: “All black, the Scott fearlessly takes the water in stride. With no other choice, the water ran scared once out of it’s protective balloon casing.”
We Say: “Like the Dragon, the I/O deflected the balloon away before it could do any harm. Quick changing lenses as well as projectile protection… win-win!”
We Say: “The Zed’s hard lines and laser-like lens scared the balloon away, not even allowing it to pop. Great for crowded lift lines as well.”
Thanks go to Steve Hemphill, Matty Vanetta, Chris Owen, Zach Berman, Snowboard-Mag intern, and the rest of the Freeskier Staff.
About the author:
Shay Williams is the former Managing Editor of Freeskier Magazine. He now works full-time with Monster Energy, and continues to contribute to freeskier.com.