Crested Butte, Colorado was the place to be this last Sunday, April 3, 2016. Crested Butte Mountain Resort celebrated its 2015-16 closing weekend, the truest shade of blue and a bright sun hung high in the sky above the mountain town, and fantastic snow conditions pervaded, ranging from chalky goodness in the morning to warmed up, creamy corn in the afternoon. All-in-all, locals and visitors alike enjoyed a tried-and-true spring skiing weekend in Colorado.
Top-notch skiing conditions flourished, yes, but they represented an ideal scene for testing gear, one of our favorite activities here at FREESKIER. Accordingly, we took the Julbo Aerospace goggles on a tour up to Red Lady Bowl—the southeast face of 12,343-foot Mt. Emmons, a peak that watches over the town of Crested Butte. The goggle is meant to be a jack-of-all-trades for backcountry skiers, or those who frequent inbounds, hike-to terrain. It utilizes Julbo’s Superflow technology that allows the full lens to be pulled forward from the frame, creating airflow to regulate temperature and prevent fogging during strenuous activity. When it’s time to descend, the lens is pushed back and it’s good to go.
The goggle was impressive. On the skin track I prefer wearing sunglasses to allow for a nice breeze to cool me down and because, generally, they won’t fog on me. On Sunday, I wore the Julbo Aerospace goggles for the entirety of the 2.6-mile skin (3,200 feet of elevation gain), with the sun beating down on me and temperatures rising into the 45-degree range. Not once did I notice any fogging and when the wind did blow, the breeze funneled through the goggle and provided a much-needed cool-down. The Aerospace also utilizes Julbo’s Zebra photochromic lens, meaning that no matter the lighting, the lens will adjust and adapt, allowing you to see your objective in its entirety.
The Aerospace had a solid fit, with a double layer of face foam for some extra comfort, a wide field-of-view thanks to a minimalist frame design and a spherical lens that helped enhance visual clarity. The bottom line is, while I may continue to wear my shades for longer approaches in the backcountry, the Aerospace goggle is a formidable option for scenarios that involve quick laps when transitioning out of your helmet and goggle and into sunglasses and hat is undesirable. It should also be quite appealing for those who simply want to carry as little as possible with them on their backcountry adventures.
Bonus points: Julbo athlete and skiing legend Glen Plake had input in the design of this product—that’s quite an endorsement. Be on the lookout for this product as well as Julbo’s Airflux goggle (built with the same SuperFlow System as the Aerospace but with a polycarbonate lens) this fall.
Aerospace Goggles – Blue / Red
Julbo | $240.00
“The first goggle you can wear whether you’re on the skin track, lift, or flying down the mountain… Our developers designed our proprietary ‘SuperFlow’ System that enables you to pull the full lens forward from the frame for maximum ventilation…”
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