In the wake of the Sochi Winter Olympics, there are going to be a lot of people hitting the slopes between now and spring. Beginners, experts, fancy-pants trick-doers, they all have one thing in common: they need to wear the proper equipment.
Goggles are an absolute must out on the trail, as most people well know. On average, a good pair will run you between $40 and $150. Zeal Optics, the company that provides prescription lenses to the newly upgraded Google Glass, took it more than one step further with its Tech Series, which are so James Bond I feel almost unworthy of them.
There are two major players in the Zeal series that are inexplicably reasonably priced. First, there’s the [easyazon-link asin=”B0097HM3QQ” lo
cale=”us”]ZEAL Z3[/easyazon-link]. This particular goggle is a, wait for it… GPS system!
The goggles contain a Recon MOD GPS that connects to an in-goggle view-finder on a 16:9 widescreen. What? That is so… freaking awesome!
True to form, the Zeal product is cool-looking and helmet compatible. They offer 100% UV protection, impact resistance, and anti-fog.
The next most awesome goggle is the [easyazon-link asin=”B00BF79QPC” locale=”us”]HD Camera Goggle[/easyazon-link]. This is basically an action cam, but more convenient. I have an action cam and I very often mount it to my chest while I do awesome stuff. For snowboarders, the camera goggle just makes the whole process easier. The goggles themselves come complete with all the gnarly features of all the other, more ordinary goggles. The camera captures 1080p & 720p HD quality video, shoots 12 megapixel HD photos, contains a 170-degree wide angle camera lens, automatically adjusts for light levels and has infinity focus, utilizes an in-goggle viewfinder, is controlled by a glove-ready button on the side of the frame, uses a recharcheable lithium-ion batter that runs for three hours, depending on usage, and integrates with all social media outlets.
For any serious snowboarder or skier, these goggles seem like a logical addition to one’s collection of equipment. I can’t imagine anyone who uses the half pipe not investing in these.
These Zeal Optics Goggles will set you back five and four hundred dollars, respectively.