Hitting the slopes to test out Electric’s EG3.5 ski and snowboard goggles, £109 from The Board Basement.
Product Description: “All new for 2016 Electric just released the EG 3.5 which is a smaller version of last years huge success the Eg 3. Much like the EG2.5 the 3.5 is designed for people who prefer a slightly smaller goggle or have a slightly smaller face. With all the bells and whistles just like the EG3 such as Electrics easy press fit lens system for easy on off lenses so you can quickly change with the conditions.”
On the slopes: Oh hello, handsome. These rather slick goggles from Electric go for the logic that bigger must surely be better when it comes to lenses, and give you a generous wraparound view of the slopes. But the standout factor for me was how comfortable they were to wear all day – the straps sit well on helmets or beanies, the foam-lined frame stays put on your face and the lens protects your eyes from glare and stays fog free, no matter how often you faceplant into powder.
In changing conditions: The Electrics’ all-black lens is an absolute beauty for bright sunshine, and packs 100% UV protection. Plus, each pair of Electrics comes with a spare clear yellow lens for flat light, a bit of a lifesaver when bright sunshine is suddenly replaced by fog the texture of pea soup. Swapping lenses is so quick you can do it on a chair lift – just pop out the first lens and pop in the second. The only downside to the replaceable lens sitch is that if you grab your goggles in a hurry (or when wearing enormous snow mitts) it’s easy to accidentally pull off the lens. Not so great, until you get used to sliding them on and off your face carefully. Spare lenses are available for £40 – I’d plump for adding bronze to your lineup, as it’s a good all-rounder for mixed weather days.
Verdict: A seriously comfortable and high performing lens with slick looks – worth heading north of £100 for. And if you aren’t a fan of pink, there are rather less girly blue and black straps on offer.