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Gear Review Quickie – Giro Contact Goggles

“Click it & rip it” is the tagline for these goggles, so that’s what I did while testing them amidst an onslaught of classic BC Coastal storms that hit Whistler Blackcomb this month.

I’ve always laughed at how much effort Goggle companies put into making easily interchangeable lenses, and joked that the only lens you ever need in Whistler is the best low-light lens, because it’s always cloudy and nuking here.

Case in point. Another beautiful day in paradise.

Case in point. Another beautiful day in paradise. Where’s the windshield wipers?

But then a few weather events called out my bluff. First there was last winter – dry, sunny, and warm. Then this past few weeks, amidst the stormiest month we’ve had in ages, the shiny orb in the sky called ‘sun’ kept peeking out for these all-time kick-ass bluebird pow mornings right in the eye of the storm. So all joking aside, I was pretty stoked to have just scored my first pair of goggles with an ultra easy lens changing solution. Well, once I remembered to start packing the spare lens that is.

Giro’s new CONTACT goggles have only been on my face for a few weeks now, but so far they’re kicking ass and taking names. It could just be that the skiing has been all-time, but hey, the goggles can take credit for whatever part they played.

The Pros…

  • Lens Changing – The lens changing is dead simple. There’s a little button you press above the lens, and out it pops. To put the new lens in, you just put it near the goggle frame and little magnets suck it right into place. So far my hottub landings have blown the lens off 😉
  • Field of View – I’m no scientist but the field of view seems pretty rad. They’re calling it EXV (Expanded View) and it seems to do the trick. I’ve only nailed a few trees this week, mostly because I was trying to monkey swing my way through them. And I haven’t sideswiped any knuckledraggers, so far so good.
  • Lens Choices – The Contact came with two lenses, one for sunny days and one for low light. The low light lens is so bright that I’ve been squinting on cloudy days, so that’s a win for Whistler. I can’t yet tell if it’s battling the flat light to its fullest potential, but it’s definitely brightening my world. And hey, they’re made by Zeiss, the same lens guys behind my kick-ass new camera that’ll be powering Doglotion reviews from now on, so it’s gotta be good.
  • Neon – Just so happens that the obnoxious fluoro green/yellow colour on the Goggles I received matches my ridiculously bright backpack. Match made in heaven.

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The Cons…

  • Fit – I’m using it with a Smith Maze helmet, and sometimes the goggles press down on the bridge of my nose, especially when I’ve got a big dorky GoPro on the lid. I’ve yet to try the Contact Goggles with the compatible Giro helmets, but stay tuned for that. Maybe I just have a big nose.
  • Windshield Wipers – No windshield wipers? BC storm skiers should patent some goggles with bluetooth voice activated wipers. That way you won’t have to wipe your goggles in the middle of a big pillow boosting air like the dude did in Seeking Nirvana Part 2. Did you catch that?

Summary

If it’s going to keep nuking powder then cracking to blue bird in Whistler this season, I’ve just landed the right goggles to shred the gnar in style. No more excuses, might have to start learning how to land on my feet.

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