The Giro Contact: Serious Eye Candy for Serious Skiers

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Price: $240 ($179 on sale)

Materials: Spherical Lenses by ZEISS, Includes two ZEISS lenses, Full-sun flash lens or all-conditions lens, & low-light flash lens

Features: EXV – Expansion View Technology, SNAPSHOT – Magnetic Interchange Lens System, Triple-layer face foam with micro-fleece facing, Anti-Fog coating, Ergonomic protective goggle and spare lens case

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Everyone knows goggles will make or break your outfit. The right pair can send an average ensemble higher on the steezy scale and states rather obviously, "I ski as good as I look." There's no arguing with this logic, so I made sure to walk to the lift with a little extra swag when I put the Giro Contact on. The spherical injection-molded Zeiss lenses are classified for all conditions and mirrored with a pinkish hue, which naturally means wearing them will make me the best skier on the mountain.

The Contact is all about making it easy to change lenses–if you ever actually need to change them. The lens attaches to the frame via six tiny magnets on its inner edge, with the added security of a shutter button release to keep the lens from completely popping off when you yardsale (tested and passed, ouch). To change lenses, press the shutter release button to free the corner that locks with the frame. Pop the magnets off and hover the new lens about an inch over the magnets on the frame, they'll suction together and you're ready to go.

In a week's worth of skiing in British Columbia's Selkirk Mountains, the Contact saw every kind of light the sky could muster. The all-conditions lens got me through everything from amazing bluebird days to the worst graybird and foggy mornings, performing so well I never even thought about stopping to change lenses. Only once when the fog got so thick I could hardly see the tracks I was following did I have trouble with visibility–but to be fair, it’s not likely any other lens (even the extra low light lens it came with) would have helped the situation.

After thoroughly testing that the lens indeed attaches securely to the frame and won't release even when sending it ends with a tomahawk, I was sold. If nothing else at least I know my goggles looked good when I double ejected.

Skiing Hot: Performance and steeze in one shiny package.

Skiing Not: Taking goggles off with one hand can make the lens partially pop off, so be sure to use two hands to keep frame from smushing and partially releasing lens.

PHOTO: Crystal Sagan