Snowboarder Goggle Exam 2019—Dragon PVX Split
Last spring, SNOWBOARDER Magazine traveled with Frank April all the way to a famed cat operation outside of Nelson, British Columbia to partake in a vision quest of sorts. While we won't confirm or deny any ingesting of Scooby Snacks, we will admit to spending four days straight tripping out on the chest deep conditions! And then there were the visuals…
Not long ago, goggles were largely looked upon as an afterthought and often, the last item acquired when dialing in one's kit. Price and fashion were a selling point, leading many to view them as a commodity item. Now in 2019, the term "accessory" can hardly be applied to how these high-tech tools are viewed and more importantly, to how they improve what's viewed by snowboarders while they are strapped in.
With snowfall measured in meters and a tenure packed with a lifetime's worth of untracked trees, chutes, open bowls and off-piste goodness, Baldface provided all the terrain and accoutrements we could ever want for a test of this sort.
Frank is more known for his skills in the back alleys of Quebec than the backcountry of BC, but his enthusiasm, accent and charisma while laying down powder turns and occasionally "tumbling" was infectious. After countless cat laps, multiple tomahawks, several clutch high-speed butters and 48 lens changes, Frank had gathered enough firsthand knowledge to be considered an eyewear expert. The following evaluations are intended to help SNOWBOARDER's readers see their way to the best goggle for this upcoming season. — Pat Bridges
DRAGON Says: Dragon's new PXV goggle brings visibility to an entirely new level. By employing a unique toric lens curvature—our Panotech Lens—it allows us to wrap the frame more which offers expanded sight lines in a visually stunning package. Couple the panoramic visibility with our Lumalens® optimized color tints, Super Anti-Fog treatment, and face swaddling triple-layer face foam and we've set a new standard for what a goggle can accomplish. Discover what increased vision can do for you. Expand your experience.
FRANK Says: My favorite thing about this goggle is the panoramic view. You can see the detail of the snow really well which is helpful. They are pretty light so you don't feel them too much on your head. These use a classic way to take out the lens which works good and the lens will always stay in and not slip. The armored venting prevents the lens from fogging with the help of the 200% anti-fog coating. These goggles are simple, they are light, they feel good on my head and I really like the simple, frameless look. It all works well.