Bolle Emperor ReviewMarch 17, 2014
- Wide view for smaller faces
- High quality lens
- Good venting and anti-fog
- Lens options tested weren’t ideal for all conditions
- A little flex can pop out the lens
The Bolle Emperor is a great mid-size goggle in a market flooded with huge frames and expanded views. The spherical lens does a good job expanding peripheral vision but doesn’t give the full 180-degree view that Bolle claims. It performed exceptionally well in a variety of conditions but neither of the two lens tints tested are ideal for all conditions.
This goggle was tested in sun and snow without any fogging issues. There is ample venting and an anti-fog layer which resulted in a clear, comfortable and fog-less experience.
Field of View
The Emperor has a wide field of view for its size but nothing that will knock your socks off. As someone with a smaller face, I loved the fit and view from this goggle. There are certainly bigger goggles on the market with a wider field of view but the Emperor has admirable peripheral vision for its size.
Lens Quality & Options
Bolle has a history of providing high-quality lenses and the Emperor does not disappoint. Two tints were tested—the Black Eagle and the Blue & Green Waves—but neither was ideal for all conditions. Bolle has five categories of lens tint and both of these are Category 2, which is “medium” for “sunny & cloudy.” Choose the best lens for your normal conditions when purchasing this goggle.
Frame & Construction
The Emperor has a low-profile frame with a narrower form so that most of the front of the goggle is lens. This is great—both aesthetically and functionally. It’s very light and nicely stylish. When flexing the goggle, however, the lens can dislodge from the frame. This didn’t happen during on-mountain testing but could be an issue in a major yard-sale crash.
Again, this is a great fit for smaller faces. The Emperor was snug inside the helmet brim and very comfortable.