Bolle’s Virtuose goggles are quick and easy to use with the 1-Click interchange system, have great optics, are simple yet sporty, include an extra lens carrying case, and sits at a reasonable price point. The 1-Click system pops the lens out easily but pressing the new lens into place is hard to do without smudging. The field of view from the Virtuose is exceptional for its mid-size frame and the flexible molding provides a great fit.
FIELD OF VIEW Field of view for the Virtuose is above-average for a mid-size frame. This goggle isn’t engineered – and doesn’t look—like a wide-angle lens but does very well for its size.
FIT The Virtuose was so comfortable it felt formed to my face. The material making up the part of the frame that sits on the face is flexible and gives where the face pushes so the goggle adapts to the curves of the face. The smaller frame fit well in both kinds of helmets it was tested with and there were no gaps for wind to get inside.
ANTI-FOG No fogging occurred under any conditions. Note that I tested in the relatively dry climes of Colorado and don’t generally overheat when I ski. So use in humidity might yield a different result.
LENS QUALITY Both lenses provided by Bolle had great optics. I had a clear view on cloudy and sunny days. I used these goggles repeatedly throughout the season and they never got a scratch thanks to the “Carbo-Glas” protective outer layer.
FRAME The 1-Click lens interchange system sets this goggle apart in its price range. It is the easiest and most reliable interchange system I tested this year. No clips or multiple contact points to deal with and once the lens is in it stays in.
VALUE The price of this goggle is right in the middle of the range but Bolle gets extra points for including a hard case for the extra lens. If I’m investing in two lenses then I want to have both of them on the hill and want them protected.