Bosky Bioplastic Snow Goggle Review

February 16, 2015
Bosky Bioplastic Snow Goggle
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
80
Field of View
8
Fit
6
Anti-fog Power
7
Lens Quality
6
Frame
7
Value
6

The Good

  • Earth-friendly and eco-conscious
  • Great field of view
  • Good ventilation

The Bad

  • Lens scratches easily
  • Face cushion is not particularly comfortable
  • Construction doesn’t seem durable or fit for the long haul
  • Lack of silicone or rubber on interior of goggle strap allows goggles to slip on helmet
THE VERDICT

Bosky’s environmentally conscious eyewear offers a viable alternative to similar products that rely on plastics and foams. The frames are made from plant-based (non-petroleum) plastic and the vents are constructed of fine-weave hemp. Unfortunately, the lens on the test model scratched easily and one of the hemp vents started separating after a few days of use. At $165 for a single-lens system, the Bosky is not a great value. It is a good-looking goggle with respectable on-mountain performance but hopefully the next generation will be more durable.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The Bosky Bioplastic Snow Goggle features a plant-based biourethane frame and hemp ventilation system. This is Bosky’s first entry into the snow goggle market.

FULL REVIEW

Venting/Fogging
Bosky’s fine-weave hemp-covered vents perform just as well as the traditional foam goggle venting. Bosky claims that the hemp won’t fade in sunlight but that is not usually a goggle problem. The hemp in the main top vent on the test model started separating from the frame after a few days of use. On the bright side, there was no fogging or view problems.

Field of View
The field of view of these oversized frames is very impressive. The low-profile frame keeps the lens relatively close to the face and allows great vision on the periphery.

Lens Quality & Options
The view through the lens is high quality and has respectful definition. Unfortunately, the lens received a life-ending scratch across the entire field of view while hanging on the back of my chair at lunch. Considering I didn’t even notice that anyone bumped my chair (and only noticed the scratch when I went to put the goggles back on after lunch), I have to conclude that it doesn’t take much to scratch the lens.

Frame and Construction
The Bosky frame is relatively low profile for an oversized goggle. It is simple and good-looking. However, construction of the overall goggle is questionable based on the easy damage that happened early in testing. Most recent goggles have silicone or rubber on the inside of the strap but the Bosky lacks this feature. For an oversized goggled, it’d be much better to have.’

Fit
Many goggles on the market boast cushy, fleece-like face foam. Not the Bosky. Perhaps due to the earth-friendly nature of the materials, the feeling on my face was rougher and scratchier that other goggles in its class.

Product Specifications
Lens: Spherical Dual Polycarbonate Lens
Frame Material: Bio-urethane Frame.
Ventilation: Fine-Weave Hemp Vents with
Hydrophobic Coating.
Face Cushioning: Polartec Eco-Fleece Face Cushioning.
Head Strap: Silicone-Ribbed Elastic Strap
Includes: Artist-Designed Microfiber Goggle Bag.

 


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