Impressive field of view both vertically and horiz
Lenses scratched relatively easily
The Giro Axis is a great goggle with a pin-and-magnet quick-change lens system. It has a large fit and impressive field of view both vertically and horizontally. The frame was relatively stiff, and the nose cut was nice and large. The lens did not fog due to the dual vents. It worked great in a variety of lighting and weather conditions, although the pair we had were a little dark for late-day skiing.
The Giro Axis is one of the larger-sized frameless cylindrical goggles with great quick-change lenses.
Field of View
The Giro Axis has an average field of view, both vertically and horizontally.
Fit & Comfort
The Giro Axis came in at 5.1 ounces, which was lighter than the average goggle (the 20 goggles tested ranged from 4.3 ounces to 6.7 ounces). The nose cut-out and curvature of the Giro Axis is a perfect match for larger-sized faces. The foam was nice and soft but durable, and the strap was easy to adjust. We paired them with five different helmets, and found no major issues with a goggle gap.
No significant fogging occurred in the Giro Axis while tested in the relatively dry climate of Colorado. They performed well on wet snowy spring days and we even took the goggles out for some warm cross country days. They had little to no fogging despite our perspiring.
Lens & Frame Quality
The Giro Axis received an 8 out of 10 in this category. The lenses performed well in many different lighting conditions—but were bit too dark in the late afternoons, so having two lenses with you is recommended. We found no distortion around the edges, and despite the “frameless” design, they were highly scratch-resistant. We found the frame to have the right amount of flexibility, and the quality was overall high. It worked well with most of the testers’ faces.
Lens Change Ease
As we stated in our summary, quick and easy lens changing systems are the standard now, so anything short of that got points knocked off. The Giro Axis has a great peg-and-magnet system, and it is very easy to swap the lenses without touching them due to their “frameless” design. We were able to remove & replace lenses in under 10 seconds.
The strap was easy to adjust and it stayed in place on and off helmet due to the gummy silicon that goes all the way around. The strap is one continuous piece, and the elastic was just stretchy enough for moving them from face to forehead without any issues. It comes with a lightweight storage bag.
Leigh started skiing at 8 and converted to snowboarding soon thereafter. His first board was an original 1985 Sims Kidwell Roundtail, which he still rides on powder days. He has written articles for numerous magazines and recently published a novel. He lives and works in Denver and hits the hills on weekends with his family.