K2 Photometric Goggle Review

January 9, 2013
K2 Photometric Goggle
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
84
Field of View
6
Helmet Compatibility
8
Anti-fog Power
8
Lens Quality
6
Ease of Lens Changes
7
Value
9

The Good

  • Good venting and lens prevent fogging
  • Rubber striping on the inside of the strap prevents the strap from slipping off the helmet
  • Comfortable face cushioning
  • Outriggers for better helmet fit

The Bad

  • Mirrored lens doesn’t pick up great definition on overcast days
  • Strap doesn’t have a clip
  • Inside of lens scratched easily
  • Only one lens
THE VERDICT

This is a solid showing for K2s first goggle, providing good but unexceptional performance—but a great value. It is a base-model goggle without the features of higher-end models but provides good visibility in a stylish package.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

A single-lens, mid-size, dome-shaped goggle from K2. This is K2’s first foray into the goggle market and is the most affordable model.

FULL REVIEW

Venting/Fogging
This goggle is well-vented and rarely fogged. Testing was done in predominantly dry conditions with no wet snow days but included a few powder days with great results.

Field of View
This goggle has an above-average field a view thanks to its rounded (but not oversized) lens. Large frame goggles do not fit my face well and this goggle provides a great field of view for an average-size frame. The goggle sits over an inch off the face which does limit the view somewhat but there are no noticeable blind spots.

Lens Quality/Durability
My goggle came with the mirror lens which quickly scratched on the inside. I took care of the outer lens, always storing the goggle in its sleeve and trying to avoid branches to the face, but the mirrored coating is quick to show fingerprints and blemishes. The view through the lens is clear and undistorted; the blue-ish tint is a nice variation on the norm.

Frame and Strap
The frame includes outriggers for a better helmet fit but the outriggers are not hinged and do not adjust. While this made for a good fit with my helmet as tested, I could see this goggle not fitting well with any oversized or bulky helmet. The frame material is durable yet flexible, allowing the frame to bend and flex with ease and no fear of breaking. The inside of the strap is covered with thin rubber stripes which are great for gripping the helmet on dry and wet days.

 


Continue Reading
WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$80.00
*Your purchase helps to support the work of Gear Institute.
USER REVIEWS

No reviews have been posted for this product.

post