Optic Nerve Boreas Review

October 9, 2013
Optic Nerve Boreas
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
81
Venting/Fogging
7
Field of Vision
8
Frame Construction
6
Fit
8
Look and Feel
6
Value
6

The Good

  • Fits like a sock on a mannequin’s foot
  • Proprietary mirror-lens technology (putting the mirror on the inside of the goggle) works like a dream on sunny days

The Bad

  • Lens-interchange system has too many snap-in points for efficient, on-the-go use
  • Frame feels a bit flimsy for chargers
  • Not enough integration between the lens and the frame; I never felt like I was guaranteed to have a flush seal
THE VERDICT

The Boreas has a ways to go before it can contend in the interchangeable-lens category with heavyweights like Oakley, Scott and Smith. It could use a burlier frame and more technologically advanced lens-interchange system.

FULL REVIEW

The Boreas is the least expensive goggle in its category, but that didn’t mean as much due to a few performance shortcomings.

Venting/Fogging
No fogging issues. I felt a little breeze inside the goggle at one point but adjusted the frame and it went away.

Field of Vision
This is one area where the goggle shines. It’s easy to pick up obstacles on your periphery.

Frame construction
One of the goggle’s shortcomings is an inadequate seal from the lens to the frame above the nose. When that gets compromised in a crash (i.e. the lens bows out for even a moment), snow infiltrates the seal and floods the goggle’s interior.

Fit
Because of the flimsier frame, the goggle tends to adjust more than its competitors to faces of varying shapes and sizes.

Look and feel
A little too much lens, not enough frame. Still a sharp looking goggle overall, but this can be improved with more lens-frame integration.

 


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MSRP
$119.00
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