POC Retina Big Goggle Review

August 25, 2013
POC Retina Big Goggle
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POC Retina Big Goggle 2POC_Retina_BiG_Red
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
77
Field of View
7
Helmet Compatibility
8
Anti-fog Power
3
Lens Quality
6
Ease of Lens Changes
7
Value
6

The Good

  • Oversized lens fits a medium-sized face
  • Low profile frame is slim and streamlined
  • Clarity and crisp view of a high quality lens

The Bad

  • Fogged easily
  • Lens scratched easily
  • “Oversized” lens doesn’t result in a huge field of view
THE VERDICT

POC has a great concept with a frame that is medium-sized on your face but fits an oversized lens in a slim frame. The problem is that the lens is so close to the face that it fogs easily and, despite its great clarity, also scratched far too quickly.

FULL REVIEW

Venting/Fogging
While the goggle appears to have adequate venting, the lens quickly fogged in normal conditions. Water droplets developed in between the lenses across the upper brim of the goggle as soon as I started to ski hard and sweat a bit. It seemed that the heat of my face was fogging up the lenses almost immediately.

Field of View
There is a good field of view for a frame that feels like a medium-sized goggle. Although this is POC’s version of an “oversized” goggle, the field of view does not rival true oversized goggles like the Smith IO or the dome shape pioneered by Oakley.

Lens Quality/Durability
The high quality lens provided a crisp and clear view in cloudy and sunny conditions. Unfortunately, despite POC’s anti-scratch claims, the outer lens scratched too quickly and easily.  

Frame and Construction
This is a great frame concept that other manufacturers should envy: the frame is medium sized on the inside (that fits your face) but oversized on the outside (that holds the lens). The rim of the frame is thin which gives the goggle a low profile and also looks sleek.

Fit
Great fit for a medium-sized face. Despite the unique shape, this goggle fit well in a variety of helmets.

 


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$140.00
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