Zeal Forecast with Automatic Lens Review

June 2, 2015
Zeal Forecast with Automatic Lens
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
82
Field of View
9
Fit
7
Anti-fog Power
8
Lens Quality
5
Frame
7
Value
6

The Good

  • Impressive field of view thanks to the low-profile frame
  • No fogging even thought the lens is close to the face
  • Lightweight and flexible frame

The Bad

  • “Automatic lens” isn’t great in bright or low light
  • High price for a lens that doesn’t deliver
THE VERDICT

The Zeal Forecast is a great mid-size goggle with an impressive field of view. It’s soft, light, flexible, and comfortable. The test model came with a polarized “Automatic Lens” that Zeal promises will automatically adjust to changing light conditions. Unfortunately, this is where the goggle fell short. The “Automatic lens” didn’t make noticeable adjustments and wasn’t great in any condition. It was adequate, but I expected a more impressive performance from a great player like Zeal, especially considering the price of this goggle. Pick up the Forecast for $109 (MSRP) with the Optimum Lens instead of dropping $239 (MSRP) on the Automatic Lens

FULL REVIEW

Venting/Fogging
This goggle did a great job in this category. In testing we did not experience any fogging despite the low-profile frame that sits the lens close to the face.

Field of View
The Forecast has a great field of view for a mid-size goggle—by far the goggle’s best feature.

Lens Quality & Options
There is nothing impressive here. The view through this lens was dull and the “Automatic Lens” made no noticeable difference. Thankfully there are other (far cheaper) options.

Frame and Construction
I love the lightweight soft-plastic frame of this goggle. It is also flexible and durable.

Fit
The Forecast is a great fit for smaller faces. The face foam had average softness and is perfectly comfortable.

 


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WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$239.00
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