Zeal Tramline Review

October 10, 2013
Zeal Tramline
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
88
Venting/Fogging
9
Field of Vision
9
Frame Construction
7
Fit
7
Look and Feel
9
Value
7

The Good

  • It fits average face shapes like a suction cup
  • If you purchase Zeal’s patented Automatic photochromic lens, it becomes a one-goggle quiver
  • Field of vision is perfectly adequate, if not supreme compared with other similarly priced goggles
  • With an unusually raised profile off the face, it allows for a roomier feel

The Bad

  • I found the frame construction to be a bit bendy and Gumby-esque
  • Slightly narrow for wide faces, as expected with its medium fit definition
  • As with any photochromic lens, expect a 2- to 3-minute transition period when the sun comes out after hiding behind the clouds
THE VERDICT

So long as it fits your face, you will likely be happy with the Tramline, especially if you splurge for the exceptional Automatic lens. The goggle looks good and feels good, and fogging was never an issue.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

A sleek new medium-fit goggle with a more flexible frame.

FULL REVIEW

In general this is a fairly priced, solid performing goggle. $219 is a steep price for the top-end lens, but it’s also the only one you’ll need.

Venting/Fogging
I hiked in it, used it for touring descents, and skied it at the resort. No problems with venting or fogging. Unlike a lot of other companies’ lenses, Zeal’s anti-fog materials are built into the lens, not sprayed on.

Field of Vision
You can see trees and other skiers encroaching on your space to the side, but it’s not excessive.

Frame construction
I wasn’t a huge fan of the flimsier frame construction for long-term durability, although it also didn’t fail me while I was testing it.

Fit
Very good fit for average face shapes and sizes (which my wife has; she tried and loved this goggle). Not so much for wide faces.

Look and feel
No issues here. Its raised profile adds an element of comfort and roominess inside, and the frame design and lens integration are attractive.

 


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WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$219.00
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