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Awesome Idea, Poor execution, so close!

Lenses are fantastic, Technology is out of this world, Interface is truly amazing. but the visibility OUT of these goggles is downright dangerous. They sit significantly farther OFF of your face, forward, and the components on the either side of the goggle itself restrict your peripheral vision. There is restricted visibility also, up and DOWN while looking ahead. Using these on a busy mountain, resort, or trail is very risky, esp for snowboarders who already have to over come blind spots. Its sort of like looking forward through a shoebox. very disappointing, because these would have been awesome, they would have been my last goggle.

I feel its much safer to use a regular wide view goggle with a good GPS strapped to your arm or pack that you can glance at. The HUD in the goggles is not restricting, its the goggle conforming to accept the hardware that makes the field of vision so closed in. total bummer :( hopefully in the near future this will be sorted out, and i can buy the next generation.

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Have you tried other Zeal goggle by chance? i'm wondering how the peripheral vision compares to Zeal Eclipse.

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@Mellow,
These were my first zeal's. Coming from smith prophecy's that I've used for 4 years, which are nothing out of the ordinary. Compared to those smiths the zeal's offered about 5-6 inches LESS pariphary vision on either side of your view at about 3 feet. I didn't think it was a big deal sitting in my living room but once I got on the mountain and felt like I had tunnel vision in the lift line I became weary. Once on the busy trail on a weekend, it was clear I did not have enough view to safely ride amongst people. My head was spinning, I had to constantly twist my neck in order to clear areas, verses an effortless glance it once took before with the regular smiths. I was totally bummed. If your riding alone on trails that are not populated w others you'll prob be fine. But I did not want to risk it. Pretty pricey for a major short coming.

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Is your opinion still the same? I really wanted a pair of these goggles and have been weary about any vision problems.

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I love Zeal for their lenses , I have eclipse sppx , however the do sit pretty far off my face and pinch my nose making it hard to breath. Also the earlier comment about blocked peripheral visual is true , I do feel like I'm looking through a shoebox. Time to make a change ...