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zlp wrote a review of on December 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I read about this goggle in press this fall I thought it was too good to be true... 4 different lenses, all in one goggle/lens, that change in less than .1 of a sec? No WAY! I've skied in photo chromatic lens's for years but always wanted a faster change in tint. This Variotronic technology is the real deal! After reading up on it, apparently it comes from the military special forces and the air force. When I got these, I set the lens to the darkest tint for the sunny day and turned on the automatic mode. After skiing down out of the upper bowl, I turned off to my favorite tree run to finish. Faster than I could blink, click, the lens went clear and I had the perfect lens for my dark tree stash! The change was seamless and natural.. Not to mention as the clouds came in and I finished the day in the flat afternoon light,I used every single tint.
I have no problem saying that this is the future of goggles... It is the best fitting goggle that I've worn and the lens technology was what I had been looking for my whole life! Why hasn't anyone else done this? Way to go UVEX!

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zlp wrote a review of on December 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After watching the difficult conditions at the Sochi Olympics last year and these goggles on just about every podium I knew I had to have them! I have not been disappointed! The Lasergold lens is perfect for everyday skiing/training, with great contrast and definition. It fits my helmet perfectly (as you would expect from the race edition).

It doesn't hurt that I get compliments all the time on the Blue Chrome frame and lens... :) Love them!

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zlp wrote a review of on December 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have very sensitive eyes to glare and bright light. I had usually needed to carry separate lenses or even goggles with me when I skied in the past. My buddy recommended the Downhill 2000 because of the fit and the helmet compatibility. He had the Variomatic lenses that changed tint for the sun conditions. I took them out for an early season ski day and loved them! I found out about the Poloarized option available in the lens and had to have them. I use polarized lenses in all my fishing glasses and it makes a huge difference in glare and my comfort outdoors.
After skiing these the other day, I am never getting another goggle without the polarized/photochromatic option! They changed tint quickly to adapt to the light throughout the day and the polarized lens not only was more comfortable to see in the back bowls, but let me see icy and slick places on the front side better! Best Goggle I've ever had!

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zlp wrote a review of on December 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own a pr of the variomatic Downhill2000s and love them. No gaper gap, and it doesn't push my nose down or the helmet back like the other goggles that I've tried.
The Vario lens is incredible. I have no glare at all in the lens. I used this last week in a full powder storm in the morning with great contrast and visibility. The afternoon turned blue bird and the color and the darkness of the lens was perfect! No need to change lenses! The photo chromatic lens changed quickly and was the perfect tint. My buddy complained about having to change lenses' all day.. Best goggle I've ever owned. Fits my helmet better than the other brand that was supposedly 'made' for their helmet.

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zlp wrote a review of on December 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I own a pr of the variomatic Downhill2000s and love them. My brother tried mine on and wanted them immediately! Despite their huge field of vision, they fit both of our faces and it had a comfortable fit between her helmet. No gaper gap, and it didn't push his nose down or the helmet back like the other goggles that he had tried with a similar look.

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zlp wrote a review of on November 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the goggle I had been looking for! Not only does it have a great spherical lens with huge field of vision. It has all the details that I need in a goggle: The foam is soft and smooth to my face, the strap sticks on my helmet and doesn't slide off, the frame fit perfectly against my helmet and the lens is simply the best I've ever used.
I have to admit, that I am a huge Ted L. Fan and if they are good enough for him, who am I to argue?!

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zlp wrote a review of on November 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the goggle I had been looking for! Not only does it have a great spherical lens with huge field of vision. It has all the details that I need in a goggle: The foam is soft and smooth to my face, the strap sticks on my helmet and doesn't slide off, the frame fit perfectly against my helmet and the polarized lens is simply the best I've ever used.
I have to admit, that I am a huge Ted L. Fan and if they are good enough for him, who am I to argue?!

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zlp wrote a review of on November 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Every time I see kids goggles they are made to be as cheap as possible. This is great if you are a tourist on vacation, but stinks when you are on the hill with your kid every week.
This goggles is every bit as nice as any of my goggles that I have owned, including my Smith I/Os.
The foam is soft and comfortable, the lenses are clear and crisp and the Frame fits perfectly in all of our helmets. No fogging as of yet this season either!

It works great on smaller ladies faces as well!

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zlp wrote a review of on October 31, 2013

5 5

The R1 Sonic pole is simply the best pole I have ever used. I had a chance to use these and the R2 last spring both in bounds and a couple of tours. They are lighter and stiffer than any other adjustable pole (I think they must use the same carbon as on my road bike) and the swing felt like I was using my normal carbon alpine pole.
The locking mechanism was super quick and solid. I never had to readjust or tighten it to prevent it from slipping. The straps/grips could be used with my mittens on.
I can't recommend the R1 any higher. If you want and need the best, this is it.. by a MILE!

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zlp wrote a review of on October 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a chance to ski on the Sonic pole last spring at a demo day and I was blown away! Not only where they light and stiff, but the grip/strap system could be used with my mittens on, and the locking mechanism was rock solid. Couldn't believe how much better it was than my older poles. The carbon R1s where a dream pole, but I decided to go with the R2s for a balance of weight and price.

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zlp wrote a review of on December 9, 2010

5 5

the name says it all - everyday I feel that I have the right ski for the conditions. Railed some early season groomers. Killed a few rope drops after the snow hit, even put in a little tour.

I'm on a budget, but couldn't afford every stick I wanted. Now I'm wondering why I need more skis (except a twin tip....)

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