Peripheral vision is key to situation awareness. I am sick of small goggle frames that block my vision. At the same time, I’m not interested in cartoon-sized goggles that look like they’re made for clowns in flight school. So, is there a goldilocks pair of goggles?
Find out more in my Giro review below:
Giro Onset Review
Look no further. Giro’s Onset goggles feature the widest peripheral view in the game.
The Onset goggle was Giro’s first in their EXV (Expansion View) collection that is all about the wide field of view. The frame design is ideal for wide faces, but it doesn’t look like a particularly physically large goggle. It’s more about the slimmed down low profile rim featuring frameless areas. Combine that big frame with a giant spherical lens and you’ve got big time field of view.
Giro Carl Zeiss Optics
That giant lens, by the way, is produced by Carl Zeiss Vision. Yeah, the Carl Zeiss of international lens manufacturing fame. As a photographer, I know that if something has the Zeiss name on it, you can typically expect one thing: 1. Top shelf quality. And top shelf it is. Treat yourself to top quality optics and durability. This True Sight vented spherical lens also has an anti-fog coating to help keep things crystal clear when you’re really working those turns and start steaming up.
My lens was Giro’s S2 Mixed Clouds lens in Amber Scarlet with a VLT (Visible Light Transmission) of 19-42%. This is a general-purpose lens with a wide useful range, made for everything short of full-blown sun or total whiteout. On typical overcast, even rainy days here in the Pacific Northwest, this lens proved absolutely perfect, enabling clear vision with zero color cast.
These goggles also have the features you’d expect, like cushy triple layer face foam with micro fleece, and seamless compatibility with all Giro’s helmets, so nobody accuses you of sporting the gaper gap.
I do wish these goggles had swappable lenses for different light conditions, or for when you manage to steam up your lens from just being a hot and sweaty guy. I’ve grown very accustomed to carrying multiple lenses with me, especially totally clear ones for when backcountry tours take longer than expected and next thing you know you’re descending by headlight.
But when all is said is done, the field of view of the Giro Onset won me over. I guess what mom said is true; bigger is better.
giro onset vs compass[wpex more=”A second Giro Onset Review Read more” less=”Read less”]With their proprietary EXV(Expanded View) technology Giro has developed the Onset a large framed goggle with a wide peripheral that’s low profile and fits seamlessly across the contours of the face. Many of the larger framed goggles I’ve tried in the past have left gaps or felt like I was wearing a welding mask, but with EXV Giro has combined the large frame performance with the fit and look of a medium framed goggle. They’ve added a very cushy triple layer face foam with micro fleece for extra comfort. Most high end goggles should have triple layer, the third layer adding an extra density and durable feel to the foam.
In recent years Giro has outsourced the design of their optics for the higher end goggles to Zeiss. If you’re not familiar(which I was not until they appeared in the snow sports industry) Zeiss is a company that designs things like microscope systems for the biomedical industry and are the market leader in lithography optics(the basic tech used to make microchips). In this world of cost cutting and out sourcing I believe Giro went the way of higher quality by enlisting Zeiss in the lens design. The Onset has given me the most crisp, clear visual performance I’ve ever had from a goggle. The lense is spherical in shape and tapered to match the curvature of your eye offering no distortion in vision. My amber scarlet lens has 40% VLT(visual light transmission) so it works best in partly cloudy to low light conditions.
I’ve been rocking my Giro Onset goggles for 2 weeks in a variety of conditions and considering price point and performance these could be the best goggles on the market. Coming in at $150 the Giro Onset is in the same price range as it’s competitors yet delivers a superior visual experience. It is obvious Giro didn’t cut corners in developing this goggle. The overall fit and performance with my Giro Discord helmet is incredible. The goggle has a line of grippy rubber that runs the length of the strap so they don’t slide up or down on a helmet. The ventilation system and anti fog coating keep the goggles clear of fog allowing you to focus on the terrain ahead. If you didn’t know Giro was making goggles(high quality at a great price) than you better start paying attention.[/wpex]