Glade Optics Challenger Goggle

Glade Optics Challenger Goggle Ski

Move over big players in the eye-wear industry there is a new manufacturer in town, Glade Optics. Although not entirely new to the optics world, Glade has been making killer sunglasses for the last few years and now continues in that tradition with some darn fine ski goggles, including the Glad Challenger Goggles.

Glade Challenger Goggles Review

What is it that sets these Glade Goggles apart from the likes of Smith, Dragon, and Spy?  The price.  For only $89 you can own the Glade Optics Challenger Goggle.  When I first saw the price, I figure these goggles would be less than high-end.  Boy was I wrong.Glade Challenger Goggle over Helmet

Glade markets the Challenger Goggles as being Customization, which it is thanks to the Quicklens™ change system.  That being said I have never found the need to touch the lenses on these Goggles, from flat light to bright light and everything in between.  The Blue lens from Glade Optics (which I tested) allows 18.4% light transmission while the Photochromatic has a range of 30.0%-84.0% light transmission.  Regardless of the conditions, these goggles will allow you to see everything that comes your way with a crisp, clear field of view.

Glade Challenger Goggle Wide Field of View

Thanks to Glade’s wide Challenger lens shape you get a ton of added peripheral vision.  If you’re a fan of the APX’s,  I/OX’s or even the Flight Deck Prizm Goggle the Glade Challenger is surely going to be a hit with you.  And best of all you can as mentioned above buy 2 sets of these Goggles for the price that the big boys charge.

How did these Glade come to be? The founder grew up skiing Mad River Valley of Vermont (ski it if you can) and after years of testing and playing with sub-par gear Glade was formed.

Glade Goggle Ski

Overall Impression

With a great fit, feel and clear optics to-boot you can’t go wrong with a pair of the Glade Optic Challenger Goggle($89).

5 / 5 RATING      

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief. Mike spends most of his time splitboarding in the winter months and backpacking throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the summer.

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