I’m still waiting for someone, anyone — perhaps the craftiest of our friends in China — to come out with a goggle lens that won’t scratch, but — until the day our society advances past planned obsolescence — the Native Treeline Goggles with reactive lens has all the features I’m looking for in a resort, backcountry, and snowmobile goggle.
Native Wide Angle Lens
The Native Eyewear Treeline Goggles have an exceptionally big, wide-angle lens that barely blocks any of my peripheral or vertical vision. The reactive lens works well at various temperatures and seems properly calibrated to changing sun/shade conditions. It makes carrying extra lenses and changing lenses in the backcountry unnecessary. The rose tint is a time tested storm and low light lens trusted by many riders. The grey tint feels more like a dark purplish-blue to my eye, and it provides great clarity and adequate sun protection on full bluebird days. In all light conditions, the colors and shadows really pop wearing these. On a sunny day, it’s kind of fun pulling the goggles out of their case and watching them transition from pink to a mirrored grey.
I found that the fluted face foam and hydrophobic lens help keep them from fogging up, even while traveling uphill. Overall, I’d say these goggles have a modern, minimalist, aggressive, and intimidating style. The Native Treeline Goggles come with a high-quality semi-rigid case and a decent goggle bag. My only gripe with these goggles — aside from being, like all goggles, scratchable — is that the goggle bag could be slightly bigger for ease of use. I have another set of Native goggles with a smaller lens that came with an identical goggle bag, and it can take a little effort to slide the larger Treeline goggles into the bag, but it’s certainly not a deal-breaker.
These Native Treeline Goggles with reactive lens are just about sold out this year for a reason. I think that reactive lenses are definitely the future of quality goggle design. All in all, the Native Treeline ($170.00) is a great pair of goggles.