Here is the high-end ski and snowboard goggle, the Axis by Giro.
A quick look at the Giro Axis Goggles before we dive in depth on their attributes.
- Comes with 2 lenses
- Magnetic and Pin Lens Change System
- Cylindrical and frameless build
- For men and women
- Vivid by Zeiss vision technology
- MSRP- $90-$180 on Amazon
What you get in the box
- 2 lenses ( full sun and overcast lens of your choice)
- Giro Axis frame and band
- Super plush soft lens carrier (not a hard case)
- Giro sticker
Lens Interchange System- A Mix of Magnets and Pins
The Giro Axis goggle has a unique system of changing its lenses. It involves 2 magnets in the center of the frame and lens and 4 pins located on either end of the goggle. It’s a mix of ease and stability that skiers and riders are looking for in their lens system.
Here’s how it goes down. To get one of the lenses off the frame, you find the indent on the right side of the frame and pop the lens off from right to left. It takes a little force to undo the pins, which is good, and I also didn’t get my fingerprints all over the lens.
To put your other lens in is super quick. The magnets grab the center of the goggle and line it up perfectly, then you give either side a gentle push to pop the pins back in. The pin holders are actually pretty stiff and have a pretty powerful pull on the pins themselves.
Riders and skiers are all wondering if the magnetic lens system is truly hardy enough to take the rough and tumble that a lot of us put our gear through. Giro’s system is a step above a full magnetic lens system in durability and I think it’s perfect for the average skier rider that takes average falls but wants the convenience of a quick lens change on the mountain.
Overall the goggle is mostly reliant on the pin holders to keep the lens on the frame, while the magnets serve to line the lens up for easy switcheroos. This lens changing system is definitely simple enough to do while your goggles are on your helmet or head.
Vision Technology- Vivid by Zeiss
In all of their lenses, Giro uses a technology called Vivid which is engineered by Zeiss Optics. Zeiss Optics make lens related products for many uses including binoculars, sunglasses and rifle scopes.
The Vivid technology effectively manipulates the light by letting in contrasting blue light, while blocking harmful UV light. The creates contrast in the snow allowing you to see the lines and the bumps in the snow.
The technology is very modern but what is really going to help you see out there on an overcast day is having an overcast lens on or available to put on at any time.
The combination lenses I looked at are Vivid Onyx( High Sun) and the Vivid Infrared (Overcast). You could also get a mixed cloud lens as your lowest VLT lens if you live in a particularly cloudy area.
Construction of the Goggle
The Giro Axis is frameless and has an injection molded cylindrical (flat) lens. I personally think this is a super sleek and modern look that is hard to look bad in.
The axis has triple layer face foam for your comfort and also has 2 strips of non-slip material on the goggle strap to keep the goggle in place on your helmet.
This goggle can also fit over glasses if that’s something you’re looking for.
This goggle looks amazing, there’s no doubt about that.
Where this goggle really wins is the combination of ease and relative durability of its lens changing system. For many skiers and riders, the ability to quickly change lenses in variable conditions and see well in any condition will really help their performance.
For the price, I think this is a good value. It comes with 2 lenses and it’s one of the most economical goggles with a magnetic lens component on the market. There are a ton of different color options on Amazon.com. Just a reminder, mot of the lens colors you see online in the same category (high sun, mixed clouds, overcast), let a very similar amount of light through, so go ahead and pick a color that shows off your style!
Have more questions about the Giro Axis? Have you tried them yourself and have anything to add? Drop me a line below and I’d be happy to gear talk with you guys!