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We review the Giro Balance goggles; new eye protection for the mountain in 2016

giro balance
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Giro's 'EXV' technology gives wide, open views
Not the best for larger faces - but that's not what they're designed for

Giro's Balance goggles have combined increased peripheral vision and an expanded overall field of view with a compact frame, by using their Expanded View Technology - an innovation which also ensures the goggles aren't too bulky for wearing or transporting the goggles in pack or pocket.

Add this to the fact that the Balance is designed to fit seamlessly with Giro helmets and the two together make a great way of staying safe on the mountain.

The Balance goggles also feature industry-leading optics with injection moulded, toric spherical lenses by Zeiss, and there's an anti-fog coating and all-round venting to keep the lenses clear in the worst conditions.

It is worth noting, however, that the Balance has a medium-sized frame so the excellent peripheral vision it provides won't be so effective if you have a large face.

The goggles have triple-layer face foam which feels soft and comfortable and conforms well to the shape of your face, and the overall look is classic and understated, so if you want to cut a stylish dash on the mountain you'll like the Balance; but more importantly, you'll also like it if you want to see exactly where you're going, and what's around you, on the mountain.

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