The new Starwind from high performance eyewear specialists Julbo is designed for skiers with small to medium faces who have a tendency to work up a sweat in the mountains.
Featuring Julbo's innovative anti-fog Superflow technology, the Starwind is the ideal choice for female freeriders or ski tourers (or anyone with a smaller face) looking for a goggle that they can wear on sweaty stormy ascents. The ingenious Superflow system gets rid of fogging as it enables skiers to move the lens forward which boosts air circulation and allows the goggle to breathe. Simply snap the lens back into place when you're ready to shred et voila.
Transitioning between the ventilated uphill mode and the normal, full protection downhill mode is pretty straightforward but it's definitely worth practicing a little first - and remember to do it wearing ski gloves. It takes a little time to find the sweet spot but once you've got the knack, there'll be no turning back from Superflow.
Other features of note include the Starwind's minimalist, superlight frame that enables a truly superior field of vision. By reducing the size of the frame, there's more room for the goggle lens which increases your awareness of what's going on around you without having to swing your head around like crazed meerkat.
When it comes to lenses, there's a whole range of choice to suit a range of anticipated conditions and rider priority - all of which feature Julbo's Reactive NXT lens technology. We opted for the high performance photochromic cat 1 to 3 Zebra Light Red lens that's optimised for both poor weather and sunnier conditions, increases colour definition and sharpens perception. The idea is that the lens transitions for you when travelling between light and dark which makes them an excellent choice for skiers who like to get out and about no matter the weather. If you hate skiing in low viz then we recommend you give these lenses a try - they really do increase definition and clarity and make the experience a whole lot less initimidating.
The Julbo Starwind may come with a reasonably high price tag but this is a premium, top quality ski goggle that is well worth the investment.