We wore the Bollé Northstar goggles for a full month. The model we used was fitted with Phantom Fire Red glass. We confronted these Northstar with almost all weather conditions that you can encounter in the mountains.
At the end of this field test, the two major qualities we retained were: the absence of fogging-up in any circumstance, and visual clarity. We could add another point that we loved, was the lens’ ability to go from dark to bright, but above all to staying bright when the light intensity decreases, such as at the end of the day, in January for example.
We could cite these goggles’ long list of technical characteristics but what ultimately counts is their performance on the snow. The first thing you need from goggles is anti-fogging. Mission 100% fulfilled by the Bollé Northstar. In the snow, sometimes even in the rain, exiting the cable cars (hot/cold), they never had the slightest fogging-up. It must be pointed out that the upper and lower ventilations are very effective. A light grid keeps out snowflakes and water droplets. But this ventilation is not excessive, your eyes never water due to the wind created by speed. Any drops that come onto the lens quickly disperse thanks to a special coating.
The visual detail, and respect for most of the colors (with a slightly yellow dominance) make the Bollé Northstar very good goggles for freeriding and downhill skiing, to go fast while safely reading the terrain. The lens doesn’t scratch easily. Is it thanks to the plastic frame that protects it or the lens’ material?
The mask doesn’t squeak, no irritating plastic noises to report. Their shape suits most faces and comes down fairly low on the cheekbones. The nose is comfortable thanks to triple thickness foam (2 + 1). They stay in place under a helmet and remain comfortable for the day.
In sunny conditions, the photochromic lens goes up to a 3 level protection. It can change from 1 to 3. It therefore doesn’t provide protection equivalent to a pair of glacier sunglasses. On the snow, we didn’t notice any particular discomfort in full sun. However, it would be necessary to check at the end of the season whether there is sufficient filtration.
Last but not least, the strap doesn’t slide on a helmet. Its adjustment system could be a little more practical to allow it to slide more easily.
The Bollé Northstar with the Phantom Fire Red screen are excellent goggles that aren’t prone to fogging-up. We really appreciated the visual clarity and their versatility with changing with the light variations.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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