As I sit below the ski boot wall of the local ski shop, Cripple Creek Backcountry, it’s pretty obvious as you look up at the shiny new Pebax and poly slippers then slowly let your eyes scan towards the floor to the used boots, everything has changed and updated over just the four years this young shop has been open. Everything except goggles.
When Julbo’s Aerospace goggles landed on my doorstep this June I was pretty sure they would just collect dust on my shelf. Just-another-goggle…
Nope! (Full disclaimer: Yes Virginia, we do have Julbo as an advertiser here on the world’s most popular ski touring website. This review was written before that happened, and as usual we would have nixed the product for review unless we liked it. We liked it.)
Since backcountry ski season went on till July this year in Colorado, the Aerospace goggles saw some heavy punishment from sweat and UV rays.
Aerospace goggles are the first downhill AND uphill skiing goggle. Lou, is this true?! Call it BS, but I kid you not, I ski toured uphill with the Aerospace goggles on my face skinning and climbing up several 14’ers and mid-day Colorado corn harvesting missions where temperatures approached 90 degrees. A simple latch, known as the Super-Flow system, lets you space the lens away from the frame, almost floating on four pins in front of the frame. I simply could not get them to fog.
Personally a huge fan of photochromatic lenses, these goggles don’t disappoint in that area either. Under spring and summer sun with intense shadows they performed better than all of my scratched sunglasses combined. Easily spotting crevasses and transitions in the snow, the patented Zebra lenses change their tint in split seconds. (The same lenses featured on the Aerospace are also available through Julbo’s sunglasses line.)
These will be my absolute go-to goggle. I can’t wait to lose my assorted goggle lens collection in the deep dark recesses of my Land Cruiser, and with one single goggle, Aerospace, be assured I’ll be able to see everything this winter — both uphill and down
Be on the lookout for the ultimate ski touring goggles for freeride, side-country, and even ski mountaineering racing this winter.
Joseph Risi was raised on pasta and meatballs in the “backwoods” of Long Island before seeking higher education in the mountains of Vermont. Always looking for adventure, building treehouses, working too many odd jobs around the world he now lives in the Aspen area of Colorado.