Giro Contour RS Goggle | Review

Giro has taken everything there is to like about the classic Contour and brought it into a more compact package with these, the Giro Contour RS

Why we chose the Giro Contour RS: An excellent field of view, a shrunk down version of a very good pair of goggles, EVAK Vent technology, quality lenses and stylish straps.


Telling people Giro knows a thing or two about making ski goggles is probably one of the most stating-the-obvious statements we’ve ever put on this website. Still, when you’re talking about a brand like Giro it really is worth reiterating. Founded in the mountainous playground of California, back in 1985, they’re a company that have spent over thirty years delivering on the world-class eyewear front. 

“A shrunk down version of the original Contour but one that packs much of its bigger brother’s punch”

The Giro Contour RS (the ‘RS’ stands for ‘Reduced Size’) is a shrunk down version of the original Contour but one that packs much of its bigger brother’s punch. Made for core skiers and snowboarders with smaller faces, core shredders who crave a super slick frameless style and a ‘room with a view’ up on their grill, including this excellent product in our Ski 100 this time out was a real no-brainer. 

Giro Contour RS Features

There’s a lot of things to talk about with this lovely bit of kit so we’ll just sort of close our eyes, point at the big list in front of us, and – OK, we’ll start by talking about the fact this product seamlessly links up with all Giro helmets. What do we mean by that exactly? In short, Giro have cleverly engineered their goggles and helmets so that they go together easily; sort of like two pieces of a very simple jigsaw puzzle coming together. It works exceptionally well in terms of fit and functionality, and definitely serves up something to consider if you’re on the hunt for a new helmet as well. 

“It’s a common misconception that larger frames offer a wider field of view”

What else? Well, it’s a common misconception that larger frames offer a wider field of view. Your peripheral vision is, it turns out, more often limited by the goggle’s frame and lens shape than its size. EXV+ technology unites a frameless design and semi-spherical lens curvature, and this sets the foundations for a wider field of view for the wearer. In other words, open your eyes and soak up all those mountain vistas (you’ll be able to see a lot of them in one go). Not quite like having eyes on the side of your head, but not too far off to be fair.

The triple-layer face foam system breaks down in the following way. There’s a plush contact layer against your face, a super soft middle layer that takes care of the comforting contour business, and a durable back layer that’s connected to the goggle frame. Good stuff. Like it.

Big shout out to the EVAK Vent Technology. It involves a clever kind of foam that manages to be both incredibly durable and non-absorbent. EVAK vents minimise the fogging by releasing moisture. It does this while simultaneously creating a barrier from the elements, meaning you essentially get the best of both worlds.

Speaking of fog, there’s an anti-fog coating on the lenses here. The goggles are also, it’s worth pointing out, OTG friendly. 

While we’re on the subject of goggle lenses, how does two Vivid Zeiss Lenses – one for sun / all conditions and one for low light – sound? The Toric Vivid Lenses with Optics by ZEISS are, stating the obvious a bit, toric in shape. This means they mimic the form of the human eye. To the cynically minded it might sound like a silly bit of marketing spiel but the consensus from those that have tried them seems to be that they really do enhance the optics nicely. The increased air volume inside that the lens shape helps to create also helps to prevent fogging.

“With Giro, you can sleep easy knowing you made the right decision”

ZEISS Optics really are the creme de la creme when it comes to holding the art of making lenses to the highest possible standard . They manufacture them, they test them, and they carry out the kind of deeply analytical quality control that ensures all Giro toric lenses are the best they can be and, arguably, the best on the market. When you’re paying top dollar, you need to be confident that you’re investing in something that’s worth the high level investment. With Giro, you can sleep easy knowing you made the right decision.

The strap options for the Giro Contour RS Goggle are also, without wanting to come across as unbelievably shallow, absolutely stunning. If someone wants to sew a bunch of these together, we’d happily wear the majority of the more colourful patterns for a night on the town. A good pair of goggles, of course, need to be about so much more than ‘the vibes’ but these goggles really do have the potential to look sicker than a freshers’ week bucket. Ski hipsters, assemble. 

Everything that’s good about the Giro Contour but in a more compact package, one that makes them more accessible for the pocket-sized shredders out there. If you want an excellent field of view on the mountain, a stylish strap and frameless design combo, and don’t mind paying that little bit extra for a premium pair of goggles you’ve come to the right place.

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