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.