SunGod Vanguard POW Goggles 2022 – 2023 | Review

The Vanguard goggles from SunGod represent top tier sun protection in an affordable package

Why we chose the SunGod Vanguard Goggles: Affordable, customisable, protective 

Lens type: Cylindrical
Price: £114

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It’s fair to say that Swiss-based SunGod have been smashing the sunglasses and goggle game in recent years. Founded in Verbier in 2013, this small company has quickly made a name for themselves; creating some of the finest eyewear out there, and at a respectable price point for the consumer as well.

Frustrated by good quality sunglasses and goggles costing the earth (both literally and figuratively), and cheaper knockoffs not being up to spec, SunGod founders Zoe Armstrong and Ali Watkiss went about creating affordable yet decent eyewear that could still go head to head with the heavyweights.

They began, as many companies do in the 21st century, with a crowdfunding campaign. This campaign smashed its target and allowed the duo to throw everything they had into the brand. Now, with a quickly growing athlete lineup (did someone say McLaren F1 sponsorship?), the brand has become a staple in almost all spheres of the sports world.

While not the cheapest option out there (these Vanguards come in at £114) they do manage to offer eye protection comparative that served up by the top brands (we’re thinking Smith and Oakley, who’ll usually set you back around £180 for their top-end goggles). Anyway, let’s take a look at what £114 gets you.

Fit And Features

Looking at the lens (it’s the most important part of a goggle, after all), you’ve got an oversized (for great peripherals) ‘4KO’ snow lens with the choice of eight different lenses to choose from depending on your preferences (more on the customisation stuff later).

These lenses have been optimised to bring out contrast even in the most tricky light conditions and offer full UV protection from the sun’s nasty rays. Impact protection has been built into the lens, and a triple-layer scratch resistance protects them when you do decide to throw them into the bottom of your backpack.

Lens swapping has been made simple here thanks to handy magnets built into the internal part of the frame and lens. All you need to do is push the lens away from the frame (with moderate force) and it’ll simply pop out. Further customisation is possible by switching out the strap by simply clicking it off the frame.

You’re given the option to customise your Vanguards before you order them, so you can play about with all sorts of colour combinations and lens tints. We went for the limited edition POW (Protect Our Winters) 2022 version because, quite frankly, there can’t be enough people on the hills flying the flag for this essential charity.

And while we’re on the topic of environmental stewardship, you’ll be glad to hear that SunGod are a fully carbon neutral brand as well. They’ve done this by working to minimise their impact on the planet wherever possible. This includes lower impact packaging, efficient shipping and increasing the use of recyclable materials. Good stuff.

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