Why we chose the SunGod Vanguard Goggles: Affordable, customisable, protective
Lens type: Cylindrical
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).