Dragon’s Transition X1s goggles are a very clever piece of kit. For years, manufacturers have been dreaming up various different ways to make switching your lens easier, so you can see better when conditions and light levels change on the mountain.
However, with a brilliant bit of ‘out of the box’ thinking, Dragon’s designers came up with a new idea. Rather than make the rider switch the lens to suit the conditions, why not make the lens change itself? The results are these – light-sensitive lenses which darken or lighten to suit changing weather and light levels.
It’d be easy to be sceptical about this technology, not least because it sounds so futuristic. In fact when we first heard of it, it reminded us of the sunglasses worn by Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that were “designed to help people develop a relaxed attitude to danger” by turning totally black every time the wearer might be about to see something scary. But once you’ve tried these goggles on, you’d be hard pushed to stay sceptical.
“When we first heard of Transitions, they reminded us of the sunglasses worn by Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”