It may be hard to top the development of GPS and camera-equipped goggles, but technology continues to advance, and it's more oriented towards the skier who wants to enjoy a digital-free weekend in the mountains. What will the snow look like in 2015? The answer is anyway you want it to, anytime, as interchangeable lenses continue to take the mountains by storm.
New from Smith Optics, the I/07 enables lens changing at the flip of the Single Pivot Quick Release button at the top of the lens, eliminating the need to actually touch the lenses. Smith is the leader in interchangeable lens technology, having brought rimless goggles to the market seven years ago for what is thought to be the first time. They hit the shelves last week, so grab a pair before they go. $225.
Interchangeable meets indestructible
The Electric EG3 may look frameless, but it's actually equipped with a gasket that spans the perimeter of the lens, creating a seal that attaches to the built-in lens lip, preserving lens integrity. Said to be impressively flexible once in place, the dual spherical polycarbonate lens is treated with anti-fog and anti-scratch coating and available polarized or not. $220.
Anon rereleases this year an updated version of its M2 goggle, whose interchangeable lens might be one of the easiest to change. It's held in place by eight magnets and pops out upon a simple pull. The brand is also releasing the WM1, a female-specific version of the technology, adapted to women's facial features. $219.95-$239.95.
Anon has also updated its app for the 2015 season. It's oriented towards snowboarders, allowing them to keep a journal of their adventures using photos and logging journal entries and sharing it all with other users in the network.
Or, keep the same lens
For those who don't like lens changing, Zeal Optics offers a polarized automatic lens that changes according to conditions and blocks 100 percent of UV light. Automatic lenses are available on many frames, starting at $109, and can be purchased individually as replacement lenses. Old-schoolers who want to stay connected on the slopes will enjoy their GPS lens ($299-599) and HD camera lens ($299-399) that records their adventures.