Published on March 6th, 2017 | by Greg0
Abom Snow Goggles: No Fog, Better Skiing
It’s not much fun out on the slopes if you can’t see. That is certainly true if you have snow pelting you in the face, bright sun reflecting and making your eyes hurt, freezing wind making you wince and blink to no avail. Which is why a good pair of ski goggles is a necessity for most conditions and environments. But some pairs leave you with limited peripheral vision, or skew your view of the landscape in other ways, not to mention perhaps the biggest issue of them all- fog. Sure, anti-fog coatings have come a long way, but we still face the problem regularly.
Until we met Abom’s Anti-Fog Goggles, designed specifically to function sort of like any automobile’s anti-fog system. There are batteries, but no no fans or moving parts, and better yet, no smeared lenses. How does it work? With Abominable’s patented KLAIR technology, featuring a “thin-film transparent heater” between a two-part lens. Originally a successful Kickstarter project that raised almost $60K, they company has now released them for everyone to get their hands on.
These goggles don’t compromise on the basics in order to add extras- they’re based around high-end optics from Zeiss, with zero distortion and able to block 100% of UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Polycarbonate lenses are standard across most goggles, but these were better than most and comparable to the best on the market, with a wide field of vision- plus, you can easily snap out and swap lenses if you wish and they are anti-scratch coated for durability. Those concerned about weight needn’t worry, as the Aboms are only 122 grams, and well-balanced with small batteries hidden near both temples. Speaking of the batteries, recharging is simple, via micro-USB and they should last a full day out- about six hours or longer depending on how often you power them up. Simply tap the button and get a quick boost- you’ll barely notice anything except the fog disappearing and can do this as needed for longer battery life- or press it longer for “active mode” and don’t worry about it for the rest of the session.
Every decent goggle comes with a few color choices, and Abom is no different- ours were Eclipse Black, perfect for brighter days. Lenses range from ‘Lumen Yellow’ for use at night and in serious weather to ‘Resolution Red’ which can provide a boost for overcast, cloudy conditions. Grey, green, blue, clear, and even gold lenses are options as well, with slight price differences. The adjustable strap is thick and comfy, and they are helmet-compatible as you might expect. The bottom line: these really work better than the competition, you’ll notice a difference, and quickly find yourselves relying on them. The Abom Anti-fog Goggles are available now, online and in stores, for around $249.99.