Review of the new RS1 Panda Optics goggles.

Review of the new RS1 Panda Optics goggles.

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Just after returning from Courmayeur, I had a late ‘Christmas gift’ delivered home. It was a brand-new Panda Optics goggles. I was just thinking that I wanted to upgrade from my Oakley goggles, that are not bad at all, but I find them to have a small lens for my face.

Trying the goggles to Ozzy. Review of the new RS1 Panda Optics goggles.
Trying the goggles to Ozzy. Review of the new RS1 Panda Optics goggles.

Also, my eldest has a pair of goggles with a wide lens which you could exchange using a magnetic system, which I love…so I wanted one something like that for me! I tend to use goggles mostly when light is flat, but I like the versatility of maybe using them all the time instead of sunglasses.

I’ve packed my Panda goggles with my helmet on my suitcase for last week’s trip to Morzine with some mum’s friends. We had four days skiing in Morzine, three with lovely weather and one with a bit of foul weather, snow on top and lots of rain on the lower pistes!

After adjusting them well to my helmet (on my first run I had them a bit loose and they were moving all over!!), they really stayed put on nicely and fit my Scott helmet fine. The vision is much improved which is great. The UV400+ protective polarised lens works perfect for those sunny days in the mountains and allow you to see the different ruts in the snow. Snow was hardpack, with some harder spots on the pistes and some loose snow accumulations, so when going downhill, is good to see in advance how the snow conditions are to adapt your skiing.

I’ve used the yellow low light lens for the afternoon when the sun was behind the mountains, and for the day when we had foul weather. It works just fine…the only I could suggest if skiing under lots of rain, is that I could have done with some screen wipers! I had to stop sometimes to try to dry the water on them as it was raining cats and dogs! But, why should I have bothered to ski under rain? Reminds me of being younger skiing in Bariloche, Cerro Castor in Ushuaia or Whistler, that are lower resorts and sometimes you do get rain…. And being miserably wet afterwards. Here I guess nowadays our clothing is better, so I did not suffer so much!

Everyone wants my googles now int he family! Review of the new RS1 Panda Optics goggles.
Everyone wants my googles now int he family! Review of the new RS1 Panda Optics goggles.

The changing of lens is so easy – gone are the days of trying to put another lens on those goggles when you have to clip it inside the frame. I have always been useless at that. I guess that is why I just stick to use sunglasses for sunny weather and goggles when the light goes off or on bad weather days! This pair of goggles have 8 magnetic points where to attach the lens in no time at all.

These goggles are brand new for the 2020 ski season and were helped to be developed by four-times British Olympian Chemmy Alcott and a Panda Optics team of British Alpine racers to help with their vision while competing and also for casual skiing. If good for them, it has to be good for me, as my skiing is not that competitive at all!

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