I have always had a problem with finding ski goggles that fit. They are either too big (I have a slim face) or it looks like I am wearing kids goggles! I have been wearing Panda Optics Cobalt goggles for the last few years and have been extremely happy with them. I was intrigued to review the Panda RS1 goggles to see what, if any, improvements have been made.
Panda RS1 Goggles Review
Looks are not everything but the Panda RS1 ski goggles are aesthetically stunning! Especially with the mirrored ocean blue lens which is uber cool.
Of course, it is not all about looking good (well, maybe in some Italian resorts it is!) and I was very pleased with how well they fitted.
They work well with or without a helmet (no judging – but you must be crazy if you don’t wear a helmet!). The goggles are also very comfortable to wear – even at the end of a hard day on the slopes.
The thin and frameless design gives excellent peripheral vision. This is very noticeable when snowboarding or skiing giving a much improved range of vision.
The Panda RS1 goggles are supplied with 2 lenses. The polarised mirrored ocean blue lens not only looks cool, but is fantastic for those bluebird days with the sun high in the sky. They are also UV400+ rated so will protect your eyes.
The other lens supplied is for low light. This was perfect for when the sun starts dropping at the end of the day and the slopes are plunged into shadow. Usually I would struggle in these conditions but with the low light lens I could easily pick out the contours of the snow.
The new Panda RS1 goggles are even easier than the Cobalt goggles to change the lens. You simply pull off one lens utilising a little tab for grip, and snap the other lens into place. I easily managed to do this even with ski gloves on.
The lens is held secure by 8 magnetic points. Although easy to replace, the lens is held securely in place even after after a rag doll fall (okay, so I had to catch an edge just to test this out!).
Another feature worth mentioning is that the goggles have Integrated Guma® anti fog technology. It must work as not once did I have a problem with my goggles steaming up!
Panda RS1 Goggles – Final Thoughts
The Panda RS1 are my new go-to goggles. I love my Panda Cobalt goggles but these are even better!
They look great, fit well, the lenses are so easy to change over, and they are top quality at the fraction of the cost of better known brands.
The Panda RS1 goggles are supplied with a hard protective case, goggle bag and 2 lenses.
The fact that Panda Optics are a British brand is the icing on the cake!
Good for: Skiing and Snowboarding
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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Mark is also the manager of Jamie Barrow (Britain’s fastest snowboarder)