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Cuyuna Lakes mountain bike trail in Crosby, MN

I’m excited for winter! Due to the Native Eyewear Upslope goggles ($129), which are new for Fall/Winter 2017. I had the opportunity to test these premium-lensed goggles while fatbiking earlier this year long before they hit market.

The thing with testing gear like sunglasses and goggles is that the brands tend to blow long and hard about the technology of the lenses. The problem is that my eyes glaze over at the first word that is longer than two syllables.

When it comes to goggles and sunglasses, I only care about four key things: Does the lens allows me to see clearly? Does it provide a wide range of vision? What is the fog situation? Do I look like a colossal mutated ant alien from a distant galaxy?

SPOILER ALERT: The Native Eyewear Upslopes hit 3 of the 4.

What I liked

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Can you say Colossal Mutated Ant Alien from a distant galaxy?

Value. The Native Eyewear Upslope is a double-spherical-lens (six syllables!) goggle with exceptional optics and clarity at the very reasonable price of $129. You also get a range of strap and lens color options. I selected “HESHER GT, polarized Rose with Silver”. Another great value-add to Native Eyewear products is that they’re backed with a lifetime warranty. Even if your dog gets hold of them, apparently.

Field of vision: Is outstanding. I tested the medium size and they pretty much take up my entire face from the tip of my nose upward. The upside is that the larger the surface space of the goggle, the better the panorama. My vision wasn’t skewed by the edge of the goggles that one often sees with smaller goggles.

Anti-fog: Native Eyewear states that the lens coating “offers 8 minutes of anti-fog assistance compared to traditional anti-fog methods witch offer approximately 30 seconds of surface-based anti-fog diffusion.” I didn’t have a timer during my testing period and I didn’t have a competitive brand for comparison so I can’t say busted or confirmed. What I can say is that I did not experience any fogging while testing this winter. What keeps the fog away is the good fit on my face and the triple face foam that regulates temperature and airflow.

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You can even see your own hand taking a selfie!!!

Comfortable. The Native Eyewear Upslopes come with a “Fluted Hypoallergenic Triple Face Foam.” That was way too many syllables for me to keep track of. Ultimately, they’re lightweight and the shape of the lens, while large for my face, was very comfortable. I didn’t feel like I was wearing a pair of goggles.

Lens quality and clarity. Crystal-clear view throughout testing, even on low-light, overcast days. No squinting on severe-clear days either and glare-reduction from the snow was excellent thanks to the polarized lenses.

What I didn’t like

Can you say Colossal Mutated Ant Alien from a distant galaxy? But medium- to large-faced people won’t have to worry. Neither will smaller-faced people who want a quality goggle at a good price. In fact, I’m probably the only goggle wearer on the planet that gives a shit about this—though it won’t stop me from wearing them this winter. So there’s that.

Final thoughts

Ski goggle prices and quality run the gambit. I’ve worn $250 goggles and I’ve worn $50. The $50 goggles never did it for me. The $250 goggles did do it for me. The $129 Native Eyewear Upslopes do it for me.

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    Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
    $128.95  from Backcountry