No Fear Panther Ski / Snowboard Goggles
I have been snowboarding for many years now, but up until Christmas 2011 I had never been on a mountain as I lived in Birmingham and had only ever used our local indoor Snowdome. Before I moved from the UK I found out we were going to be going snowboarding in the Czech Republic for Christmas so I decided that as obviously there is a big difference between an indoor Snowdome and a huge mountain I would need some kind of protection for my eyes against the various kinds of weather I might encounter.
After a quick search on Sportsdirect.com I found these No Fear ski / snowboard goggles for a bargain price of £14.99 plus postage. The RRP was £49.99 so £14.99 was the perfect price for me!
No Fear Ski and Snowboard goggles come in a variety of shapes and sizes as well as colours. On Sportsdirect.com they have a wide selection of Adult and Junior goggles, mainly in black or white and from what I have read on the site most of the goggles have very similar specifications and the only differences are really the colour and size. The No Fear Goggles I have are the 'Panther' ones and they are black in colour with a tinted lens which looks a nice blue in certain lights.
When my goggles arrived I was rather excited and instantly took them out the box to try them on. Adjusting the strap was really easy and just a case of sliding the elastic strap through a plastic buckle until it is the size you desire. This is the only adjustment I needed to make before I could wear the goggles and it took me all of a few seconds.
Once I had the goggles on I felt a bit alarmed that they felt so big and covered pretty much most of my face, however when my new helmet arrived and I tried them once again I realised that they actually were a pretty normal size and looked fine. I also liked the fact that my helmet came with a very handy goggle clip which was the perfect size for the strap on these goggles so I knew I would stand less chance of loosing them.
On The Mountain
So, Christmas 2011 arrived and I'm just a big ball of excitement and ready to go snowboarding! Complete with new helmet and goggles I was heading for the top of the mountains. But did the goggles do their job?... The answer is Yes...
On Christmas day and Boxing day we spent a total of around 10 hours (split across both days). For my first run down the mountain I had my goggles firmly in place and was quite amused that everything had a yellow tint to it. At first this distracted me and but after a few minutes I did become adjusted to it, the thing I did have quite a bit of an issue with though was that the goggles made me feel almost blinkered and that I couldn't really see what was to my left and right without turning my whole head, because of this I decided to take the goggles off and place them on my helmet, the weather was nice so I took a chance that it would be ok without them, which I was. A few hours later the weather turned very misty and there was a very fine drizzle in the air which started to affect visibility, for this reason I decided that I would rather feel slightly blinkered than struggle to see anything at all and pulled my goggles back into place.