I’ve struggled in the past with a cheap and nasty pair of goggles that had to be padded around the nose as they made it bleed and were just foul all around. They were only half effective, and even then only if you didn’t breathe.

Following on from the last two decent winters we’ve had, I decided to invest in some decent ones this year. Well, if not decent, at least better than the last lot. The criteria was that, unlike the last lot, they wouldn’t steam up at every opportunity and I could see clearly. They also had to be reasonably cheap and comfortable.

How not to photograph a shiny thing

How not to photograph a shiny thing

The Nevica Glacier Goggles  were certainly cheap at £29.99, which is the only price I’ve seen them sold for which is half the rrp. It turns out that they’re owned by Sports Direct who never seem to sell anything for the full price, and Nevica is a bit like the Karrimor brand which used to be a market leader but fell on hard times and was bought out by the sportswear giant.

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That’s the background out of the way, how did they function on the hill? Initially, they took a while to get comfortable but that was down to fine adjustments and once we’d got that right they felt fine. The clarity they provided surprised me, especially the purple tinge that isn’t as pronounced as the image below makes out and actually makes features in the snow clearer to see. They eliminate more than enough glare, but you don’t feel like you’re doing a Blues Brothers and walking about at night in dark glasses and they keep your vision nice and bright. You don’t really notice how effective they are until you remove them and see the glare for yourself.

Neither did they steam up as expected, even under the extreme pressure of a cup of hot soup steaming away at them until it was cool enough to drink.

You also get a handy little bag to protect them from scratches in your pocket or pack.

These will be more than adequate for walking in the Welsh hills. When horizontal hail and snow makes going difficult these will redress the balance somewhat, and are just another small thing you can do to make your winter day more comfortable. Everyone will take gloves so they can keep their hands warm and ready for compass work, but you’ll need something like these if you want to see what you’re doing!

What the Manufacturer says:

The Nevica Glacier Goggles are designed for all extreme winter sports, offering excellent eye protection with a tinted, double lens and a thermal air cushion for heat retention. These snow goggles have an anti-fog treatment, tinted lens and an adjustable elasticated headband.

Winter goggles
> Double lens
> Tinted
> Thermal air cushion
> Anti-fog treatment
> Adjustable elasticated headband
> Nevica logos

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