Native Eyewear Upslope Goggle Review
Native Eyewear Lens Features
The Native Eyewear Upslope Goggles feature SnowTuned lenses that are a double spherical lens (double>single layered lenses for barrier and more resistant to fogging). The spherical lens allows for a greater peripheral field of view. Combine the spherical lens with the viewing radius of 7.75″ and the Upslope Goggles provide a wide, unobstructed field of view. When charging down a a run at high speeds, you always need to be aware of all obstacles that you may face, including other skiers. These goggles accomplish just that and provide a clear field of view without having to swivel your head side to side.
The Native Upslope Goggle lenses feature an anti-fog coating that did not disappoint. I never had issues with fogging in high energy producing powder days, on cold but highly aerobic boot packs, or on warm days with heavy/wet snow. The double lens also features a double mirror coating that is suppose to add longevity to the lens and the hydro-oleophobic coating, to resist water and oil to also add years to the use of these goggles. The verdict will still be out on these two features, as I’ve only been testing these goggles for about 2 months.
The Native Upslope Goggle comes with 2 different lenses. In the frame I tested, the goggles came with SnowTuned Rose with Blue Mirror and SnowTuned Low Light. Native’s SnowTuned lenses feature color enhancing filtration to reduce eye fatigue and provide greater definition in snow covered terrain. The Low Light lens features 67% VLT and is best for low-light conditions. I use this lens with my headlamp on after work ski tours at the resort and on snowy days. In all honesty, this lens has been my go to for about 75% of my ski days. When spring skiing or the sun finally decides to make an appearance, the Rose with Blue Mirror will fit the bill with its’ 35% VLT. On all out pure sun days, the 35% VLT may not be enough protection, but as a middle of the pack VLT it is quite versatile and can be used most days.
Native Eyewear Upslope Goggle Fit
The Native Upslope Goggles are the lightest goggles in the Native line up and weigh in at 4.2 ounces (range of 4.2 ounces up to 5.5 ounces).Native states that the Upslope Goggle has a medium fit. The goggle provides a wide field of view, without taking over your entire face. I typically do best with goggles with a small to medium fit and found the Native Eyewear Upslope to work perfectly for me.
Specs: the goggles have a height of 4″, width of 7.5″ and total viewing radius of 7.75″.
They integrate well with an assortment of helmets, with the Smith Quantum Helmet featured above and below. The side hinges of the goggle articulate well with the helmet and there is no gapping at the side or near the brim.
The Native Eyewear Upslope goggles feature triple layered face foam. The foam conforms to your face and is comfortable, even if you have difficult to fit facial features, including high cheek bones. The face foam does tend to accumulate other fleece and is pilling after about 30 days of use. So far the piling has not interfered with the performance.
These goggles also include a generously sized single layer of silicone to help keep the goggles in place along your helmet or hat. The strap also features a dual adjustment style, which means that you don’t have to deal with a buckle coming loose and can pull on each side of the slider and get an equal amount of cinch on each side to keep the goggle balanced.
With a little practice, swapping the Native Upslope Goggle lenses does get easier. It is not as easy to swap lenses with these frames as let’s say the Smith I/O7s or Bolle Virtuose goggles also reviewed here.
There are 7 different contact points that must snap into place along the goggle frame: two along the top of the frame, two along the side or near the hinge on both sides ( x 2 sides = 4 points), and along the nose piece. I definitely would not attempt to swamp them out on a lift or with gloves/mittens in place. After some practice, I have it down to about 1 minute, which isn’t too bad. Here’s a tip, start at the nose first, then move to one side, the other side, and finish up on top. I typically bring both lenses with but have used the low-light lens more than blue mirror lens due to the cloudy conditions we’ve been having.
Native Eyewear provides a highly functional goggle bag that allows you to separate the spare lens from the goggle to avoid scratching or having the lenses rub together. The divider on the bag feels like a shammy, or quick drying towel, to help dry the lens, prevent scratching, and eliminate fog build up when not in use. Most goggle bags are plain white or grey, this bag features a backcountry photo scape and “Built for Backcountry” logos on the reverse to help distinguish your goggle bag from your friends.
When you buy goggles, typically they come in a basic cardboard box with plastic that you immediately recycle. Native provides a sturdy hard-sided zipper case that is made from recycled cardboard and plastic packing materials. This case is reusable and is a great way to keep your goggles protected in between uses or in the off season.
The Native Eyewear Upslope Goggle provides two quality lenses, style and comfort in an affordable package for $129. As a bonus, the Native Eyewear goggles are backed by their incredible lifetime warranty; your dog chews your goggle strap or lens, $40 gets you a new pair of goggles and lenses.