When the sun is shining and the powder is fresh, skiers tend to choose sunglasses over goggles because of how well they breathe and vent heat. Once the storm hits, though, and the hills are socked in and covered in swirling snow, goggles become a necessity. When conditions sit somewhere between socked in and sunny, skiers have been left without any good eyewear options-- until now. Julbo took note of skiers’ demands for a goggle designed specifically for backcountry skiing, and proceeded to create one of the most versatile products on the eyewear market.
Say hello to Starwind, the smaller framed version of the popular Aerospace. The Starwind features a slick patented-technology called Superflow that allows the user to lift the lens a few millimeters away from the frame on a set of small arms. This gives you 360° of airflow and venting while still retaining full lens-function. When it’s time to ski back down through a bowl of bliss, just pop the lenses back into the frame. The Starwind ties all the benefits of goggles and sunglasses into one simple package. If you wear a small or medium sized helmet and prefer to enjoy the finer things in life (like the best eyewear in existence), try the Julbo Starwind goggles-- you won’t be disappointed.
Update 2019/20: Julbo released a new REACTIV lens series with a wider potential lighting range. The Starwind goggles use the REACTIV PERFORMANCE flavor with a rating of 1 to 3 (see chart), meaning that they filter out all but 13% of natural light under extremely bright conditions, and allow up to 73% of natural light to filter through under very dark conditions. This is the same nominal rating as the tried-n-true Zebra Light Red lens, but these new lenses are faster to transition when the light changes quickly.