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Optic Nerve Cortez with Nastek Saturn Lens

- published February 2017

83

2017

RATINGS

Field of View
8
Fit & Comfort
4
Anti-fog Power
6
Lens Quality
8
Features
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
83

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THE GOOD

  • Great for low light conditions
  • Wide nose cut
  • Great peripheral vision
  • Semi-soft shell case

THE BAD

  • Poor in really bright light
  • Frame too stiff
  • Flat frame

THE VERDICT

The Optic Nerve Cortez with Nastek Saturn lens is a great goggle for low light. In cloudy/mildly overcast conditions the tint of the lens was perfect, but when the sun came out we had to squint a little, and were wishing that the lens was a bit darker. Also, the oversized frame did not fit small or medium faces well—it left large gaps near the temples.

FULL REVIEW

FIELD OF VIEW
The field of view from the Optic Nerve Nastek is at the top of the class, but that should be expected from a wide-angle goggle with a cylindrical lens. Our in-house test yielded a 170 degree field of view, which was among the top performers. The nose cut obstructed the view when looking down, but only slightly more than other goggles tested.

FIT & COMFORT
Of all goggles tested this year, the Nastek has the largest nose cut, so this is the right goggle frame for larger faces and noses. However, when paired with a medium-sized face, it left “finger-sized” gaps near testers’ temples, allowing wind and snow to come in. They were also tested with prescription glasses under the goggles, and worked great. We paired them with five different helmets, and found no major issues with a goggle gap.

ANTI-FOG POWER
No fogging occurred in the Nastek lenses when tested in the relatively dry climate of Colorado. Out of the many goggles tested, the Nastek was one of the last lenses to steam up in our in-house steam room test.

LENS QUALITY
The Optic Nerve Nastek Saturn has a great lens, both in function and in look. We experienced no distortion at the edges. They worked great in most low light conditions, with the exception of cloudless days with tons of glare coming off the snow. It was notable that after several days of use, however, these lenses didn’t scratch at all.

FEATURES
The strap was easy to adjust and it stayed in place on and off helmet due to the three lines gummy silicon that go all the way around the inside of the strap. The strap is one continuous piece, and the elastic was just stretchy enough for moving them from face to forehead without any issues. It comes with a lightweight bag and a semi-hard shell case, which we loved. There are no other lens options.

How We Tested It

The goggles in this test were used in-resort snowboarding on snowy, cloudy, and clear days in temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees. Testers included several hard charging all-mountain skiers and snowboarders in Colorado’s front range.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other goggle tests, ski tests, snowboard tests, and other related snow sport tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Leigh Augustine

Leigh Augustine

Leigh started skiing at 8 and converted to snowboarding soon thereafter. His first board was an original 1985 Sims Kidwell Roundtail, which he still rides on powder days. He has written articles for numerous magazines and recently published a novel. He lives and works in Denver.


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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$140.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Field of View
8
Fit & Comfort
4
Anti-fog Power
6
Lens Quality
8
Features
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
83

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