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Bolle Gravity with Modulator Light Control Lens

- published February 2017

82

2017

RATINGS

Field of View
7
Fit & Comfort
6
Anti-fog Power
4
Lens Quality
9
Features
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
82

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THE GOOD

  • Great lens in versatile lighting conditions
  • Good lens durability
  • Good lens tint

THE BAD

  • Face foam too wide
  • Average field of view
  • Lens too far from face

THE VERDICT

The Bolle Gravity with Modular Light Control lens was one of the better lenses for a wide range of lighting circumstances. The frame is lightweight, has comfortable face foam, and good venting. Because the lens sits a little far from the face, testers could see their reflection in bright sunlight. However, this works well for wearing prescription glasses under the goggles. 

FULL REVIEW

FIELD OF VIEW
The Bolle Gravity has a good field of view for a medium-sized frame. There is no comparison to the “oversize” competition. Our in-house test yielded a 165 degree field of view, which was in the middle of the pack among all goggles tested this year.

FIT & COMFORT
The Bolle Gravity is about the right size for a medium-sized face and head. They did not pinch our nose, as some of the “oversized” goggles did, but we did not like how far away the lens sits from our eyes—when the sun came out, testers could see their faces reflected in the lens. The triple-layer face foam made for a great fit and contoured on testers faces nicely, although we thought that it was a bit too wide. We paired them with five different helmets, and found no major issues with a goggle gap.

ANTI-FOG POWER
No fogging occurred in the Gravity while tested in the relatively dry climate of Colorado. However, out of the many goggles tested, the Gravity was the second to steam up in our in-house steam room test. 

LENS QUALITY
The Bolle Gravity had some of the best lenses in the class. The tint was just right, and they really did adapt to all light conditions, and most of the days we tested them, the weather went from sunny to cloudy to blizzard and back to sunny again. They worked great in all conditions, with no distortion or glare, even at the outer edges.

FEATURES
The strap was easy to adjust and it stayed in place with and without a helmet due to the thick line of gummy silicon that goes 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 for stowed protection.

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
$150.00
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
7
Fit & Comfort
6
Anti-fog Power
4
Lens Quality
9
Features
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
82

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