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Bolle Virtuose

- published November 2016

89

2016

RATINGS

Field of View
8
Fit
8
Anti-fog
7
Lens Quality
8
Frame
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

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THE GOOD

  • Quick & easy lens change system
  • Low-profile frame with great field of view
  • Comes with hard case for extra lens

THE BAD

  • Rubber molding can separate from plastic frame
  • Hard to change lenses without smearing the lens

THE VERDICT

Bolle’s Virtuose goggles are quick and easy to use with the 1-Click interchange system, have great optics, are simple yet sporty, include an extra lens carrying case, and sits at a reasonable price point. The 1-Click system pops the lens out easily but pressing the new lens into place is hard to do without smudging. The field of view from the Virtuose is exceptional for its mid-size frame and the flexible molding provides a great fit. 

FULL REVIEW

FIELD OF VIEW
Field of view for the Virtuose is above-average for a mid-size frame. This goggle isn’t engineered – and doesn’t look—like a wide-angle lens but does very well for its size.

FIT
The Virtuose was so comfortable it felt formed to my face. The material making up the part of the frame that sits on the face is flexible and gives where the face pushes so the goggle adapts to the curves of the face. The smaller frame fit well in both kinds of helmets it was tested with and there were no gaps for wind to get inside.

ANTI-FOG
No fogging occurred under any conditions. Note that I tested in the relatively dry climes of Colorado and don’t generally overheat when I ski. So use in humidity might yield a different result. 

LENS QUALITY
Both lenses provided by Bolle had great optics. I had a clear view on cloudy and sunny days. I used these goggles repeatedly throughout the season and they never got a scratch thanks to the “Carbo-Glas” protective outer layer.

FRAME
The 1-Click lens interchange system sets this goggle apart in its price range. It is the easiest and most reliable interchange system I tested this year. No clips or multiple contact points to deal with and once the lens is in it stays in. 

VALUE
The price of this goggle is right in the middle of the range but Bolle gets extra points for including a hard case for the extra lens. If I’m investing in two lenses then I want to have both of them on the hill and want them protected.

How We Tested It

The goggles in this test were used while resort skiing in various weather conditions and in the full-spectrum of temperatures. Our goggle tester, Dave Ratner, is an aggressive, all-mountain telemark skier in Colorado’s front range.

For more reviews beyond this 2016 test, check out our other goggle reviews, ski helmet reviews, ski reviews and snowboard reviews, as well as other related snow gear reviews

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

Dave Ratner

Dave Ratner

Dave Ratner is a hard charging telemark skier from Denver. He spends every weekend powering his way through the I-70 corridor to test helmets and ski goggles for the Gear Institute.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$170.00
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
8
Anti-fog
7
Lens Quality
8
Frame
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

Specs

  • Number of Lenses Included: 2

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