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Optic Nerve Boreas 3.0

- published November 2016

85

2016

RATINGS

Field of View
6
Fit
7
Anti-fog
7
Lens Quality
9
Frame
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

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$140.00
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THE GOOD

  • NASA’s NASTEK lens is exceptionally clear
  • Face foam & flexible frame are comfortable
  • Lenses are tough & durable

THE BAD

  • 8-point clip-in interchange system is outdated & clunky
  • Lens easily separates from the frame, letting in snow on a tumble
  • Only the bright sun lens has the NASTEK technology

THE VERDICT

The Boreas 3.0 is new for 2016/2017 as is the impressive NASTEK lens. This is NASA-based lens technology (think of the gold faceplates on astronauts’ helmets) that blocks UV and blue light and results in an exceptionally clear view. While the lens is awesome, the goggle frame needs improvement. The low-light lens in my test model was blue but this year’s production model will include a yellow lens instead (which should let in more light for cloudy days).

FULL REVIEW

FIELD OF VIEW
The field of view for the Boreas 3.0 is average for the frame size. The lens and frame aren’t exceptionally convex so there is limited peripheral vision. 

FIT
The face foam is soft and malleable but not very wide or plentiful. Not super-comfy but not uncomfortable to wear, the fit of this goggle was good but not exceptional.

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
The NASTEK lens is exceptional! Amazing clarity and crispness in bright and even less-than-bright conditions. The low-light lens isn’t as spectacular but is still high-quality. Optic Nerve’s lenses are definitely the selling point for this goggle.

FRAME
Unfortunately, the Boreas 3.0 is still using an interchange system that requires multiple contact points and clips to secure the lens. The frame material is pretty malleable and bendy which leads to gaps and an imperfect seal. 

VALUE
The price of this goggle is a little on the high-side but we don’t yet know what extras the production model will include. Again, the NASTEK lens is worth some extra dough but the goggle overall needs improvement.

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
$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
6
Fit
7
Anti-fog
7
Lens Quality
9
Frame
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

Specs

  • Number of Lenses Included: 2

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