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REVO Wordsmith

- published February 2017

82

2017

RATINGS

Field of View
7
Fit & Comfort
5
Anti-fog Power
6
Lens Quality
8
Features
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
82

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THE GOOD

  • Great lenses in changing conditions
  • Good peripheral vision
  • Good anti-fog

THE BAD

  • Pricey
  • Nose cut pinched a bit
  • Stiff frame-no flex at all
  • Lenses scratched easily

THE VERDICT

The REVO Wordsmith was a great technical goggle, albeit a touch pricey. The lenses adapted very well to all light conditions but were more susceptible to scratching that others in the test. They felt a bit boxy on some medium-sized faces but sealed all the way around. 

FULL REVIEW

FIELD OF VIEW
The field of view from the REVO Wordsmith 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 did obstruct the view when looking down, but we could barely see the foam elsewhere, when looking out.

FIT & COMFORT
The REVO Wordsmith has a very stiff frame, but the triple-layer of super-soft face foam will conform to pretty much any face. The foam around the nose pinched some testers’ noses a bit, obstructing breathing when pushed down by some helmets. Notwithstanding that fact, we paired them with five different helmets, and found no major issues with a goggle gap.

ANTI-FOG POWER
No fogging occurred in the Wordsmith while tested in the relatively dry climate of Colorado. Out of the many goggles tested, the Wordsmith was the last lens to fog up in our in-house steam room test. 

LENS QUALITY
The panoramic lens really adjusted well to all light conditions. We experienced no distortion at the edges of the lens, and no glare. The texture of the snow was really highlighted by the lens, even in flat light. REVO’s Polarized Chromatic Light Management System enhanced the view and adjusted to light and dark conditions. However, the lens did scratch relatively easily—it acquired numerous micro-scratches while testing this model.

FEATURES
The rubber “REVO” imprinted around the strap made it tougher adjust, although it stayed in place on and off helmets thanks to the gummy silicon squares that go all the way around the inside of the. 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 instead of a hard or semi-hard case.

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
$229.00
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
7
Fit & Comfort
5
Anti-fog Power
6
Lens Quality
8
Features
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
82

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