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Dragon has had frameless goggles in their line up for a few years and the X2 is the latest offering.
The design features Swiftlock technology, a simple system which allows for easy lense changing. The system is simply two levers either side in front of the strap which, when flicked up, releases the lens from its housing on the frame. Both removing and replacing the lens is really quick and easy, however there is a disadvantage to the system.
Because the lense does not directly connect to the top or bottom of the frame, it is possible for there to be a gap between the lense and the frame. I had issues with wind getting in the top even when I had the strap done up tight.
The version I received for testing came with the Inverse/Red Ion lens for bright conditions and the Yellow/Blue Ion for overcast conditions.
The Inverse/Red Ion lens is a fairly standard bright conditions lens, with fairly good contrast even in the overcast areas. The Yellow/Blue Ion is very similar to the HI Yellow lens from Oakley, performing pretty well, although in cloudy, flat light conditions I was struggling for any contrast. The slight mirrored finish did help when the sun broke through and it was not blindingly bright like some low light lenses can be when itâ€™s bright.
The field of view to the sides and to the top is excellent - itâ€™s hard to see the frame at the top and itâ€™s hardly noticeable on the sides - giving you very good peripheral vision. However the bottom of the frame is quite prominent and I was finding I could not actually see my skis when I looked forward.
I have been wearing Oakley goggles for around the past 6 seasons and this was not something I have found before. To check I was not imaging it I swapped to a pair of Oakley Flight Decks I also had to test and found no issues. The lack of downward vision may not be an issue to some people, but I did find it rather odd.
Fit-wise I did have some issues with the goggle not conforming well to my face shape. I did have some issues with wind getting in, so I would say they would fit a larger face shape better.
Overall I was fairly impressed by the X2. The lens change system is very effective and the lenses supplied offered a good range. The restricted downward vision and issues with the frame interface let the goggle down slightly, but they are still much better than a lot of goggles I have used.