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The Electric EG3. Electrics quick interchange goggle boasting a wide peripheral, great quality optics, and probably the best seal, although not the quickest, interchangeable lens system on the market. The big goggle trend is still around, and if you like your eyes in a fishbowl, the EG3 is a good place to start.
So it's a big goggle right? Kinda not really. It's a big lens on a smaller frame, I can't imagine how small the EG3.5 is. The thing about these goggles is they fit fairly comfortably on your face without swallowing your facial features like some of the giant goggles of other brands do. The EG3 sticks out very far from your face, further than any other goggle that I have ever worn or seen. I will go into this later, as this is not a good aspect at all in my opinion. Wide peripherals? Yes. Comfortable on the face? For the most part.
So why is it bad that the lens is so far away from your face (well over an inch)? The further the lens is away from your eyes, the more likely there is for distortion. You can see much of the face foam as well. Also, there are two vents basically under each eye. Great, so this will help prevent fogging by allowing airflow. As I said before, the goggle sits very far away from your face. What goes in those vents? Your breath. If you are a facemask person, look elsewhere. On a cold day while wearing facemask, all my breath went up into the inside of the lens and froze. The vents above (there are a lot) could not keep up with the warm breath going in. I wasn't too impressed here. Also the bubble effect is not the most appealing aesthetically. The only helmet that I have seen that looks good with these goggles is the Smith Maze. I can imagine they would work perfectly and look very proportionate paired with a brimmed helmet.
That may sound like I hate these goggles, but I don't necessarily. I do like the durability and optical quality, I just do not understand why this goggle is so bubbly. Now, onto the optics. My pair came with the Bronze Silver Chrome (8-18% VLT) and the Yellow (69-75% VLT).
First let's talk about the Bronze Silver Chrome. Works very well in sunny conditions, contrast is very nice and even when the shadows come in you can still make out transitions in the snow (I have Anon's equivalent lens and forget about seeing in the shadows, it was impossible). This lens also does not fair too bad on the overcast and cloudy days. If there is even a chance of the sun poking through, take the Bronze Silver Chrome.
Second, the Yellow. We all know that Oakley dominates the HI Yellow game in low light. Electric's yellow still makes the contrast pop, but not as well as Oakley in the super low light. When the sun comes out, you are only blinded when looking towards the sun, where as Oakley's HI Yellow will send you to your optometrist no matter where you are looking on a sunny day. The Electric Yellow would be a great all around lens if it had a slight mirror to it.
The rest: The goggle strap does have silicon on it for those over the helmet guys. The foam that goes across your forehead could be contoured a little bit better; it folds over a bit while skiing and I find myself having to readjust a few times a day. I think this is one of the better lens change systems. It's not the easiest or the quickest, and yes you get finger prints on the lens. But I don't think any other goggle has a better lens to frame seal than Electric. The down side, the goggle bag is only one pocket (my Anon Mig's has a second pocket for the spare lens) and there is no separate case for your extra lens. The IO7 and my Scott LCG's have a hard case just for your extra lens, which is the best you can get. I don't have anywhere to store my extra EG3 lens so it sits on my dresser. If there is one thing to update Electric, add a case or extra goggle bag for the spare lens!
Ok, so I have have ripped on these goggles a bit, but they are definitely good goggles. I would recommend these to anyone who rarely wears a facemask, and I would definitely recommend trying them on with your helmet before you buy them. Coming in a $220, the EG3 is at an average price for what you get. I am a huge fan of Electric and the quality of their products. If the EG3 is not for you, they have plenty of options and you will definitely find the right goggle for you.
I will add some detailed pics for y'all to get a better understanding!