SHRED Simplify Goggles with CBL Sky Mirror Lens Review

SHRED Simplify Goggles Review with CBL Sky Mirror Lens

Simplify Goggle Specifications:

  • color and lens tested: BLACKOUT – CBL (Contrast Boosting Lens) Sky Mirror (VLT 45%)
  • SHREDWIDE – Shred’s industry-leading engineered design technology, with a lens and frame design that enables to see more of what’s ahead of and around you
  • CONTRAST BOOSTING LENS – Shred’s CONTRAST BOOSTING LENS (CBL) technology allows better visibility in varying snow surfaces and light conditions. Available in select models
  • BONUS LENS
  • NODISTORTION® – For visual clarity at all elevations
  • SHRED NOCLOG – SHRED NOCLOG hydrophobic vent foam to minimize fog
  • ANTI FOG
  • UNIVERSAL HELMET COMPATIBILITY
  • See all the specs and tech here

Intended Use:
Snowboarding, snowmobiling, all snow sports, anyone wanting great peripheral vision in a goggle that is oversized, but not bulky.

Recommended for:
Riders seeking a goggle lens for most conditions, superior peripheral vision; mid-large size goggles, and a simplified interchangeable lens system.

Review Date and Location: November 2018 – January 2019 in Colorado

Review:

We’ve been working with Shred Optics on reviews for their goggles and helmets for awhile now, and have been very impressed with their style and technical performance. The Simplify google with their new CBL Sky Mirror lens is a great testament to their commitment to enhancing your view on the mountain, both figuratively and literally.


Even though I have a smaller face profile I’ve found that a goggle that provides a larger peripheral view is what I want and it’s hard to find one that looks cool too. Shred classifies the Simplify Goggle as an extra large frame size which I’ve found my 54cm (approx 21.26 inches) head actually works out well for this goggle. Being that this is a personal choice for the best peripheral vision option, you may disagree. I wear a medium size Shred helmet or a medium Bern Watts (with MIPS) helment and the Simplify goggle and Helmet combo work perfectly together (no gap)with either helmet combination.


Shred claims to combine performance and style together, and I do feel the Simplify Goggle does that very well. It’s been a long time since I thought that was possible but I really like the way these goggles look, which was one fo the primary reasons I was drawn to the brand in the first place. It’s the performance part that has been astounding to me, I’ve worn these goggles in foggy, snowy and bluebird conditions.


I felt I really didn’t need to change the CBL (contrast boosting lens) lens at all, the NEW CBL (Contrast Boosting Lens) Sky Mirror (VLT 45%) is a great addition to their line, I felt that the foggy and snowy conditions were greatly enhanced with this lens and at no time did I feel I needed to change out the lens for flat light conditions (note: some flat light just sucks all the way around). The CBL (Contrast Boosting Lens) Sky Mirror (VLT 45%) lens performed very well.

Even though I have a smaller face profile I’ve found that a goggle that provides a larger peripheral view is what I want and it’s hard to find one that looks cool too. Shred classifies the Simplify Goggle as an extra large frame size which I’ve found my 54cm (approx 21.26 inches) head actually works out well for this goggle. Being that this is a personal choice for the best peripheral vision option, you may disagree. I wear a medium size Shred helmet or a medium Bern Watts (with MIPS) helment and the Simplify goggle and Helmet combo work perfectly together (no gap)with either helmet combination.
Shred claims to combine performance and style together, and I do feel the Simplify Goggle does that very well. It’s been a long time since I thought that was possible but I really like the way these goggles look, which was one fo the primary reasons I was drawn to the brand in the first place. It’s the performance part that has been astounding to me, I’ve worn these goggles in foggy, snowy and bluebird conditions.
I felt I really didn’t need to change the CBL (contrast boosting lens) lens at all, the NEW CBL (Contrast Boosting Lens) Sky Mirror (VLT 45%) is a great addition to their line, I felt that the foggy and snowy conditions were greatly enhanced with this lens and at no time did I feel I needed to change out the lens for flat light conditions (note: some flat light just sucks all the way around). The CBL (Contrast Boosting Lens) Sky Mirror (VLT 45%) lens performed very well.

If you do need to change the lens out for a different(darker/lighter) lens, it is a piece of cake with the 1-2-3 system (video below). The CBL allowed me to ride in most flat light conditions easily, and the patented NODISTORTION® tech works well to keep clarity at any elevation.

The face foam on the Simplify is superb too, these goggles are super comfy on your face and I have very sensitive skin and haven’t had any irritation from these goggles all season long. The strap is fairly standard for goggles, with grippy silicon strips and an adjustable strap, I found the goggle to be more comfortable over my helmet rather than underneath. I’ve used the Simplify goggle with a few different helmets and it does work well with or with out being paired with a Shred helmet (thanks Shred!) so you’ve got options there which is appreciated. These goggles perform very well, have durable lenses, look rad, and are comfortable.

Overall I’ve been very impressed with the style, technology, and performance of the Shred Simplify goggles and the NEW CBL Sky Mirror lens. If you’re looking for a goggle with great peripheral vision, no distortion and a minimal frame that’s stylish to ride in take note of the Shred Simplify it’s got all the bases covered.

Pros

  • Superb peripheral vision
  • NEW for 2018 CBL (Contrast Boosting Lens) SKY MIRROR lens works great in most conditions and excels in low light to foggy conditions
  • Does not fog easily
  • Durable lens (hard to scratch)
  • Grippy silicone strap stays put on on your helmet
  • Easy to change lens system
  • Wide range of frame colors and lens options
  • Good option for mid to large size faces, a large goggle that doesn’t feel huge
  • Comfortable to wear

Cons

  • Can fog up slightly in the corners of the lower lens
  • Slightly uncomfortable if worn under helmet
  • Rating:
Price: (4.3 / 5)
Performance: (5.0 / 5)
Design: (5.0 / 5)
Overall: (4.8 / 5)

1-2-3 SHRED Lens replacement system

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