Pros: spherical lens, great anti fog, photochromiatic
Cons: none so far
New goggle for bolle with a spherical photochromatic lens. VLT 26%-66%.
Technology: Forestay system, triple layer foam, wide field of vision, flow-tech venting, equalizer vent, p80 plus carbo glas, double lens thermal layer, modulator lens.
Pinstripe model (20636).
Fog, sun, shade at Killington, VT on 11/25/2011. 40/30 degrees base/summit on arrival, hit 50/40 at the base/summit mid day.
This is my first goggle with the photochromatic technology, and first bolle in some time. I was really impressed with this goggle. The photochromatic technology lived up to my expectations. Throughout the day I never had an issue with the field of vision and contrast that the goggles provided. Going from the sun into the shadows, the goggle provided seamless high quality optics. No fog at all throughout the day which I thought was impressive considering the different temperatures and the non-stop sweat and heat I was generating. I thought the anti fog was great.
Goggles fit great over my helmet (Red Avid). Good scratch resistance on the lens - i hit my head a few times on walls and the lift right at the goggles and no scratches. They are very comfortable and pretty light. They come in the typical Bolle carboard box with a nice pouch/lens cleaner.
I like these goggles a lot. They look good and bolle has enough different styles to fit your fancy. The anti fog is great, and I noticed quite a few people with foggy goggles on the slopes. The bolle's never fogged. What will really set these goggles apart is the modulator technology. The VLT is 26%-66% per Bolle and I thought that the goggles had the right amount of tint all day. Even later in the afternoon when the sun was dropping and the light becoming quite flat, they performed as advertised. There was a point where a group of 4 came up next to me at a top of a bump run (conclusion). We were standing in the shadows, and they all had the I/O's (not sure what lens). They all noted how flat the light was, took off their goggles and skied down. In contast, the thought of flat light affecting my vision never crossed my mind. The modulator was doing what it was supposed to do and I had no problems with my vision through changing light conditions.
Update: I have worn this now three times at night, and although not as good as clear lenses, they work well enough. The lenses make the flourescent lights look a bit incandescant (slight yellowish tint). Only issue is that in the shadows at night, it was a bit difficult to see fine snow details...but still in general work well and I still stand by my claim that these goggles with the modulator lens are truly a one goggle quiver.
Overall I would recommend this goggle for anyone looking for a one goggle quiver for pretty much all conditions. I'm not sure how well this would work for night skiing (I will report back when I test them at night), but outside of night skiing and perhaps late spring super sunny conditions (where I prefer polarized sunglasses) this goggle is in its sweet spot.
MSRP is $136 with the modulator lens. I was able to get them for $100 and I'm sure those patient enough can find an even better deal.