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OUR TAKE No bend­ing plas­tic, no smudges, and no learn­ing curve: The in­ter­change­able lenses on th­ese gog­gles slide into the frames on a rail sys­tem, like a garage door. Mag­nets catch the lenses, lock­ing them into place, which made it easy to switch to low-lights while wear­ing mitts when a storm blew in over Ea­gle Pass, Bri­tish Columbia. The Por­tals are rim­less and spher­i­cal, giv­ing them a huge field of vi­sion (though they were a bit too large for our fe­male testers). They come stan­dard with both high­light and low-light op­tions.

TRAIL CRED “The rail sys­tem makes th­ese more crash-ready than other mag­netic gog­gles I’ve tried,” jokes one of our more ag­gres­sive skiers. “Even when I ‘opted’ to slide down a nar­row chute face-first, the lenses stayed in the frames.” Start­ing at $169; 5.6 oz.; zealop­tics.com

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