GIRO AR­TI­CLE / LUSI

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OUR TAKE We’d call this the cat­e­gory’s best value even if you only got one Toric VIVID lens by Zeiss, but the fact is you get two: one high-light op­tion and one low-light op­tion. That makes the af­ford­able Ar­ti­cle (women’s is the Lusi) as use­ful as two pairs of gog­gles, but at less than the av­er­age cost of one. (Knock: It’s vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to swap the lenses with­out gum­ming up the pe­riph­eries; keep a mi­crofiber cloth handy.) The Ar­ti­cle’s semi-frame­less de­sign (some frame is vis­i­ble at the bot­tom edge of the lens) al­lows for mas­sive field of vi­sion given the rel­a­tively low-pro­file look, but it’s best for medium and small faces. (Note: You can buy the Ar­ti­cle with a stan­dard wo­ven strap or a sil­i­cone one— bet­ter for grip­ping hel­mets.)

TRAIL CRED “The Lusi is big enough that you don’t have blind spots and it fits seam­lessly with a hel­met, but I can wear it with just a beanie and it doesn’t en­gulf my face or slide down my nose,” one tester says. “Best fit­ting gog­gles I’ve ever tried.” $150; 4.6 oz.; giro.com

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