For those who dig Dragon’s style and optical quality but prefer the peripheral vision supplied by a spherical lens, the X2s is worth considering. We’ve tested (and loved) Dragon’s X2 in previous years, but the size of the X2 can be overkill for helmet loyalists or even those who rock a beanie on a normal-sized noggin. The X2s is the same legendary design as the X2, just a bit smaller and more manageable. The Swiftlock interchangeable lens system makes snapping a new lens into the frameless goggle a breeze, and it’s worth noting that the X2s comes with an extra lens for low-light conditions. Like the NFX2, Dragon’s lenses are upgraded with Lumalens tech for starker contrast, brighter colors, and overall optimized optical quality. Testers couldn’t be more hyped on this stylish and stacked pair of goggles.
If you’ve been complaining that the X2 is a sweet goggle but it’s just too bulky for some sleeker helmets and smaller faces, well, the X2s is the solution you’ve been looking for. The X2s’ smaller size makes the futuristic design feel a little less aggressive, and look a little less bug-eyed. The smaller size also helps the X2s be more compatible with helmets than the X2, but more on that below.
The X2s includes two lenses, much like most of the other interchangeable lens goggles in this buyer’s guide. That said, as far as optics go, the spherical X2s Lumalens lenses are up there with the best in the business: our female testers loved the pink ion for low light and the dark smoke version on brighter days. On those days where conditions varied and the Colorado clouds rolled in and out, our testers swapped lenses with exhalations of relief, thanks to the Swiftlock lens changing system.
However, our testers did note that, like the testers who tried the NFX2, the Swiftlock lens swapping system is almost too easy to use, and one tester accidentally dislodged the lens while wiping snow off of her helmet. Also, though the X2s is smaller than the X2, it’s definitely still not a universal fit, as testers noted that it did not sit flush with all helmets.
“The style is on-point, and I’m a fan of Dragon’s black smoke lenses especially on bright days. Optically speaking, these are among the best options in this buyer’s guide.”
Key Attribute: Performance
- An advanced goggle for skiing and snowboarding
- Polarized lens eliminates glare from snow and glass
- Swiftlock lens change system allows quick transitions
- Frameless design enhances field of peripheral vision
- Armored frame ventilation prevents fog buildup
- Super Anti-Fog treatment keeps vision clear
- Triple-layer face foam provides tons of comfort