The Giro Onset is a large-fit goggle from Giro’s expansive view collection. The collection offers more peripheral vision while maintaining a compact wearable frame. In fact, the company claims a wider angle of vision than any other goggle on the market, which can prove to be a valuable asset out on the mountain and especially on those busy days at the resort. The Onset lens features a spherical design with curvature across the vertical and horizontal axes, which improves vision by offering less light distortion. Active Junky testers like the semi-frameless design that offers some structure to the frame yet still retains a sleek, trimmed down look. It is a combo of the full frameless design and a full-rim that’s well executed in both design and function. Giro opted for optics by Carl Zeiss Vision, who licenses their lens technologies to multiple brands across different industries and markets.
The Onset features triple layer foam with microfleece next to the face to seal out weather and provide all day comfort. Lastly, the Onset lens is treated with an anti-fog coating to reduce moisture accumulation. The Carl Zeiss Vision lens is available in a variety of tints, and differing visible light transmission ratings enabling the wearer to pick and choose the lens best suited for their eyes and shifting weather conditions. Specifically designed to complement Giro helmets, the Onset is a capable goggle with technical abilities and clear vision to get you through the darkest storm, the brightest bluebird spring days and everything in between.
Pros: Huge field of vision with Giro’s Expansion View Technology
Cons: Large frame is not for everyone
Tester Comments: “Gaper gap be damned! Tight fit along the goggle-helmet divide means you can say goodbye to brain freeze. The Zeiss optics offer premium performance and clarity that is on par with anything I have tested.”
Key Attribute: Adaptability
- Triple-layer face foam with microfleece facing
- Anti-fog coating
- Seamless compatibility with all Giro helmets
- Toric spherical injection-molded lenses