Backcountry skiing has rapidly become the main driver of the snowsports space and has been on this trend for a number of years. The increase in availability of truly functional backcountry equipment for all skill levels has increased participation. Whether it’s front country skinning at your local resort, or leaving the gates for fresh stashes, or heading out for full day tours, skiers and riders are more and more demanding equipment built to excel in the backcountry.
Enter the cleverly designed and innovative Julbo Aerospace, the first ski goggle designed to perform on uphill travel. Skinning is tough work, and most of us work up a heavy sweat when lugging ourselves uphill. In the past the answer has been to opt for sunglasses and keep the goggles at the ready for the down. With the Aerospace innovation, you no longer need to have two pairs of optics with you. With a simple action, the lens of the Aerospace notches forward to create what Julbo calls the SuperFlow System, allowing a massive increase in airflow between the face and lens. The wearer benefits from less moisture build-up on the face and the interior of the lens, which ultimately decreases the amount of the skier’s arch enemy – fogged goggles.
In addition to the innovative SuperFlow System, Julbo packs a lot of tech into the Aerospace. Available with a variety of lenses, Active Junky testers particularly liked the photochromatic and polarized Chameleon lens. The lens excels in bright conditions and the high alpine where light attenuation and terrain accentuation are critical to proper vision and a good run. Julbo’s minimalist, low-profile and anatomically-fit frame design is a clear and successful effort to stave off the Bono look. Outriggers for helmet compatibility, silicone lined strap, and dual point symmetrical strap adjustment round out the feature set. The Aerospace is an all-out design push from the French brand eliminating the need for multiple optics or lenses in the backcountry.
Pros: A genius and minimalist design for reducing fog whether standing in the tram line or skinning uphill.
Cons: We’re waiting to see how the pivot point holds out over time.
Tester Comments: “The Aerospace is a true departure to another universe of goggle design. Clearly designed for the ever-growing backcountry market, the SuperFlow Systems keeps the fog away and allows for uphill use of goggles.”
Key Attribute: Adaptability
- Photochromic lens technology
- NXT spherical optics
- Superflow ventilation system
- Anti-fog coating
- Minimalist frame with XL chassis
- Please see size chart for information on lens options
Lens: Snow Tiger (photochromic), spherical