Some of the team members at Powderheadz.com are serious gamers just as much as they are serious snowboarders. Now there’s a way you can combine the two, with the best GPS snowboard goggles – the Zeal Optics Z3 GPS Live. When we finally got a hold of one these, we were pretty excited and we each had a blast trying to top the other person with ‘high scores’ and record times and speeds. Wearing these goggles while riding was like we were inside a video game or a high-tech spy movie.
Here are just some of the things you can keep track of: Speed | Location | Stopwatch/Time | Temperature | Altitude | Vertical/Horizontal Distance | Air time
|Best Use||Downhill skiing, Snowboarding|
|UV protection||100 percent|
|Light transmission||18 – 43 percent|
Built with the highest quality materials available, these goggles have increased protection and fit. The strap is made with heavy duty stitching and a double beading layer of silicon to ensure that the goggles won’t slip or shift off your helmet while you ride.
These goggles have vents with a passive airflow system that allows cool air in and moves moist, warm air out, reducing the potential for fogging.
Strong yet lightweight and flexible, the Z3 GPS Live goggles provide comfort during long days on the mountain. The triple-density foam molds to your face and helps wicks away sweat and the dual straps give you a high level of adjustability in finding the perfect position for your ideal goggle placement.
The Sheperical Lens offers a wide range of vision and optical quality while its photochromic technology has the ability to change from dark to light depending on available light, offering 18 to 43% VLT (visible light transmission). The Lens also offers 100% UV Protection with e-Ilume’s enhanced filters that protect the eyes from UVA/B/C light and anti-fog treatment is infused on the interior side of the lens so it will never rub off.
The Zeal Optics Z3 GPS Live Snowboarding goggles is a beast. To understand the beast, you have to first look at what’s under the hood, and that’s the Recon SNOW2 Heads-up Display Module:
Ultra Compact HD Display with High contrast and brightness settings for use in strong ambient light.
WIFI | Bluetooth 4.0 (Classic & BLE) Connectivity.
1 GHz Dual-Core Chip Processor with amazing capability
Onboard Sensors: GPS | Altimeter | Barometer | Accelerometer | Magnetometer | Gyrometer
Rechargeable Lithium ion Battery with 6 hours of battery life per charge.
Shock | Water | Low-Temp Reistance
Recon SNOW2 Heads-up Display Features
Snow2‘s onboard GPS and multiple sensors help track every run, turn, and jump with pinpoint accuracy. The data is delivered straight to its ingenious prism display located just below the right eye.
Speed is calculated by GPS and barometric pressure data, leaving out any guesswork on how fast you’re going.
Get bragging rights with the ability to know how high that jump you took really is.
Know how far you’ve ridden all day and go harder the next day.
See how high you are before you drop in your line. Track your highest peaks throughout the season.
Navigation and Tracking
The Recon Snow2 has over 600 pre-loaded ski resort maps to help guide you on the mountains around the world with resort-specific locations such as lodges, lifts, and trails. You can also keep tabs on your friends with the Recon Engage mobile app which details your riding buddies’ locations at the resort.
Never get lost and find your way around new trails and new ski resorts.
Stay oriented when travelling off the beaten path. Useful when you’re exploring the backcountry.
Have your friends download Recon’s Engage app, which allows you to find them instantly through your HUD.
Snow2 connects to your iPhone or Android Smartphone seamlessly through a Bluetooth Connection. Change your music with an included remote or view phone calls and texts without ever having to take out your phone.
Share your biggest jumps and your fastest runs as they happen through instant sharing to Facebook.
Have full control over your music in your phone’s library or any popular music streaming app.
View Caller ID on your HUD to either answer or ignore calls while you’re racing down the mountain.
Keep your phone inside your jacket or pants and view text messages as you receive them.
Water-proof, outside the jacket remote lets you operate your Zeal Z3 GPS Live HUD without you ever having to remove your gloves.
It’s a lot of fun to have a real-time response to how fast you are riding and how high you are jumping. You’ll find yourself pushing yourself to get that extra air or beat your personal record, which can be a fun, rewarding experience. If cost isn’t an issue, we recommend you to buy these goggles.
- Awesome Wearable Technology features gives you a wealth of trackable knowledge
- Photochromic lenses adjust to various lighting conditions, negating the need to carry spares.
- Sturdy but flexible frame construction and Permashield Hardcoat prevents scuffs and scratches.
- Expensive Cost can be prohibitive to some.
- 6-8 Hours of Battery life usually requires a charge at the end of the day.
- Can cause you to push your boundaries too much.