Electric EG2 Goggles Review

Electric EG2 Goggles

The Electric EG2 Goggles have become one of the most popular goggles on the slope with it’s large frame and huge lens design. I’ve had these goggles for 3 seasons now, so lets take a closer look at the EG2s and see how they perform.

Price:

These goggles retail at about $140 US, but you can usually find them on sale for about $100 US if you’re willing to shop around.

Features:

  • Mold Injected Thermo-Plastic Urethane Frame
  • 100% UV Protection
  • Oversized Dual Spherical Polycarbonate Lens
  • Super Anti-Fog and Anti-Scratch Hard Coating
  • Super A/R Coating Anti-Reflective Technology
  • Contoured Triple Layer Face Foam
  • 43mm Strap with Adjuster
  • Helmet Compatible Frame

Features in plain english:

  • They protect your eyes from UV Sun Damage
  • The lens isn’t made from cheap reflective coating and it won’t peel off easily
  • They have a large curved rounded lens
  • The frame works well with helmets

Appearance:

The first thing you’ll notice when looking at these goggles is how big the lens is. It’s HUGE! The only goggles sporting a bigger lens is the new Von Zipper Fishbowl goggles, which are due to be released next season.

The design is simple and clean and I love the look of the large lens. You’ll find these goggles in a variety of colors, as well as many different limited edition designs each year.

Helmet Compatibility:

Thanks to the large frame design and slight curve at the top of the goggle frame, this goggle works great with nearly every helmet.

Sandbox Helmet In Use

Fit:

They’re a really comfortable goggle that’s made for a medium to large sized face. The frame and nose area are definitely not designed for a small face. In particular, the foam padding of the nose bridge area will not fit smaller noses.

Make sure you give the EG2s a try in a shop to make sure they fit your face before buying them. You don’t want your goggles fogging because your face is too small.

Durability:

Goggle Frame

It’s your standard flexible plastic frame. I’ve found the frame to be about the same durability as other higher end goggles such as Oakley or Anon.

Lens

Once again, their lenses seem to be about the same quality as the higher end Oakley lenses on my previous goggles.

Lens Quality

I love their lenses! I’ve tested 3 lenses on my EG2s:

All Rounder Goggle Lens

Light-Yellow Chrome Lens

By far the best lens I’ve ever used. It’s an amazing lens in overcast, snowy conditions and the mirrored coating plus yellow tint works decently on sunny days as well.

If I only had one lens for the rest of my life, I’d want this light-yellow chrome lens.

Sunny Day Goggle Lens

Bronze Silver/Chrome Lens

This is your basic all round orange lens with a slight mirror coating. They do the job and I haven’t noticed any real difference between this lens and similar tinting from Oakley and Smith.

Clear Goggle Lens

Clear Lens

Standard clear lens, nothing new here. Performs like every other clear lens for night riding.

Field of View – How Well Can You See?

Thanks to the huge lens, you definitely notice less frame around your vision while wearing these goggles. I can barely see any frame when wearing the goggles, apart from the section that goes over my nose.

It’s not something that will be life changing, but it is nice to have more peripheral vision compared to other smaller goggles.

Final Thoughts

The large lens works as promised and you do get the main benefit of wearing these goggles, which is improve peripheral vision. I’m very interested in seeing how these will compare when Von Zipper releases their ‘Fishbowl’ goggles next season.

Overall, I really love these goggles, but I also highly recommend that you try them on before buying, because they may cause fogging on smaller faces that don’t fit the large frame.

Review: Dakine Super Tune – Ski & Snowboard Tuning Kit

Dakine Super Tune

There’s a lot of random bits and pieces that you’ll need in order to properly tune your ski/snowboard, so Dakine put it all together into a handy convenient pack!

I’ve used this tuning kit for a few years, so here’s a detailed review on the Dakine Super Tune kit.

Price

You’ll find this kit for sale at about $80-90 US. A little pricy, but you have to remember that the waxing iron included with this kit costs $50+ US if you buy it separately.

What you get

– Zipper Carry Case

– Waxing Iron

– Edge Tuning Tool

– 25 cm file

– File cleaning brush

– Metal scraper

– 25 cm plastic scraper

– Gummi stone

– 2 candle sticks of p-tex

– Small bar of wax

– Scuff pad

Appearance & Convenience

A very nice looking case overall. I love the plaid pattern on the newer cases. It’s a great looking carry case to stick all your tuning tools inside!

I’ve found the case really useful for sticking all my extra waxes and tools inside. It fits nicely inside my snowboard bag and it makes it really easy when I’m travelling.

Dakine Super Tune Case

Quality & durability of tuning tools

Overall, all the pieces in the kit were high quality items. They are identical to the normal tuning items you’d buy at any ski/snowboard shop, except Dakine has packaged it all together in this kit.

Positives

– The waxing iron is identical to an older model Swix waxing iron that used to retail for about $50 and the iron scraper has held up reasonably well.

Negatives

– I’d prefer an edge tuning tool that had more options for bevel angles. The edge tuning tool included only has 90 degree or 88 degree angles. Not a huge minus, since most people don’t bother with anything except the 90 degree angle.

ps – If you’re confused by what I just said, check out our guide on edge tuning and bevel angles.

– I thought it was odd that the kit doesn’t include a screwdriver tool. Again, it’s not a huge minus, but it would be nice if they included a mini screwdriver tool so that you don’t have to buy one separately.

Final thoughts

If you’re happy with a cheap department store iron and want to save money, I’d recommend buying the ‘Deluxe Tune’ kit instead. It’s exactly the same as this kit, except it doesn’t come with a waxing iron.

The Dakine Super Tune kit is a good overall kit for those looking to get a starter set of tuning tools with a waxing iron. The carry case really does come in handy when you’re travelling and it makes it a lot easier to keep your tuning tools together.

Overall, I’m really happy with the tuning kit and would recommend it to others that are looking to get into tuning.

Sandbox Classic Brain Bucket Helmet Review

Blue Sandbox Helmet SideshotWhite Sandbox Helmet

An insanely popular helmet, the Sandbox Brain Bucket Helmet was released a few years ago and instantly skyrocketed into popularity.

So how does it hold up as a helmet?

2 Types of Brain Buckets:

This helmet comes with either a certified EPS Sports Liner or with a non certified EVA foam liner.

Today, I’ll be reviewing the non certified version.

Appearance:

A very, very nice looking helmet. It’s low profile design and baseball cap brim are what originally made the helmet so popular.

People really love the design and it’s not uncommon for me to get asked where to purchase the helmet by other chair lift/gondola riders.

The helmet is currently available in lots of nice bright colors, as well as your typical Black or White. They mix around the colors and add a new color every year or two.

Sandbox Brain Bucket Helmet

Features:

  • 3 sets of different sized foam pads to change the fit of the helmet
  • Removable Goggle Clip
  • Removable Ear Pads

Fit:

The helmet either comes as a Small/Medium or a Large/X-Large.

I got the Small/Medium and was able to play around with the different foam pads to get the size just right. Overall, a nice snug fit.

I really like the changeable foam pads because it lets me change the size for when I want to wear a beanie under my helmet.

Sandbox Helmet Inner Shell

Goggle Compatibility:

Thanks to the baseball cap brim, you’ll get pretty much any goggle to fit with the helmet. Any gaps above your goggle are covered by the brim of your helmet.

Sandbox Helmet In Use

Durability:

Outer Helmet Shell

It’s outer shell is made of hard plastic that has a little bit of flex. This makes it really, really hard to actually crack the outer shell. I landed on my head from a 40 foot jump and the outer shell is still in one piece.

Inner Foam Lining

After a couple seasons of weekly knocks to the head, the inner foam liner has started to come lose from the outer shell. This is after 2 full seasons of riding 200+ days, so I can’t really take too many points away for that.

Plus it’s an easy fix with a $5 tube of super glue  😉

Worn Sandbox Helmet

Final Thoughts

A really solid helmet overall. The only downside is that it isn’t certified, but that’s what the new Certified Brain Bucket is for. Given the choice now, I’d probably pick up the certified version of this helmet.

That said, I’ve hit my head pretty hard in this helmet and I haven’t had any concussions, but I’m sure that I’m not the only one who would prefer buying the certified liner version for peace of mind.

Overall, I definitely love this helmet and would recommend it to anyone looking for a low profile, good looking helmet.