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Review: Julbo Titan OTG ski goggles with Zebra photochromic lenses

Written by Fiona

April 16 2019

Julbo Universe ski goggles are fitted with Cat. 2 to 4 Reactiv Photochromic lens, which is polarised and treated for anti-fog. They are ideal for extreme situations, with lenses that quickly adapt to changing light conditions found in winter mountains.

Julbo Titan OTG with Zebra light red photochromic lenses

  • Zebra Photochromic Reactiv cat. 2 to 4 lenses, which are great for both shade and light. The lenses adapt to the conditions so you do not need to change them.
  • Snow tiger photochromic and glare control 2 to 3 for sun protection and “VLT” (visibility light transmission) of 7% to 35%.
  • OTG – Over The Glasses for spec wearers
  • XXL frame for maximised field of vision
  • Air Flow: Venting incorporated into the frame for good air circulation
  • Anatomic frame for more flexibility.
  • Anti-fog coating: The inner surface of the lens has an additional anti-fog coating
  • Dual Soft Foam : Two layers of foam for optimum comfort with a soft-touch layer against the skin
  • Easy Clip: Additional buckle on the back of the strap for improved goggle placement.
  • Extended Outrigger: 15mm extension on each side of the goggle for compatibility with ski helmets and an even grip on the face.
  • Strap lined with a silicone strip for good grip
  • Spherical double lens
  • Symmetrical adjustment thanks to two loops either side
  • Additional ventilation via the lens to prevent any fogging.
  • Currently priced £135 at Needlesports.

On test: Titan OTG with photochromic lenses

The goggles are very comfortable to wear. You don’t even notice they are against your face. The soft foam is really lovely.

They fit neatly over glasses and cause no rubs or force against the spectacle frames. This is really important for people who wear specs. I hate it when ski goggles push the nose piece against my face. These goggles do not do this.

The goggles fit neatly into the shape of many ski helmets and this means there is no gap for wind and snow to penetrate the skin.

The strap is easy to adjust, especially if you want to swap from wearing the goggles with a helmet and then without. This is often important for ski tourers.

The goggles offered great visibility for all weather conditions, from cloud and white-out to sunshine. It’s an excellent idea to have one lens that changes shade to suit the conditions and they worked well in low light, too. The lens change is so quick you do not even notice it is happening.

There was no fogging issues while wearing the goggles even when sweating. This is excellent.

The price s pretty good for a pair of ski goggles with photochromic lenses and a variety of good features.

The goggles also look good!

The only issue is that if you have a smaller head/face (usually female) the lower part of the frame can push against the lower part of the nose, which can reduce breathing through the nose. I find this happens with many larger ski goggle frames, especially when wearing the goggles while skinning up (ie when breathing harder). It’s less noticeable when skiing downhill.

The Julbo Universe ski goggles are a great choice for in resort and off-piste/back country skiing.

  • Thanks to Nienke for giving me some of her pointers having worn the ski goggles for several days while ski touring in Norway.

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