Expert Review: BlackStrap Goggles CoverPublished on 10/14/2022 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the goggle cover, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Nick LaRoche
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the goggle cover, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
The BlackStrap Goggle Cover will keep goggles clean and fog free when they’re on one’s helmet.
About this goggle cover I own
- Model: BlackStrap Goggle Cover
- Size: One size fits all
- Fit: Seems to fit well on most goggles; I’ve used them on Spy Legacy goggles (very large frames) as well as Smith I/O Mag S (small frames)
- Helmet: 2021 Smith Vantage MIPS
- Goggles Tested: 2021 Spy Legacy, 2021 Smith I/O Mag S
- Experience: 14 years of skiing
- When I bought it: December 2021
- Days used: 25
- Weather conditions used in: Everything from bluebird days to blizzards
- Where I’ve used them: Crystal Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass, WA
- Terrain: Sidecountry hikes, parking lots, and an awful lot of shuttle rides
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for something to protect my lenses when hiking or messing around in the parking lot. All too often, I found my goggles getting dinged from branches or even other skiers knocking into them.
Why I chose this gear
I chose the BlackStrap Goggle Cover because I was familiar with their other products and wanted to give them a shot. The cover itself is super light and easy to get on and off.
What I love about it
- Fit: No issues with fit. The BlackStrap Goggle Cover has worked on each pair of goggles I’ve used them on.
- Protection: It sure seems that everytime I use these covers, I save myself from a horrendous scratch. Maybe that’s me being clumsy, but the protection component seems to work.
- Durability: I’ve had the unfortunate opportunity to test these in a number of scenarios, from friends hitting my goggles with their skis, to getting snagged in branches. So far, other than a little dirt, they are still in great shape.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Other: It’s worth noting that they do prevent fogging in some scenarios. However, if one’s helmet is wet or snowy, and they put their goggles up, moisture can and will get inside the lens and fog up—these won’t stop that from happening.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with the BlackStrap Goggle Cover has to be the time a friend and I hiked to the top of the Silver King at Crystal Mountain with our skis on our back. Particularly the part where he bent down to loosen his boots and proceeded to smack a ski edge directly into my goggles—glad I had them covered.
Value for the money vs. other options
As far as I know, there are only a few options for goggle covers like these, and each costs about $15 at retail price. So in that regard, I’d say they are priced right. Should they be a little cheaper? Probably, but they’ve certainly saved me a few lenses.
I’d happily spend $15 again to keep my lenses looking good. If one values their lenses and has trouble keeping them clean and scratch free, these covers do the trick.