Bolle Simmer Goggle Review
The Simmer goggles, by Bolle, have been my go to goggles for cloudy ski days. The Simmer’s that I have been testing feature the Aurora lens, which carries a VLT rating of 45%. As a refresher, VLT stands for visible light transmitted and ranges from the mid teens to the low 80’s and is given as a percentage. VLT represents the amount of light that enters a lens and represents a rating system to classify sunglasses and goggle lenses according to when they will perform the best. The Aurora lens, as shown above, has a slight purple/blue appearance to it and allows you to see in flatter light without glare, thanks to also being polarized.
The Simmer’s do not feature Bolle’s latest and greatest Modulator lens technology that features transition lenses, however I was not disappointed with what the Simmer’s pack into their more reasonable starting price point of $79.95. The Simmer goggles did not fog up on any of my half dozen ski days despite some serious heat production on an epic powder at Vail. The goggles feature a breathable vent at the top of the goggles which helps to dissipate any extra heat produced. The Simmer’s are also helmet compatible; just be sure you cinch down the goggles a bit tighter if wearing a wider helmet. On one occasion I got some raging wind burn due to a small gap near my temples.
I tested out the Simmer goggles with the pink flower frame, as shown above. The flowers may be a tad girly, but I didn’t mind because sometimes it is nice to look a little more unique. These goggles fit a small to medium sized face and were a nice change from the larger goggles that look like they take up half of your face. The goggles feature super soft fleece that rests against your cheeks and forehead, and an additional 2 layers of foam to get a perfect seal. Overall, the Simmer’s were a great performer for flat light to partly sunny days and starts at a great price point.
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