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Published on December 31st, 2013 | by Greg


POC Sports Retina Big Ski Goggles: Large And In Charge

One of the surest ways to turn a perfectly lovely ski trip into a ride to the emergency room: smack into a tree, or miss sight a rock and end up out of control. Everyone has done it, and it’s the same for snowboarders. It’s critical to keep your field of view clear and unobstructed, and that’s why it’s crazy that so many goggles and masks end up limiting your vision.

Keep your eyes clear- and keep your trip from turning into a disaster- with the Retina Big Goggles from POC Sports. Granted, they will make you look a bit bug-eyed to the outside observer, who might wonder why your goggles are a bit oversized. But the lenses themselves are the only part that is expanded, meaning that the inner polyurethane frame is still sized right for normal folks. Put these one and compare to your average mask- you’ll immediately notice much better peripheral viewing.

They are anti-fog and anti-scratch treated of course, with three layers of foam for warmth and insulation, and double-lenses. You might have tried masks before the vast recent improvements in materials- now, they stay flexible even when cold, and still conform to your face so you don’t get the dreaded blast of wind and snow that sneaks in the corner.

POC Sports makes a pretty wide range of gear for winter sports and beyond, including helmets and biking gear as well. We really liked the variety of colors available- ours were blue with clear lenses, but orange, black, white, and pink frames are available as well. They gripped nicely, felt comfortably, kept out the wind, and we had a goldfish-eye view without distortion.

The Retina Big boosts your reaction speed, and there’s plenty to like- even the pricetag is a friendly $140, available now online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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