Snow gear, by its nature, has to balance form and function. Someone could make the most amazing gear in the world, but no one would buy it if it looked like crap. The problem is, everyone has different taste – you like blue, I like green. To solve this problem, most companies offer their snow googles in a huge variety of colorways. One of the top companies offers 18 different options on their top model. But that doesn’t solve a major problem – if you want two goggle colors, you have to buy two sets of goggles. Sungod does things differently with their Revolt goggles. Before the SunGod Revolt, no one combined top quality optics with fully customizable style.
What makes these SunGod goggles great? For starters, they are fully customizable. We mean fully! You can not only change the lenses, but you can change the straps as well. You can select from 4 frames (black, white, grey, and mint) and 16 straps, ranging from different colors to logos. You can also select from 6 different lenses.
SunGod reached out to us asking to be featured. We could do our readers right without testing the Revolts out before writing about them, so they sent us a pair of the Revolt Goggles before they were released to the public to get our Engearment seal of approval. SunGod is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the Revolts. As we write this, they’re more than quadrupled their funding goal and added some great stretch goals.
There are a few big names in the snow goggle world that have lines of goggles with interchangeable lenses. We own several pair and appreciate the ability to dial in the right lens for the right conditions. Also, we know good optics when we see them. We believe SunGod has a good product. (This isn’t SunGod’s first foray into optics. They also make customizable sunglasses. We’ll have a full review up soon.)
SunGod calls their lens technology 4KO (which we assume has something to do with 4K video) which they say offers enhanced contrast and optimized clarity. The lenses exceed EN 1836 and ANSI Z80.3 standard and are rated Category 3 for UV protection. They also come with a lifetime warranty. Um, thats cool! The interchangeable lenses use a 5 point connection and pivoting retention arms. They require a bit more effort to swap than some other brands, but are still easy enough that there’s no reason not to carry a bright lenses and low light lens with you. They feature triple layer scratch resistant coating as well. The spherical lens shape offers unrestricted peripheral vision and no distortion.
SunGod sent us both the Chrome and HV Blue lenses. Both have a yellow base, though the Chrome has much lower light transmission. We’ve reached out to SunGod to get you the light transmission percentages for each of their lenses, but the chart above at least gives you an idea of the ideal use for each tint.
The frames are very nice and offer 3 layer foam to keep things comfy on your face as well as being very pliable so they don’t scrunch up on your nose or forehead. We found the fit to be very accommodating (Sean is very particular about his goggles and how they fit). They provided a perfect non-gaper fit when we tried them with the Smith Variant, Maze, Variance and Vantage helmets.
So, what has two thumbs and likes the SunGod Revolt goggles? This reviewer does, that’s who!
A pair of SunGod Revolts through the Kickstarter campaign will cost you about $107. You can add extra straps ($23), lenses ($46), or frames ($38) to your pledge. As an added incentive, SunGod will give you 10% off all future SunGod purchases if you back their campaign. The Revolts will ship to backers mid December, 2015. If you miss out on the Kickstarter, the goggles will cost $130 at retail, which is still a bargain for a swappable lens. Spare straps, frames, and lenses will also be available at retail.