Julbo are firing out goggle designs with vigour these days, and the Skydome fills a previous gap in their ‘big round goggle’ sector of the market.
Except that Julbo’s take on this is to deliver a deeply spherical lens which doesn’t take over your entire head. This has advantages when slotting it together with different helmet brands – it doesn’t push down your face.
The frame is sturdy and has dual density foam with a felted layer against the skin which absorbs sweat. We’d class this frame as suiting medium-sized faces, though passing it around the bar, some of the bigger noggins found it had enough flex to fit comfortably.
The lens – a new Reactiv Cat 1-3 spec – is fast-reacting to light and shade. There’s always a little lag but the tech is getting very slick these days. The blue outer reflective finish hides a slight brown tint, which I find good for picking out detail on low-light days. At full tint the lens feels like it’s soaking up plenty of glare; because of the conditions I never got a full-ampage glacier day so never felt the need for more sun-stoppage, but there was no soreness on bright days.
They’ve been hijacked for a Japan trip where the light range and accurate detail should work well in the trees.
VERDICT: USEFUL, CLASSY LENS IN A QUALITY FRAME
Air Flow Venting for max air circulation and reduced fogging
Anatomic frame for more flexibility
Anti-fog coating on inner surface of lens
Dual Soft Foam for mega comfort and softer contact with skin.
Full silicone strap for perfect grip
Offset strap for compatibility with all types of helmet
Reactiv Photochromic lens
Spherical double lens
Symmetrical adjustment loops on either side of the strap
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