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Zeal Optics Transcend GPS goggles

The ultimate in cyber ski-wear?

Where eagles dare

To give the goggles a thorough workout I really needed to take them to the Rockies or the Alps, but there's a limit to what I'm ready to do for El Reg. and being found dead on the side of a mountain next spring or plastered against the trunk of a pine tree goes well beyond it.

Zeal Optics Transcend GPS Goggles

Eyecatching, by design

An altogether more convenient and safer test was conducted at the Chill Factore winter sports center in Manchester. A few runs down the main slope and the goggles did exactly what it says on the box despite being under a roof.

According to the display I managed to hit a shade over 40mph at one point. OK, that's a bit short of the 156.2mph world record but fast enough for me when indoors.

Verdict

At £450, you will have to want the GPS functionality badly to justify the cost. However, the Transcends are an excellent pair of winter sports goggles and the GPS tracking system does everything it claims to. If you are a snow sports fan who wants to hunker over a laptop with your mates comparing the routes you took down a run and the time it took, then they are ideal and I suspect para-gliders and microlight pilots could find a use for them too. ®

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Zeal Optics Transcend GPS Goggles

Zeal Optics Transcend GPS goggles

Funky GPS-equipped snow goggles for the skier or snowboarder with deep pockets.
Price: £450 RRP