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Dragon NFX2 ReviewBest Ski & Snowboard Goggles Review

  • Lens shape and quality 90% 90%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Ventilation 90% 90%
  • Ease of Changing Lenses 90% 90%

Price: $125.96 – $200.00

Frame Size: Medium

Number of lenses included: 2

Lens Shape: Cylindrical

Style: Framed

What We Like: Spherical Lens Optical Quality in A Cylindrical Package, Swiftlock Lens Change System

What We Don’t: Not the Most Durable Lens.

The Dragon NFX was the goggle that set off the frameless craze several years ago, and its latest version, the NFX2 brings that same amazing goggle with Dragon’s Swiftlock lens change technology, which is among the very best on the market, as well as with an updated cylindrical lens which provides much better optics than the original.

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Lens Shape and Quality

The original Dragon NFX used a standard, flat stamped cylindrical lens. The cylindrical lens is back on the Dragon NFx2, but this time it is made from a premium injected mold, which Dragon claims produces the same optical quality in a cylindrical lens that is found in their premium spherical lenses. If you love the retro style of cylindrical lenses but don’t want to compromise on optical quality, then the Dragon NFX2 should definitely be on your shortlist.

The Dragon NFX2 comes with two of the top-notch dragon Lumalens lenses that we raved about in the Dragon X2, as well as with Dragon’s super anti-fog coating on the inner lens.

There is the tiniest of frames that runs around the Dragon NFX2. Presumably, this is what allowed Dragon to incorporate their Swiftlock system into the NFX2, but the goggle still retains a frameless aesthetic, as well as the monster field of view found on wide, frameless goggles.

Comfort

The NFX2 is a very comfortable ski and snowboard goggle, and again it comes with all of the bells and whistles found on the more expensive X2, incorporating triple-layer foam with a hypoallergenic fleece lining.

Most Dragon ski and snowboard goggles come in a standard variant, which is essentially an XL fit, and an “s” size, which is essentially a medium to large fit. The Dragon NFX2 bucks this trend, coming in a single size that is a bit larger than most Dragon “s” fit goggles, making it a one size fits (almost) all goggle. Riders with all but the largest of heads should be right at home in the Dragon NFX2.

Ventilation

The Dragon NFX2 utilizes the same “armored frame ventilation” with unidirectional airflow provides that was a strong point of the Dragon X2. This works in perfect harmony with Dragon’s “super anti-fog coating” to keep the Dragon X2 fog free in just about any condition.

Ease of Changing Lenses

Again, if you’ve already read our review of the Dragon X2, then you can skip this, because the Dragon NFX2 uses the same Swiftlock lens change system and it works just as effectively.

If you haven’t, Dragon’s “Swiftlock” system uses a Swiftlock lever on each side of the frame. Simply pushing these levers releases the lens from the frame. This was designed to be done with the goggles on your face, while wearing gloves. If you are looking for a great ski and snowboard goggle that will allow you to easily swap lenses on the chairlift without removing the goggles or your gloves, then the Dragon NFX2’s Swiftlock system might make it the best ski and snowboard goggle for you. In fact, Swiftlock was the only lens change system that matched the ease of use offered by the magnetic lens change systems of the Smith I/O Mag and Anon M4 Toric.

 

The Bottom Line

The Dragon NFX2 brings an old school vibe with next-generation technology and performance. While a few riders might wish for multiple sizing options, the fit of the Dragon NFX2 will fit just about everyone.

If you love the technology and performance of the Dragon X2, but want that same great optical quality and Swiftlock lens change technology with an old school flat goggle look, then the Dragon NFX2 might be the best ski and snowboard goggle for you.

If you love the technology and performance of the Dragon X2, but want that same great optical quality and Swiftlock lens change technology with an old school flat goggle look, then the Dragon NFX2 might be the best ski and snowboard goggle for you.

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