Snow Goggles with GPS? Eyewear Innovator Zeal Optics Provides

March 24, 2011

5:56 pm

Calling all skiers and snowboarders–especially those of you who live for back-country skiing and boarding!

Zeal Optics, a Boulder, CO-based company that designs and manufactures innovative, high-performance sunglasses and goggles, has expanded their GPS-imbedded snow goggle line with a new Zeal Transcend GPS™ model.  The Spherical Polarized & Photochromic (SPPX) goggle will be available for the 2011/2012 winter season for MSRP $549.

The features in these goggles are beyond cool.  All goggles include Zeal’s advanced optics and Head Mounted Display technology by Recon Instruments.  GPS graphics are viewed in the bottom right side of the goggle and are completely non-obtrusive for front and peripheral vision.

This newest model cuts glare that fatigues the eyes and auto-light adjusts when exposed to the sun’s rays (the current two models separate out those features).

vertical odometer

Vertical odometer screenshot

But the best feature is the vertical odometer technology that provides real-time performance statistics including speed, altitude, temperature, and time.  To access this information, you simply download a software application provided by Recon Instruments, and you can manage and “playback” ski runs overlaid on Google Earth.  You can also see your fastest and slowest speeds, review individual runs, and see vertical distance covered.  If you had a really great day, you earned major bragging rights, and—guess what?—you can share the data on Facebook and Twitter.

Zeal’s current models, Spherical Photochromic (PX) and Spherical Polarized (SPX), are available through the summer for MSRP $399 but check them out here on Amazon where you might find better prices.

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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