The Electric EG3 goggles are one of the best out there for snowboarders and skiers alike. Electric is definitely a heavy-hitter when it comes to brands that hold a reputation in the snow gear world — but how do their goggles hold up when it comes to the higher-end price-range? What attracted us most to this goggle when it first came out was not only the spherical and advanced build of the lenses, but the new and (rather impressive) advanced Press Seal interchangeable lens technology. So how does it hold up against the typical interchangeable goggle competitors? Let’s check them out.
Main features of the Electric EG3
- ‘Press Seal’ interchangeable system
- Ergonomic frame (mold-injected)
- 100% UV protection
- Oversized dual spherical lens
- Anti-fog and anti-scratch coating
- Super A/R lens coating
- Triple layer face foam
- 40mm silicone strap
- Comes with one bonus lens and goggle bag
- Multiple replacement lenses available separately
Standout goggle features
The first “feature” we have in the Electric EG3 and what we always prioritize to look into before buying a goggle or reviewing the latest from popular brands like Electric is their interchangeable system. Nowadays, if it isn’t interchangeable, it isn’t considered high-end. We’ve seen the evolution of interchangeability grow tremendously for the past decade, first starting with some plastic locks that took a few minutes to complete all the way to this Press Seal Technology.
So how does it work? Instead of any locking or magnet (like Burton’s) mechanism, you take off your current lens with a little slot to fit your finger in and it merely pops right out. There’s a tract that runs around the perimeter of the goggle to line up the grooves of your replacement lens. You then simply pop the other lens right in (recommended to usually start at the nose first) until you hear a few snaps around the edges as it fits snug in those grooves. Then you’re done.
The “snapping” of the replacement lens will take a few more seconds as opposed to some magnetized systems and isn’t as “instantaneous” — however, in our opinion magnet-based interchangeable goggles don’t have as long of a life as locking mechanisms or this Press Seal Tech. Either way, with this technology, you can easily replace a lens in basically one minute or less, whether you’re at the top of the run about to take off or even on the lift as you work your way up to your destination. This thing is extremely seamless and easy, not to mention an investment since it’ll last quite a long time not having to rely on mechanisms or locks that may break on you with time or on a tough fall.
The Electric EG3 goggle build
Another awesome feature of the Electric EG3 goggle is the overall build of the lenses. They have quite a few different little parts to them. For one, they’re over-sized to give us a great field-of-vision (pair it up with the ergonomic frame design and it’s super optimal in terms of what you’re able to see around you). The lenses are spherical to give us that popular curve shaped and are also injected with a high-quality polycarbonate material. There’s something called Super A/R Coating (a layer typically used in sunglasses for glare reduction) to help with anti-reflection (something we’ve all experienced of course) and there’s even an additional coating that aids in anti-fog and anti-scratch. You also have mini vents at the top of the goggle as well as the sides, making sure you aren’t gathering too many clouds in there as you ride. Combine all of these and you have a very high-end and advanced lens build for amazing vision and overall protection against pesky sun glare and moisture build-up.
The strap is also a nice length of 40mm (adjustable as well) made of the beloved silicone material (most high-end goggles have this). Pair that up with a triple layer face foam (contoured) and you have comfort in nearly all the right places a goggle can bring. You won’t be facing any pain if you wear these for a long period of time, and we’re huge fans of that foam since for us is a make or break for most goggles out there when shopping.
The final word on the Electric EG3
As compared to others, we’d say our latest review of the Smith I/O 7 will back up why they go neck and neck — both have a great interchangeable system, anti-fog, as well as overall build to them. We’d say grab whichever is cheaper at the moment. If we weren’t keeping price into consideration with competitors, you can always go with the supercharged Anon M3 but for some more cash. Those do however have a magnetic system, which we think isn’t as long-lasting as the EG3 or even I/O 7.
You can also read our snow goggles guide for some more options (we give you 10 — and yes, the EG3 made it!). There’s of course some budget-friendly models out there that may peak your interest, but they in no way come close to the EG3 or other competitors in the higher price-points with advanced technology built into their goggles.
At the end of the day however, the Electric EG3 goggles are an awesome solution for those wanted a sleek interchangeable snow goggle that aren’t magnetic or lock-based. We think this technology is going to stick around for quite a while not only because of the ease of use but also long lives it’ll give us (if you take proper care of them, of course) — this is an investment right here. Combine this new technology with a nice spherical and anti-fog\anti-scratch lens, and you’re getting one of the best snow goggles out there as long as it can fit in your budget. Not to mention you can buy some replacement lenses separately to make sure you’re covered in all lighting conditions you may face while you shred the mountains.