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Electric EG3 Review

This flashy goggle has a bold frameless style, quality optics, and smaller fit.
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Price:  $200 List | $119.97 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Funky style, 2 lenses included, relatively easy to change lenses
Cons:  Style might not be for everyone, smaller fit
Manufacturer:   Electric
By Jeremy Benson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 17, 2018
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  • Lens Quality - 20% 7
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Ventilation and Breathability - 20% 7
  • Ease of Changing Lenses - 15% 7
  • Durability - 15% 7
  • Style - 10% 9

Our Verdict

Electric is well known for their modern, bold styling and the EG3 is a good example of that. This goggle has a large spherical frameless lens that stands out from the crowd with a flashy "look at me" style. The spherical lenses have good optical clarity and provide a huge field of view. Their press-seal lens system is also unique and relatively user-friendly compared to the more traditional lens attachment style. The fit of the EG3 is on the medium to small side of the spectrum, but if they fit your facial structure, they are quite comfortable with a soft triple layer face foam, pliable TPU frame, and a wide strap with silicone grip added. Their armored frame ventilation enhances durability but decreases ventilation somewhat, and the size of these goggles may fit a little awkwardly with some helmets. That said, this is a quality goggle that comes with two lenses for bright and low light conditions, and a good option for the skier or rider who wants to get noticed.


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Pros Funky style, 2 lenses included, relatively easy to change lensesMagnetic lenses, magnetic facemask, 2 lenses included, great opticsMagnetic lenses, 2 lenses included, great opticsExcellent optics, durable, easy to change lensesInexpensive, durable, multiple lenses included
Cons Style might not be for everyone, smaller fitExpensive, larger fitExpensive, medium fitExpensive, visible frame around nose, draftyMore basic styling, lenses aren't the easiest to change
Bottom Line This flashy goggle has a bold frameless style, quality optics, and smaller fit.The M4 may be expensive, but they are incredibly user friendly with excellent optics, innovative integration, and a great fitThis model carries on the quality and performance tradition of Smith's popular I/O line of goggles with a new user-friendly magnetic lens interface.A top performer in nearly every way and one of our highest rated models.An affordable goggle for all purposes and conditions, the Smith Squad is our Best Buy Award winner.
Rating Categories Electric EG3 Anon M4 Toric Smith I/O Mag Oakley Airbrake XL Smith Squad ChromaPop
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Specs Electric EG3 Anon M4 Toric Smith I/O Mag Oakley Airbrake XL Smith Squad...
Number of lenses included 2 2 2 2 2
Lens tested Brose-red chrome, Pink SONAR Red, SONAR Infared Chromapop Sun Red Mirror, Chromapop Storm Prizm Snow Torch Iridium, Prizm Rose Chromapop Sun, Yellow
Lens Shape Cylindrical Toric: mimics the curvature of the eye. Frame is compatible with both Cylindrical and Toric lenses. Spherical Spherical Cylindrical
Frame size Medium Large Medium Large Med-Large
Layers of foam Triple layer Triple layer Triple layer Triple layer 2-layer Dri-Wix
Ventilation Anti-fog treated Full Preimeter Channel venting, Outlast Fog Management Face Fleece Anti-fog treated Dual-Vented Lens with F3 Anti-fog coating Not specified
Warranty 1 year Lifetime Lifetime 1 year Lifetime
Unique? MFI: Magnetic Facemask Intergration, Facemask included. Magnetic lenses, frame can accomodate Anon Toric or Cylindrical lenses. Magnetic lenses Switchlock lens system

Our Analysis and Test Results

Electric is a California based company with roots in the skate, surf, and snowboard scene, and they've been making snow goggles for a number of years. They've been at the forefront of style and often helped to set trends like the bigger is better and frameless goggles that are currently quite popular. Their EG3 goggle is a good example of that, with a massive frameless lens style that pushes the envelope a little bit. They're nothing groundbreaking mind you, they are just big and bold and, pardon the pun, in your face. We tested the EG3 against the best goggles on the market, read on to find out how these trend-setters stacked up.

Performance Comparison


Testing the EG3 skiing groomers at the resort in sunny conditions.
Testing the EG3 skiing groomers at the resort in sunny conditions.

Lens Quality


The EG3 comes with two spherical double lenses for bright and low light conditions. The model we tested came with the Brose-Red Chrome bright light lens and the Pink lens for low light conditions. These spherical lenses provide a nice clear distortion-free vision with a huge field of view. They both perform well, although we noticed that they don't quite bring up the contrast or provide as much definition as the lenses made by Oakley, Anon, or Smith. Don't get us wrong; they are nice lenses, they just don't quite reach the high bar set by the manufacturers with the best lens designs and technology. Beyond that, the lenses have a hard coating that resisted most scratching during testing although we managed to put two tiny little dings in the reflective coating on our Brose-red chrome lens.


We found the Prizm lenses of the Oakley Airbrake XL and A-Frame 2.0, the Chromapop lenses of the Smith I/O Mag and I/OX, and the SONAR lenses of the Anon M4 to increase contrast and enhance definition in all light conditions and generally outperform the competition. Electric's lenses have a more similar performance and quality to that of the POC Lobes, and Zeal Nomad, and they outperform the goggles with cylindrical lenses like the Dragon NFX, Giro Blok and Smith Squad.

Testing the low light capabilities of the EG3's pink lens while skiing on a very flat light day.
Testing the low light capabilities of the EG3's pink lens while skiing on a very flat light day.

Comfort


Despite the large appearance of the EG3 goggle due to the look of the frameless lens, the goggles have a medium fit. They taper significantly from the lens to the face, and they have one of the smallest face openings of all the models we tested. Testers with large facial structures felt cramped by these goggles while those with medium or small faces felt very comfortable while wearing them.


For those who fit into these goggles, the triple layer face foam was soft and comfortable and the overall shape of the frame didn't result in any pressure points. The strap is nice and wide with plenty of adjustability to fit around helmets, plus two silicone beads to keep it where you want it. One thing we didn't like about the strap design is that it connects to the frame close to the face foam making the strap have an abrupt transition as it comes around the edge of your helmet. For this reason, we feel the EG3 works best without a helmet or worn with the strap under the helmet like many people do these days.

A comparison shot of the EG3 (top) and the Anon M4 (bottom). You can see just how different the size of the face foam and opening. The EG3 is better for small to medium faces  the M4 is better for larger facial structures.
A comparison shot of the EG3 (top) and the Anon M4 (bottom). You can see just how different the size of the face foam and opening. The EG3 is better for small to medium faces, the M4 is better for larger facial structures.

Ventilation and Breathability


The ventilation of the EG3 leaves a little to be desired. They have a very burly and robust frame design that appears ready to withstand a header or two, but this results in less airflow through the vents on the frame. The EG3 has vents on the top and bottom of the frame, but instead of large open vents like you find on most goggles, they have a number of smaller holes perforated through the frame material and backed with a thin open cell foam. These smaller holes simply limit the airflow compared to the more open designs found on most of the competition.


The lenses are treated with an anti-fog coating to further reduce fog build up. Additionally, the lens of the EG3 is a bit further from your face than on other goggles due to the thick frame design. Fogging in the EG3 was rarely an issue, but we would definitely recommend taking these goggles off for extended periods of uphill hiking.

The armored ventilation of the EG3. It's durable but also limits the ventilation somewhat.
The armored ventilation of the EG3. It's durable but also limits the ventilation somewhat.

The frame vents on the EG3 are similar to those on the Dragon NFX with perforated frame material covering the open-cell foam. If you seek more breathability, the Oakley Airbrake XL and the Oakley A-Frame 2.0 have more drafty designs that allow for significantly more airflow. The Anon M4, Smith I/O Mag, and Smith I/OX also perform somewhat better due to their more traditional non-armored ventilation.

Ease of Changing Lenses


Electric has put a somewhat unique press-seal lens system on the EG3. This is basically a gasket that runs around the entire perimeter of the goggle lens that presses into a groove on the frame. It is quite easy and painless to switch the lenses with this system, although you are pretty much guaranteed to get fingerprints all over the outside of the lens.


Testers found this system to be among the easiest in the test, and lens changes can easily be performed in under a minute and even while riding the chairlift. That said, they can't quite compare to the incredible simplicity of changing the magnetic lenses on the Anon M4 of the Smith I/O Mag, or even the Switchlock lenses on the Oakley Airbrake XL. The press-seal lens system is much easier to use than the traditional notched lenses found on goggles like the Smith Squad, Giro Blok, or Zeal Nomad.

The press-seal system on the EG3's is unique and makes for relatively quick and easy lens changes.
The press-seal system on the EG3's is unique and makes for relatively quick and easy lens changes.

Durability


The EG3 appears to be a very well made set of goggles. Everything about their construction appears to be made with durability in mind. One of the most notable aspects is the armored frame vents across the top of the frame which protect and prevent you from damaging the light open cell foam beneath. The press-seal lens attachment system also seems quite robust. The lens has a hard plastic rim on the inside around its perimeter that presses into a groove on the inside of the frame. It would be a challenge to break or damage any part of this lens attachment system.


The face foam on our test pair is still in excellent condition, as is the strap and its silicone grip. Our biggest concern with the durability of the EG3 is the lenses which stick out more than most and have a shiny reflective coating. During testing, we managed to put two minor little dings in the lens which we attribute to their bulbous shape and more pronounced profile that is more prone to making contact with just about anything.

Style


The EG3 has one of the boldest looks of all the models in our test selection. These goggles have a completely frameless design, with a very large spherical lens with a bright reflective "Brose-red chrome" finish. This style has grown in popularity in recent years and is becoming a lot more common at the resorts. Depending who you ask, they either love it or hate it, we think that perhaps its a bit of an acquired taste.


This style is most similar to the Dragon NFX, although those goggles don't have a spherical lens. The Smith I/O Mag has a mostly frameless look as well, although those goggles are much smaller overall and strike a little more of a middle ground style-wise.

The EG3 has the big frameless lens look that's en vogue.
The EG3 has the big frameless lens look that's en vogue.

Best Application


These goggles can be used anywhere by anyone, but we feel they are best suited to the skier or snowboarder trying to make a statement with their eyewear. They are big and bold, if you want to stand out from the crowd this is a good place to start. Their smaller face fit lends itself well to small to medium size facial structures. Due to the location of the goggle strap connection, we feel these goggles are better for people who don't wear a helmet or who wear their helmet over their goggle strap.

Value


At a retail price of $200, the EG3 goggles don't come cheap, but they are far from the most expensive goggles in the test. We do feel that these goggles are a good value for the consumer seeking that big, bright, frameless lens look, as strange as that may sound, but goggles are part fashion accessory for many riders. Additionally, they appear to be highly durable, plus they come with two easy to change lenses for bright and low light conditions. If you seek the best value in the test we feel that is the Smith Squad which has a more classic look but comes with two lenses for half the price of the EG3.

Taking some test laps in the EG3. Their unique styling makes them our Top Pick for Bold Style Award winner.
Taking some test laps in the EG3. Their unique styling makes them our Top Pick for Bold Style Award winner.

Conclusion


Due to the unique and somewhat polarizing style of the EG3 it won't be for everyone, but there are plenty of you out there who are specifically after this look in a goggle. For those of you, the EG3 has a medium fit, a durable construction, and comes with two easy to change lenses for bright and low light conditions. We feel there are better goggles on the market, but they cost more and don't quite have the bold looks of the EG3.

Other Versions and Accessories


Electric makes a full line of goggles and replacement lenses. The EG3 goggle is available in nine different color and lens combinations including the Matte Black frame color we tested. There are 16 different replacement lens options available as well, ranging in price from $60-$80 depending on the color.


Jeremy Benson