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Giro Roam Review

A great value for the casual rider looking for a versatile goggle
Giro Roam
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Price:  $60 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Reasonable price, two included lenses, 8 color options
Cons:  Ventilation, lens change system
Manufacturer:   Giro
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 15, 2021
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  • Lens Quality - 20% 6.0
  • Comfort - 20% 6.0
  • Ventilation and Breathability - 20% 6.0
  • Ease of Changing Lenses - 15% 3.0
  • Durability - 15% 7.0
  • Style - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Giro Roam doesn't stand out in any performance categories but offers great value due to its functional performance and inclusion of two lenses for a very reasonable price. The optical clarity of the lenses maintains color accuracy and improves snow details in certain lighting situations. The Roam performed decently in all categories including ventilation and ease of changing lenses. It is a great choice for skiers or riders who hit the slopes 10-25 days a year who want a versatile no-fuss goggle that is easy on the wallet.

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Pros Reasonable price, two included lenses, 8 color optionsGreat optics, large field of view, multiple frame sizesMagnetic lens for fast swapping, great comfort, clear optics, lower price for higher techInexpensive, durable, multiple lenses includedGood ventilation, new school look
Cons Ventilation, lens change systemOnly includes one lens, low light performanceNot as easy to swap lenses as other models with magnetic lensesMore basic styling, lenses aren't the easiest to changeSome color shift, only comes with one lens
Bottom Line A great value for the casual rider looking for a versatile goggleA standout model for its optical quality, large field of view, and overall comfort yet is limited by its overall valueA frameless goggle with all of the features you'd hope for but at a lower priceAn affordable and functional goggle, this pair feels good on your face and keeps your wallet paddedAn affordable and functional goggle that will keep casual skiers happy
Rating Categories Giro Roam Oakley Flight Deck M Zeal Portal RLS Smith Squad ChromaPop Smith Range
Lens Quality (20%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Comfort (20%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Ventilation and Breathability (20%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Ease of Changing Lenses (15%)
3.0
5.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Durability (15%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Style (10%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
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Specs Giro Roam Oakley Flight Deck M Zeal Portal RLS Smith Squad ChromaPop Smith Range
Number of Included Lenses 2 1 2 2 1
Tested Lens Loden Green Prizm Snow Jade Iridium Persimmon/Sky Blue Mirror Chromapop Sun, Yellow Green Sol-X Mirror
Lens Shape Cylindrical Spherical Spherical Cylindrical Cylindical
Frame Size Medium Medium M/L Medium/Large Medium
Layers of Foam Dual layer Triple layer Triple layer 2-layer Dri-Wix Two-layer DriWix
Ventilation Foam Foam Dual vent with anti-fog coating Not specified Airflow technology

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Giro Roam is a medium-sized goggle that is an excellent value for casual riders. While its performance didn't stack up to its higher-priced competitors, it stands out as a great value for casual riders looking to save money while still getting a goggle that will serve them across a wide range of light conditions.

Performance Comparison


Giro Roam ski goggles - the roam is affordable and functional, we feel it is a great option...
The Roam is affordable and functional, we feel it is a great option for families and casual snow sliders.
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Lens Quality


The Roam comes with two lenses that substantially enhance the value of this functional goggle. We tested the lorden green lens. This tint was a touch light for early winter full-sun days but was great for partly cloudy conditions. It highlighted shadows very well and made transitions or disturbances easier to identify in the snow. This lens was accurate in color and had no distinct shifting of colors in the natural environment or our color wheel test. The yellow lens is supplied with every Roam goggle purchase and it brightens but also puts a yellow filter across the landscape. While we prefer lenses that maintain color accuracy, we are excited to have this lens included at this price point because the color shift is a better optical experience than using a sunny day lens in low light conditions.

Giro Roam ski goggles - the optical clarity of the roam is everything you need and nothing...
The optical clarity of the roam is everything you need and nothing that you dont.
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The Roam has a decent field of view compared to other budget introductory goggles. It uses Giro's Expansion View Technology to increase peripheral vision, and we feel it is better when compared to other introductory goggles. This technology focuses on spherical lenses and generally involves goggles that are frameless near the bottom. Since these goggles have a full-wrap frame, its effectiveness can only go so far. There is still some frame and foam in our field of view.

Regardless, we were thoroughly pleased with the optical clarity and extra lens inclusion of the Roam, even more so when you consider the price.

Giro Roam ski goggles - the roam is best suited for small to medium facial structures.
The Roam is best suited for small to medium facial structures.
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Comfort


The Roam is a comfortable google that we feel is best suited for small to medium facial structures. The frame size would be a bit small and be less comfortable for individuals with larger facial structures. The double-layer foam provides a nice and supportive fit with a nice next-to-skin feel. The general shape of the goggles allows for a versatile fit across individual needs. The strap has two thin beads of silicon to help keep the goggle strap positioned where you want it on the head. The strap offers a large size adjustment range but would be tight going around an XL helmet.

Giro Roam ski goggles - a the frame features a standard full-length foam top vent.
A The frame features a standard full-length foam top vent.
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Venatilation and Breathability


The Roam has a standard full channel ventilation system. It has a full-length foam vent along the top of the frame and also medium-sized vents running along the bottom and up the side of the frame. It provides moderate levels of ventilation and the lens is treated with an anti-fog coating. This model should resist fogging in most instances but could fog during exertion or when the inside of the lens has been exposed to moisture.

Giro Roam ski goggles - the small notches fit into molded sections of the frame. this is the...
The small notches fit into molded sections of the frame. This is the standard lense changing system for non magnetic models
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Ease of Changing Lenses


The Roam requires a medium amount of time to change the lens. Once you get good at it, you could expect to change the lens in about 1 minute. While you are learning expect 2-3 minutes and some fingerprints on the lens. It isn't particularly difficult, but it is a bit more fiddly than some. The lens has eight 3 mm notches that hold the lens. These notches can be hard to line up and secure due to the small size and subsequent low margin for accuracy when inserting them within the lip of the frame. The lens changing process is best done at home or in the lodge, as opposed to on the chairlift or at the top of the mountain.

Giro Roam ski goggles - the roam is a great value because it includes two lenses.
The Roam is a great value because it includes two lenses.
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Durability


This model is well built using quality plastics and should last for multiple seasons with good care. The Roam has a strong frame that resists bends which will help maintain its shape over time. The lenses offer a standard degree of scratch resistance similar to other models with a basic scratch coating. Giro also backs this product with a one-year warranty from the date of purchase.

Style


The Roam is offered in 8 different colorways, so you should be able to find a color option to match your style. Since style is subjective, we asked friends and other riders to rank the goggles in terms of style. These were commonly ranked in the middle of the pack, and people were often indifferent to them. The model blends new school and old school styling with a medium frame to create a decent-looking goggle.

Giro Roam ski goggles - a decent looking goggle that's a mix of new school and old school...
A decent looking goggle that's a mix of new school and old school styling.
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Value


We feel the Roam is a great value. These goggles are very reasonably priced, and their optical clarity and inclusion of two lenses are impressive when compared to other models in this price range.

Conclusion


The Roam is an excellent value in an introductory goggle. It has good optical performance, a comfortable fit, and provides two lenses for varying light conditions. These are the most important aspects and that is what makes it stand out as an introductory goggle. The other aspects of the goggle are fairly standard and that is perfectly fine given their more basic nature. We feel this goggle is a great value for the recreational skier looking to get 10-20 days on the mountain and wanting a function goggle for their kit.

Giro Roam ski goggles - the roam is an affordable choice to get you on the mountain in...
The Roam is an affordable choice to get you on the mountain in various conditions.
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