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Julbo Cyrius Review

An all around goggle which includes a photochromic lens for most any condition.
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Price:  $220 List | $175.96 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Photochromic lens tech is great, medium fit, flexible frame, great for tree-skiing
Cons:  Expensive, fixed lens
Manufacturer:   Julbo
By Jason Cronk ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 23, 2020
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  • Lens Quality - 20% 9
  • Comfort - 20% 8
  • Ventilation and Breathability - 20% 7
  • Ease of Changing Lenses - 15% 4
  • Durability - 15% 7
  • Style - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Julbo has been in the eyewear business since 1888 and we could really "see" it!! The Julbo Cyrius is a jack-of-all-trades goggle that performs well in almost every setting, from resort hot laps to hiking for turns in the backcountry. It is equipped with Julbo's Reactiv photochromic lens, which provides an ever-changing tint to match variable conditions so there's no need to carry spare lenses. In our experience, it worked very well, and we especially appreciated them while skiing heavily treed runs. With a medium fit and flexible frame, this goggle has a pretty broad appeal and should work for a majority of skiers and boarders.


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Pros Photochromic lens tech is great, medium fit, flexible frame, great for tree-skiingHigh quality optics, easy lens changes, field of visionMagnetic lenses, magnetic facemask, 2 lenses included, great optics, best performance for large facesMagnetic lenses, 2 lenses included, great opticsExcellent optics, durable, easy to change lenses
Cons Expensive, fixed lensPriceExpensive, larger fit not for everyoneExpensive, medium fitExpensive, visible frame around nose, drafty
Bottom Line A comfortable everyday goggle with photochromic lens technology and great breathability.The best optics, lens changeability, style, and durability in a medium-fit goggle.The M4 knocks our socks off with great optics, user-friendly features, and an excellent fit for large faces.With a new magnetic lens system, this is the newest member of Smith's popular I/O line of goggles.An impressive goggle with excellent optics and solid all-around performance.
Rating Categories Julbo Cyrius Smith 4D Mag Anon M4 Toric Smith I/O Mag Oakley Airbrake XL
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Specs Julbo Cyrius Smith 4D Mag Anon M4 Toric Smith I/O Mag Oakley Airbrake XL
Number of lenses included 1 2 2 2 2
Lens tested Reactiv Photochromic Chromapop Sun Red Mirror, Chromapop Storm SONAR Red, SONAR Infared Chromapop Sun Red Mirror, Chromapop Storm Prizm Snow Torch Iridium, Prizm Rose
Lens Shape Cylindrical Spherical Toric. Frame is compatible with both Cylindrical and Toric lenses. Spherical Spherical
Frame size Medium Medium Large Medium Large
Layers of foam Dual layer Triple layer Triple layer Triple layer Triple layer
Ventilation Air Flow AirEvac Full Preimeter Channel venting, Outlast Fog Management Face Fleece Anti-fog treated Dual-Vented Lens with F3 Anti-fog coating
Warranty Limited Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 1 year

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Cyrius provides a clear view  whether at the resort or in the backcountry.
The Cyrius provides a clear view, whether at the resort or in the backcountry.

Lens Quality


The majority of our test goggles are equipped with interchangeable lenses that increase their versatility by allowing skiers and boarders to tailor their eyewear to light conditions. That versatility is a wonderful thing for long days out in the mountains, but the Cyrius utilizes a cylindrical photochromic lens that provides similar versatility through one single (double construction) lens.

We bought the Cyrius with the Performance 1-3 option for the lens, which has a claimed VLT of 17-75%. This level of light blocking is meant to provide protection for a wide variety of light conditions. We put the Cyrius to the test, wearing them in conditions from bluebird and bright to late day and overcast, and found the Performance 1-3 lens provided solid optics for all but the brightest and darkest times. One of the most challenging environments for goggle performance, our testers really enjoyed the constantly changing lens while skiing trees on sunny days. The lens rapidly adjusted to the lighting, which made for more enjoyable skiing and less eye fatigue at the end of the day.

Nearing dusk  the Reactiv Performance 1-3 lenses brighten things up by removing some blue light.
Nearing dusk, the Reactiv Performance 1-3 lenses brighten things up by removing some blue light.

While we weren't able to test every lens option available with the Cyrius, there are two others available, the High Mountain 2-4 with a VLT of 5-20% for the brightest mountain environments and also the All Around 2-3 with a VLT of 15-30% for good overall protection when things are on the bright side.

Comfort


Even though goggle comfort can be subjective, there are some features that make a comfortable fit more likely for more riders and skiers. Things like a frame with some give, medium fit, a wide and grippy strap, and some nice cushy foam are some of the basics. We found most goggles tested have all of these features, and the Cyrius is no exception.

The medium-sized frame, which already has a relatively flexible nature, also sports several slits on the upper half, which provides an even greater degree of flexibility. This allows the goggle to flex and adapt to different sizes and shapes of faces. In addition to the pliable and comfortable frame itself, we found the Cyrius is also padded with a two-layer foam cushioning system that further helps mold the goggle to facial contours. Some of the other high-end goggles in our test included three-layer padding, but with the combination of a softer frame and the two layers, we didn't notice any remarkable difference between the two styles.

The Cyrius has a medium fit which provides a comfortable for a wide range of users  with or without a helmet
The Cyrius has a medium fit which provides a comfortable for a wide range of users, with or without a helmet

We found the strap to be a nice generous width that is equipped with three low profile silicone beads that ensure the Cyrius stays in place. The strap also includes dual adjusters to make dialing in the proper fit even easier.

Ventilation and Breathability


The most comfortable and stylish goggle with the latest and greatest optics also needs good ventilation to keep your field of view clear. After testing, we found the Cyrius is one of our top performers when it comes to ventilation and breathability.

Uphill ventilation and breathability testing with the Cyrius.
Uphill ventilation and breathability testing with the Cyrius.

There are several features that ensure adequate airflow through the Cyrius. The top of the goggle is a split frame design with a wide strip of air-permeable foam, which allows generous ventilation. In addition to the large ventilation area up top, the lower portion of the frame has two ventilation ports on each side. To further add to keeping that fancy photochromic lens clear, Julbo also treats their lenses with an anti-fog coating on the inner lens.

If breathability is a major concern for you, whether it's frequent snow sliding on warm days, hiking in your goggles, or high humidity environments, the Cyrius should be on your list. Moisture moved quickly and effectively from inside to outside the goggles, better than most of the test bunch.

Julbo's SuperFlow ventilation design kept our test goggles clear with air-permeable foam on top and bottom.
Julbo's SuperFlow ventilation design kept our test goggles clear with air-permeable foam on top and bottom.

Ease of Changing Lenses


When it comes to changing lenses out, the Cyrius is the easiest…wait, the most difficult…well, the thing is, it's a fixed lens. This may be good, bad, or indifferent, depending on your perspective. On the one hand, we do enjoy the one and done lens selection for the day through the photochromic lens. On the other hand, what about when the conditions fall out of the range of that adjustable lens? Without the ability to swap lenses, you have to make due.

The other issue with the single lens is with potential damage and wear. It's not as easy as picking up a replacement lens and popping it right in. Julbo does have a lifetime warranty and reportedly will replace lenses if you send your goggles back to Vermont. If you have more than one pair of goggles, this may not be a big deal, but if you don't, this may be a deal-breaker for you.

The photochromic lens shows its value on mixed lighting days.
The photochromic lens shows its value on mixed lighting days.

Durability


We found that right out of the box, the Cyrius has a solid, although lightweight, feel, and we expected our pair would stand up to testing. After putting our goggles through the paces, we are pleased to say they came out unscathed.

Thankfully our fixed lens emerged without a single scratch even after being stuffed into our ski packs repeatedly. We did keep the goggles in the included stuff sack, which includes a semi-rigid support that mimics the lens shape — no need to send our test pair back to Julbo for replacement.

Another common wear point is the goggle strap…goggles of the past had a tendency to lose their elasticity over time, especially when worn with a ski helmet. Over two months of skiing in these goggles, the strap looks A-OK. Assuming you take reasonable care of your gear, the Cyrius should provide several seasons of use, but if you should run into any issues, remember the Julbo limited lifetime guarantee.

The Cyrius on a day with constantly changing skies -- an ideal day for these goggles!
The Cyrius on a day with constantly changing skies -- an ideal day for these goggles!

Style


Eyewear style is a tough one to quantify, but we can say the Cyrius has a nearly frameless design, which has proven popular over the past few years. With that being said, the design isn't over the top futuristic like some of the other options in our test lineup, and the Cyrius maintains a traditional shape. This might be a large advantage to many and an equally boring disadvantage to others.

For skiers and boarders who want to match their eyewear to the rest of their kit, the Cyrius is available in several strap and lens color combinations. There should be something for everyone when it comes to color and style. The Cyrius is a happy medium between traditional and modern.

A traditional  medium sized  semi-frameless design and available in several colors.
A traditional, medium sized, semi-frameless design and available in several colors.

Value


Since the Cyrius is somewhat unique in the single fixed lens construction of the goggles, judging value is a little more complicated. The lens quality, breathability, and nearly universal fit definitely score high marks, but the lack of lens interchangeability might be a pretty big strike for some skiers. However, not having to keep an extra lens in your ski jacket is valuable to many folks, too. The fact that the Cyrius comes in on the higher end of the price spectrum makes the value factor less too. If you're looking for a top-performing photochromic lens and don't care so much about price, the Cyrius is an impressive pair of goggles.

Photochromic lenses provide lens adjustability for variable conditions  with this particular 1-3 lens model protecting our eyes from all but the brightest days to nearly dark for great versatility.
Photochromic lenses provide lens adjustability for variable conditions, with this particular 1-3 lens model protecting our eyes from all but the brightest days to nearly dark for great versatility.

Conclusion


The overall fit and comfort, in conjunction with the highly effective photochromic lens, make the Cyrius a favorite among testers, especially the backcountry crowd. With the one and done lens, you're not toting around and babying an extra lens in your ski touring pack or jacket pocket all the time. For skiers who are looking for a lightweight and flexible fit with great single lens protection, the Cyrius might be the right choice for you.


Jason Cronk