CKX 210 Goggle Review with Clear Lens
CKX 210 Goggle Review
The call of the mountains is always there. We wake up, rip open the curtains and look to the sky. Will it be a rare bluebird day? If not, will it at least break up a bit once the sun does its work? Or maybe it will be another day of squinting, vertigo and using the Force to make our way through the backcountry.
Goggles are one of those ubiquitous accessories that sometimes are chosen by how well the strap colours match the helmet. But after 34 years behind bars, I’ve learned that great optics, venting and multiple tints are required every time I hand over my $25 and do the beacon check.
In the past, I have run fans, heated and even single-lens goggles. Today, my go-tos are a goggle with a classic yellow lens and another with a dark tint for back up. My trusty NO-FOG mask stays on until the heavy lifting starts in the alpine.
The goggle in this test, however, is the CKX 210°—which is usually paired with the CKX Titan helmet. In this case, I wore it with CKX’s TX319 helmet, which is a pretty snazzy value offering from their moto catalog.
The $114 two-ten has a unique foam that seems more like neoprene with a fabric lining to meet the huge smiles generated by 2020’s deep days. There are flexible outriggers, but they aren’t proud of the lens plane. The strap has silicone grip and there is an included “Rapid Clip” post and hook-and-loop quick strap system—which is convenient, but my goon-meter was close to redline!
Performance on Snow
Fast trail speeds with the manual top vents open produced a Slurpee headache, so the vents do seem to work. The one vent was sticky at first, but did get better with time. Field-of-view was good left and right but the fit with the TX319 didn’t allow a great view on the bottom. Maybe this is better with the Titan helmet.
The lens shipped with the 210˚ Goggle for my review is clear. There were no optional lenses included, which made alpine navigation tricky in the overcast. However, CKX does offer five other lens tints, plus electric.
Slower speeds and more exertion caused excessive fogging, but removing the chin curtain from the helmet helped somewhat. Random branch whacks were mostly absorbed, though a post-ride inspection revealed a couple of light scratches.
CKX 210 Goggle Review Summary
Overall, the CKX 210° goggle is a solid offering especially if you like the convenience of the Rapid Clip strap eliminator. My experience was that the claims of anti-fog and anti-scratch should be taken with a block of salt.