RxSport aims to raise the bar in sports eyewear, by providing non-prescription and prescription sunglasses and ski goggles to enhance sporting performance, with the added bonus of increased eye protection.
Classic Oakley styling with new gadgets. The interchangeable temples of the Crossrange provides great versatility for those who are looking for something to perform out on the bike whilst also looking good wandering the streets.
As Oakley’s lightest performance frame, EVZero is the perfect choice for all-day wear during any sport. This limited edition Metals Collection piece draws inspiration from the periodic table of elements, with the result being an alloy of style and comfort.
The Oakley Jawbreaker was inspired by professional cyclist Mark Cavendish. An extended field of vision in the upper periphery, Switchlock™ lens-changing technology, seamlessly integrated Unobtainium® components and exceptional optics as provided by Plutonite® lenses all help to make the Jawbreaker a pair of sunglasses that fits better, sees more clearly and helps you perform like no other.
See your sport with an enhanced view with the Oakley Radar EV Path. An extended view in the upper periphery, new ventilation channels and a choice of two Unobtainium®-coated nosepieces make the Radar EV a brilliantly versatile option for most sports. The Path lens shape provides essential coverage of the ocular area, suiting the contour of the cheekbone.
If you were inspired by Geraint Thomas and want to mirror his look, you need to get yourself a pair of Oakley Racing Jacket Sunglasses –
Or maybe you’re one who likes to rock the latest in technology, therefore the Oakley Flight Jacket and Field Jacket should be right up your street. Both frames include the latest in adjustable nose piece tech and can combat that all too common problem of lens fogging during a climb.
The Tour of Cambridgeshire cycling festival on the 1st to 3rd June this year is unique in the UK. It has huge production values and works hard to deliver the best rider experience possible, in fact it aims to make everyone feel like a pro for the weekend. The impact of Tour of Cambridgeshire extends well beyond the first weekend in June. Over that last few years since its introduction it has extended its impact to Aalborg in Denmark, Perth Australia and Albi in France. These are the locations that have hosted the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships of which Tour of Cambridgeshire is one of a handful of qualifying events around the world and the only qualifying event in the UK. The time trial event at the Tour of Cambridgeshire festival is the biggest of its kind in the world, with over 850 riders on its start sheet each year. It was the Tour of Cambridgeshire Chrono which provided the platform for a batch of world championship medals in Albi in 2017. This is why RxSport has partnered with the Tour of Cambridgeshire, we share high customer experience values and see ourselves as being unique in our market.
Whilst the Tour of Cambridgeshire is a Gran Fondo, the only authentic Italian style Gran Fondo in the UK, it has a softer side. In addition to there being a Race at the front of the Fondo there is a sportive setting off afterwards. The sportive has equally high production and rider experience values and differentiates its self from other Sportives in the UK.
The Tour of Cambridgeshire Sportive is completely unique in the UK, whereby it’s not just one of the flattest routes you’ll find in the UK but it’s also part of the UCI global series, Gran Fondo World Series.
The Sportive route at the Tour of Cambridgeshire is 79.4 miles in distance, is held on fully closed roads and has a total climb of just 587 meters in total. The route takes in scenery around the Fens, which enables you to see for miles while enjoying a day in the saddle. Not sure if you’ll manage the full route distance? You’ve got the option of the Medio route which is 56 miles.
‘We pride ourselves in saying we’re in our fourth year of Tour of Cambridgeshire and after listening to all feedback from riders taking part in previous events, we can safely say this year is going to be the best yet!’ says Jess Lockhart of Golazo Cycling the organisers.
The Tour of Cambridgeshire is the UK’s qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships; this series allows all riders, from those who just missed out on making it to a professional level, who have been competing for years for their club and those who are ex-pro’s, to those who are less competitive, love to get out on their bike or have just bought their first ever road bike, the chance to qualify and ride for their country at the World Championships for amateurs. There’s no other event in the UK that has this qualifier status.
Another difference is that the ToC Sportive is split into average speed start pens. This is a self-selecting option for all riders taking part, enabling riders with a similar ability to ride with one another. This allows those individuals with lots of experience or ride a lot faster to be segregated from those who may not be quite so confident or just starting out in the road cycling world.
The Sportive maximum field is 10,000, with it selling out every year. Our maximum number is significantly smaller than many other events to ensure the highest level of experience for you as a rider. ‘We believe that increasing numbers can deter from the top quality we aspire to and can really reduce that ‘special’ feel overall’ assets Lockhart.
The Tour of Cambridgeshire is a Festival dedicated to all types of cycling, whether it be road cycling, classic, gravel, folding or even family cycling. ‘Our aim is to bring everyone together and celebrate our love and passion. We welcome every rider who’s taking part in the Tour of Cambridgeshire Festival with open arms, as well as ensure you have the best experience ever, whether you’re completely new to it or you’ve been taking part in events for years’ Jess Lockhart confirms.
RxSport – The Eyewear Partner For The Tour of Cambridgeshire 2018
RxSport, Europe’s leading sports eyewear specialists are thrilled to announce their partnership with Tour of Cambridgeshire.
Established in 2005, RxSport is an online retailer of the highest quality sports sunglasses, goggles and helmets found anywhere on the planet. We’ve handpicked the best offerings from the world’s leading brands, such as Oakley, adidas, Rudy Project, Bolle, POC, Tifosi and more, allowing us to
What is the Tour of Cambridgeshire? It’s combines the UK’s first true, fully closed road Gran Fondo and Chrono events, which are part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. Should you finish the ride in the top 25% of your Age Group you could go on to represent your country in the UCI GF World Championships, which are being held in Varese, Italy in 2018.
The event is held on fully closed roads and is the home of the first ever authentic continental style Gran Fondo mass participation race and ride on English shores. Whether you want to race or to be part of UK cycling history by having a leisurely ride on closed roads, you can participate and feel the experience of a pro rider.
“RxSport are very excited to be involved in the Tour of Cambridgeshire. It’s an event we’ve watched grow and are proud to be involved for 2018. Cycling is a huge part of our business and we are very passionate about helping cyclists see clearly and stay safe on the road.” says Gareth Ford, Digital Marketing Manager at RxSport.
Find out more about the Tour of Cambridgeshire – www.tourofcambridgeshire.com/
This week we take a deeper look into a brand that has Skiing in its blood, producing high quality goggles and helmets for all classes of skiers, Atomic.
For more than 60 years Atomic have been supplying quality products to both pro and leisure skiers. The passion of their employees drives their success and inspires their designs resulting in consumer friendly products that go the extra mile.
Being one of the market leaders in ski hardware, Atomic are aiming to “make every skier a better skier”; supplying both professional ski athletes and leisure skiers with eyewear which can be worn straight out of the box thanks to a wealth of features designed to enhanced fit and comfort is a unique trait of Atomic. Spherical and cylindrical lenses of the highest quality, developed in conjunction with Zeiss, paired with photochromic and multi-layered mirror technologies and a system making lens switching quick and simple mean you will be fully prepared for whatever is thrown at you this winter. Wherever you want to ski, Atomic equipment can take you!
Atomic pride themselves on delivery world class tech to the masses. None more so than with their Revent range; featuring a variety of styles and understated features, they perform above and beyond the call of duty.
ATOMIC NOMAD LF SKI HELMET – Prices start at £89.99
Atomic are proud to call the Nomad LF their best-selling helmet model, and with good reason. This ABS-lined hardshell helmet provides great protection from hard bumps without proving to be a heavy drag. Fully certified for use on snow, you’ll be amazed by the comfort provided by the Nomad’s Live Fit technology!
ATOMIC AFFINITY LF WOMEN’S SKI HELMET – Prices start at £94.99
An Atomic bestseller, the Affinity LF is the perfect all-rounder for all-mountain female skiers. Its Live Fit system provides the perfect fit straight out of the box thanks to memory foam technology. The fitting can be further tweaked when on the go thanks to an easily adjustable dial on the helmet rear.
ATOMIC SAVOR M SKI GOGGLES – Prices start at £49.99
The Atomic Savor M was conceived with freeskiers in mind. A fashionable shape with a cylindrical, polycarbonate double lens offers an excellent fit thanks to articulating outriggers and a silicone lined strap. A great choice for pros and leisure skiers alike.
ATOMIC REVENT Q SKI GOGGLES – Prices start at £139.99
Atomic’s new premium goggles for all-mountain skiers, the Revent Q features Live Fit technology for a personalised fit that can’t be beaten for comfort, and the new Quick Click Lens system for easier lens changes. An extra low-light Stereo lens comes as standard to help you take full advantage of this technology.
Winter has well and truly hit us by now. If you’ve got a ski trip coming up, take note!
Our focus this week is on Anon, a brand who’s goggles and helmets are well known across the winter sports community.
Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards out of his Vermont barn back in 1977, and has dedicated his life to snowboarding ever since. Burton served a pivotal role in growing snowboarding from a backyard hobby to a world-class sport by creating ground-breaking products, supporting the world’s best riders, and pushing more resorts to allow snowboarding.
Anon is Burton’s step into goggles and helmets and given the overall success of Burton Snowboards, Anon gear is some of the most innovative on the market.
By introducing new-age tech to their goggles, most notably their partnership with magnets and magnetic technology, and keeping up with helmet trends; Anon have made themselves pride of place among the very best in the industry.
Keeping up with the ever changing trends in snowsports is crucial and Anon have hit the heights this season! By working in collaboration with Zeiss, Anon have added HD lens technology to their goggle range.
Anon’s new Sonar Lens by ZEISS has been exclusively developed for snow sports. These lenses enhance contrast for the highest possible definition and terrain recognition in a variety of weather conditions.
Available in different colours and light absorption levels on leading models, Sonar is a fully functional yet stylish way to keep on top of the action whether your days are whiteout or bluebird.
Sonar lenses have been added to Anon’s premium line of goggles. The hugely popular Anon M3 goggle has been given the ZEISS face lift, making it one of the highest performing pairs of goggles of the season!
Also featuring the Sonar lenses are the flagship model, the M2, the women’s specific WM1, the stylish and rimless MIG and the brand-new Circuit.
Brand new to the line-up this season is the Anon Circuit. A stylish goggle with the addition of ZEISS Sonar Lenses and MFI compatibility. Anon’s MFI technology is a revolution, a facemask that attaches to the underside of the goggle via magnets to allow it to be clipped on and off whenever the weather goes against you! Full perimeter venting around the spherical lens gives you great peripheral vision with fogging up limited thanks to the vents.
ANON CIRCUIT MFI SKI GOGGLES – BLUE STEEL / SONAR BLUE – £134.99
New helmets for 2017/18
Protection is key and Anon have some of the best selling helmets around. From the park style of the Blitz all the way up to the tech filled Nova and Prime MIPS models, Anon have a helmet for any rider.
This season sees the introduction of the Echo MIPS and Omega. These lightweight, In-Mold helmets are a more refined style than previous anon lids, making them a great and popular choice for skiers. A BOA 360 fit system as well as Fidlock buckles and MIPS on the Echo
It’s the first week of January and snow has been falling across Europe and North America, perfect conditions to head out on a last minute ski trip!
This week we take a deeper look into one of the most recognisable brands around, Giro.
30 years ago, Jim Gentes began something of a revolution in the world of snow sports and cycling. Aiming to be more than just a world with protection, Giro exists to enhance your connection to your ride; whether that be on the slopes, on the road or on the trails. Since then, trial and error has led to Giro being one of the most popular brands for both cyclists and skiers.
Giro began in 1985 by developing a helmet for triathletes, utilising science to give athletes an advantage in windy conditions. Helmets were the name of the game for Giro and in 1999, the Giro Nine Ski Helmet hit the shelves. It is testament to Giro that the Nine helmet is still one of the biggest sellers in the industry!
New season, means new tech from Giro. This winter sees something of an overhaul of their top end ski goggles and the introduction of some great value for money goggles! Introducing VIVID lenses to the world, VIVID is a patented lens technology – developed by Giro in partnership with Zeiss Optics. Designed to improve your visual experience out on the snow by boosting contrast in blue light.
Vivid lenses can be found at the top end of Giro’s goggle range. Once again, the Contact is leading the line on Giro’s goggles. Thanks to the revolutionary Snapshot technology that makes lens changing a breeze, the Contact is highly thought of in Giro’s range. VIVID lenses are featured the brand new Axis and Ella goggles, Giro have plugged the gap in their line that was crying out for a Cylindrical goggle with quick change, HD lenses. The Axis and Ella are serious contenders for goggle of the season and thanks to the VIVID lenses, the performance matches the looks.
Featuring the aforementioned VIVID lenses, a magnetic lens changing system, triple layer face foam with a micro-fleece liner for extra comfort and Giro’s Expansion View Technology, the Axis and Ella are premium perfection! The Ella being a women’s specific fit with some special colourways.
GIRO ELLA SKI GOGGLES – WHITE SILVER SHIMMER / VIVID ONYX + VIVID INFRARED – £159.99
Also featured in this season’s range are the brand-new Moxie and Roam goggles. With a price of less than £50 and including a bonus lens for low light conditions, the Moxie and Roam are brilliant options for a beginner or someone who wants quality without breaking the bank.
One of the most impressive pieces of tech in Giro goggles in EXV (Expansion View) technology. EXV technology creates increased peripheral vision and boasts an expanded field of view while keeping the goggle frame compact and wearable. It’s a technology that’s been around for a number of years now, find out more in Giro’s video!
This season, EXV technology is available at RxSport on all adult Giro goggles! Find out more by checking out the website – Giro Ski Goggles
New helmets for 2017/18
It’s helmets and protection that Giro have excelled in for a number of years and perhaps what they are best known for.
This season, there’s a few new lids in the range and we are now stocking visor helmets, perfect for those needing to wear their glasses or for those who don’t like the hassle of finding a goggle and helmet combo!
Integrated visors are featured on the Vue MIPS and the women’s specific Essence MIPS. Featuring MIPS technology as standard, In-Mold construction and Giro’s In Form fit system, it ticks all the boxes for a premium visor helmet.
Get the low down on the science of MIPS and how it protects you head!
Giro’s collection of helmets stretches from junior helmets, like the Crue MIPS at £67.99, all the way up to the Range MIPS and Stellar MIPS at £224.99, meaning there is a helmet to suit everyone! This season sees the new addition of the Ratio MIPS; a hardshell helmet priced at £79.99.
The hardshell construction of the Ratio MIPS gives it incredible impact protection thanks to the outer shell which is attached to an inner EPS foam protective liner. The Ratio boasts a number of other pieces of tech for the price, including Giro’s In Form fit dial adjustment system for great comfort and versatility. Not to mention the inclusion of MIPS which is something of a rarity for adult helmets at this price point!
RxSport have exciting plans for 2018! We will soon be stocking Giro bike helmets!
Focusing towards the premium line of helmets, we are bringing in a range of Giro road and mountain bike lids for those of you who need your noggin protected when the snow melts and the bike comes out of the garage!
Keep your eyes peeled across the website and our social media channels for the big launch!
Check out our social media for regular updates and head over to the YouTube channel for product reviews and latest releases!
Winter is in full swing and we feel it here at RxSport!
Our focus this week is on one of the biggest hitters in the snow sports world, Smith Optics.
Born in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1965, by an Orthodontist of all people; Smith is now world renowned and an industry leader in the market. Smith started out by developing the world’s first sealed thermal lens and breathable goggles to allow riders to stay out on the slopes longer.
Ever since the introduction of this pioneering goggle, Smith have been at the forefront of technology advancements by establishing a multitude of new tech to benefit snow sports enthusiasts; from the world’s first interchangeable lens system to the launch of two new ventilation systems for seamless goggle/helmet integration to current times where ChromaPop lenses lead the line in lens technology.
This passion for snow sports and desire to develop and produce the best products around have lead Smith to where they are today. It is testament to those involved with Smith, who are snow mad themselves, that their products are now among the most popular on the slopes.
This season sees Smith pushing the boundaries to offer riders an even more enhanced experience. From the revolutionary, tech filled Quantum helmet to the ultra-stylish Squad XL goggle; Smith can continue their dominance across the globe with these brand-new products. Perhaps Smith’s greatest advance in the goggle world is their introduction of 8 brand new ChromaPop lens tints.
Through Smith’s proprietary ChromaPop™ lens technology, you can see detail and colour beyond normal capabilities. ChromaPop™ filters light at two specific wavelengths. By doing this the lens delivers greater definition, more natural colour, and unmatched clarity to allow you to see more detail.
Smith’s interchangeable series has stayed the same for a couple of years now; headlined by the impressive I/O7 and backed up by the ever popular I/O goggle which has been slightly adjusted to offer a 1% increase in peripheral vision. The addition of a number of new ChromaPop lenses into this range has made them true mega stars for top of the range goggles.
Brand new this season and hitting the ground running is one of the most stylish goggles around; the Squad XL. With a triple layer, moisture wicking face foam, Fog-X Anti-Fog lenses, Tapered Lens Technology and most importantly, 2 ChromaPop lenses as standard, the Squad XL is a goggle well and truly suited to the new age of rider.
SMITH OPTICS SQUAD XL SKI GOGGLES – NAVY CAMO SPLIT / CHROMAPOP SUN GREEN MIRROR + CHROMAPOP STORM ROSE FLASH – £109.99
Smith Turbo Fan Goggles
Tired of fighting against fogging up? Smith have the tech for you! Turbo Fan goggles are revolutionary and one-of-a-kind!
Derived from Smith’s military background and their tactical department, Turbo Fan goggles feature a near silent two speed fan which exhausts warm air out from inside the lens, keeping it clear and fog free for your days out on the mountains.
With enough battery life and a small battery pack attached to the goggles, this revolutionary technology keeps you focused on shredding, whatever the weather throws at you.
Turbo Fan technology is featured on 3 goggles here at RxSport;
I/OX Turbo Fan
Phenom Turbo Fan
Prophecy Turbo Fan
SMITH OPTICS PHENOM TURBO FAN SKI GOGGLES – BLACK / CHROMAPOP EVERYDAY RED MIRROR – £164.99
New helmets for 2017/18.
The Vantage has been Smith’s premier ski helmet for a number of years now but this season sees a brand new lid take the limelight.
The Smith Quantum is helmet royalty and features a plethora of high-quality tech to keep you protected out on the slopes.
Featuring a Hybrid shell with an exoskeleton design to boost protection levels around the most vulnerable parts of your head, the Quantum ticks all the boxes for protection. With the addition of Koroyd; designed for extra protection and ventilation whilst keeping it ultra-lightweight and of course MIPS.
Smith have introduced the Fidlock buckle and the BOA 360 fit system onto this lid to allow for ultimate comfort and adjustability whilst the dual-regulator ventilation allows for a customised feel when you’re out shredding.
“The new Quantum is protection with maximum horsepower. Using Aerocore™ construction featuring Koroyd® and Smith’s innovative Exoskeleton design to provide increased protection in side-impact zones, this is the helmet for athletes pushing the limits on the mountain.” – Smith
SMITH QUANTUM MIPS SKI HELMET – MATTE BLACK CHARCOAL – £249.99
As well as the Quantum, Smith have improved their range on In-Mold helmets. Introducing the Code.
With an ultra low profile design; the Code MIPS is the go-to choice for Smith’s ever growing list of pro athletes down to us who just want to look smart and stay protected out on the mountain.
Brand new for 2017, the Code has taken helmets to a new level. Its minimalist design is a firm favourite with park riders yet the low-profile style is ideal for those who find other helmets a bit too large. The Code is fitted with Koroyd to improve protection around the ventilation channels and also a Fidlock buckle and BOA 360 fit system for ultimate comfort. The inner liner is removable on the Code to give you that park style to be worn with a beanie or a balaclava. MIPS is available as standard on all colours of the Code. If you’re looking for a new lid for 2017/18 then look no further, the Code has partnered next level protection with ultimate styling for arguably the best value for money helmet on the shelves.
“The new Code combines a minimalistic aesthetic with Aerocore™ construction featuring Koroyd® for the new front edge of skate-style protection. The low profile shell design is better protection combined with Smith-pioneered AirEvac technology for superior goggle integration.” – Smith
For a limited time only, we are giving away a free Smith snow eraser with every purchase of Smith goggles and helmets. Perfect for those powder days. Chamois leather on one side and sponge on the other makes this handy little tool the ideal companion when out on the slopes playing in the pow!
Check out our social media for regular updates and head over to the YouTube channel for product reviews and latest releases!
Another week into winter, another RxSport focus week.
This week, we take a look at POC, one of the most recognisable brands out on the slopes and one that is revolutionising the game.
POC is a Swedish company with a strong mission to do the best they can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes. POC represents technological and protective excellence in an understated though nonetheless stylish package.
Featuring one of the most recognisable logos around and tech to back up its reputation, POC once again pushes the boundaries in protection and quality. With the introduction of brand new Clarity lenses, developed in conjunction with Zeiss and POC SPIN helmet technology, POC are a force to be reckoned with this winter.
POC have often been synonymous with protection but this year Goggles offer some of their greatest advances in technology.
Featuring a brand new flagship model, the ORB Clarity and all the old favourites making a comeback; POC has a goggle for all occasions, including one for your groms!
The ORB Clarity is the latest in a long line of ultra-stylish goggles from POC and this season it has been boosted with even better optics; POC Clarity, developed through a long-standing collaboration with Zeiss.
POC Clarity lenses
POC Clarity introduces a new highpoint in optical performance, thanks to unique lenses made in collaboration with industry leaders ZEISS. POC Clarity lenses have been developed for all day, all mountain use. Highly advanced tints are designed to enhance vision by significantly improving contrast and light in differing weather conditions. By maximising vision, performance and the ability to react to hazards are boosted.
POC Clarity lenses are frequency-tuned in to the needs of skiers and snowboarders who need all-day precision and performance. Lenses for sunny and partly sunny weather are enhanced with specific mirror coatings.
By combining POC Clarity lenses with Spektris mirror coatings, base tint and mirror can work in sync to enhance colour and contrast while protecting the eyes from fatigue and glare.
POC Clarity lenses are available on the Fovea Clarity and the Orb Clarity.
New goggles for 2017/18.
New gear is always the most exciting part of the winter and we can’t wait to share it all with you!
Obviously, Clarity lenses have taken the headlines this season but POC’s big release is of the Orb Clarity. A brand-new design and it’s one of the best looking goggles around this season!
“Orb Clarity introduces a new level of optical performance thanks to unique lenses produced in collaboration with industry leaders, Carl Zeiss. Integrated with the grilamid Orb frame, which has a maximized field of view and a simple and quick lens changing system, the result is unparalleled vision and performance whatever the weather.” – POC
As well as goggle tech, POC have once again revolutionised the helmet and protection scene. Protection is where POC made its name and is a big part of the Swedish company’s heritage.
POC Lab was created to be at the forefront of safety, innovation and development. It brings together experts from a range of disciplines and medicine to support and advise, in conjunction with X Games riders, Olympic cyclists and elite World Cup skiers to ensure that what POC develop is the most reliable and advanced protection on the market.
POC Lab allows collaborations with some of the world’s foremost sports medicine experts, brain scientists and specialists in spinal cord injuries.
This season, SPIN is the big release out of the POC Lab and it has come thanks to years of development.
POC SPIN has been developed to combat injuries as a result of oblique impacts, where brain injury occurs as a result of rotational forces. Yes, you may have heard of tech like this already existing in MIPS but SPIN is different as it is built into the helmet padding and adding a function into the comfort components of the helmet, there are no extra parts or additions into the helmet.
Thanks to its development in the POC Lab, it is hoped that the reduction in injury due to rotational and linear forces will go a long way to save lives and improve protection to athletes who need it the most.
SPIN can be found in two brand new helmets for this season; leading the line this season is the Auric Cut Backcountry SPIN and its little brother the POCito Auric Cut SPIN, perfect for your little groms out on the slopes!
POC Auric Cut Backcountry SPIN – Bohrium Red
“A size adjustment system offers a superb and flexible fit and the adjustable vents on the front and top of the helmet provide adjustable ventilation, for mixed weather conditions or when accessing the backcountry. The Auric Cut Backcountry SPIN is versatile, very safe and durable, equally at home carving up the piste or facing diverse challenges in the backcountry.” – POC
It isn’t only SPIN that POC have included in this lid, the Auric Cut Backcountry SPIN features Recco avalanche recognition sensors for that extra level of protection and assurance when you’re out exploring the mountains.
POC POCito Auric Cut SPIN – Fluorescent Orange
“The Auric Cut POCito SPIN offers serious safety for kids on the mountain. Featuring POC’s patent pending rotational impact protection system, SPIN, the internal shearing pads will reduce the effects of an oblique fall by reducing the amount of force transmitted to the head and brain.” – POC
Premium protection for your little ones. The POCito Auric Cut Spin is the go-to lid for those who want to keep their groms as safe as possible. Again, POC have gone the extra mile with this lid by including even more safety tech. This helmet includes an integrated LED panel across the back of the helmet, so you can spot your kids across the slopes!
POC have kindly sent us some beanies to giveaway with every POC helmet and goggle purchase. For a limited time only, order a POC helmet or goggle and receive a free beanie! Offer is while stocks last, so treat yourself early doors!
Check out our social media for regular updates and head over to the YouTube channel for product reviews and latest releases!
Keeping your head protected since 2005! RxSport’s stock of ski helmets are back for another winter and we are here to guide you through the ins and outs of lids.
In-Mold, hybrid, ABS, EPS, Carbon Fibre, MIPS, SPIN and more! Ok, so it can be a little confusing… Here’s your handy guide of what’s what in the helmet world!
Ski helmets, what to get and why.
The first thing that you need to know about helmets is the construction. Brands like putting their own spin on things in this regard, but it is relatively straight forward!
Hybrid vs In-Mold vs Hardshell
The three basic and most popular ways of helmet manufacture. Fairly straight forward but get your notepads ready!
The premium approach to helmet construction and one that is found on the top of the range models. Allowing for hugely ventilated helmets and premium protection levels. Hybrid helmets allow the best of both worlds in helmet design, Hardshell components where lids need the most protection and In-Mold components to improve ventilation and keep weight to a minimum.
Smith Quantum MIPS – The premium in Hybrid helmet protection. Smith’s brand-new top of the range model features all you need on a high-end helmet. Plenty of active ventilation channels, a Fidlock strap system and an Aerocore shell construction featuring Koroyd. Equipping the Quantum with ultimate lightweight protection and unmatched ventilation.
Bern Heist Brim – Bern’s brand new top end lid. The Heist Brim incorporates Dual Shell Integration for ultimate protection. Also featured on the Heist is aluminium plating around the temples and rear of the helmet to guard against the most violent of impacts.
Often lighter and cooler than traditional helmets, they allow better ventilation systems and can achieve a lower-profile look. Often considered to be a premium approach. In-Mold helmets tend to look smarter because of them being a lower profile and that is thanks to the way it is constructed. Instead of the ‘old school’ way of bolting or gluing a shell to the inner foam protection layer, In-Mold helmets are either dipped or injected into a PVC or similar material outer shell to offer a more premium feel and a lighter weight helmet.
A lower profile look is hot on the mountains right now and In-Mold helmets tend to give you better ventilation. Given the construction method of these lids, they are really lightweight compared to their hardshell counterparts! An EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) inner liner has been the go-to for helmet manufacture due to its lightness and impact-absorbing traits but the outer shell of the helmet is where the magic happens with the ventilation and styling.
What In-Mold helmets are popular?
The more premium approach is an In-Mold helmet, they are often the most stylish too! Here are some of our favourites from this season!
POC Fornix – POC is one of the most recognisable brands out on the slopes and the Fornix has become a staple of their range. Picking up various awards since its introduction, the Fornix is a great choice for an all-mountain rider.
Salomon Icon 2 – Another superb helmet that is ultra-lightweight and features great ventilation. The women’s specific design features a plush fleece lining and this model is also available with Salomon’s Custom Air feature, giving you a custom fit for all head shapes.
Branded as the ‘original’ helmet manufacturing technique, Hardshell helmets present you with great value for money. The method of gluing or bolting the inner EPS or foam lining to an outer hardshell offers brilliant durability and helps the helmet hold up to multiple little bumps and bangs. The slight drawback with these designs is the limited ventilation that can be offered, but that is more than made up for with the hard wearing and robust nature of the helmet.
Hardshell helmets are the best option for those just starting out their snow career! Being more durable than In-Mold helmets, they can withstand a few minor bumps and bangs thanks to the hardened outer shell. The inner liner being glued or bolted to the outer hardshell gives great impact protection and also helps to keep the cost down. Once again EPS is often the material of choice for the inner lining.
What Hardshell helmets are popular?
Sticking to a budget but keeping it stylish. Here’s some popular choices from this season’s range of Hardshell helmets.
Smith Holt – An ever-popular model in Smith’s helmet range. The Holt features Bombshell Construction which features an ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) outer lining and plenty of ventilation.
Giro Ratio MIPS – A Hardshell helmet from the protection experts. Giro have released the Ratio MIPS this year for a stylish and affordable MIPS helmet that stands up to whatever you can throw at it.
This takes us nicely onto MIPS. What is it and why do you keep seeing that big yellow badge everywhere!?
MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System and is a revolutionary approach into head protection. Offering protection against oblique impacts and transferring impact energy across the membrane.
“The MIPS technology is developed in Sweden since 1996 and scientifically proven to reduce rotational motion by absorbing and redirecting rotational energies and forces transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head.” – MIPS
It is becoming more and more popular for helmets to come with MIPS and it is now a staple in the industry. MIPS helmets tend to come in more expensive but the extra £20/£30 is certainly worth the investment!
Sweet Grimnir Team Edition – If you’re looking for the ultimate in winter sports protection, then look no further than the Grimnir! Including MIPS as standard and a Carbon Fibre reinforced polymer shell, the Grimnir is pound for pound one of the strongest lids on the market. It is the most advanced freeride helmet on the market and the one to go for if you’re after the tip top in the helmet game.
There’s your outline into helmet construction. Now we move onto what gadgets and gizmos you should look out for on your helmet.
Keep the sun out? Keep the snow out? Maybe, but everyone loves a peaked helmet because of the styling! Peaked helmets often help with goggle integration too!
Often removable and they can come in a variety of styles. Goggle clips help keep your goggles snug on your helmet in the event of a fall. These days, it is popular to remove the clips to wear your goggles under the helmet so most top end helmets have this availability to chop and change the style!
Often the big selling point of a helmet. The ability to adjust the size of the lid is crucial. Usually found on the lower end helmets are elastic strap fitting systems which fit nice and tight to your head.
Looking up towards the higher end models, they often feature fully adjustable sizing, with dial adjustments. BOA fit systems are the most recognisable and is featured on the premium level helmets. Look out for BOA 360 fit system for the ultimate in helmet security!
Helmet ventilation comes in all shapes and sizes. From passive to active, get in the know about what your helmet offers.
Passive ventilation is when the helmet has pre-determined channels in the lid to direct airflow and keep the helmet and your head nice and cool. There is no way to close these channels and this is often found on the lower-end helmets. It is a great option to keep constant air-flow through the helmet and keeping you cool.
Active ventilation is found on the more premium helmets. Allowing you to adjust the ventilation channels in order to gain a more personalised feel. Active Ventilation channels are usually opened via a slider on the top of the helmet, allowing you to change it with your gloves on. Giving you versatility to open the venting when you’re hiking up to the top of a glacier to keep you nice and cool to shutting up shop when the clouds roll in and you want to keep nice and toasty, active ventilation is the go-to choice.
Being able to listen to your favourite tunes when hitting the slopes is a big plus and these days brands incorporate this into the design of their helmets. Featuring pockets in the helmet ear-pads to drop your audio into!
Outdoor Tech are the big hitters in this area. They have introduced a wireless setup that costs less than most helmets and can be controlled at the click of a button. Simply drop the headphones into your lid, crack some beats on and off you go!
Check out our range of Outdoor Tech headphones to make your days shredding out on the slopes!
Once again, RxSport are on hand to guide you through what you need to know about ski goggles this season!
Know your Spherical from your Cylindrical, Outriggers from your Oversized and feast your eyes on some of the new goggles hitting the shelves this season!
Ski goggles, what to look out for.
First, we are going to talk lenses. Lenses are the most important part of a ski goggle (obviously) and even this comes down to style as well as functionality.
Cylindrical vs Spherical
Get ready for some jargon, this is where it gets confusing! Now there are two different types of lenses that you’ll find in goggles. Cylindrical and Spherical lenses both have their pros and cons so let us show you the ropes!
Technically and rationally, the best option if you can stretch to it. Max views, reduce glare and distortion, whilst spherical lenses help to cut out fog too. The easiest way to explain spherical lenses is that they are the same shape as the eye, any lens that contours in this shape offers greater and more correct optical clarity. Because of this, Spherical lenses tend to be found on the top of the range models and tend to cost a few £ more than their Cylindrical counterparts.
The science (sort of)! – If you’re confused about what’s what, a Spherical lens looks more ‘bubbly’ than a Cylindrical lens. It curves on more than one axis so the shape of the lens, if you followed it round, would eventually make a sphere or a ball. As you can see from the above image, the lens curves from top to bottom and from left to right.
What can I get with a Spherical lens?
Top of the range products tend to have Spherical lenses due to their superior optical clarity and stylish looks so here’s a collection of goggles that have this feature.
Oakley Flight Deck – One of the most popular goggles on the market, complete with an oversized Spherical lens for ultimate vision out on the slopes.
Smith I/OX – One of the most stylish and technically advanced goggles around! The Spherical lens is part of a top of the range package that includes a replacement lens and a quick release lens system.
Dragon X2 – Dragon have pulled out the stops with their rimless and oversized X2 with a quick release Spherical lens.
The original shape, but after spherical lenses came out, cylindrical goggles were considered to be the poor relation for many years, however fashions do change and cylindrical shapes are the hottest look right now. Cylindrical lenses have come back into style in a big way and are often seen being worn by the pro’s. So much so that the big hitters in the snow goggle world (Oakley, Smith, Anon & Atomic) have bombarded the market with brand new cylindrical goggles and they look awesome.
Cylindrical lenses are flat and only curve on one axis. If you followed the shape of a cylindrical lens it would make a tube shape so only curves side to side. Cylindrical lenses often sit closer to the face and provide really good peripheral vision as they can curve round the side of your face further. The image above shows the curvature of the lens really well!
What can I get with a Spherical lens?
As previously mentioned, Cylindrical goggles are making a huge comeback and they are now seen as some of the most stylish around. Here’s a collection of new Cylindrical goggles that are likely to hit it big this season.
Smith Squad XL – Smith’s newest and largest goggle and it’s a cracker! Oversized is the way to go this season so this goggle looks great and performs better than ever.
Atomic Revent L – Brand new to RxSport this season, the Revent L features Atomic’s Stereo HD lenses for unparalleled clarity and performance in a stylish yet refined style.
Giro Axis – Another brand new model for this season and another looker! A really stylish goggle with optics by Zeiss for perfect clarity when you’re out shredding.
Next up on the agenda is the style of the frame. Now this is an easy one! Framed vs Frameless!
Now this doesn’t necessarily need explaining but I will anyway! Framed goggles have a frame and frameless goggles don’t..!
Framed goggles throw it back to original styles and are really big here in 2017, they look stylish and clean and give you a bit more protection if your goggles get a bit of a bashing throughout the season!
Bolle Nova 2 – A great goggle that offers premium performance and a lower price. The larger frame throws it back to original goggle styling and helps it hold it’s own when being packed and thrown around!
Frameless goggles are amongst the most stylish found today. Personal preference of course, but the frameless goggles are very smart and offer you slightly better vision due to no interference from the frame. It’s like looking through a window!
Anon MIG – Ultimate frameless look for great peripheral vision. Featuring Anon’s MFI technology and brand new Zeiss Sonar lenses.
To confuse you even more, 2017 has seen a greater range of semi-rimless goggles hit the shelves, they look awesome!
POC Orb Clarity – A brand new goggle this year and one of the nicest looking goggles to land this season. At £209.99 it isn’t cheap but well worth treating yourself!
That’s framed and frameless goggles done! Now let’s get into some of the more technical features found on goggles.
This can often be the difference between a comfortable day on the slopes and an itchy face! Triple-Layer face foam is the gadget to look out for, offering a variety of layers to help improve ventilation, stay comfortable on your face and often come with a moisture-wicking layer to help stay fog-free.
Now found on pretty much every goggle in the range, silicone beading on the inside of the strap helps keep your goggle secure on your helmet through even the roughest riding.
Keep an eye out for oversized straps, found on models like the Oakley Line Miner and Smith Squad XL which boast even more beading to keep them snug on your lid.
Outriggers are found on the outside of the goggle and are often where the strap attaches to. They serve a great function, by allowing the goggle to sit closer to your face when wearing goggles with a helmet. Having flexibility in that part of the frame keeps the goggle nice and snug on your face and doesn’t apply pressure when wearing goggles with a lid.
Lenses are jam-packed full of tech these days, including Anti-Fog inner coatings to keep you fog free and clear out on the slopes. Dual Layer lenses form a thermal barrier between the lenses to trap warm air and keep the inner lens warm and dry, again this is a tech found on the high-end models. Mirrored lenses are a massive part of ski goggles and they not only look awesome but serve a serious function, by helping to deflect bright light and dazzling glare to keep you focused on the important things!
Saving the most important until last! You can forget your anti-fog coatings and all that jazz if your goggles aren’t well ventilated! Ventilation channels often line up perfectly with helmets in corresponding brands to help expel warm air from the goggles and keep them fog free. Foam venting found in the top and bottom of the goggles also helps clear air and keep them from fogging up. When getting some new goggles, keep an eye out for something with great ventilation across the top and bottom!
In terms of goggle tech, that’s pretty much all covered, nice and easy..!
Now we can move on to the fun stuff – Prescription!
Full prescription goggle lenses aren’t yet a thing but be sure RxSport will be first in the queue to get some when they become a reality!
For now, the best option is a prescription insert, which sits on the inside of the frame and allows you clear vision without the issue of wearing your everyday glasses.
Pictures can explain things a lot better than I can, so here’s the idea of a prescription insert!
They are cost effective, lightweight, and far better than wearing your own glasses or contact lenses. Concerns over fogging can be alleviated with anti-fog coatings. They also allow you to change the outer lens to match the conditions.
For those of you who need a bit of help reading; Varifocals are not recommended for ski goggles, but we do offer a ski goggle-specific bifocal lens. This is perfect for those who need a bit of help to read the piste map, but do not want to lose all the benefits of a ski goggle.
If you want to find out more about Ski Goggles and what tech is what, check out our YouTube video!
New season stock has now landed so make the most of our Early Bird offer (ends 20th October 2017) and grab some brand new goggles and look sharp out on the slopes!