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Friday, October 14, 2011
Native Kicker Goggles ($139)

By Jeremy Benson

Not sunglasses. Native is now producing goggles, too.

These goggles are better than a stick in the eye. Literally. They've got an impact-resistant polycarbonate lens so if you're tree skiing, consider your eyes well protected.

Known mainly as a sunglass manufacturer, Native Eyewear is introducing an all-new line of goggles for this winter season. The Kicker is one of the brand's four new models. The goggles come with the same optics, protection, and performance consumers have come to expect from the Denver, Colo.-based company. Like anti-fog coating. Polarized lenses. Spherical shapes for increased peripheral vision. And a vent between the inner and outer lens. The choice is yours: Kicker goggles will be available in eight different color and lens combinations.

Need to switch lenses for flat light? The Kicker has an interchangeable lens system where the top of the frame flips open to easily swap out lenses. Wearing a helmet? A hinge-mounted strap adjusts to all head sizes and comes with a helmet extender. "We dabbled in the market a couple of years ago, but we're really putting energy and resources into making a meaningful goggle line this year," says Native Eyewear spokesman Todd Walton. "We keep our core focus -- excellent optics, fit, polarization, venting and interchangeable lenses."

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