Recon-Zeal Transcend GPS Goggles Initial Review

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Brooks from Point Of View Cameras walks into the office and says “Zealand, check these out!”. He tosses me a box with the the word Recon on the side of the box. I flip it over and looking back at me is a very slick pair of goggles with the words SPX on one side and Zeal on the other. Ladies and Gentlemen, enter the first pair of GPS snow goggles.

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As I unbox these GPS capable goggles, the first thing I notice is how good they look. Black with a little gold lettering. The lens itself reminds me of what a ninja from GI JOE would wear. Bad ass!

The goggles are a collaboration with Recon Instruments and Zeal Optics. So not only do you have a very smart pair of goggles, you also have a goggles that are going to make your visibility dialled in to say the least.

I try the goggles on and I am surprised how light weight they are, only 9oz (254g). They have a built in battery that is charged by a USB cable which is the same cable you will use to upload your information at the end of the day.

So here is what these futuristic goggles can do for you…

They provide real-time feedback, including: speed, latitude/longitude, altitude, vertical distance travelled, chrono/stopwatch mode, a run-counter, temperature and time.. not to mention GPS capabilities.

There are two models for the Transcend goggles, SPX and the SPPX . The SPX that we carry have a polarized lens that will not fog on the worst days and the SPPX have a polarized and photochromic lens that automatically adjust’s to the light! Crazy.

There is a small screen on the bottom right of your goggle that looks like the dash of a street bike. You can easily toggle through the different stats by using the glove friendly buttons on the side of the goggles.

After a day on the slopes you can upload your run information to Recon’s site called HQ online. You can export the best part of your run and it will then be tagged on their map of the world with a little flag with your name and location of your run on it. When you click on the flag, the screen zooms down from orbit and hovers above your run showing the route you did and other information, speed, temp., etc…

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After taking a through look at these slick and futuristic goggles there is only one last thing to do… take these out for a demo!

See ya on the slopes,
Mark Zealand

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By Shawn Purych
25 03 2011 at 12:15 PM

do they make them with the screen on the left side instead of the right? or are there screens on either side?

By PointOfViewCameras
25 03 2011 at 03:02 PM

@Shawn Purych
The screen is in the lower portion of the right side.

By Tom
30 08 2012 at 04:48 AM

And how did the demo go?