Liquid Image's snow goggles almost look like any other ski goggle you'd find on the market. However, there are a number of design aspects that set it apart from others; they're bigger, slightly heavier and have a camera subtly sitting front and centre inside the goggles.
Design and features
When we say heavy, we don't actually mean it'll weigh you down and have you struggling to hold your head up. They weigh 240g with battery, as opposed to ski goggles without any hardware weighing around 200g. Due to the design of the goggles and the in-built hardware, they tend to sit out a bit more from the face.
The hands-free camera has a 5-megapixel (2560x1920-pixel) image sensor that's also capable of recording 1280x720-pixel videos at 30 frames per second with audio. The controls are on the right side of the snow goggles, and are large enough to press while wearing gloves.
There are two buttons: one for shutter and select, the other is power and the two modes (photo and video). The only indication you get on whether you've hit the correct button is that a red light flashes inside the goggles between your eyes to indicate that you're using camera mode, and blue when in video mode. The flashing light inside the goggles is the only warning you get that will remind you that the device is recording, and is easy to forget about after multiple uses.
Inside the goggles is an LCD display, which lets you see the battery life, the number of files recorded and, as mentioned previously, the indicator light. To turn on video mode, just hit the power button for at least a second, which will turn the camera on, then hit the shutter button just above and it'll start recording. To take photos, hit the power button and then hit that button again for still images. The LCD will display the camera icon to let you know you're in the still images mode. To power off the goggles, press the power button for a couple of seconds. If the camera is not used for three minutes, it'll turn off automatically.
The goggles give you a 136-degree field of view when worn, which disrupts your peripheral vision, and when recording video the camera doesn't seem to capture what you see through the goggles (more on this later).
The eye wear has a microSD/SDHC card slot that can be expanded to 32GB and a rechargeable Lithium battery.
While the goggles felt comfortable to begin with, they did start to push down against the nose, and, if you wear glasses, it'll be a tad uncomfortable to wear, particularly for hours on end.
The goggles performed admirably when we took them for a test drive at the ski fields. People didn't notice they were being recorded, and were surprised when we pointed out our third eye.
One lift attendant even thought they were "the coolest thing I've seen on the mountain all year".