I have been using the Zeal Eclipse goggles for a few years. I absolutely love them, I don't understand how people use anything else. Their lenses give the snow great contrast in all light conditions and they make everything look great. Their Sppx lenses get darker or lighter depending on the sun. I have not tried the recon one but i am sure its great. Im definitely gonna buy a pair when my current pair breaks.
They do not hook up to your goggle. It is built into the goggles. You control them with 3 buttons on the right side (when you are wearing them) of the front. They are surprisingly light and waterproof. They are really comfortable, and do not fog up. You can only use their type of goggle since it is built in, unless you like to wear two pairs of goggles lol.
My buddy bought some for this season & claims to love them, but I would never spend that kind of $ on goggles. I think his were around $600 with the gps thing. The cool thing is that you can upload it to a website & track everything from the day including runs, speed, etc, but then I think about the price and well that kills it for me.
I saw them on sale once, more like 350 - 400. Still quite high, no argument here.
I wish more people buy them and the price goes down
Other than this, I've used (and still use) 2 pairs of Zeal goggles (PPX, SPPX) and I think they are great, better than anything else (though some light conditions can still be challenging). They were recently bought by Maui Jim, that's how good they are!
Dunno, regular goggles work just fine for me. I enjoy snowboarding to snowboard more then snowboarding to tweet my "stats" for attention. Great I guess if you can afford to blow $500 on what is essentially a gadget.
I used to spend hundreds of dollars on Oakley's sunglasses and goggles, because I thought they were the best. Now I don't think that any more. They got some steeze though, if that's your thing. And I am sure they are also generally good, otherwise pros would not use them (even though they get them for free, well probably some get paid money to use them...) Anyway, for me, Zeal are better goggles.
Oakley is just for people who don't know about zeal. The eclipse goggle is about the same price as the Airbrake. Why would you need a quick release lens system if you have an amazing lens that works in all light conditions?