Zeal Optics Revs Up Line With New Z3 GPS Goggles

By AlpineZone News |
Nov 03 2011 - 10:04 AM

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Launching at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, Zeal Optics, Boulder, CO, will once again transform the thrill of skiing as the company reveals its newest model of goggles with a built-in global positioning system: Z3 GPS Goggles. These goggles build upon technology introduced in the company’s Transcend GPS Goggles collection with new features that include enhanced style and comfort, ease-of-use and data-capture capabilities.

The mountain takes on a whole new perspective with the more advanced optics, improved head-mounted display technology and new 3-D data-capturing features of Z3 GPS. Borrowing the best capabilities of the Transcend GPS line, Z3 GPS has enlarged polarized in-molded anti-fog lenses. These lenses not only cut 99.9 percent of glare from the sun and slopes to reduce eye fatigue, but also automatically adjust to varying light levels, going from a clear tint in low light, to a dark rose/brown tint in brighter light.

Like its predecessors, Z3 GPS is armed with technology that provides real-time access to performance statistics including speed, altitude, temperature, and time during your run down the slopes. The monitor inside the goggles has been redesigned to be less obtrusive. The system has a stopwatch and chromos mode and runs with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a seven-hour run time. These goggles now capture ski jump data for analysis of vertical maneuvers. Controls for the system have been moved to a wireless remote that can be worn on the wrist, arm or goggles strap.

“You’ll immediately notice the difference in comfort and ease-of-use of the Z3 GPS,” said Joe Prebich, head of marketing for Zeal Optics. “These goggles really put the rider in charge of the real-time data they want to see. Plus, it’s easier to flip through the data, now that the controls can be placed where it’s most comfortable for them. Overall, the Z3 is much sleeker. It’s just a great all-around experience.”

Z3 GPS comes with downloadable software that allows users to transfer all data from their goggles to their PC and Mac computers. Users can see their fastest and slowest speeds, review individual runs, and see vertical distance covered. The software allows users to manage and “playback” runs overlaid on 3-D Google Earth and share information on Facebook and Twitter.

Zeal Optics’ Z3 GPS Goggles are priced at $549 and will be available at specialty retailers and online stores worldwide, including zealoptics.com.