Oakley Airbrake Goggle
Great looking goggles with interchangeable lenses for all conditions.
I bought these in March and used them in Morzine. It was sunny all week and the lens was perfect at keeping the glare out. They also look really good!
31 March 2014
You get what you pay for...
I bought these Oakley Airbrakes before a recent trip to Tignes. I'd had a bad run with goggles having bought 2 pairs of fairly expensive Salomon variants and both failing within one week (both fogging issues). My previous Anon Figment's had done a good job but I wanted a pair with changeable lenses.
I opted for the Oakley's on the basis that, as opposed to Salamon, they're an experienced goggle manufacturer, had strong reviews and them incorporating all the features that I wanted.
They certainly weren't cheap. Around the most expensive in the category, but I'm glad I shelled out the extra money because they're a high quality piece of kit.
The lens change is incredibly easy and if you use the micro fibre cloth you don't need to touch the lenses at all with your hands.
The 2 lenses are perfect for varied conditions. The Fire Iridium lens is great in the bright light and means no squinting or bright light headaches and the permission lenses do as good a job as you can in flat light (its never going to be great whatever lens you're looking through)
Very comfortable for those who need a larger frame. The foam surround is very soft and really moulds to your face. No issues with restricted nasal airways and no hideous goggle marks at the end of the day.
Looks wise I quite like the Airbrake's, although it has to be said that some of the other makes available for cheaper are probably a bit better looking. Oakleys stick to a trademark style and while not ugly, you won't have the coolest goggles on the piste
Visibility was very good. Previous Salamon ones had better peripheral vision but I never felt overly restricted or blinkered.
The anti fog systems seemed to do their job and I never had any issues with condensation.
Additional features like the carry case were nice, but not essential.
As I said in the summary - you get what you pay for. These goggles were very pricey and I'm sure there are very good options for a bit cheaper. But i'm glad I paid the little bit extra. The build quality, lens change system and 2 lens' included make them the best goggles I've ever owned. If Oakley improve the looks a bit then they'll be unbeatable.
11 March 2014
Oakley Airbrake Goggles
I have only owned BollÃ© goggles in the past, but now I am a convert to Oakley.
The weather whilst away was both bright and "flat" during the weeks skiing. I was able to change the lenses with ease whilst half way on a ski run and the time taken to do this did not "anger" the ski party I was with. In fact some of them did not know I had even changed the lense until I was looking at them.
Not once did they even fog!
I highly recomend these goggles to anyone if they have the money to spend, but they are worth every penny.
03 March 2014
I'm glad I paid the extra and purchased these. There was another guy on our trip with cheap goggle and they were forever fogging, these were perfect.
16 April 2014
Top Quality Goggles
Excellent construction and quality of lenses. Fire Iridium great in bright conditions and persimmon good in low/flat light. I like the storage case and the fact the bag comes with a slot to take the spare lens as well as the goggles but would have preferred a hard case for the spare lens so I could take it with me on the slopes and have some protection against it getting broken.
The lens change mechanism is good but I would suggest practice it at home before you need to do it for real on the slopes.
Best goggles I've had for some time
31 January 2014
By far the best looking goggles on the market. Extremely comfortable too. They stand out from the rest.
30 January 2014
Solid Oakley goggles with all the quality you expect from that brand. No fogging up issues, come with a good travel case, no complaints.
13 January 2014
Well made and nice looking but disappointing performance.
The look and fit of the goggles was excellent. The gold iridium lense was also very good. However, the persimmon lense fogged very badly between the lenses even though used correctly. (Always kept on face, well ventilated etc) Having owned many Oakley goggles before I have never experienced this problem to such an extent. Snow and Rock have replaced the lense but felt that this was expected performance. I have since used Smith IOX in similar conditions without issue. I would thus recommend the Smith over the Oakley goggles.
30 December 2013