Oakley Airbrake Snow Goggle Review

March 3, 2013
Oakley Airbrake Snow Goggle
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
87
Field of View
6
Helmet Compatibility
8
Anti-fog Power
9
Lens Quality
9
Fit & Comfort
8
Value
7

The Good

  • Easy switching between lenses
  • Goggles come with two lenses and protective case
  • Good anti-fog lenses
  • Comfortable face cushioning
  • Outriggers made for better helmet fit

The Bad

  • Peripheral vision is limited
  • Strap doesn’t have a clip
  • Top of the line goggles come with top of the line price
THE VERDICT

A very good goggle that stands out for its versatility in varying conditions. The lenses didn’t fog and provided great optics, and changing lenses was insanely easy. The main drawback was its limited peripheral vision.

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Venting/Fogging
Two large vents at the top of the goggle maintained good airflow. This goggle was tested in snow and sun, in temperatures varying from the 30s to the single digits, and never fogged.

Field of View
The biggest drawback on the Airbrake is its limited peripheral vision. What was in my field of view was always clear but the field of view could definitely be larger.

Lens Quality/Durability
The Airbrake comes with two lenses – one for sun and one for lowlight – and both were high quality and durable. The lenses survived brushes with trees and full-on crashes without showing much wear. The cleaning and storage bag has pockets for the goggles and the extra lens, so I could carry the extra with me without fear of scratching in my pocket.

Frame
The standout feature on this goggle is the “switchlock” system that allow for easy lens swapping without compromising the goggle. Just release a latch hidden behind the left outrigger, switch lenses, and relock the latch. It’s truly a great design that is easy to operate.
 
Oakley says the frame is built to fit medium to large faces best, but my sense its it’s best only for medium-sized faces.

The frames outriggers are unobtrusive so it can be worn with or without a helmet. The frame was a good fit with most helmets I paired it with.

 


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MSRP
$220.00
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$250.00
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