Oakley custom goggles are the clear choice | AspenTimes.com

Oakley custom goggles are the clear choice

Jordan Curet
Aspen Times Weekly

At the beginning of the ski season, Oakley brought its Rolling O-Lab into Aspen. The Lab offered locals the chance to learn about the optics in Oakley’s goggles and glasses, as well as to create a custom pair of goggles. I took advantage, and designed myself a Seth Morrison Signature Crowbar Goggle that matched my riding and my style.

The Crowbar is Oakley’s top-of-the-line goggle frame. The extra-wide spherical lens and inverted V-shaped frame combine to provide the best peripheral vision and a true anatomical fit. While the lens offers a big viewing area, you don’t end up looking bug-eyed. Plus, it’s easily compatible with almost every helmet on the market for a snug fit.

I installed a gray polarized lens, which is suitable for a bright bluebird or flat-light day. The lens is very protective, and according to Oakley, it won’t shatter from anything less then an aspen tree hitting you in the face. The foam venting offers great airflow; in combination with the antifog treatment, this means you don’t need to worry about steaming up the inside of the lens. The one downside to the lens is how easily the outside layer scratches ” in other words, be mindful of stray branches and always put the goggles back in the cloth bag.

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On the fit side, Oakley has cleverly balanced the frame with strap connectors so the pressure points are evenly distributed. A perfect balance of supple movement and stiff support, these goggles won’t smush your face. Plus, the strap is easily adjustable and comes with a decent amount of silicone slapped on there to keep the straps from sliding around on slick helmets.

Another great thing about the Morrison Signature Crowbar Goggle: style. I was able to match my new goggles with the rest of my gear by choosing coordinating bracers and straps, as well as a frame adorned with skulls. I almost look like one of the cool kids, with a great everyday lens to ride with.

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