goggle frame. Second, the lens is super strong, and
because of the drop-in design, it locks into place and will
stay put even under a serious artillery barrage. The lens
reminds us of the old Jones goggles—pre-curved, optically strong and far more durable than the average stamped
lens. Ultimately, this goggle has superb field of vision, little
distortion and high airflow.
PRODUCT: Goggles and the technology behind that oh-so-important protective device have received little updates
in the way of evolution over the last two decades. The
straps have garnered sticky stuff to stay on the helmet, the
lenses are mainly stamped and, other than laminated tear-offs, ongoing roll-off film systems and colors, the goggle
world churns at a tepid pace.
That is, until Oakley decided to kick off their new
Airbrake MX goggles, a design that uses an injected-mold-ed lens, a mounting system (called Switchlock) that lets
you swap out a lens in seconds, and new technology in the
frame where the front frame is rigid while the face plate and
foam is pliable.
In Oakley’s world, optics are crucial, and therefore the new
injection-molded Plutonite lens targets clarity. Its strength will
resist impacts from roost slamming your mug, and ultimately
you have a wider field of vision via the new frame design.
POSITIVE: Optics-wise, the Airbrake kicks some serious
booty. The injection-molded design uses optimal lens curvature so that there is virtually no distortion, especially
when compared to a stamped lens that is bent to fit in a
OAKLEY AIRBRAKE MX GOGGLE