Oakley A Frame

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Best goggle I've used, incredible optics, no fog.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $85

Summary

Best goggle I've used, incredible optics, no fog.

Pros

  • A+ optics
  • no fog
  • comfortable
  • aesthetic

Cons

  • small field of vision
  • expensive (so is everything else)

I love these goggles. I've worn 10+ different goggles over the last few years, whether I've owned or borrowed them from friends, and these are the best. I own two pairs, and I keep coming back to them despite some "cooler" offerings on the market, for several reasons.

  1. Fit. I know this is subjective, but the amount of people you see riding a-frames is a testament to the universal fit of the goggles. They fit small to medium faces, and the foam contours well to my face.  They tend to ride up just a bit over time, but nothing too substantial. This is the main reason I stick with them, I can't find anything that fits my face better.
  2. Optics. In my opinion, Oakley owns the goggle market as far as optics. Electrics, Von Zippers, and Spys come nowhere close to the quality you get from Oakley. I've tried several other brands, and come back to Oakley lenses as the best there is. They offer so many different lens options. I currently ride a fire iridium (16% VLT) on sunny days, and a pink iridium (50% VLT) on cloudy/stormy days and at night.  The combo works great, but my eyes are a bit more sensitive to light in general. The sheer number of tints to choose from and the quality of the coatings and lenses is reason enough to buy a pair of Oakleys.
  3. No fog. Even with a facemask and jacket zipped all the way up, no fog.  It may get the breathe-on-a-window fog real quick, but it instantly disappears.  It's great to never worry about it.  
  4. Aesthetic. They look sick. The mirrored tints are great, the spherical lens is nice, and the colors are great.
  5. Durability. I take immaculate care of my stuff, but I've never had a problem with them. Probably have 100 days on the two pairs of goggles, no scratches, no fog coating coming off, no foam separating.  They're just plain built well.

The only cons I can think of is that they're a bit pricey (what goggles aren't nowadays), but especially replacement lenses are expensive.  The field of vision is small compared to newer goggles, but hey, use what fits best, right?

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The signature series Oakley Gretchen Bleiler A-Frame snow goggles feature colors and designs chosen with input from the star snowboarder, offering distinct style and performance for the slopes.

- REI

Oakley's Gretchen Bleiler Signature A-Frame Goggles won't guarantee that you'll land every trick you try, but they'll definitely make more people believe you when you talk about that backside 9 that you just stomped cold. It's tough to argue with impact-resistant Plutonite lenses (they also have full UV protection and an anti-fog coating), and no one's going to question the shred-entials of the A-Frame's Polaric Ellipsoid lens shape, which makes every detail on the slopes crystal clear. These goggles, which fit smaller faces with shallower nose bridges and higher cheekbones, are also vented to perform well on wet and warm days, and have moisture-wicking face foam to sit comfortably while you're getting radical.

- Backcountry.com

Free Shipping. Oakley Gretchen Bleiler Signature Series A Frame Goggles FEATURES of the Oakley Gretchen Bleiler Signature Series A Frame Goggles Anti-fog Treated Ballistic Lens Plutonite lens pass ANSI standard Z87.1 for optical clarity, high mass and high velocity impact Patented Polaric Ellipsoid lens geometry 100% protection against UV A, B and harmful blue light Triple polar-tech fleece face foam for maximum moisture wicking Optically corrected dual lens goggle Superior venting to eliminate fogging

- Moosejaw

First, they devised surge ports to control airflow. Second, they formulated F-3 Series anti-fog treatment. Third, they engineered a dual lens design to reduce fog with a thermal barrier of trapped air. Then Oakley took all that technology and juiced it with the precision of High Definition Optics(R) (HDO(R)), topping it off with a wish list from the pros: 100% UV filtering, impact protection that meets ANSI Z87.1 / ASTM F659 standards, durable urethane that stays flexible, and comfortable triple-layer polar fleece foam with moisture wicking. About the only thing you don't get with the A Frame(R) goggles is fog. A FRAME SNOW GOGGLES (ASIAN FIT) For polarized version of the A Frame Snow Goggles (Asian Fit), please visit: A Frame Polarized Snow Goggles (Asian Fit)

- Rocky Mountain Trail

Developed for small to medium faces, the Oakley A Frame Snow Goggle offers a Polaric Ellipsoid profile that's similar to the Oakley Wisdom Goggle, but without the almost-alien styling elements. The lower vents feature foam plugs that some consider more conducive to airflow than the perforated O Matter lower vents on the Wisdom Goggle. The plush triple-layered foam gasket features varied densities that conform to your facial features with far more comfort than traditional goggle designs, giving you a combination of peripheral clarity and fit that blow away the competition.

- Altrec Outdoors