User Review: Oakley A Frame
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $85
Best goggle I've used, incredible optics, no fog.
- A+ optics
- no fog
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Aesthetic. They look sick. The mirrored tints are great, the spherical lens is nice, and the colors are great.
- 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?