Oakley’s stylish Crowbars come in a range of designs and sport anti-fog protection. Are they the ultimate snowboarding goggles?
Although your limbs can take a mighty battering on the slopes, your eyes need just as much protection – not only from the sun’s rays, but the wind, ice and, if you’re going off piste, branches.
Sunglasses aren’t really up to the job, so you need some sturdy goggles, like Oakley’s iconic Crowbar series.
Cynics might be suspicious about the Crowbar’s multiple celebrity endorsements – boarding gods Terje Haakonsen and Danny Kass, and ski legends Seth Morrison, JP Auclair and Tanner Hall all have their own designs – but they ensure the series has the best range of styles around.
Each edition is different, with a custom designed frame to reflect a little of the pros’ personal style; JP Auclair loves Tokyo, so the frame has a detail of the Tokyo subway map, while Tanner Hall is bang into Reggae, hence the Rasta colours on the strap.
They also come with a choice of two lenses. Some have either black iridium and high intensity persimmon, while for others it’s either fire iridium or persimmon. The iridium option is the do-it-all choice as they perform well in most light conditions, while the persimmon are best in low light.
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Oakley’s patented High Definition Optics also works well. Focus is pin sharp in all direction and the lenses also give protection from UVA, UVB, UVC and blue light.
The anti-fog coating works well too even in the most challenging conditions and the triple, foam/fleece layer is not only comfortable but wicks sweat away nicely.
Although the “Flexible O Matter” frame is comfortable and will fit most people very well, no goggle can fit all face shapes perfectly, so try before you buy.