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I bought the Oakley A-frame goggles as an upgrade from my previous pair of Oakley O-Frame Goggles. The O-frames are a lot cheaper but I found they fogged up a lot meaning it was hard to see much in heavy snow conditions when snowboarding. Eventually the lens started to come loose so I invested in the more expensive A-frames as they appeared to have several features that prevent fogging.
== The Goggles ==
The Oakley A-frame goggles are designed for skiing or snowboarding. They come in a standrad size but doe to the soft polar fleece foam around the goggle they fit to most face shapes. The elasticated band that goes around the head is adjustable and is quite wide meaning I find that the goggles are a good fit and comfortable to wear.
As with Oakley sunglasses, a range of lenses are available (and can be bought separatley). These include Persimmion (orange), black iridium, fire iridium and a variety of polarised versions. I have the non-polarised persimmion which I have found ideal for use in European snowboard resorts. The lenses filter 100% of UV giving good eye protection and are impact protected to ANSI Z87.1 / ASTM F659 standards (This means they are not going to shatter and blnid you in a crash).
The orange lenses I have are quite bright, but I find this ideal for overcast days when it can be hard to see the snow and judge your speed. I have previously used blue lenses which might be ideal for sunny powder days in the US and Canada but really aren't very useful in european conditions.
The Polar fleece linng surounding the googgles and providing a snug fit to your face is moisture wicking, so moisture is absorbed from the inside of the goggle which stops fogging.
The lens is also a double layer, so there is a thermal air layer in the lens which stops moisture build up and helps you see better.
The frame is lightweight and not too bulky. It contains air ports to contol the airflow through the goggle. This is the reason I chose the A-frame as this feature is missing on the cheaper models. By controlling airflow through the goggle this stops moisture from condensing inside the goggle and is the main way of stopping the dreaded fogging of the lens.
== Build quality ==
The A-frames feel much more robust than the O-frame Oakley goggles. I found that after quite a bit of use, the O-frame lenses came loose and started to fall out of the frame. I haven't experienced any issues with the A-frame and after 2 years they are scratch free and in good condition overall.
== Price ==
Depending on the lens you choose the price for a pair of A-frames is between £80-£110 or goes up to £180 for polarised versions. They can be found on dicount websites such as sunglasses shop starting at around £60. I paid £80 for the pesimmion lenses with a jet black frame which I think is quite reasonable as they really are a lot better than the O-frame which I paid arond £40 for several years ago.
== Summary ==
Highly recommended good quality goggles. No problems with fogging and comfortable to wear.