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Guest post by Kyle Bihler.
This season I decided to put two different snowboard goggles into my arsenal. I chose the Oakley Crowbar and the Electric EG2. I wanted to have goggles with spherical lenses and both of these fit the bill. A spherical lens refers to the shape of the lens itself. Spherical lenses have a curvature of a ball, whereas a flat, regular lens is curved like a cylinder. The idea is that the spherical shape reduces visual distortion as well as glare, because it is shaped like your eyeball.
Oakley was one of the first goggle manufactures to get into the spherical lens game and their goggles definitely reflect that fact. The Crowbar has continued to be a flagship goggle in Oakley’s line. They have signature struts that protrude out from the frame. This is to distribute pressure evenly across the face. The spherical lens barely distorts anything at the far peripherals. The goggle hardly fogged up. They did get a scratch or two over the season, but nothing more than you get with normal wear and tear. Awesome goggle overall.
Lens Colors: I had two different lenses for the Oakley goggles, the Black Iridium and the HI Yellow. The Black Iridium was awesome in the bright sun and was pretty good in variable conditions, but when it was totally cloudy they were a bit dark to see very well. However that is when I used the HI Yellow. This lens is fantastic in dark, cloudy conditions; it really brings out the detail in the snow that would otherwise be hard to see. Be careful in the sun though, they make everything extra bright.
Electric also has a great spherical lens goggle offering. The EG2 is Electric’s flagship model. These are easy to spot because they have a very big oversized lens. This allows for a great field of view. Your peripheral vision is hardly obstructed by the frame itself with little visual distortion. This is great because you can see every out of control skier flying your way. As far as fogging up, they never did. The goggles held up good but I would say they scratched a bit easier than the Oakley’s. I may have been to blame, cause I did eat it once on my face with the Electric’s. All in all, it is a great goggle.
Lens Colors: The lens that I had on the Electric, was the Bronze tint. This lens can basically do it all, but it is best suited in the sunny to variable light conditions. I didn’t have the luxury of having two lenses for these goggles but I would say the Bronze lens on the Electric did better in the low light than the Black Iridium.
Both of these are at the high end with the Oakley Crowbar going from $100 – $170 depending on lens, and the Electric EG2 starts at $140. This is on par with other spherical lens goggles. Personally, I think it is worth more to see really well out there. These two goggles both offer some of the most optically correct lenses that I have used. If you take good care of these goggles, they can last you a handful of snowboard seasons, easy.
Summing it up:
If I had to choose a winner in my little season long test, I would have to go with the Oakley over the Electric. But I’ll admit, it is probably due more to style points than a performance difference. The Crowbar looks good, is light weight and has a huge offering of lenses to suite your needs.
About the Author
Kyle Bihler is a seasoned snowboarder and member of the Eternal Snow team. Located in Reno, NV but serving everyone everywhere via the worldwide web, EternalSnow.com offers a wide variety of snowboarding gear from women’s snowboards to all types of snowboard boots, outerwear and accessories. Even in the summer, they’ve got a huge wall full of snowboards available for ya:
Located in Reno (NV), EternalSnow.com has been in the game since the mid-90′s and takes pride in being a rider’s snowboard shop — they’re not a patio furniture store or a mall boutique that sells snowboards, but a full-blown core shop that doesn’t even carry “ski” brands (OK, so they do carry K2 but I’m not going to hold that against them) so when they volunteered to put their years of shred knowledge and warehouse full of gear to good use, we were happy to work with them.