- Price: £140-150 / €169-179
- Frame/Lens: Wet Dry Org Blue / Prizm Black Iridium
The Oakley A Frame has become one of the most iconic goggles in snowboarding since it was released at the tail end of the ‘90s. It was one of the first to use a spherical lens, had a unique 'Stormtrooper-esque' look, and was seen protecting the peepers of the likes of Heikki Sorsa, JP Walker and (seemingly for the entirety of his career) Shaun White.
Today's version - the Oakley A Frame 2.0 - shares much with the ubiquitous first iteration, with a few tweaks that move things in the right direction. It’s still a medium-fitting goggle, so the large-headed need not apply, but the field of vision has been further increased and the weight reduced.
"Outriggers on either side of the Oakley A-Frame 2.0 ensure there’s no unpleasant pressure points - something that’s even more important on a relatively down-sized frame"
If you wear a helmet (or even if you don’t), outriggers on either side of the Oakley A-Frame 2.0 ensure there’s no unpleasant pressure points - something that’s even more important on a relatively down-sized frame.
Fogging isn’t an issue thanks to the vents on the front. The layout is a unique design, and one that’s not been to everyone’s taste over the years, but there’s no denying how well they work in all conditions.
While the full-on pink frames that Heiki rocked so well in the 2002 Olympics sadly haven’t made a comeback, you’re bound to find something you like amongst the twelve different options available for 2017/18.
“The view through the A-Frame’s spherical lens is razor sharp (you'd be hard pressed to find fault with any of Oakley's lenses - they're damned good). It’s also got those iconic ‘ramjet’ vents on the frame which work excellently, giving you a fighting chance of keeping fog at bay.
"Those iconic ‘ramjet’ vents on the frame work excellently"
The A Frame 2.0 is a tad bigger than the original, but still if your head is on the wider, larger side you'll be better off looking at other goggles. I don't think my bonce is particularly gargantuan, but I still felt a touch of the tunnel vision creeping in using these. No doubt this is due to using larger, more goldfish bowl-style goggles over the past decade and would improve over use, but my eyes felt too close to the face foam for my liking.
In short, if you have a smaller head or yearn to look like Shaun White then these would be grand. But if you have a bigger melon, make sure you try these on before you pony up."