- LENS: Cylindrica
- SYSTEM: Electrochromic
- TINT SHOWN: Prizm React (Optimum Polarized)
- FRAME SHOWN: Matte Black
- PRICE: £269 / €299
We’ve always been huge, huge fans of Oakley’s ‘PRIZM’ lens tech. Its contrast-boosting properties remain, for our money, the best on the market. At the same time, the Big O seemed to be falling behind its main rivals in the quick-change lens system arms race. Until now, that is.
The Oakley Fall Line XL React snowboard goggles represent another leap forward in goggle tech – one that we all knew would be along one day, but impressive nonetheless. By passing an electrical current through the lens, it’s possible to automatically change the tint without the need for the whole pop-out, snap-in rigmarole.
“By passing an electrical current through the lens, it’s possible to automatically change the tint”
This may be the snowboard world’s first look at this kind of system, but Oakley has already ironed out any potential problems with design and interface. For example, there’s no external battery pack; everything is built into the frame. Simply charge ‘em up via a micro USB cable, and you’re good to go for roughly 200 tint-changes.
There are three available settings; Rose, Torch and Black. On cloudy days the Rose tint offers 35% Visible Light Transmission (learn more about that here), to give you the best chance of seeing what’s ahead of you. Back features only 10% VLT, perfect for bluebird days, and Torch – as you’ve probably guessed – is roughly between the two.