We ask Alf Alderson to take a look at one of Oakley's top end goggle offerings.
Oakley Fall Line Prizm Snow RRP £170
The Fall Line is a very cool-looking rimless goggle with excellent build quality, and it comes in a mid-sized fit; this means that if, like me, you have a wider face the peripheral vision isn’t the best, but for smaller faces they’ll be absolutely fine.
As ever with Oakley the Fall Line has heaps of technical features; the Prizm lens provides the highest quality control of light transmission to maximise contrast and enhance visibility and it also has an optically correct cylindrical design with F3 anti-fog coating, whilst the injection moulded polycarbonate frame is produced under extreme pressure to create a precise contour of optically correct geometry.
The Fall Line comes in eleven different colourways and is compatible with most helmets, and you can also get them with prescription lenses, whilst frame notches at the temple allow for compatibility with most Oakley RX eyewear frames and the also have an OTG fit.
So, all good so far…however, Oakley claim that the Ridgelock lens system allows ‘fast and easy lens changing with complete lens seal’ – well, it took four people in my office to successfully wrestle the lens back in once it had been removed. Make of that what you will, but the Fall Line is not a pair of goggles on which I’d want to change the lens on the mountain.
FOR Great looks, top-quality lens
AGAINST Lens change system defeated us…