Oakley Crowbar 2013 - 2011 Review by The Good Ride
The Oakley Crowbar Goggles are very popular, well known and very comfortable. There are more lens and goggle options to choose from with these goggles than any other brand. Oakley is currently the only company that makes optically perfect goggles. If you ever get headaches from wearing other goggles then get Oakley.
We have owned many generations of Oakley Crowbar goggles. For most of us at the good ride, the crowbar is the perfect mid-sized goggle and a nice step up in size from the Oakley A-Frame. For most of us at The Good Ride, the A-Frame is too small and not as helmet friendly but most of us have a mid sized face. After 1 year of using them on almost every outing, we haven’t found any real complaint about them except for a little fogging on moist days. The double foam is the reason they fit so comfortably on the face. The elastic band also has a bit of silicon so it grips the helmet so well you don’t even need a tether on your helmet. Oakley has thought of everything with this goggle and that is why almost all of us at The Good Ride wear an Oakley goggle. You have a great choice of lenses and designs as well.
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The biggest differentiate between Oakley goggles and the rest to us is not the optics but the way they fit on the face. It makes us think there really is something that works with their triple foam tech. We really haven’t experienced a rider that has any issues with the way the foam fits on their face. This works from day one.
There is good but not excellent venting so if you are a person who seems to steam up your goggles a lot then you might want to look for something else but if you are an average rider it will be hard to fog these goggles.
We have tried almost every lens and must say that the view is always clear. The H.I lenses are our personal favorite. They seem to add some clarity and depth perception over the regular lenses and don’t break the bank. The polarized lenses are amazing but you really add a bit to the price tag. We can’t really attest to the lenses having optical perfection but they seem to be right up there with every high-end goggle. The one thing we have noticed is the various tints don’t seem to really stand out like other goggles. This is hard to explain but even with the tints, the view seems less lively compared to other goggles. We think this might the goal of Oakley so you can focus on what is coming at you at high speed.
All in all, this is one great goggle and worth the money. Many people swear by the optical clarity but we feel you want to get these goggles if you want a perfect fit for the average size face.
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