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Oakley New “Airbrake” MX Goggle

Here you have it, the all new innovating, game changing, revolutionary Oakley Airbrake.

Here you have it, the all new innovating, game changing, revolutionary Oakley Airbrake.

“Revolutionary,” or “Game Changer” or “Awesome” were the words used by all in attendance at the launch of the brand new Oakley Airbrake MX goggle.  Mike “Too Tall” Bell was the one who used the last quote after watching the sick debut vid, but we were all thinking it. Last Thursday, MXP was the exclusive Canadian publication invited down to California for this very cool, one off event. The night included a full tour of Oakley’s world headquarters, a walk through the museum of history, a DJ, amazing food, drinks and a set up time to chat with the Oakley athletes in attendance. It was just about the best night I have ever attended. Oh ya, it ended with a gift pack full of Oakley goodies including our very own set of Airbrake goggles. It was very cool to be included. Thanks Oakley US and Oakley Canada for setting it up.

This new product is going to change the way goggles are made in the future of this sport. The Airbrake comes with technology that they use in the snowboard world that is really going to work well for MX. It first starts with the Switch Lock Technology. This new innovating system allows the racer to change lenses within seconds. It’s literally like a Transformer toy where you just click the tabs and pop the lens out. It’s that simple. The next eye opening advancement in this goggle is the lens itself. Regular goggles are made of generic material that is bent into place that can cause optical distortion. It basically means that things are really where you see them. The new Airbrake uses injection moldings under extreme pressure that gives you the best vision possible. The injection mold is called Plutonite. Apparently it’s the same type of product used in the US army under extreme pressure. I actually got to see the staff at Oakley shoot this lens with a BB gun at close range with no penetration as well as drive a spike with a press into the lens without cracking or popping out the lens. We all know roost can be a huge issue behind a big 450 race bike. Well, with the Airbrake you will be confident to stay close to your competition enabling you to pounce on their mistakes, make a pass and ride off to victory. Bad starts will no longer be a problem as far as vision goes if you’re running this new goggle. The last thing that is really cool is the new Roll Off system. It is integrated right into the goggle itself. It clips in just like a change of the lens. You just push the two tabs on the arms that hold the strap, plus the roll off is 60% wider. Not sure if any of you have had this issue but for the most part my eyes are always under the roll off lens itself which doesn’t really give me a clear view. This is now not an issue with the Airbrake goggle.

I want to end this by saying I feel as if this goggle really will make us all see differently. Other goggle companies will have to see this as a step in the right direction and will try to compete. This whole new system can take the pain/cost of buying 5, 10, or even 15 pair of goggles if that’s what you require. With the ease of changing lenses or roll offs, this gives you the advantage of just buying lenses to pop in and out of your one or two pairs of goggles. The total package of the Airbrake has endless positives for any racer at any level.

Here are a few pics from the event.

Big thanks again to Oakley US and Oakley Canada for setting this up.

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The Oakley office is not just spectacular inside. This has been on my bucket list of things to see before the clock runs out. Check!!!

The Oakley office is not just spectacular inside. This has been on my bucket list of things to see before the clock runs out. Check!!!

 

 

The brand started in 1975 with grips from the ideas and vision of Jim Jannard.

The brand started in 1975 with grips from the ideas and vision of Jim Jannard.

 

 

This cool cover poster was made and put on the wall in the office. I bet this was the only cover when all Oakley athletes were on it at the same time.

This cool cover poster was made and put on the wall in the office. I bet this was the only cover when all Oakley athletes were on it at the same time.

 

They have this sick little museum from 1975 to present that displays all the history and products the company has produced. Simply amazing.

They have this sick little museum from 1975 to present that displays all the history and products the company has produced. Simply amazing.

 

 

Three guys that have been with Oakley for their lifetime: Mike “Too Tall” Bell (Blue), Jeff Ward (middle) and Johnny O’Mara (right).

Three guys that have been with Oakley for their lifetime: Mike “Too Tall” Bell (Blue), Jeff Ward (middle) and Johnny O’Mara (right).

 

Also on hand were all of Oakley’s present day athletes that support the new product line. These guys are all super pumped to be part of the Oakley family.

Also on hand were all of Oakley’s present day athletes that support the new product line. These guys are all super pumped to be part of the Oakley family.

 

Then all of a sudden the big #4 comes down the stairs inside the theatre that seats 350 people. The GOAT is one awesome dude.

Then all of a sudden the big #4 comes down the stairs inside the theatre that seats 350 people. The GOAT is one awesome dude.

 

Here is Ricky along with Oakley's Global Goggle Category Manager, Andy McSorley.

Here is Ricky along with Oakley’s Global Goggle Category Manager, Andy McSorley.

 

This baby is like a Transformer that breaks down within seconds.

This baby is like a Transformer that breaks down within seconds.

 

I also sat down with James Stewart and Eli Tomac to pick their brains about the goggle, the warehouse, and how they felt coming into A2. I also tried to get Eli to come to Canada to meet some of our beautiful Canadian woman since I heard he was single. We both got a little excited in this interview and were told to quiet down. It was hilarious. Hahaha

James Stewart

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Eli Tomac

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