Oakley Canopy Goggles — Product Review Disclosure Statement
I obtained this product from Santa Claus (no comments about putting my eye out with this gift) and have had no contact with anyone from Oakley or anyone else with a financial interest in promoting Oakley products. Update (November 21, 2015) — I have joined an affiliate marketing network and have placed the ad you see in this post.
Oakley Canopy Goggles — The Product
Oakley Canopy goggles are over-sized goggles with interchangeable lenses and the goggles I obtained are setup with the fire iridium lens and the gift came with a bag and no other lenses or equipment. A reliable source I have informs myself they cost (US) $160.00 and Santa actually obtained the goggles from the O2 Gear shop in Appleton WI.
Oakley Canopy Goggles — A First Trial
The weather was nearly a perfect day. The temperatures topped off in the mid-teens, the sky was blue as can be, and the sun was out full, exactly the conditions I was hoping for. Other gear in play here is my Giro Seam helmet.
The goggles fit up with my helmet nicely (I brought my helmet into the shop prior buying them to check fit) and did not push down on my nose. The combination of my helmet and the goggles did not lead to any undue fogging and they go together fairly well. The band was big enough and the grippers firmly held onto the sides of my helmet.
Simply put, the goggles fit very well. There was no internal fogging of the lens whatsoever and while I did experience some external lens fogging it quickly dissipated once some air moved over the goggles.
How did the fire iridium lens perform? Beyond my greatest hopes. It cut down the bright light of the sunny day and when I plunged into the inevitable shadows the lens amazed me by how well it brought out the detail of the snow. The full on sun is no big deal as most goggles I have worn deal with bright light just fine, but often times skiing into the shadows meant not knowing of bumps and such until I hit and felt them. I had minor problems with my left contact lens and going into the shadows required a bit more attention and focus with my eyes but it was way better than my old Smith commodity goggles or old sunglasses could do.
How did they look? I would say they add tremendously to my cool meter reading but my coolness meter is already pegged out. They lenses are mirrored so people are unable to see your eyes.
Oakley Canopy Goggles — Remaining to be Seen
I need to ski with my glasses yet and to ski in weather with less than full sun. I have two concerns with my glasses and that would fogging and that leads to the second concern of how my glasses fit inside of the goggles. In the past with my commodity goggles I would have problems with my glasses fogging and then when I would attempt to remove my goggles to allow my glasses to defog, the goggles tend to grab and pull my glasses off, which is not a good thing. I suspect the Canopy goggles would still be grabby but I am hoping they are adequately vented and I can wear glasses without fogging. However, in general I avoid wearing my glasses when skiing.
I also want to pick up lenses for night skiing and perhaps extremely dingy days.
The only negative on the goggles is the lens changing procedure. I found it somewhat difficult to remove and reinstall the lens, but I suppose with practice that will become easy.
Oakley Canopy Goggles — My Recommendation
With those two tests remaining and with the way they performed I am still comfortable fully endorsing these goggles. If you need a pair of oversize goggles due to your glasses or your face I fully recommend these. I also fully recommend the Oakley fire iridium lenses for all of your snow eyewear.