GOX ENDURO/ OTG GOGGLE TEST
— Comfort without fogging —
Product Evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheels:
Vision is super important while riding or driving, and if you wear corrective eyeglasses, you undoubtedly face challenges. For some vision-challenged folks, contacts can do the trick, but dry eyes and dust are issues. For others, glasses are the only answer, but you have to fit them inside the goggles. A few years ago, very small lenses were in style, and it wasn’t hard to get them under the goggles. Now, they are trending larger. One of our staffers purposefully looked for the smallest eyeglass frames he could find, but he still has trouble finding a goggle that handles prescription glasses underneath.
ENTER X BRAND
EKS Brand goggles have been around for many years, but its $49.99 Enduro/OTG goggle is new. It is based on the comfortable and flexible Poly-Flex GOX Flat Out Elite-series goggle. It can use any of the many GOX lenses, but it comes fitted with a single-pane smoked lens with vents in the upper part of the lens. The vents are backed with vent foam. A second clear vented lens and a protective goggle bag are included. Both lenses come equipped with integrated pins for tear-offs.
Triple-layer face foam that is a full inch thick sets the Enduro/OTG goggle apart from the GOX. It has a layer of sweat-wicking fleece that contacts your face. The thick foam has molded indents that allow room for eyeglass frames.
The Enduro/OTG goggle will not fit over large eyeglass frames, but it worked for our glasses. In our helmet, we needed to use care slipping them over the glasses, but they are comfortable once they are in place. Our first ride with the Enduro/OTG goggle was 32 miles of tight trails on a cold day. We were wearing a jacket for the brush, and normally it would have been fog city, but the anti-fog-coated lens (we opted for clear) with vents kept us fog-free all day.
Some Enduro/OTG goggles have a strap that is too short. It is difficult to wear a goggle over glasses if the strap is too tight, but the EKS Enduro/OTG goggle has an adjustable, double-buckle strap that is plenty long over an XL helmet. The strap is silicone backed to keep the strap in place on your helmet.
Our subsequent rides were in faster, dusty conditions in the desert. Neither the foam-backed lens vents nor the vent foam in the frame passed much dust, and we were able to wipe the Lexan lens with a glove to wipe the dust while riding. Despite the cool days, fogging was not an issue.
EKS Brand has an excellent line of goggles to choose from, with different styles and plenty of options. This particular goggle is limited to black or Liquid Cyan color options. It is comfortable over glasses, has a wide range of vision, and there are plenty of lens options, including dual-pane vented lenses for even more extreme conditions. If you want to find out more about their products, go to
www.eksbrand.com or call (818) 706-1700.