SCOTT PROSPECT GOGGLE
— PRODUCT TEST of the WPS version with roll-off system —
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
Riding gear technology never ceases to improve. Helmets get more protective, jerseys become more comfortable and ventilate better, and goggles improve. One goggle that we have been patiently waiting to get our gear-greedy hands on is the Scott Prospect. It has been out for a while, but we wanted to spend some time in them before writing a test. We got the $89.95 Prospect goggle and the $99.95 WFS version, which is perfect for the rider or racer that needs clear vision in roost or mud!
We have spent many years in Scott goggles. They make great products that are high in quality, and this one falls into that category. For starters, the frame is large to provide a great field of view, yet compact enough to be utilized with most helmets. The Prospect comes with Scott’s Lens Lock system, which requires you to unlock the lens to change it. This system makes releasing the lens easy and also keeps it attached to the frame during roost impacts or the occasional tumble. A spare clear lens is included, and both lenses are anti-fog-coated. The strap is wide and has two silicone strips on the inside to reduce slipping on your helmet. You can purchase the Prospect in 10 different colors, so you can look fresh out on the trail. The goggle comes with tear-off posts, and you can purchase a pack of extra tear-offs, starting at $10. There are two posts per side on the lens, which is a unique feature for a goggle.
We instantly felt comfortable while wearing this goggle. The face foam is triple layered, which helps the goggle contour to your face and keeps dust and debris out. The foam doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your nose, and the field of view is large!
Riders have different preferences when it comes to refreshing your view during a muddy race or ride. We have been blasted by roost one too many times and generally stick to goggles with a tear-off system, because most roll-off film systems have a very thin strip, so even when you pull the string and slide the mud away, you still only get a little view port.
When Scott released their Prospect goggle, they included a WFS roll-off version in their lineup that has a 50mm-tall film width—wider than most companies use. The frame of the goggle and the lens are just like the regular Prospect goggle, but they mounted the WFS system on the lens. It fits under the goggle’s articulated outriggers. You can still utilize tear-offs over the film if you need them, which is a cool feature.
Changing out the film is easy and doesn’t require any tools. There is a grid on the lens that you slide the film under that doesn’t allow mud to get behind the film strip from the top of the goggle. You can purchase the WFS system by itself, along with replacement anti-stick grids and 50mm film replacements.
We were excited to enter a rather muddy race with this goggle and test its roll-off capabilities. The first and second face full of mud were exciting when we got to pull the string. The film slides over, revealing a fresh view that was still large enough to see most of all the terrain in front of us. Mud never got under the film, just a bit of dust during the hour-long race, but that was barely noticeable. The only complaints we had about the system is that occasionally we had to pull the string twice to get a full, fresh film. The film still had a lot left on it after the race, but the goggle was totally covered in mud.
We took the whole assembly apart to clean it. That required only a flat-head screwdriver to remove the tear-off pins on the lens that hold the WFS system on it. We cut the dirty film away and reattached the clean roll to use it again with a small piece of Scotch tape on the Works pin.
The Scott Prospect goggle has quickly become one of our go-to choices. It has a large field of view, is comfortable to wear, and it rarely fogs up or allows dust to come in under the lens. The WFS system is worth it if you race in a lot of muddy terrain. The 50mm-tall films provide a better field of view than most roll-off goggles. Both sets are worth every penny, and we suggest you go to www.scott-sports.com to check out their full lineup of products.