New Oakley goggles bring easy lens switching to DH

We love Oakley's Switchlock Technology – the hinged lower frame that debuted on the Jawbone – because it makes changing the lenses in your riding glasses a doddle, putting an end to frustrated fumbling and smeary thumbprints. So it's great news that you can now get it on goggles too – the new Oakley Airbrake MX.

That's not where the innovation stops, though. While most goggle lenses are stamped from flat sheets of polycarbonate and bent to fit the frame, the Airbrake MX's is made of  'Plutonite' – the same material used on Oakley's riding glasses – and is injection moulded to form precisely the right shape. The result? Improved optics and impact resistance, apparently.

Sounds good, but these new technologies come at a price. US$160 / £130 is a lot of cash for a pair of goggles. In fact, you could get four more basic sets fitted with different colour lenses for the same price! More info at www.oakley.comuk.oakley.com.

Source: Airbrake MX teaser from Oakley

See those white bits at the sides of the frame? Those are the switches that unlock the lens. Picture from Oakley

See those white bits at the sides of the frame? Those are the switches that unlock the lens

They don't look to have added too much bulk to the goggles. Picture by James Costley-White

They don't look to have added too much bulk to the goggles

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