Why we chose the Oakley Line Miner: Excellent peripheral vision, all-day comfort, works well with the majority of helmets, great lens options, they look cool
Saying Oakley knows a lot about ski goggles is like saying rocket scientists know a lot about shooting things off into space, or that brain surgeons know a lot about what goes on inside skulls. When it comes to goggles, and eyewear in general, Oakley = experts. Take the Line Miner, for example. There was, in truth, never any doubt about this excellent product joining the lineup in this year’s Ski 100. Inspired by the helmet visors of fighter pilots, it’s a product that makes it easier to see what’s going on below.
The Line Miner goggle was put together with peripheral vision as the main focus. Its cylindrical-style design, combined with the fact the goggle itself is pulled closer to the wearer’s face than in other products, really opens things up both in terms of downward and side-to-side periphery. For skiers who like to hunt out dream lines on more varied and unpredictable terrain, this expansion of view will feel like a godsend. Although, of course, there’s a lot to be said for being able to see more of the slightly-out-of-control punters on the pistes as well (mainly so you can make efforts to dodge out the way).
“Saying Oakley knows a lot about goggles is like saying rocket scientists know a lot about shooting things off into space”
Engineered to work effectively with the majority of ski helmets, and a wide variety of faces, the Line Miner has discreet frame notches at the temples; something that makes them compatible with most prescription eyewear. If you haven’t got the gist of it yet, Oakley’s designers really did put ‘being able to see clearly’ at the forefront of their thinking with this bit of kit. Shoutout, not for the first time on Mpora, to Prizm Lens Technology while we’re on this subject. The technology, if you’re not up to speed with it, is all about fine-tuning vision for specific sports and environments. It serves up super-precise colour-tuning, something that obviously has its benefits in wintry mountain landscapes.