To anyone who’s serious about winter sports – or indeed, any sport – Oakley is a name that will need little introduction. Founded by motocross rider Jim Jannard in 1975 (and named after his dog!) Oakley expanded quickly, producing their first goggles in 1980 and their first ski specific model three years later.
By the end of the decade Oakley’s goggles were everywhere, the instantly recognisable ‘O’ logo on the strap helping to spread the message to skiers and snowboarders of all shades (pun intended). These days Oakley are still the best-known goggle brand in the business, and although you pay a premium for their products, the quality is second-to-none.
“Inferno is the ultimate fog-fighting technology. It’s a tiny heater pack which heats up the lens at the push of a button.”
The Inferno Prizm model is a case-in-point. Oakley’s top-of-the-range Prizm lenses were first released on certain frames two years ago. By filtering out certain light frequencies from the spectrum, they enhance the contrast in the snow, enabling you to see every little lump and contour ahead of you on the slope.
While there are a variety of lens colours for different light conditions Oakley have in fact designed each one to work across a range of conditions so you don’t need to change them as often as you might with conventional lenses. Having said that, when you do need to change them, switching them is easy, especially if you’ve got Prizm lenses in the Line Miner frame shown here.