Goggle Review: 08-09 Ashbury Kaleidoscope
18 Feb, 2009
Intended Purpose: Look good and still be able to see down the mountain.
Color: I have the Kaleidoscope’s in Rust Red. My favorite is the stars and tortoise though.
Location: I received the goggles at SIA and since then have rode with them mostly in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Keystone, Colorado.
Conditions: I’ve worn the goggles on bluebird days to overcast, flat light days and snowing days.
Visibility: The peripheral vision on the goggles is good, I haven’t had any issues with seeing people right next to me while riding. The best part about the lenses…I can see you but you can’t see me. I tested this a lot on the mountain with friends by staring at their crotches, no one could see my eyes which is awesome. On a sunny day, the lens blocks out the sun and on flat light days that I’ve rode with them, but the sunny days are definitely the best for visibility between the two.
Features: Double Anti-Scratch/Anti-Fog Silver Mirror Lens, so far my lenses are fine. I’ve had one issue with getting something on it but I just had to clean it following the Ashbury directions and it was fine after that. Ashbury’s feature a dual layer foam which is really really comfortable, the most foam I’ve encountered in a goggle and I never have marks on my face from the goggles. The soft red flock lining is like snowboarding in a satin bed.
Durability: When I first introduced the Ashbury goggles on the blog, there were some post comments about the venting. Ashbury goggles don’t have venting. The frame is durable, soft touch finish with no scrapes or noticeable marks on them since I’ve gotten them.
Thoughts: I wasn’t sure when Ashbury came out if they were the hype driven product or the product driven because it works, it turned out to the latter. Since I couldn’t afford to buy new goggles I waited patiently until I got the chance to try them out.
The goggles not only look good, but they perform without any special crazy tech involved. The comfort is there and it’s one of few goggles that fit my face without any issues. Before I got this pair, I considered buying them but couldn’t set aside the money for them and went with Smith Heiress’s which were cheaper. Now that I know they fit and they work for me, I’d definitely pay for my 2nd pair.
So here’s the deal, I’ve been wearing these goggles since I got them. My friends love them and I let my friends try them on to see how they fit them…everyone has been impressed with the comfortable fit so far. I’ve had one guy tell me how rad my goggles were from the chairlift, these goggles don’t go unnoticed on the mountain…they stand out and people notice them.
Update: I took these out to Washington and took them through some heavy wet snow days on the mountain with it snowing hard. It was the first time I needed a goggle wipe to make sure they didn’t fog but that was after hiking in the snow along a ridge that I encountered the fogging. Once I wiped them I was able to ride and make it out of the trees.
End of Season Update: After using these since January, they have become my bluebird day goggles and the fit is there so I really like them. I just bought Ashbury’s for next season, on sale and in the stars frame that I wanted originally. Since they were on sale and affordable I was able to pick them up already knowing how much I like them and support Ashbury for making a goggle that fits me and looks good.