Gearing up for the Season: Oakley
21 Nov, 2011
Typically I wear one set of outerwear each year but this season, I’m able to try out multiple brands on the slopes. After meeting with Oakley at SIA last season, I got in touch with them to see about goggles and ended up with a whole kit from head to toe for the season. I really liked the Oakley Pro Rider Series and the ease of an outfit designed together so I found my tastes were similar to Eero’s setup. For eyewear, I only knew I wanted to try the Airbreak goggles after a reader requested them and ended up with Shaun’s style for the eyewear. The combination is interesting but it’s always fun trying both out on the mountain and getting them ready for future reviews.
Oakley Airbreak Goggles (seen on top)
New this year is the Airbreak goggle, making it easier to switch lenses so you adapt to the varying conditions with good vision. I received the Airbreak goggle in the Shaun White signature series design, same thing with a name and new graphic on it. It comes with two lenses so you have an assortment ready for mountain conditions and never have to worry about being blind on the mountain.
Oakley Lava Jacket (seen on right)
Eero Ettala has good taste, well he has similar taste to my own. For the first time in years, I wanted to buy a white jacket because of the functionality and design given to it. I eyed up the outerwear at SIA and when I had the chance, easily picked out the Lava jacket from the Riders Pro Collection. It has thinsulate but isn’t bulky, it’s pretty lightweight and offers a longer fit with 15k/15k wateproofing/breathability for the mountain. Magnets hold the jacket closed, adjustable cuffs, wrist gaiters and a storm skirt. There are a ton of pockets.
Oakley Lava Pant (seen on left)
I had already liked the Lava jacket so getting the lava pant was just a perk. The matching color of the pants goes with the jackets buttons. It features a loose fit with 15k/15k breathability/waterproofing – the same as the jacket. Plus it features my favorite design element, cargo pockets for cameras and all the other stuff you need on the slopes.