Goggle Review: Arnette Mercenary

14 Jan, 2012

Intended Purpose: The Mercenary is Arnette’s ultimate goggle for style and performance technology to meet the demands on the mountain.

Location: I wore the goggle at Mammoth and June in California and Park City in Utah.

Conditions: Mix of sunny bluebird days to overcast cloudy days on the mountain.

Color: I received the Mercenary goggles in a couple color options but ended up sticking with the midnight black frame choice for a simple black color don’t mess with me look.

Lens: The Mercenary goggles I received came with the shadow chrome lens choice. Good choice of lens for somewhat cloudy/sunny days on the mountain, the lens block out some sunlight and help with seeing snow conditions. On really shady runs, I had some issues with seeing the varying snow.

Fit: This is my first time trying the Arnette Mercenary goggles and they face foam helps keep it snug against my face and nose. There is some space at the very top of the goggle where air can get through but it’s minimal and I’ve only noticed it one time during a super windy day.

Helmet Compatibility: The goggles align very good with my Smith helmet so there’s no gap and the outrigger straps help to suit whatever helmet you put the goggles with.

Visibility: I rode these goggles on some of the busiest holiday days of the season where crowds on the slopes means keeping a better eye on those around you. The Mercenary goggles offer a good 180 degree vision in front of you with decent peripheral on the sides.

Features: The Arnette Mercenary goggle features mountain-peak performance with a dual vented lexan lens to beat 100% UVA and UVR glare on the mountain. The Arnette F3 anti fog lens tech means an extra coating of anti fog inside the lens to help absorb any water accumulation. For comfort, there’s a triple layer polar fleece liner to give you a continuous seal around your face and removes moisture. On the strap, there are Arnette fixed outriggers for helmet compatibility and to keep pressure spread out evenly across the face and the silicone ribbed strap keeps your goggles in place.

Durability: These goggles took a trip across the Western US to ride a couple mountains and they held up through the journey and so far through the season. No scratches on the lens and nothing to show the goggles have even been used this season.

Thoughts: Arnette is back and delivering their signature style to goggles once again. The Mercenary is meant for all mountain riding and is packed with features to keep you on the mountain longer. I was really impressed with the fit of the goggles, the triple layer polar fleece foam is my favorite feature because the goggles are super comfortable on the face but fit around my nose.

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Arnette Mercenary Description

Review Disclosure: I received this goggle from Arnette to test and review.

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