Goggle Review: Oakley Canopy
05 May, 2012
Intended Purpose: The Oakley Canopy gives you a huge field of vision on the mountain with all the features you’ve come to know from Oakley: unrestricted airflow, full helmet compatibility, dual vented lenses with anti-fog coating.
Location: I wore the goggles at the Winter Park, Colorado on-snow.
Conditions: Mix of sunny bluebird to overcast flat light on the mountain.
Color: I rode the Canopy goggles in the Pink Digi Camo color frame. Probably not my first choice since it’s a very bright choice but I did like the digi camo on the frame.
Lens: I’m not sure which lenses were used on the Canopy goggles when I demoed them and I forgot to ask at the end of my day. I’ll keep tracking down the options and find out though. The lens were enough mirrored for the sunshine but also allowed for good visibility in the snow conditions and helped on the overcast riding portion of the day.
Fit: Typically with the really huge frame goggles, they fit isn’t always there for my nose. The Canopy is designed for medium to large faces but also does a good job of cushioning the nose enough that if you have a smaller fit, it will still work for you.
Helmet Compatibility: I grabbed the goggles and then went to find a helmet to test them with. I ended up with a women’s Pro-Tec helmet for the day. Despite the larger field of vision and frame, they actually meshed really well with the helmet and fit the entire way around.
Visibility: The Canopy really excelled for a high range of vision. One of the better bigger visions I’ve ridden with the huge wide lens but you still have a frame to support it.
Features: The Oakley Canopy features a large lens design that expands peripheral view in every direction. The Canopy features Oakley’s O-Flow Arch that allows for easy breathing and unrestricted airflow. The frame is a streamlined design that provides full helmet compatibility. It features a dual vented lenses with F3 anti-fog coating. The lens frame is designed for medium to large fit.
Durability: I only played with these goggles at the on-snow at Winter Park. So I didn’t get to really take them out for a long period of time other than during the day of snowboarding. The true durability test would be a whole season in them but I’m unable to do that until next winter.
Thoughts: Definitely another contender for those seeking a huge range of vision on the mountain. Easily more than 180 degrees of vision for snowboarding. One of the bigger peripheral lenses out there that is still inside a goggle frame.
I definitely liked the goggle, ended up wearing it the entire day of the demo and didn’t trade out for another frame or lens type. The lens was suitable for the mix of bluebird to overcast conditions and still allowed me to see the varying snow changes while riding. The peripheral was very good, offered a lot of vision for snowboarding and was pretty big on my face but still managed to fit me pretty good.
Review Disclosure: I demoed this goggle at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Winter Park, CO.