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Nov132013

Product Review: Barstow Legend Goggles by 100%

100% Race Goods | Barstow Legend Goggles | Retail: $95

If you’re like me you have a healthy stash of motorcycle helmets; one for each riding occasion. Full face, open face, maybe even a  Davida Classic for good measure. My preferred style of riding? Ditch the face shield – get some wind. Naturally that means eyewear but after two failed attempts with several motorcycle goggles, I’ve resorted to sunglasses. Then those broke.

Determined to find acceptable eyewear I came across a site that immediately caught my attention purely from it’s design aesthetic: RideBarstow.com, home to 100%, a race goods company based out of California. Holy hell, open up a new window and go check out their site. Clearly someone in the design department is earning their paycheck. How I had never heard of this company or product prior to this is a bit embarrassing. Nevertheless I was eager to get my hands on a pair of their goggles dubbed The Barstow.

The Barstow is offered up in two versions based on your preferred riding style: the ‘Classic’ version for those of you who take to the dirt or the ‘Legend’, for all you road warriors. With my expertise coming from riding on asphalt I opted for the Barstow Legend in the fashionable burgundy color and took to the scenic back roads of upstate New York.

Back to my grievances with the pair of ‘vintage’ moto goggles I previously owned. Under normal conditions all seemed fine, that is, until I came to a stop. Within a matter of seconds, fog would creep in like a horror movie reducing my visibility to about 50%, especially with my noggin inside a Biltwell Gringo. By the time I shifted into 2nd gear it would clear up but it was still quite annoying not to mention dangerous. The Barstow on the other hand passed the ‘stop test’ perfectly.

  

Some other impressive key features:

The triple-layer fleece lined face foam – The first thing you’ll notice with these goggles when you go to put them on is how comfortable they wear; like falling face first into a down comforter. Several strategically placed upper vents force air in and channel out moisture to reduce fogging. These worked like a charm. Not once during my 6-hour ride did I experience any fogging.

The elastic strap features the usual metal adjuster with an added leather strap trim that helps to easily position the goggles into place. The inside of the elastic strap features a rubber grip lining that helps them to stick to the helmet like there’s no tomorrow.

The frame, while a bit flimsy, is quite durable. The flexibility of the frame allows for a quick change of the French-made Dalloz lens with the flick of the metal snap and a gentle pull. It should be noted that the uniquely shaped lens allow for superior visibility so much that you almost forget you have them on.

Lastly, I have to commend the team over at 100% on a job well done with the overall design of their brand. I mentioned earlier their website but wait till you see these goggles for yourself, and packaging it comes in, and the uniquely sized brochure – all beautiful and very engaging. It seems they acknowledge that every touchpoint is an opportunity to ‘wow’ their consumer, something a lot of brands can stand to learn from. 

-Chris Logsdon

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