In case the gold didn’t give it away, these are 100%’s new top-of-the-range Armega goggles.
They have plenty of tech to justify the cost and are still a fair chunk cheaper than Oakley’s top-drawer offerings.
With the Armega, 100% has taken the shape of its Racecraft goggles and oversized the lens to give a massive field of vision.
This lens isn’t your standard flimsy polyurethane either. It’s injection-moulded to reduce distortion and provide impact resistance.
Triple-layer foam and ventilation make these goggles super-comfy, and the broad strap attaches to wide outriggers, so they sit snuggly into the opening of a full-face helmet. The strap isn’t removable for cleaning though.
My set had a red mirror-tinted lens that uses 100%’s HiPER technology to enhance contrast and colours. I felt this helped reduce glare on sunny days but didn’t notice it being any easier to see the trail. In fact, in the trees – where a lot of mountain biking happens – the tint actually made it harder to see.
Fortunately, switching out lenses is a super-quick job, thanks to two quick-release side clips, and if you forgo the HiPER technology you can enjoy the rest of the Armegas’ benefits for £30 less.