The price of these Brand-X G-1 Outrigger goggles will surely be of interest to cost-conscious mountain bikers out there, and despite being a good deal cheaper than many other brands’ offerings, they’re feature packed and, according to Brand-X, don’t skimp on performance.
Brand-X G-1 Outrigger goggles details
The goggles come with an anti-fog and anti-scratch clear lens, but other lenses are available – a pack of three costs £10 and includes one tinted, one yellow and one clear lens.
There are no tear-off posts, but Brand-X says this is a deliberate move to reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastics.
The strap attaches to the frame with outriggers, has three lines of silicone gripper and is size adjustable. There’s a removable nose protector and three-layer face foam with a fleece backing.
The G-1s are only available in matte black, and Brand-X claims they’re manufactured in the same factory as market-leading brands, so are high-quality.
They’re also supplied with a micro-fibre carry case.
Brand-X G-1 Outrigger goggles performance
The face padding felt voluptuous and soft against my skin, and wicked away sweat and moisture well. Once they got saturated – whether with sweat or moisture – they remained comfortable, too.
Fit was quite tight across my face, even with the strap set to its largest position. This meant my breathing was slightly restricted as they pinched down on my nose. Readjusting them on my face didn’t appear to reduce tightness, but this meant they remained in position no matter how bumpy or rough the trails got.
They fitted well in my Giro Switchblade test lid but were also comfortable, if not a little small, in a Bell Full 9. However, they are quite deep, so interfered with open face lids such as Troy Lee’s A1, pushing the helmet upwards or forcing the goggles down over my nose.
Field of vision was wide and the goggles’ frame didn’t encroach on my peripheral vision, and the matt black finish didn’t cause any unwanted reflections.
Even though the lens isn’t pre-curved, like more expensive options, I didn’t notice any distortion and found that the optics were good.
On the move, ventilation was good, even in particularly cold and damp conditions. However, once stationary they fogged up quickly, especially after hard efforts.
Because of their tight fit and thick foam vent covers they didn’t expel heat and moisture well, which not only caused fogging, but after longer periods of being stationary, water droplets and condensation formed on the inside of the lens.
The supplied goggle case wiped away any moisture well and didn’t appear to scratch the lens, and once moving again the lens cleared quickly.
Brand-X G-1 Outrigger goggles bottom line
The price of the Brand-X G-1 Outriggers is hard to ignore, and for that reason I can forgive them for their minor weaknesses.
Yes, they fog up from time to time and felt quite tight on my face, but their optics, field of vision, looks and general comfort are up there with the best.