Awesome or Overkill? Oakley's New High Tech Airwave Goggles 11

While this isn't a mountain bike specific goggle yet, we've got a hankering that similar technology could make its way into the bike scene in the future. The new Oakley Airwave combines the company's best goggle technologies with a heads-up display developed by Recon Instruments, integrating GPS, Bluetooth, and more with a host of onboard sensors. You can view jump analytics, pinpoint location on a resort map alongside navigational information, and even locate and track others in a group. Additional sensor information includes distance traveled, altitude, speed and vertical descent data. Pairing with a smartphone allows immediate viewing of incoming calls and text messages, and music playlists on a Bluetooth-enabled device can be easily accessed and controlled by the glove-friendly wireless remote that can be strapped to the user's body or goggle depending on their preference. Integrated within the goggle, the heads-up display uses innovative prism technology to display information perceived by the wearer to be the size of a 14-inch screen that is five feet away, so refocusing the eye is not necessary. Specs aside, awesome? or overkill?

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  • Freeride Digger

    11/2/2012 10:43 PM

    For a Downhiller could you Imagine being able to tell where you were at not just at the Splits but during the whole course! For a Alpine Freerider I could see it being handy having your Music stream through the Goggles and being able to answer your phone. What seem overkill today we will wonder how we lived with out tomorrow. Don't even get me started on military applications. Awesome product, I can see this morphing into something Incredible!

  • viv.sweetman

    11/1/2012 9:21 AM

    And replacement lens are how much, My spys last a few wet days before you cant see because of scratching. There still pimp though.

  • Capricorn

    11/1/2012 8:22 AM

    the detail is overkill for say a DH racer: u just wont really have time to look long enough to get the info. I'd prefer something that can however measure, speed and location, and then gimme a green or a red light, or a tone or something to indicate that i'm going faster or slower than my best at that point. the screen though, would be ok for viewing things while on the shuttle/chairlift. without having ot carry around a different device for playback.

  • mtbmtbmtb

    11/1/2012 7:48 AM

    daaamnn.... so sick... but that wkier need to put his lid on his D3 up its buggin me cuz it looks terrible with it down

  • Scott_Townes

    10/31/2012 8:29 PM

    Music feature I can see being handy for those who like listening while riding but honestly, if you're in a position of where you're going fast or down steep shit, the last thing you'll be paying attention to is that little screen of real time info. in your bottom right-hand... I can see it being practical for gapers or for fun but otherwise... kinda useless. A record feature that will tell you afterwards is still optimal for most chargers it seems.

  • HellBent

    10/31/2012 5:34 PM

    sick, ill take a set

  • OCsponger587

    10/31/2012 4:20 PM

    they should add a feature that lets you know when youre strap is in goon mode like that skier guys is

  • Josh_McDonald

    10/31/2012 3:22 PM

    Probably go the way of the sunnies they made with the mp3 player/headphones...Cool if you want to look like Robocop but no so much for real life use...Good for military use perhaps!?!?

  • scriz

    10/31/2012 3:10 PM

    Definitely awesome... but probably overPRICED for most of us dirtbags!

  • JoseMPM

    10/31/2012 2:52 PM

    Imo overkill, too easy to get distracted looking at things like "oh how fast you're going at 60km/h and.... OH SHIT OH SHIT!!!" Kaboom. Maybe it's just me.

  • Moosey

    10/31/2012 2:39 PM

    Awesome and overkill. Still awesome though. I would like to find out more about some of the features. I do think the buddy system and phone integration are really awesome.