100% ARMEGA Goggle Review
I recently had the opportunity to try out a pair of the new 100% Armega goggles to see what all the hype was about. According to our local rep, 100% basically surprised everyone with the release of these things. They sold out immediately, but we were lucky enough to get a few pairs.
Here’s the run-down on the Armegas. They’re centered around the Ultra HD Lenses. What’s an Ultra HD Lens, you might ask? It’s their top of the line, shatter proof, optical distortion free, and impact resistant lens that has been put through the ringer by top riders. They actually have a few levels of lenses available for the Armegas, from clear to our test set, HiPER.The HiPER Ultra HD lens is made of a polycarbonate material and enhances contrast and color. This is achieved by special color filters. All lenses fit into all frames, and are a simple swap using the 6 point locking tabs on the sides. Along with the different lenses, there are 7+ color combinations to choose from for straps and frames. All of which you can see on their website. Goggle packages range from $80-$120.
Next are some of the less noticeable features. The bonded frames have some sweat channels that actually direct moisture away the faster you ride. There are also some air intakes that force air across your face to keep the lenses from fogging up. Around back is the wide 48mm strap with a silicone bead to keep it from sliding. The Armegas are ready for tear-offs and have a removable protective nose piece too.
These are just some of the key features of these high-end goggles. But to be sure they weren’t all talk, I took them out to do some riding in the Silver City, Idaho area. I started out on the dirt road and hit speeds of 50+mph. It was a warmer day, and I could actually feel the air move inside the goggles. Along with the boulder infused dirt road, I also tackled some steep hill climbs, a few tight canyons, and a whole bunch of single track. I stopped and looked across the hazy valley and was amazed at how much of a difference the HiPER lens made in the clarity department. Once I got to Silver City, I did a little sightseeing.
After snapping some photos of the Armegas in their natural environment, I decided to head back down the 23 mile road back to the truck. However, my bike decided it was done having compression. I assumed it was a fouled plug. I swapped the plug and attempted to kick start the bike for another 5 minutes before giving up. I was hot, sweaty, and angry. However, the silver lining to all this is that while the rest of my head inside the helmet was hot, my face stayed cool and they goggles never fogged up.
I like to make a list of pros and cons before I make a final decision on a product.
Ultra HD lens with massive amounts of clarity
High flow ventilation
Strap stays put on the helmet
Easy lens swap
Really, really, really, ridiculously good looking
So after all the different terrain and even bike maintenance, I came to a conclusion about the 100% Armegas. They are best goggles I’ve ever worn. The clarity and air flow was more than I ever expected. The price tag is high for that reason. I can see why the pros would want to use these. I don’t think I will ever go back to my standard goggles again.