Seth Morrison Signature Edition
- Optimized to fit medium to large faces
- Switchlock Technology
- Comes standard with two lens tints and case
- Dual Vented Lenes with F3 Anti-fog technology
- Rigid Front Frame with flexible O-Matter chassis
- Fixed O-Matter interchangeable strap outriggers
- Moisture wicking triple-layer polar fleece foam
- UV protection of Plutonite lens filter out 100% of UVA/UVB/UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm.
Days Tested: 28
The latest trend in goggle progression has been the simplifying of lens interchangeability. I take that back—the latest trend has been heads up data displays within goggles. However, the latest more affordable goggle advancement has been that of lens interchangeability.
As Will Brown stated in his Smith I/O review and Anon M1 review, if you spend a serious amount of time on the hill, there simply isn’t one lens that is going to cut it. Oakley has released a goggle to compete with the likes of the I/O and M1, and it’s called the Airbrake.
While it may not offer the absolute quickest lens change (that award goes to the M1, and I don’t foresee that being topped), the Airbrake does combine a sleek and very secure lens interchange system with the best optics I have personally used on the hill.
Since the key feature of the Airbrake is the lens-swapping ability, I’ll first explain the new Switchlock lens-change process.
Located on the left side of the goggle frame is a dual-pivot locking mechanism with a short piece of nylon webbing. The first move in the lens change is pulling on the webbing and swinging the plastic lock away from the lens. Next, a careful push on the lens from inside the goggle on the extreme left releases the lens from a small tab. Grasping the left side of the lens a slight pivot away from the frame releases the right side of the lens, therefore setting the whole lens free of the frame.
To replace the lens, you basically reverse the order. The first crucial phase is wedging the right side of the lens into its little groove and the accompanying small tab. Next, pivot the left side onto another small tab (to temporarily hold the lens in place), swing down the locking mechanism, and you’re ready to go.
The system is very slick, and I can complete the entire process in less than eight seconds…starting with the goggle in hand. Which brings me to my first and perhaps only complaint concerning the Airbrake.
While the lens swap can be done with the goggle on the face, it isn’t exactly easy. This is due to the accuracy needed to place the right and left side of the lens on to their corresponding tabs. I’m not saying that—with a bit of practice—it’s not possible to master the task, but it’s nowhere near the ease of the Anon M1.
Other than the need to remove the goggle from your head for the most efficient lens swap, the Switchlock system works perfectly. The lens is held very securely in place, and the locking mechanism is tucked nicely behind the strap outriggers, preventing any unwanted releases. The lens is fully supported by the rigid outer frame when locked in place, offering exceptional impact protection.