Blur B2 Goggles Review

Nov 19, 2010
by Alasdair MacLennan  


Blur B2 Goggles


We were first given a few pairs of these Blur B2's earlier in the year to test by the guys at Fli who are O'Neal Europe's agents in the UK, and we've been left impressed.  First picking them up in May and then racing virtually every weekend since has given us plenty of time and opportunity to find out if we like them or not. Features include a stiff frame and thick triple density foam, both of which seem effective in reducing the feeling of pinching to your nose which is no doubt a good thing, especially when racing and you need all the air you can get to your lungs without restriction.  And that all means that it isn't necessary to start tearing at the foam of your brand new goggles to get a better fit.   The triple density foam is a slight misnomer, really being a stiff layer of foam molded directly to the frame with a thick, softer layer on top.  The surface that then goes against your face is covered with a standard felt like material which proved comfortable even after lengthy periods wearing them.
We were first given a few pairs of these Blur B2's earlier in the year to test by the guys at Fli who are O'Neal Europe's agents in the UK, and we've been left impressed. First picking them up in May and then racing virtually every weekend since has given us plenty of time and opportunity to find out if we like them or not. Features include a stiff frame and thick triple density foam, both of which seem effective in reducing the feeling of pinching to your nose which is no doubt a good thing, especially when racing and you need all the air you can get to your lungs without restriction. And that all means that it isn't necessary to start tearing at the foam of your brand new goggles to get a better fit. The triple density foam is a slight misnomer, really being a stiff layer of foam molded directly to the frame with a thick, softer layer on top. The surface that then goes against your face is covered with a standard felt like material which proved comfortable even after lengthy periods wearing them.
Lenses are your usual offerings, with a clear, anti fog one being fitted as standard.  Blue, smoked and mirrored are all available aftermarket and in due course it is likely that Fli will be offering a range of others too.  For those who have a tendency to ride in nasty conditions tear-offs are available and all lenses come with the pins to run them.  Also fitted is a clip on the strap to hold the tabs down when you're running more than one tear-off and which is easily moved to suit your preferred side.  We spent most of the season using the blue lens which suited the majority of our riding perfectly which was a good thing given that the stiffness of the frame occasionally made changing lenses an almost tear-inducing task, that was until we dialed in our technique.  The lenses also seem very resistant to scratching with careful cleaning, meaning that we haven't had to replace a single lens due to damage since we started using them.
Lenses are your usual offerings, with a clear, anti fog one being fitted as standard. Blue, smoked and mirrored are all available aftermarket and in due course it is likely that Fli will be offering a range of others too. For those who have a tendency to ride in nasty conditions tear-offs are available and all lenses come with the pins to run them. Also fitted is a clip on the strap to hold the tabs down when you're running more than one tear-off and which is easily moved to suit your preferred side. We spent most of the season using the blue lens which suited the majority of our riding perfectly which was a good thing given that the stiffness of the frame occasionally made changing lenses an almost tear-inducing task, that was until we dialed in our technique. The lenses also seem very resistant to scratching with careful cleaning, meaning that we haven't had to replace a single lens due to damage since we started using them.

Blur B2 goggle details

  • Triple density foam on frame
  • Clear (w/ Anti Fog), Blue, Mirrored and Smoked lenses available
  • Tear Off Compatible
  • Colors: Phobia (Black), Karma (Red), Logger (Brown), Frenzy (Blue) and Volt (Zebra)
  • Sizes:One size fits all
  • UK/EU/US prices are £49.99/€49.99/$59.99, with spare lenses £7.90/€7.90/$6.99 each.


Another feature of these goggles is the wings to which the silicone banded strap attaches.  These wing-like protrusions are now a relatively common find on top end goggles and help prevent the frame being twisted out of shape and away from your face by the strap.  The easily adjustable strap was also able to fit everything from a bare head right up to an extra large Arai MX lid.
Another feature of these goggles is the wings to which the silicone banded strap attaches. These wing-like protrusions are now a relatively common find on top end goggles and help prevent the frame being twisted out of shape and away from your face by the strap. The easily adjustable strap was also able to fit everything from a bare head right up to an extra large Arai MX lid.
Obviously fit is going to be a very personal thing and what works for one rider will not necessarily work for the next, dependent on face shape and helmet being worn.  That said, we personally rode these Blurs initially in a TLD D2 and later a D3 and found no issue, the frame sitting well inside even the occasionally cramped opening of the older D2.  We also gave them to several other riders with various combinations of helmets and again came across no issues with fit.
Obviously fit is going to be a very personal thing and what works for one rider will not necessarily work for the next, dependent on face shape and helmet being worn. That said, we personally rode these Blurs initially in a TLD D2 and later a D3 and found no issue, the frame sitting well inside even the occasionally cramped opening of the older D2. We also gave them to several other riders with various combinations of helmets and again came across no issues with fit.
As fit is personal, so is coloring and there should be something available to suit all tastes; from the slightly subdued black Phobia to the far more wild and lurid red Karma (both featured here).  Graphics extend from the painted frames onto the straps with matching rubber logo on the left hand side, all wrapped up in a similarly decorated microfiber bag.
As fit is personal, so is coloring and there should be something available to suit all tastes; from the slightly subdued black Phobia to the far more wild and lurid red Karma (both featured here). Graphics extend from the painted frames onto the straps with matching rubber logo on the left hand side, all wrapped up in a similarly decorated microfiber bag.
What do we think? With so many great goggles on offer from many manufacturers, there is stiff competition from all corners. With a shape that seems to fit the majority of faces and helmets we tried they certainly pass the first test. Comfort is good and they resist steaming very effectively, even in the worst conditions. Certainly recommended, it all comes down to whether you like the fit and design. If you do, then you're onto a winner as the quality is right up there with the very best, and despite being frequently used in pretty atrocious conditions, they still look brand new.
What do we think? With so many great goggles on offer from many manufacturers, there is stiff competition from all corners. With a shape that seems to fit the majority of faces and helmets we tried they certainly pass the first test. Comfort is good and they resist steaming very effectively, even in the worst conditions. Certainly recommended, it all comes down to whether you like the fit and design. If you do, then you're onto a winner as the quality is right up there with the very best, and despite being frequently used in pretty atrocious conditions, they still look brand new.

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Goggles can be a very personal choice - everyone has their favorite - but we're big fans of the Blur B2. They resist fogging, stand up to some abuse, and fit great. Lets hear what you think of them!


42 Comments

  • + 13
 I remember a few years ago when blur was laughed at... looks like they get a last laugh now
  • + 3
 im tired of this whole multi-colour gear thats coming out, 80's are long dead people
  • + 3
 A-f*ckING-MEN brother! What the hell?! And since when has "Cyan" become the hot shiz...Toilet Mint Blue more like it...I already lived through the 80s...NO ONE should have to do it twice!

But in respects to the gogs, I've been wearing Blurs exclusively for 3 years, no complaints from me! I think people expect way too much from something that just needs to allow you to keep your eyes open in the grime, so why spend 4X as much on gogs that do the exact same thing as these?

BTW...you can still get the Blur B1s and they come in regular ol straight colors.
  • + 5
 Sick designs !!!
  • + 5
 I've got BLUR goggles for 2years from now. They're awesome!Smile I can recommend them in 100% Smile
  • + 1
 i have the blur karma. LOVE THEM, im having a really hard time finding lenses for them though, they NEVER fog. totally recommended
  • + 1
 good way to brightin up any kit
  • + 1
 I got some of these and the anti-fog feature of the lenses has to be seen to be believed. You literally can NOT make them steam up. Even if you breath straight on them
  • + 3
 i GUARANTEE they will fog up if you ride behind some of the Whistler gals i have had the good fortune to pass me !
  • + 0
 i rode whistler for 2 weeks in almost 90 degree weather everyday and they NEVER fogged. i didnt belive it
  • + 2
 think you missed the gist...or maybe you like the boys :-)
  • + 1
 they look sweet
me - "mum xmas please?"
mum - "get them yourself what do u think im made of money!!"
  • + 1
 COOL!!! I like design, and Blur googles! I use Blur and I can say, they work!!!
  • + 1
 How do you change the lens?

I have no instructions and looking at it seems impossible.

Cheers

Paul
  • + 1
 Hold the nose piece and the top of the frame by the plastic and pull apart - this will then let you pull the lens out. Replacement is essentially the reverse but you'll want to slot the lens into one of the top corners first, working it round into the groove. Get the other top corner in and then both sides before finally making sure the lens is sitting gently in the nose piece groove - and then push. The first time you'll probably struggle as the frame's pretty stiff but once you've got used to it it's no more of an effort than with any other goggle.
  • + 1
 anything like this that will fit over glasses? I know, I know--contacts numbnut!. I HATE contact's.
  • + 1
 They look pretty decent but their specs are the same and worse in some cases vs. other companies.
  • + 1
 i just got hooked up by blur for the 2011 season, i go a few pairs of these goggles, and the kick ass!!
  • + 1
 cool designs and color combinatiing but the helmet u used for the last pic didnt match any-thing Frown
  • + 1
 Nice write up! i got my B2 goggels last week! they fit perfect ! right now i can´t say anything bad about them !
  • + 1
 really nice looking goggles..might have to pick up a set since my old ones are falling apart..
  • + 1
 Blur makes pretty good goggles with a nice fit
  • + 1
 omg im gettina set for the sake of it :]
  • + 1
 Awesome, just ordered the Karma goggles from CRC. sweeet!
  • + 1
 why by from CRC?

CRC are the most expensive place in the UK.

try these guys for instance.

www.freestylextreme.com/uk/Home/Brands/Oneal-MX/Oneal-MX-Goggles/default.aspx
  • + 1
 Thanks buddy but I had a voucher so CRC was the way forward this time round Smile
  • + 1
 I cant find them on chain reaction
  • + 1
 why don't you buy them from someone else then. Where abouts are you in the UK... I'll let you know a dealer!
  • + 1
 I'm in north-east england
  • + 1
 why do people default position to CRC Frown you can go and buy these in your local store and pay less than CRC sell them for!!!
  • + 1
 Its easy and not everywhere has class bike shops that sell everything
  • + 1
 it is true, crc has made people lazy, the chances of them finding the parts they need all in one place is just convenience, people should always shop around and 9 times out of 10 they will get cheaper than crc
  • + 1
 It's ok to say people are lazy for shopping with CRC but the facts are like this, yes you can get stuff cheaper but with CRC you have better back up than most, there returns system is fast and quibble free, you are notified by email when stuff on its way and when something you're looking for comes back into stock and that in my opinion is worth and extra quid or two.
  • + 1
 dam thoes things are sick i gotta get me a pare
  • + 1
 Phobia looks insane!
  • + 1
 so siccccccck
  • + 1
 nice goggles
  • + 1
 Sick
  • + 0
 oh sweet Wink ive eatin them, and put them in my mouth
  • + 1
 Phobia is gorgeous!
  • + 1
 briliant!

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