nods brule's article
May 21, 2009 at 17:06May 21, 2009
Sea Otter - Dean Optics and the Pro Gravity Tour
I agree with bonfire that this is nothing newsworthy. It's just another existing MX goggle mold that has been reused to create a DH goggle. In other words, this goggle frame is [I]not[/I] specifically made for MTB. MX helmets are often bigger with different sized and different shaped face openings than DH/Free ride helmets. There are also airflow issues that should be considered. MX is always relatively fast whereas DH and free ride can slow down quite a bit. The decrease in airflow can allow the lenses to fog. My point is that an MX goggle rebadged as a DH goggle is nothing newsworthy because we've seen it a million times before. The price is good though, and for that price we can't expect anything more than a rebadged MX goggle.
nods spoiledgoods's article
Mar 16, 2009 at 23:06Mar 16, 2009
Dean Optics Trooper Goggles
Photochromic lenses are good but can be dangerous. They're fine if you're only riding in the alpine or any spot where you won't be entering forest or dark areas. The lenses go from light to dark in about 10 seconds but take a few minutes to lighten back up. If you're riding in and out of trees, they'll go really dark on you but won't have time to lighten back up. The goggles above look like budget, which they are, so there's nothing wrong with that. There's nothing special about them either.
nods bazoo's photo
Dec 30, 2008 at 13:31Dec 30, 2008
nods lescart's photo
Dec 22, 2008 at 16:40Dec 22, 2008
I like the pic but the flash isn't in the perfect place despite what people keep saying. Having a big hot spot in a picture isn't a good thing, especially when you don't want people to focus on it. If you want people to focus on the rider, that should be where the point of greatest contrast is. If the flash were placed so it wasn't so obvious, this picture would be better.