An oversized cylindrical lens and Oakley’s Prizm technology give a clear field of vision; couple them with a comfy strap and a fun design and you’ve got a nice little goggle package in this customized version of the Line Miner.
- Crisp clear vision thanks to Prizm lens
- Comfortable, wide strap
- Eye-catching pattern
- No extra lens included
Oakley Line Miner Snow (Jamie Anderson) review: first impressions
Oakley have collaborated with a clutch of pro snow athletes for the new Oakley Line Miner Snow collection – we like this baby blue number designed by American snowboarder and two-time gold medallist Jamie Anderson.
But how did they far under test conditions for our best ski goggles buying guide? Read on…
• RRP: $185 (US) / £137 (UK)
• Frame colors: Blue patterned
• Lens: CAT XX, 13% VLT
• Lens colors: Sapphire iridium
• Sizes: Large
• Compatibility: Ideal for style-conscious keen snowboarders
Oakley Line Miner Snow (Jamie Anderson) review: on the mountains
Style isn’t the first factor we look for in a good goggle, but if you like to make a bit of a statement on the slopes, this fun design is the one to pick, sporting a pastel strap that mashes up geometric patterns and cheetah print.
The strap performs well, too – it’s wide, lined with sticky silicone and stays put all day.
Spherical lenses are usually considered bigger and better than more traditional cylindrical lenses, which don’t usually have as a wide a field of vision (see also: How to choose ski goggles for optimal visibility and protection). Oakley reckon they’ve compromized here by supersizing a cylindrical lens – the result does indeed offer a good field of vision on and off the pistes, so they’re suitable for all levels, and offer good bang for your buck.
Oakley claim their Prizm lens technology boosts both color and contrast – we definitely agree here. They offer crisp, clear vision that performs really well on snow. But to keep them that way learn how to clean ski goggles to keep smudges from becoming scratches.
This version comes with a 13% VLT sapphire lens that works well for bright sun through to some cloud cover – good for grabbing any morning when the mountain weather is looking promising.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.
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