I've been wearing goggles a lot lately. It started off wearing them only to play with a couple of helmet cams that I reviewed for bmxultra.com. What I had to begin with were some old goggles that I saved for racing in the rain, the lenses are scratched, but it's better than getting mud in your eyes. If it wasn't mudddy I took the lense out, since it's only the goggle strap that I really needed to mount a camera to. I started to think "wouldn't it be nice to have some new goggles". Some that didn't fog up when the lenses were in, and if I was going to take out the lense again, some that would be easy to get the lense back in without requiring an engineering degree and the percision hands of a surgeon. Maybe even some nice tinted lenses for sunny days. After all I plan to use the helmet cam a whole lot more. Well apparently if you put your mind to it you can make things happen because out of the blue I was sent some Utopia Warrant Bones goggles, with some extra smoke mirror lenses. Hold that thought, I'm going to think up what I want next...hmmm, how about the mortgage fairy pay off my house for me. Ok, now I have that out of the way, it's time to tell you all about Utopia's Warrant Bones goggles.
First of all Utopia make goggles for MX and Snow. They have 3 different models of MX goggles which starts out with the Too Dirty, then moves to the Slayer and the Warrant is the top end model. The "Bones" in Warrant Bones refers to the design of the goggles, not suprisingly the strap has skull and cross bones through it, as well as a sewn on Utopia logo with cross bones on one side. Aside from that it has some gold bling around the frame.
Since they are made for MX they have the pins mounted in the lenses which are for tear off lenses, which aren't particularly useful for BMX. I thought that they would get in the way of your vision but they are most obvious when you first put the goggles on, but come time to race or ride you don't notice them at all.
I hate it when manufacturers use all the technical words to describe their product, but the features list is pretty impressive, what I think they are saying is that these goggles are comfortable and made with the latest materials which makes the frames nice and stiff, they will also last forever and if they don't you have a lifetime warranty. Man I love those words "lifetime warranty", they mean that the manufacturer will stand by their product and you get good value for money. Nice one Utopia!
I have to say I am impressed with the Utopia Warrant Bones. The only things I found were a problem was the logo sewn onto the strap is on the right side, this is the side I mount my helmet camera to, so now I have to put it on the left side and operate it left handed, if that's an issue for you, look at some of the other versions of the Warrant goggles, they don't have the sew on logo. I did notice that to fit the goggles to my helmet the strap had to be adjusted to it's full length, but the main thing is it fits even the bigger helmets available.
What stood out for me was:
It's getting to the wet and muddy time of the year for BMXing in Australia, if you are looking for some good goggles check these out. If you are reading this and it's summer, grab some and get some of the Smoke Mirror lenses to kill off the bright sunlight and look cool at the same time.
|Value for money:||5/5|
Reviewed by Shane Jenkins/bmxultra.com June 4 2010