ARNETTE skylight goggle review [2012/2013]

Ever have a goggle that fits like a glove? Well, veteran eyewear manufacturer Arnette has done it! And they call it the Skylight! That is no BS (blind spot)!

What it is: Arnette SKYLIGHT goggle

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Gaps gone:  No more small little gap between my hemet {the “gaper gap”} and goggles anymore….and no more feeling like I need to constantly shift my goggles down out of my eye’s! Maybe I have a big face and finally found an XXL goggle….yeah that’s it! Or maybe Arnette just nailed it with this design and function? Yeah, that’s it! Either way, for me the Skylight is a match made in heaven!  Sounds cheesy, but true.  I love this goggle.  My favorite for the 2012/2013 season.  

Enter Arnette:  Remember back when 3-4 big name goggle companies ruled? Then came the first “alternative goggle company”: Arnette. Well, they are back! Arnette is posing a comeback and it is no surprise since they were acquired by the giant eyewear company that starts with an O {any guesses?}. They are still primarily focused on sunglasses, and more of the “summer X-Games” type action sports for their target market, but the goggle effort put forth is a steller familiar site we are all used to seeing on the slopes. And for me, I am personally excited to see them back! Check out the seamless integration with the SKYLIGHT and the Pret EFFECT helmet!  (photos by matt small)

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photo: matt small | location: crystal mountain

The new “Skylight” by Arnette:  This is the company’s dance  into the world of bigger/HUGE goggles. Bigger is better.   Most of the time.   Arnette’s No-BS (blind spot) tech offers an impossibly large field of vision (HUGE!) without adding unnecessary bulk. And with a ton of vents, moisture-wicking triple layer foam and anti-fog lens coating, the Skylight is built for all-day comfort and performance.  I wear the Skylight’s with an I/O lens, and could not be happier with them.

photo: matt small | location: crystal mountain resort

photo: matt small | location: crystal mountain resort

Keep a close eye on Arnette, they have some exciting things up their sleeve for 2013!

KEY Features:

– Dual Vented Lexan Lens with 100% UVA / UVB / UVC & harmful blue light protection up to 400NM.
– Tuned Light Transmission of chrome lens coatings (only available on chrome lenses)
– F#%G OFF! anti-fog lens coating.  A special ARNETTE anti fog formula.
– Cool Breeze Venting System for comfort and fog-free performance.
– Scratch resistant lens coating for increased durability and clarity.
– Triple-Layer Combo-Plate Face Foam with moisture-wicking Polar Fleece for superb comfort.
– Designed for helmet compatibility.  VERY COMPATIBLE!
– Adjustable silicone-ribbed strap ensures it stays in place on helmets and beanies.
– Optimized to fit medium to large faces.
– Extra lens available with select frame colors
Pros: Excellent fit with helmets. Price is unbeatable at msrp $120.  Best fitting goggle with my helmet (Pret helmet).

Cons: This goggle is big.  Not as big as some out there, but the biggest goggle to date I have used.  However, I have grown to like it!  I thought the edges of the foam on the frame on the bottom could have been glued down better, but that is being picky, and could just be this pair.

Location:  I used this goggle Feb 2012 at Whistler and at Crystal Mountain Resort.  

Conditions:  Varied from sunny (clear and cold) to storm conditions.  

Foggage:  Goggles did not fog during my use.  Did not fog during my hike to Crystal Mountain Backcountry (30 min hike).

Price: msrp $120 BUY now $90 BACKCOUNTRY. COM

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Photo shoot for FLYLOW GEAR at Stevens Pass. March 2013

Photo shoot for FLYLOW GEAR at Stevens Pass. March 2013

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the skylight at work at crystal mountain Jan. 2013

the skylight at work at crystal mountain Jan. 2013

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the skylight goggle at whistler | feb 2013

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skylight at crystal mountain resort. Photo: matt small

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