By: Agatha Wasilewska | November 30, 2011 8:28 am
With temperatures dropping across the country, and mountains opening daily, BNQT has decided its high time to get serious about what to covet and purchase for the 2012 winter shred season.With brands going off like kids in a candy store, it can be rough to decipher what is the best of the best for your unique ride situation. Fret no more, BNQT will be bringing you a complete review of the best of the best from the walk-of-life of brands that are out there. Oakley kicks things off with an impressive and poppy collection of tech hungry goggles, eye catching outwear and more. Start your wish list now, Christmas is around the corner!
Airbrake Snow Goggles–$220 (14 colors)
The Oakley Airbrake™, a performance snow goggle with an interchangeable lens design that helps you adapt to the environment and enjoy the best vision possible. Oakley Switchlock Technology makes lens changing fast and easy, and two lens colors are included with each goggle so you will be ready for a range of conditions right from the get-go. Additional lens options are available, so no matter what the mountain has in mind, you’ll be able to keep up with changing light conditions and maximize both performance and safety. A mountain can throw down more weather conditions than any other environment. From sunlight glaring off glacial ice to socked-in blizzards and mud-thick fog, the variance is extreme, and no single lens tint can provide optimal performance for every environment. The Oakley Airbrake snow goggle has an interchangeable lens design that lets you adapt to any light condition and match your vision to the environment, and it utilizes Switchlock Technology to make lens changing quick and easy. Interchangeable lens designs are nothing new for goggles but conventional technology puts you at a disadvantage. Impact protection can be compromised. Uneven pressure can distort the lens shape, altering the optical properties and corrupting your vision. Changing the lens can be a real pain. Oakley solved all these problems with Switchlock Technology.
Gretchen Bleiler Favorite Shell Pant–$200 (3 colors)
What does it take to be a Gretchen Bleiler favorite? Well, if we’re talking shell pants, they better have waterproofing with a level of breathability that can keep up with the thunder girl of snowboarding. The fit has to be premium, and we mean something that looks great and performs with the freedom of movement she needs to earn yet another medal, so there better be some serious articulation at the knees. It should also have all the essentials like inner thigh vents, hem gussets with zips, and attachments for the storm skirt of her jacket. And all that is just the technical part. Gretchen’s faves have the kind of rare electricity that throws sparks into style without trying to be a lightning bolt. We mean sophistication with the charm of originality. The GB FAVORITE SHELL PANT has all that, so it earns its place among her must-haves. (If you’re crazy for the style but you need insulation, you’re in luck. Go take a look at our GB Favorite Insulated Pant.)
Marie-France Roy Elevate Signature Series Goggle–$130 (2 color lenses); Elevate non-signature $120 (33 colors)
This is the calm before you storm the mountain, and you’ve got a decision to make. What’s the best goggle for you? Before you read about all the performance of Oakley Elevate®, wrap your head around one key aspect: comfort. This snow goggle is optimized for small to medium size faces, and we poured every technology we could into the fit. That’s why both male and female pros of winter sports are calling it their own.
Sadplant Gloves–$35 (2 colors)
The retro vibe of our vintage logo is just part of what makes SADPLANT a standout. Take a look at the stripes on the palm. They’re part of a sure-grip design, and Clarino® gives you a good tactile feel while staying brutally durable for protection. On the inside, this glove has a soft Bemberg® liner to maintain comfort all day long. Ribbed spandex in the chassis offers.
Dispatch 2 Polarized Sunglasses–$160 polarized (3 colors); $110 not polarized (6 colors)
With interchangeable metal icons that snap into place, Dispatch® II lets you put a new face on style. Two sets are included with the comfortably lightweight O Matter® frame, an original Oakley sculpture with cutaways and inlays for a look you can call your own. This modern twist on classic cool comes in a wide range of color combos.
Our original Dispatch was such a hit, we decided to follow it up with an entirely new rendition. The lens orbitals of Dispatch II are a little smaller and more rounded, and the earstems are absolutely unique. They’re a fresh twist on a look that salutes vintage style.
Comfort is optimized by a Three-Point Fit that balances pressure points instead of hooking around your ears like ordinary frames. Our durable O Matter frames are surprisingly lightweight, and our Plutonite® lens material filters out all UV, not just UVA and UVB. Choose among a wide range of lens/frame color options, and be sure to check out our HDPolarized lenses that put the brakes on harsh glare while maintaining superior clarity and impact resistance. We also offer styles with Iridium® lens coating that balances light transmission to give you the best vision for targeted environments. And don’t forget about the customizable feature.
Polarized Confront Sunglasses–$200 polarized (2 colors); $150 not polarized (6 colors)
The retro shape and detailing of Oakley Confront is for the hip out to keep things fresh. With finishes like Blackberry Magic and White Tortoise, there’s a good chance you’ll be the only one for miles wearing the same pair, which is just the way you like it. The 6 base lens curvature and handmade two-tone acetate frame is a great look for the on-trend girl on the go. Adding to the retro styling is a sculpturally detailed hinge with the trademark metal “O” icon.
Snowmad 20 backpack–$85 (2 colors)
The mountain is a big freezer with plenty of room for dead meat, and it’s got you on its grocery list. Even a short hike in no-man’s land demands common sense; so don’t rely on a common pack. The Oakley SNOWMAD 20, a rugged hauler for hikes away from the resort. Designed with a dedicated panel for your safety gear, along with convenience features like a holster for your reservoir. Exterior straps are ready to mount your skis or board. The pocket on top is sized to fit your goggle with a soft-brushed lining. There is also a handy pocket on the shoulder strap, the perfect place for your radio or mobile phone. This comfortable backpack has plenty of storage space for essentials, and with your safety gear loaded, you’ll have what you need when the mountain pulls out its freezer wrap and tries to stash you next to the rump roast.
The Claw gloves–$90 (2 colors)
After pro rider Gretchen Bleiler looked at all the uninspired designs that pass for winter gloves these days, she rolled her eyes, shook her head, and got to work with some brilliant Oakley designers. That’s how THE CLAW was born. It sparkles with personality, and under all that charm and finesse, it has a few secrets that put it on the podium of performance. AGORE-TEX® membrane manages moisture while Thinsulate™ maintains warmth without bulk, and the Thinsulate is made with recycled fibers because Gretchen cares about the environment. The full-grain leather palm teams up with Clarino® for superior durability. THE CLAW offers the comfort of sherpa lining and the performance benefits of a no-slip grip, cuff zip closures, and nose wipe panels.
Gretchen Bleiler Flannel Shirt–$68 (2 colors)
Snowboarding goddess Gretchen Bleiler put her touch of beauty on some lifestyle designs so you can grace the flatlands with originality. Tapering out from its empire waist, this flannel shirt has a babydoll-inspired fit. A patch pocket and pleats add personality to the GB flannel. Its polyester pulls moisture to the surface where it evaporates quickly to help keep you dry. This GB original is how flannel stays feminine and huggably soft while hiding the secret of all-day comfort.
Lines Jacket–$290 (2 colors)
If you’re getting geared up to go charge some big mountain lines, the LINES JACKET will let you make your mark with comfort and confidence. It’s a premium design we developed for our Pro Rider Series that serves the champions of winter sports. Thinsulate® helps keep the mountain’s icy hands from getting too familiar with you, and with its low bulk, it won’t get in your way or make you look like a puffed-up marshmallow. This jacket has adjustable vents, a removable storm skirt system, and a performance combo of waterproofing and breathability. We also added wrist gaiters to keep the sleeves from riding up, plus handy extras like special pockets for your goggle and media player. The big lines are waiting to be carved, and with smooth style like this, you’ll make them a work of art.
Simon Dumont Preferred Pants–$290 (2 colors)
One of the biggest names in freeskiing, Simon Dumont grabbed a Guinness World Record when he soared 35 feet above a quarterpipe. He wields his skills in the backcountry, terrain parks and halfpipes, so his shell pant needs the versatility, durability, and general badass build that can keep up with him. It’s called the PREFERRED PANT and it’s made with a level of waterproofing and breathability that pushes the limit as far as Simon. We tricked it out with everything you expect from an Oakley Pro Rider Series design, including knee articulation and big side vents for when Simon hikes an hour for a five—minute run. That’s the kind of obsession we respect, and it’s why we put so much into performance, comfort and style.
Simon Dumont Preferred Jacket–$320 (2 colors)
It’s a good thing Simon Dumont has so many medals because the surgeons will need something to wire his bones together if he keeps trying to shatter the limits of possibility. One of the biggest names in freeskiing, the guy is a fearless phenomenon, and the Oakley PREFERRED JACKET answers his performance demands. We gave it an insane level of breathable waterproofing along with tape—welded seams, arm articulation to liberate movement, and underarm vents for temperature tweaking. Dedicated pockets hold your media player and goggle. You’ll also have a removable storm skirt system, a magnetic hold—down to keep the open hood from flopping around, and pocket space for stashing stuff. This is the preferred shell jacket of a pro who does everything from halfpipes and terrain parks to backcountry, and the aggressive look fits his never—say—die attitude.