Ride 100% has been around in the American motocross industry since the 80's, but more recently have exploded into the MTB circuit, and boy have they made an impact! I'm looking at just one element of their impressive MTB range, the goggles. They offer three styles of goggle: Racecraft, Accuri and Strata. The differences between them come down to nose guards, colour variety and lens options. The Racecraft model retails for approximately £49.99 and features a detachable nose guard. Whereas the Accuri model is between £39.99 and has the same mirrored tinted lenses, but no nose guard. The economy model is the Strata and this comes in at approximately £24.99 as there is slightly less of a colour range and only available with clear lenses, but they still have the same high quality frame and straps as the superior models.
The first thing I noticed about this brand was the garish retro colour schemes they have to offer, I think they're amazing and certainly eye-catching! I chose to go for a pair of Accuri goggles in a purple and pink scheme which complements my teal POC Cortex full face helmet. I ordered mine from a retailer on eBay as I found them to be the cheapest out of the main online retailers. Not only this, but the merchant threw in 10 free tear-aways as a bonus, and I do love a good bonus gift!
I love getting parcels and especially biking parcels, I immediately have to drop everything and have a little play. The goggles arrived with the clear lenses in place, the mirrored lenses separately, a cloth pouch and the 10 free tear-aways. The first thing I noticed was how flexible the urethane frame was. It's really soft and bendy which means you can manipulate it to fit your face perfectly. 100% nail the natural curvature of the goggles as they were a great fit for my POC Cortex helmet, and not a lot of adjusting is needed. The goggles are well ventilated as air is able to flow through the foam on the inside of the frame, which is soft on the face and provides ample comfort from the frame themselves. The strap is a thick 45mm wide and coated with non-slip silicone so that they don't move too much around your helmet whilst riding. To change the lenses is really straightforward. Just pull the top of the frame and ease out the lens, then swap it for the other lens and slot back in place, it's easy peasy and totally secure with little groove clips to keep the lens in place
So that's the spec, but how do they fair out on the trails?
Well, firstly I would strongly suggest to use tear-aways on the goggles, especially in wet muddy conditions. These can be purchased from online stores and eBay for a few pounds. They are super easy to pop on as there are plastic nodules to affix the tear offs to. They serve the purpose of keeping your lenses clean, but also scratch resistant. How many of us instinctively use our sleeves to wipe over our glasses/goggles? I know I do, but when you have grit, sand and whatnot on you, you run a high risk of scratching and damaging the lenses themselves.
These goggles perform brilliantly and I can't find any negatives about them! The lenses are well ventilated and coated with lexan for anti-fog protection. There aren't any breathing restrictions around the nose whatsoever and they didn't slip down my helmet at any point. I'm highly impressed with these goggles, and they don't even break the bank either. However, if you are on a tighter budget, then the Strata model may be for you, still the same shape and materials used for the frame and strap, but there are colour restrictions and they only come with clear lenses. I'm quite excited about the future of 100% in MTB as they have released further products such as gloves, helmets, eyewear and riding apparel. If their goggles are anything to go by, then the rest of their range looks promising for future investment.