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Yes this is a shell, but an awesome one! It's the perfect fit-not too tight and not to baggy, but enough room to layer up underneath. Fits true to size. Very functional. Simple design but still stylin. Get on it!
The Hawkeyes are decent goggles and will do what you need them to do. They fit perfectly with Red helmets and fairly well with Giro helmets (may have slight gaps but nothing major). However, if you are picky about your goggles, you'll probably find that they are not perfect.
Pros: the Hawkeyes look good and they are pretty comfortable. The lens quality is good in terms of clarity and little distortion.
Cons: No silicone backing on the strap so they tend to slip around (especially when lifting them up on to your helmet). Peripheral vision and overall field of view is okay, but not nearly as wide as other goggles
Lightweight and comfortable, I hardly notice I'm wearing it! It's not overly plush like the higher-end models (only plush on the earflaps; the other padding is thinner foam) so your head doesn't get too hot and you can still hear very well. There are "weather strip" flaps that you can fold out to cover the vents if you need to. I generally wear Oakley Crowbars and the interface is seamless. Not a single gap between the goggle and helmet brim. Sizing seems true to size. Great fit and looks great-highly recommended!
I've been a loyal Oakley user for many years so I was very excited to see what other goggles such as the I/OS's had to offer. Overall they are a good goggle and would recommend them. Here's my breakdown:
Lens: Quality lens that are clear and accurate. No fog problems. The lenses that came with my model (ignitor mirror and red sensor mirror) cover a decent spectrum-good for bluebird days and ok but not great for low-light conditions. Field of view and peripheral vision are very good.
Fit and comfort: As others have mentioned, the I/OS fit is for a smaller face. If it's any indication, I wear a size medium helmet and these fit my face pretty well. Any bigger and I would opt for the regular I/O goggles. I use a Giro helmet and the interface is generally good. They usually sit together nicely, but if I don't make sure my helmet is sitting squarely on my head, the dreaded gaper gap rears its ugly head. They are comfortable, but got itchy a few times (but not so much that is was distracting).
Ease of Use: Switching the lenses took a little bit of practice, but once you've got it figured out, it becomes quick. I don't find the clip on the strap to be particularly helpful, in fact it's kind of annoying when it comes undone in transport. The adjustable sliders are kind of a pain to slide around and adjust. Not too much of an issue if you keep the strap sized for only a helmet or only for your head, but it's annoying if you switch between the two frequently.
Quality: Both the lens and frames seem to be rock solid. The lens are still scratch-free after a few bumps and a little bit of carelessness on my part.
I'm unusually very picky when it comes to goggles, but I think these are a good high-end option. They have their shortcomings, but they are one of the best goggles you can buy, without question.
How does this jacket (or any other one in the AK series) fit relative to Burton's other jackets? I find their regular jackets to run a bit tight, so I'm wondering if it's the same for the AK series.
The bag is just as it's described-very simple, no pockets, no padding. I use it just to get my board to and from the local resort without scratches. I definitely wouldn't use it for air travel or anything where it would get bumped around a lot. My only complaint is that the zipper-span doesn't give you much room to get the board in and out. The zipper starts near the middle handle and wraps just around the top. Basically you're sliding your board in from one end, which gets to be a pain.
Will this backpack fit a 13" laptop? (I'd like to use it as my carry-on bag as well)