Oakley Canopy Snow Goggle Review
For the snowboarder and skier that likes their fries, drinks, jackets, pants, and snow goggles super-sized, the Oakley Canopy Goggle is an excellent choice. The Canopy Snow Goggle by Oakley is an over-sized goggle that sits in the middle of Oakley’s performance and price point ranging between $130-$200.
Depending on your style for goggles, the Canopy Snow Goggle may or may not be the right choice for you. This is a big goggle and takes up a lot of room on your face while skiing and snowboarding. What this allows for is extra coverage to protect your eyes and face from wind and UV rays while allowing for a great range of visibility. Some people like the maximum coverage, but in my humble opinion, this goggle does not look good on everyone, including myself. But that didn’t stop me from testing it out for the season…
There are 3 layers of foam and padding to provide a comfortable yet performance based fit. The layer closest to your face is a thin fleece layer for comfort. The second layer is an open cell foam that condenses most to get a customized fit on every face. The 3rd layer is a thicker foam that sits against the frame of the Canopy Snow Goggle that stills allows for comfort, but it also keeps the frame off your face. The Oakley Canopy has 4 front facing air vents that sit at the top of the goggles’ lens. This allows for great ventilation and keeps your goggles from fogging up. During all my testing, the goggles stayed fog free which allowed me to focus on the slopes instead of my goggles. For additional ventilation, there is a this layer of foam almost the whole way around the goggle that sits between the general foam padding and the frame. This lays allows the goggles to vent out the sides while keeping the amount of air that comes in to a minimum. This is very important when your out on a cold day but you might heat up on a super warm spring ski day.
Frame and strap
The frame of the Oakley Canopy Snow Goggle is larger than the average frame as I mentioned above. It is flexible enough to wrap around your face when you cinch your goggle strap tight. I wear a helmet 99.9% of the time while skiing and found the fit to work well on my face and with my helmet. I tested these goggles with a Smith Variance helmet. The straps have plenty of give, but not too much. They also have 3 strips of silicone rubber that allows the strap to stay in one place on your helmet or head. This typically works best on a helmet.
The lens of the Oakley Canopy Snow Goggle blocks out 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays which is a big plus in my mind. I personally don’t have to wear glasses and I do everything I can to protect my eyes every chance I get. What’s difference from some other goggles on the market is this lens is textured so it reduces glare inside the goggle which is pretty cool in my book. It’s not Polarized, but textured. For lens durability, this lens is pending to meet the ANSI Z87.1 and EN 174:2001 standards which is a certification program that measures how much impact the lens can take. I have set links in both if you want to geek out. Overall, I found the lens to be super clear, keep out the glare, and stayed fog free during my testing.
In the End
In the end, I feel that the Oakley Canopy Snow Goggle is a great option for someone looking for a lot of coverage. Maximum coverage has a lot of benefits but it does come with the price tag of looking a little goofy in my mind. And while it might look goofy to me today, it might just take some time getting used to. For women or people with super small faces, the Oakley Canopy also comes in the “Asian Fit” which fits smaller faces.