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Oakley A-Frame 2.0 Review

A classic all-around lightweight goggle for backcountry users.
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Price:  $160 List | $89.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Comfortable, soft frame, fits small faces
Cons:  Too much airflow, poor fit for larger users
Manufacturer:   Oakley
By Jason Cronk ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 9, 2017
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RANKED
#8 of 10
  • Ventilation and Breathability - 20% 6
  • Comfort - 25% 6
  • Lens Quality - 25% 7
  • Durability - 15% 7
  • Protection - 10% 7
  • Style - 5% 4

Our Verdict

A standby classic from Oakley with a low-profile, flexible frame, and a classic look. Undoubtedly, if you check out the eyewear at any ski resort, you'll see the A-Frame 2.0 in many different shades. Testers found ventilation may be a little excessive for some users, but the A-Frame's overall performance was acceptable. The A-Frame 2.0 is a good entry level to intermediate goggle.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Prepping for another backcountry descent in the A-Frame's.
Prepping for another backcountry descent in the A-Frame's.

Ventilation and Breathability


This Oakley model has a lot of ventilation going on. Where several of our test goggles use a thin layer of foam on the top and bottom of the lens, like the Smith I/OX, the A-Frame 2.0 has "dual surge" vents integrated into the top of the lens, as well as the bottom of the frame. Additional venting is also present around the frame/lens connection. After hiking and skiing, most of our testers agreed that while high ventilation is generally a good thing, the A-Frame 2.0's vents may be excessive.

With such a large amount of airflow and ventilation through and around the lens, several of us experienced dry eyes, especially on windier days, although this made fogging nonexistent. Due to the smaller fit, some of our testers with wider faces experienced gaps around the frame in various places. For skiers who run hot or are routinely skiing in warmer locations, the A-Frame 2.0 may be a good choice. If the A-Frame 2.0's breathability seems like too much for you, check out our Editors' Choice Oakley Airbrake for more moderate ventilation.

While carrying your skis  you may appreciate the extra ventilation these goggles provide.
While carrying your skis, you may appreciate the extra ventilation these goggles provide.

Comfort


The A-Frame 2.0 has a comfortable fit for users with smaller faces with a good snug fit. Our larger testers complained that due to its smaller size, they experienced pressure on the cheekbones and under the eyes. The goggle uses a flexible O Matter frame with a soft foam padding that makes for a comfortable ride. Several testers noted that excessive ventilation led to discomfort with these goggles, especially on windy days, as mentioned above. A silicone-backed wide strap gives a secure and comfortable fit without pressure points for most users. Backcountry skiers and boarders with smaller faces may enjoy the fit and comfort and of the A-Frame 2.0. The strap is wide, comfortable, and adjustable and is anchored to the goggle frame with Oakley's articulated O Matter outriggers which keep the goggles balanced and comfy, whether with a helmet or without.

These Oakleys offer three layers of foam and fabric between the frame and your face.
These Oakleys offer three layers of foam and fabric between the frame and your face.

Lens Quality


When testing Oakley products, we expect top quality optics, with great protection and a crystal clear view, and the A-Frame 2.0 lives up to that expectation fully. As we've already discussed in "Breathability," we didn't experience any fogging at all during our testing, partially due to the optically correct dual venting and the P3 anti-fog coating. We tested the Prizm Snow Jade Iridium lens which is intended for sunny and cloudy conditions, and we were impressed with its performance overall while skiing and boarding on sunny and overcast days.

There was some color washout due to the lens tint. We set the bar a little higher and skied with the Iridium lens on some snowy days. Other than the lowest-light days, were happy with the lenses abilities to provide a clear view.

A look through the lens on a semi-cloudy day.
A look through the lens on a semi-cloudy day.

Durability


After extensive and sometimes abusive testing, our A-Frames came through unscathed. We stuffed them into stuff sacks, sometimes with the extra lens, packed them into our ski packs internal goggle compartments, and even jammed them into our pockets. Even after this use and abuse, we didn't see any real signs of wear or tear. The strap is still fully elastic without fraying and it maintains its full elasticity. The O Matter frame is intact and doesn't show any wear marks or damage. Even the lenses look as good as the day we excitedly unpacked them. Durability doesn't seem to be a concern with this classic goggle from Oakley. Cheaper than our other Oakley test models like the Oakley Airbrake, but with the same durability, the A-Frame would be a good choice for backcountry skiers looking for a durable all-purpose goggle.

Shaky form perhaps  but the goggles are staying in place.
Shaky form perhaps, but the goggles are staying in place.

Protection


The A-Frame 2.0 has a relatively flexible frame which forms to skiers and boarders faces well, especially those with small to medium sized facial structure. For those smaller users, the fit ensured good protection with a nice snug seal around the goggle. Our testers with more medium to large faces found the goggle was smaller than they preferred and caused gapping around the edges of the frame which allowed fairly significant airflow. Other larger models, like the Smith Squad or our Editors' Choice Oakley Airbrake, would provide a better fit for some. For those testers who felt comfortable in the A-Frame 2.0, the protection was good with quality impact-resistant lenses that also block UV light effectively.

Style


Oakley's description is "a leaner and cleaner look" and we'd agree. Where some goggles like the Dragon NFX have a large and in-charge appearance, the A-Frame 2.0 is a bit more understated, with a classic look. Its lower profile and subsequent lighter weight make this a good choice for backcountry skiers and ski mountaineers looking for quality optics in a smaller package. Maybe not the most modern appearance, but a classic goggle comparable to the Smith Squad and the Bolle Carve. This competitor is not flashy goggle option for skiers and riders looking for a classic goggle.

A more classic approach to goggle style  the A-Frame 2.0's vents made them appear a bit funky to some testers and friends.
A more classic approach to goggle style, the A-Frame 2.0's vents made them appear a bit funky to some testers and friends.

Best Application


This goggle is nice on warm skiing days, when the high level of ventilation will be appreciated. Being durable, low profile, and lightweight, it slips into a touring backpack nicely.

This model is fine for the resort  although not our first choice.
This model is fine for the resort, although not our first choice.

Value


A durable, protective goggle, the Oakley A-Frame 2.0 shares several similarities with the Smith Squad and Bolle Carve. All of these goggles feature a classic non-flashy goggle style and solid functionality at a lower price point than many of our other test models, but the A-Frame is the most expensive in this class. While it's pricey, you still get Oakley-quality lenses under $200. Decent value.

These goggles don't help you see out the back of your head  unfortunately. On par with the rest of the competition in this sense.
These goggles don't help you see out the back of your head, unfortunately. On par with the rest of the competition in this sense.

Conclusion


With a better fit for smaller riders and skiers, the Oakley A-Frame 2.0 is a durable goggle with high-quality interchangeable lenses. The A-Frame 2.0 provides good performance both at the resort and perhaps more so out in the backcountry where its lower profile and lighter weight are more desirable.


Jason Cronk