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Old 08-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any opinions and experiences?

Not sure where to start...

So basically I ride with a group of about 15 a few times a year in Colorado. Only one of us has the Oakley Airwave goggles. It's hard to justify spending $550-$650 on goggles, but I'm curious that it might be worth it. Based off of a few things...
1. Buddy tracking. We always seem to get seperated and its a pain in the ass trying meet up. And I like to know where my girlfriend is because I don't something to happen and I can't find her. Especially riding trees transversing to other runs , thats usually where we get separated.
2. Controlling my phone with the remote on my wrist/arm. Music, text, phone calls etc.
3. GPS and trail maps. I think that could be very helpful when riding unfamiliar areas and also determining which path to take to get where we want to go.

All the other features are just for fun, and I wouldn't need it at my small local mountains.

There is also an app that my friends can use that don't have the actual goggles to see theyre location..

Any thoughts on this?

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If you're riding backcountry and don't know where your group is you have bigger problems than what goggles you are using. You should probably learn a thing or two about BC safety.
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If you're riding backcountry and don't know where your group is you have bigger problems than what goggles you are using. You should probably learn a thing or two about BC safety.
For the sake of arguements I will remove back country riding out of the entire thread. Lets stick with riding trees and other terrain. Do you now have any light to share on this or will you find another way to try and belittle a simple inquiry?
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I have the Oakley Airwaves, as does a friend of mine, and another has the Mod Live in another brand of goggles, but the same internal unit...

We do not use the buddy tracking as it uses data, and mapping doesn't work for us over here in Norway, but we still use them, text and calls is a good feature to have, as is the music feature...

Would i use the buddy tracking... Probably if the maps for Norway existed... But not until there where more of us using them...

But i bought them for a different primary reason, we use Contour+2's in this household, so when i board with my 7 year old stepson, he uses my camera and i connect to my goggles, so i see what his camera sees, i know it is only good for up to 50 metres... But it means i am not constantly looking back for him, and if he falls i see straight away and stop for him... That is where it is worth it's money for me...
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I have the Oakley Airwaves, as does a friend of mine, and another has the Mod Live in another brand of goggles, but the same internal unit...

We do not use the buddy tracking as it uses data, and mapping doesn't work for us over here in Norway, but we still use them, text and calls is a good feature to have, as is the music feature...

Would i use the buddy tracking... Probably if the maps for Norway existed... But not until there where more of us using them...

But i bought them for a different primary reason, we use Contour+2's in this household, so when i board with my 7 year old stepson, he uses my camera and i connect to my goggles, so i see what his camera sees, i know it is only good for up to 50 metres... But it means i am not constantly looking back for him, and if he falls i see straight away and stop for him... That is where it is worth it's money for me...
That's a very wise move. That's how I feel about my girl, she rides really good but is fairly new to the sport and is still learning mountain safety. For example we were riding down groomers and I like to go into the trees because it allows me to slow down without stopping and waiting on her but when I came back out I couldn't find her. I was terrified that she followed me into the trees and got hurt, tho I had already told her to stay on that same run and I will pop back out. (this was years ago tho, now she can shred) Ever since then I make sure to know where she is at all times.

Have you tried emailing recon instruments to see if they can get a map of your mountain so that you can download it?
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Recon are not the most forward moving company... They still haven't resolved the "JUMP" analytics that we have been complaining about that was one of the main features on the goggles, and while it has been raised, they just keep saying we are working on it...

BUT i am not one to take it laying down, and i used a BRITISH credit card to buy the goggles, which gives me protection, they answered my email, and have basically said it will be fixed for this winter, if not, they will be returned for a full refund as NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE and if i don't get a refund, then my credit card company will refund and charge them back... Got to love british systems for protecting consumers...

As for mapping, they do not cover ANY scandinavian countries, and as far as i can tell, have no plans too, they purchase there maps from a company that obviously doesn't cover Norway... So i hold my breath waiting to see if that will change, but that is not a primary concern, as i new the area was not covered before i bought them...!
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For the sake of arguements I will remove back country riding out of the entire thread. Lets stick with riding trees and other terrain. Do you now have any light to share on this or will you find another way to try and belittle a simple inquiry?
So what you're saying is rather than learn some BC etiquette and safety you'll just ignore it all together. Good job!
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So what you're saying is rather than learn some BC etiquette and safety you'll just ignore it all together. Good job!
Leave it. I doubt the OP has ever ridden real backcountry anyway. And even if he has/is ever going to, this your approach is unlikely to instill the correct attitude in him. Of course, there is always Darwin's law...
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Leave it. I doubt the OP has ever ridden real backcountry anyway. And even if he has/is ever going to, this your approach is unlikely to instill the correct attitude in him. Of course, there is always Darwin's law...
He claims to ride CO I just want to make sure he's not going to be putting anyone I know in harms way.
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He claims to ride CO I just want to make sure he's not going to be putting anyone I know in harms way.
Ya know... I understand being a douche to someone who asks a stupid question. Everyone hates morons. But this dude asked a legit question about Recon goggles. No where in there did he state that he was going back country skiing. In fact, if you actually read his original post you could gather that he pretty much does resort only riding. I mean I understand you're an angrysnowboarder and all, but if you are just a douche to everyone people are going to ignore you when you actually give serious advice. Eventually you're just going to look like another angry interwebz troll.
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