WHAT IS IT? The Mayhem goggle is the popular Oakley
Airbrake’s close cousin. It doesn’t have all the bells and
whistles the Airbrake offers, but comfort and functionality
are what really matter.
WHAT’S IT COST? $100.00.
CONTACT? www.oakley.com or (800) 403-7449.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Oakley Mayhem MX goggle.
(1) Innovation. Oakley has stepped outside of the
box with its goggle innovations, most notably with the
expensive Airbrake goggle. Now the team at Oakley has
focused on bringing some Airbrake features to the newer
and $70-cheaper Mayhem.
( 2) Frame. The Mayhem’s aggressive styling is built
around a completely redesigned facial contour. The frame
is flexible in order to contour to the rider’s face in all
conditions. The strap is attached to the frame via outriggers that help apply equal pressure across the surface
area. The inside of the frame is lined with triple-layer,
fleece-covered face foam for increased moisture-wicking
( 3) Lens. The Mayhem’s Lexan lens maintains the full
curvature of the Airbrake lens. It blocks out all UV rays
and is scratch-resistant. Oakley includes an extra lens
and a seven-pack of Oakley laminated tear-offs with each
( 4) Vision. The Mayhem offers a broad field of vision,
and, thanks to the arc of the lens, peripheral vision is
( 5) Strap. The woven strap has three beads of silicone
to lessen slippage. Strap tension is very good.
( 6) Performance. This is one of the most comfortable
and functional goggles the MXA wrecking crew has tested.
It fits like a motocross goggle should. The frame contours
to your face, the lens is bulletproof and vision is distor-tion-free. One thing our test riders would like to see carried
over from the Airbrake goggle is the ease of switching the
lens with Switchlock technology.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Two quibbles: (1) Every MXA
test rider took the removable nosepiece off after the first
ride. It snagged in most helmets, which broke the
goggle’s seal against the rider’s face. ( 2) Although the
Oakley Mayhem is less expensive than the high-end
Airbrake goggle, at $100, it is not cheap.
Our testers loved the Mayhem goggle. This is
the second-best goggle we have ever tested (the
Airbrake is the best), but the price cost it a star.
OAKLEY MAYHEM MX GOGGLE
MXA TEAM TESTED