Last year Oakley wowed us with Airwave, its heads-up display ski goggles. And just as we’re starting to think about ski season, Oakley’s got a new version of the fancy mountain gear that has the same look and some essential internal tweaks.
For the uninitiated, Airwave has a small, one-inch tall display in the bottom right had corner of the screen. The goggles track your stats like speed, height, and altitude. It also has friend-finding features, trail maps from a bunch of different, and it comes with an wrist band that lets you do things like change a song or respond to a text without having to take your gloves off.
Airwave 1.5 is improving on the existing framework of the first version of the goggles. It has 30 per cent better battery life, increased processor speed for better graphics and playback, and MFI-certified Bluetooth. Additionally, Engage — the mobile app that works as Airwave’s companion — is totally new.
The downside of the update is it’s pushing the price of Airwave 1.5 up $US50 to $US650. Disappointing, but anyone willing to pay for goggles as badass as these is probably willing to drop the cash. We spent some time with the first generation of Airwave last ski season and they were awesome — particularly for friend-finding features and easy access to maps. Is it ski season yet?