Looking for some goggles for mountain biking when the conditions are grim? Having put the SCOTT Hustle MX Goggles through their paces in the Alps through rain, snow, mud and the Megavalanche, I can safely say these things are the bomb!
I am seriously impressed with the SCOTT Hustle MX Goggles. The performance and fit are all excellent, and they look pretty damn cool too.
First up, let's talk about the lens, which is pretty much the most important part of the goggle. The lens has a cool blue look from the outside, but peek out through them and you'll see that they don't tint the world blue. Instead, they actually bring a slight warm glow to your view, and increase the contrast. This is perfect for low-light days, or if you are attempting to ride on snow in an event like the Megavalanche as I was.
Every pair of goggles I've ever used, snowboarding goggles included, have had the usual problem of fogging up mid-run. If you use goggles for downhill MTB or trail riding, you'll be familiar with the problem.
Therefore I was ecstatic to find that the NoFog anti-fog treatment on the lens really and truly did work. They remained clear even when riding a long (50 minute plus) Alpine descent in muggy, wet conditions, when the goggles of those around me clouded over. I was feeling pretty smug as they complained they couldn't see.
They also seem to be great at repelling water on the outside too, and the goggles come with the usual attachments if you use tear-offs.
I used the SCOTT Hustle MX Goggles with a trail helmet and a full face, and the fit was great in both cases. The strap stayed in place, with no slippage, and the head band is easy to tighten and loosen one-handed.
They feel snug about the face, and didn't slip, pinch or rub anywhere. The lens clarity is great too as I didn't notice any visual distortions.
One downside is finding these goggles for sale anywhere. SCOTT sports are, for some reason, tricky to get hold of in the UK which is a shame because their kit is really superb. As these are MX goggles, you're most likely to find them on motocross retail websites and shops but you can also order them through any SCOTT dealers. This means if your local bike shop stocks Scott bikes, you can get them that way, and the same holds true of other Scott kit and clothing.
If you're not a fan of the blue colourway, don't worry. The SCOTT Hustle MX Goggles come in a rainbow of shades; orange, purple, black, patterned and plain to list just a few.
Coming in at an RRP of £59.99, they are by no means the most expensive goggles on the market, but they are priced a little above average. I'd say it's worth paying to get the way above-average performance they give.
The SCOTT Hustle MX Goggles are a seriously high-performing piece of kit that will keep you riding your best when conditions are terrible.
- The NoFog lens coating really works!
- The goggles fit well with both full-face and trail helmets
- Hard to find
Price: RRP £59.99
Colour: Various (blue, orange, purple, etc)
More info: SCOTT Sports
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