The person pictured wearing the goggles is Edesotelle, in order to steer away any confusion I am typing this in advance.
Arena Industries Flakjak Goggles
I ordered the goggles from Airsoft Unlimited for $19.99 with free shipping. I live in California so the goggles only took two days to get to my house. Very efficient service from Airsoft Unlimited. At first when I received the package, it was in a sealed Fed Ex waterproof packet. When I took out the goggles, they appeared to be in perfect shape, despite not having a cardboard shipping box instead. The goggles were inside a tan goggle carrying case along with the manual. One thing to note is that an extra lens is included with the goggle. Mine was packed away in a compartment on the goggle carrying case.
Product Description/first Impressions:
The goggles are quite large on your head, although the field of vision is excellent. The goggles are also quite flexible and can conform to your face. Overall the build quality is excellent. handling the goggles and fitting them over your head is what I would normally call a pipe dream in terms of comfort, quality, and durability. It is rated to take type 2 fragmentation, whatever that means. Basically, you can't go wrong with the quality. I am amazed that the goggles are 20 dollars. They seem to be worth far more. (Frag grenade shrapnel?!!?!)
"Real Steel" History
The Arena Industries Flakjak goggles were offered up to the US military as a new goggle design to be used by US troops, but failed testing due to an error in instruction of use that said that it should be worn vertically. After it failed testing, Arena Industries offered the tactical goggles up to the public in hopes of making their investment in the Flakjaks not go to waste.
Looking closer at the goggles, I noticed several molding lines all over the goggle frame. But it isn't too much of a worry, as they do not affect performance at all. The goggle frame is extremely flexible, yet strong at the same time. I found no weak sports on the goggle frame at all. The lens is a flexible polycarbonate, which surprises me because it is rated to take shrapnel hits. Then to test the anti-fog technology, I breathed on the inner side of the lens. There was not a single sign of fogging. I then did it several times to make sure, and sure enough, there was still no fogging.
I took the goggles to a CQB game, and I must say, I was impressed. There was no fogging up until the end of the second game, which totals up to a play time of about four hours before it began to fog. Note that I sweat an insanely amount compared to others to the point that it looks like I've been through a thunderstorm, so I'm almost positive these goggles will not fog for others as easily as mine did. Despite great performance, I had still hoped that the goggles hadn't fogged up as fast as they did. But with a little anti fog spray, I doubt these will ever fog. I almost forgot to note that there are different vent types. The ones I bought came with low airflow vents designed to keep out dust and debris at the sacrifice of ventilation. From what I have heard from other people who bought the goggles is that the only way to get medium airflow and high airflow vents is to buy goggles with the vents directly from Arena Industries.
- Excellent Quality Build
- Easy to exchange lens
- Perfect field of vision
- Great anti-fog technology
- Only the tan ones come cheap (Not much of an issue, because the tan looks awesome for pretty much any loadout!)
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