• NZ Mountain Biker

REVIEW: 100% Armega Goggles

100% have been manufacturing goggles for motocross since the ‘80s, and although they haven’t been present in the mountain bike market for as long, it goes without saying that they’re one of the leading eyewear manufacturers in our sport. The Armega is their new flagship goggle, taking the spot from the Racecraft+ goggles. The Armegas aren’t dissimilar to the Racecraft+ goggles, but there are some new features. The Armegas come equipped with a new quick-release lens system, meaning lenses are a little easier to change and don’t take quite as much time either. 100% have also made some changes to their sweat management system, with the goggles having drainage channels and a perforated triple-layer foam to keep the sweat away from your eyes. A forced air intake keeps air flowing through the goggles to prevent fogging, and helps to keep you a little cooler as well.



The biggest talking point with these goggles, though, is the new lens; featuring 100%’s Ultra HD and HiPER technologies. 100% have figured out how to manufacture shatterproof, impact-resistant lenses that doesn’t distort your vision whatsoever, meaning protection and clear vision. HiPER is the big thing to talk about. Humans see three main colours: red, green and blue. The closer whatever colour we’re looking at is to one of these three colours, the clearer our vision is; it’s where these colour crossover that our vision begins to distort. 100% developed HiPER to filter out these crossovers, which in turn makes for more contrast and clearer colours. Contrast helps us perceive depth so by having more of it, we can figure out how far away things are and start to plan out how to attack them just a little bit earlier.


I’ve always been into 100% goggles and found they fit my head face better than anything else, probably down to the outriggers. One thing our designer, Georgia, pointed out - that I would have completely disregarded - is the fact that the eye-port (?) is a little smaller than other goggles. This is something I wouldn’t have taken note of, but Georgia is optically challenged (I’m not) and runs glasses under her goggles. If you need glasses, this could be something for you to consider, but for those with perfect vision (or living in a state of denial), you won’t notice it. Otherwise, the goggles played nicely with my face and didn’t fog. At the risk of sounding like I’m not doing my job properly, what more is there to say? In typical Kiwi fashion, I put the whole Ultra HD HiPER lens thing down as a gimmick; too many capital letters and the word ‘ultra’. But, it actually does make a noticeable difference and at the risk of sounding like the sort of person who’d come up with gimmicky names like Ultra HD HiPER, the HiPER lenses really do make the trail pop, offering up more definition and making the transition from riding in well-lit parts to dimly-lit parts of the trail much easier. When all is said and done, I wouldn’t hesitate to spend my hard-earned dollars on these goggles and they definitely serve as a worthy replacement to my trusty Racecrafts.100% have been manufacturing goggles for motocross since the ‘80s, and although they haven’t been present in the mountain bike market for as long, it goes without saying that they’re one of the leading eyewear manufacturers in our sport. The Armega is their new flagship goggle, taking the spot from the Racecraft+ goggles. The Armegas aren’t dissimilar to the Racecraft+ goggles, but there are some new features. The Armegas come equipped with a new quick-release lens system, meaning lenses are a little easier to change and don’t take quite as much time either. 100% have also made some changes to their sweat management system, with the goggles having drainage channels and a perforated triple-layer foam to keep the sweat away from your eyes. A forced air intake keeps air flowing through the goggles to prevent fogging, and helps to keep you a little cooler as well.



The biggest talking point with these goggles, though, is the new lens; featuring 100%’s Ultra HD and HiPER technologies. 100% have figured out how to manufacture shatterproof, impact-resistant lenses that doesn’t distort your vision whatsoever, meaning protection and clear vision. HiPER is the big thing to talk about. Humans see three main colours: red, green and blue. The closer whatever colour we’re looking at is to one of these three colours, the clearer our vision is; it’s where these colour crossover that our vision begins to distort. 100% developed HiPER to filter out these crossovers, which in turn makes for more contrast and clearer colours. Contrast helps us perceive depth so by having more of it, we can figure out how far away things are and start to plan out how to attack them just a little bit earlier.


I’ve always been into 100% goggles and found they fit my head face better than anything else, probably down to the outriggers. One thing our designer, Georgia, pointed out - that I would have completely disregarded - is the fact that the eye-port (?) is a little smaller than other goggles. This is something I wouldn’t have taken note of, but Georgia is optically challenged (I’m not) and runs glasses under her goggles. If you need glasses, this could be something for you to consider, but for those with perfect vision (or living in a state of denial), you won’t notice it. Otherwise, the goggles played nicely with my face and didn’t fog. At the risk of sounding like I’m not doing my job properly, what more is there to say? In typical Kiwi fashion, I put the whole Ultra HD HiPER lens thing down as a gimmick; too many capital letters and the word ‘ultra’. But, it actually does make a noticeable difference and at the risk of sounding like the sort of person who’d come up with gimmicky names like Ultra HD HiPER, the HiPER lenses really do make the trail pop, offering up more definition and making the transition from riding in well-lit parts to dimly-lit parts of the trail much easier. When all is said and done, I wouldn’t hesitate to spend my hard-earned dollars on these goggles and they definitely serve as a worthy replacement to my trusty Racecrafts.


Words: Cam Baker