MOTOCROSS ACTION PRODUCT TEST: SCOTT SPECIAL EDITION NO SWEAT XI GOGGLES

July 26, 2010
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WHAT IS IT?
The latest evolution of the Scott No Sweat XI goggle (not to be confused with the Voltage frame).

WHAT’S IT COST? $79.95.

CONTACT? www.scottusa.com or (800) 292-5877.
 
WHAT STANDS OUT?
Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Scott Special Edition No Sweat XI goggle.

(1) Frame. The No Sweat fits well in most helmets and on most faces. It has large dimensions that fill up the eyeport of helmets, blocking excess roost while maintaining adequate ventilation. The limited edition graphics include the Allegory (black and gray) and Sweet Toof (red, black and white).

(2) Strap. The strap has a wide range of adjustment and has just the right amount of elasticity. The strap’s wide strip of silicone keeps it in place.

(3) Lens.
The clear “Work” Lexan lens features anti-fog treatment, UV protection and comes with tear-off posts installed. The goggles even come with a soft pouch to protect the lens inside the gear bag.

(4) Extras. The goggles come with a nose guard that effectively blocked roost, even on our testers with longer noses. Pinocchio would be happy. A “ventilation visor” clips onto the top of the goggle and supposedly scoops in more air. Most test riders hated the added piece on top of the goggles and felt that it caused the helmet to press down on the goggles in whoops and big jumps.

(5) Face foam.
Scott focuses a lot of attention on their foam material, striving to achieve a design that doesn’t let sweat get into your eyes?thus the “No Sweat” nomenclature. There are three layers of different materials for absorbing and pushing sweat out to the sides instead of squishing it down into your eyes. We were able to wear the No Sweat goggles in back-to-back motos when other goggles would have been saturated.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK?
We had three complaints. (1) The goggles were prone to getting fine particles of dirt underneath the tear-offs, because the posts have a raised base that won’t allow the ends of the first tear-off to sit flush. Additionally, the side post requires the tear-off to make a sharp swoop upward, creating a large open cavity where dirt can get underneath the tear-off lens and vibrate into the line of sight. (2) Laminates. The primary advantage of laminates is that you can wear more tear-offs without milky vision. For some reason, Scott laminates only come in stacks of three. What’s the point? Until they make stacks of six, seven or eight, we don’t see the need for laminates. (3) Comfort. Some test riders felt that the goggle didn’t feel plush against their baby faces.


The Special Edition No Sweat XI is well-designed (with the exception of the tear-offs). If you take a lot of fine roost in the face, you’ll struggle with dirt between the lens and first tear-off.

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