Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay
Since I started riding as a child (about 18 years ago), it doesn't seem like goggles have changed a whole lot. However as you've probably noticed, the overall size of the goggles and their lenses have been increasing the past few years. 100%, in particular, took advantage of this change when launching as a brand. In the few years they've been around, 100%'s popularity has grown quickly. So this year, I finally grabbed a pair of their outrigger-style goggle, the Racecraft, to try them out for myself.
100% Racecraft Goggle Features:
- Outrigger frame design.
- 45mm goggle strap to improve fit.
- Silicone coated strap.
- Frame contains three layer foam.
- Nose guard is removable.
- Box contains a carrying bag, clear lens (if ordered with mirrored/tinted lens), and 20-pack of tear-offs.
- MSRP is $65 - $75 (depending on the lens choice).
Inside the goggle box you'll find the Racecraft goggles, a pack of tear-offs, and an extra clear lens if you purchase the goggles with a mirrored lens (thus the extra $10 for the pair I tested). This all may seem very standard, but I've noticed a few goggle companies have quit this practice in recent times.
The first thing that typically stands out about 100%'s goggles are their bright colors that adorn their massive straps. The larger goggle strap design they utilize offers up two benefits. The designs are easier to see, and the goggles are more secure against the helmet, with a snugger fit. Beyond that, you'll find that the nose guard can be easily removed and reattached as necessary and that the frame is lined with three layers of different types of foam.
As goggles have been becoming larger in size in recent years, it can become more difficult to get them to fit correctly with your helmet. It's gotten to the point where helmet companies are going with larger eye-ports to help the fit. 100% has hit a good middle ground with using a slightly larger traditional frame, but without going overboard. I tested these in numerous helmets, which include; Fox, Bell, TLD, AGV, Shoei, Fly, and Thor. I found that the Racecraft can still be squeezed into some of the smaller helmets, while still keeping contact between the foam and your face.
On the Track
When first pulling on the Racecrafts, the larger strap starts to make sense. The difference in how evenly it pulls the goggles to your face and how secure they are, is fairly noticeable. The actual frame shape itself seems to be a big help as well. In my opinion, it has more curve than what I'm used to, allowing the outer edges to press down on the face more evenly. To get this same full-face contact with some other goggles I've tried, you end up over-tightening the actual strap, which in turn could cause too much pressure on your nose.
Over the months I've used these, I've noticed that the foam is more secure to my face than most goggles, leaving less chance of any debris entering the inside of the goggle. I also spent most of the late (and hottest) part of the summer with these to see how the foam does against my profuse sweating. Whenever I see a goggle advertised with "multi-layer foam" I still don't completely trust it. What does multi-layer do for you, if every layer isn't up to par? I really struggle with sweat getting through these layers in most cases, but the Racecraft outperformed the majority of goggles I have used. I'm not saying it's perfect, as I have never found a goggle that can withstand the Niagra Falls that is my forehead, for an entire day. But nonetheless, the Racecraft impressed me with its resilience.
With thicker foam can come less airflow, as it would of course restrict the air passing through. The Racecraft seems to have a good balance when it comes to the foam that protects the air vents that feed your face. This can be really important during longer motos (trust me, I wore a set of goggles during a WORCS race once that almost cooked my eyes...).
The Racecraft is an outrigger frame goggle, which means it carries a tear-off mount on the edge of the frame on the left side. Personally I quite like these style of frames, because I'm not the best at reaching close for tear-offs.
With goggles, there are two main things to look at when it comes to durability. The foam and the strap. The Racecraft's foam has held up quite well, even on a pair I've washed at least ten times. Usually after a few trips through the washing machine, I'd find that the foam has come unglued from the frame, but not in this case. The thicker 45mm strap has held up well from fraying or any kind of tears. But I do feel like it continues to stretch-out, even after months of use. After awhile, I can see the difference as the clips on the straps come around the helmet so far that they start to block the 100% logo. On the contrary, they never seem to come loose during a moto and stay nice and snug along the helmet.
The Last Word
100% offers up a goggle that gives you a bit more vision, without as much worry if they will fit your helmet. The large quantity of frame/strap designs and lens color options give you quite a bit of room to work with if you're the type of rider that's looking for a specific look.
Overall, 100%'s Racecraft is a solid buy. It's easily one of the most versatile goggles I've tried when it comes to helmet fit. On top of that, the foam quality is great, there are a ton of options to suit your tastes, and the thicker strap can be a noticeable difference. The pricing definitely places this as a top-end goggle, but not completely outrageous when compared to a few of the newer "large frame" offerings out there.
Vital MX Rating
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About the Test Rider:
Michael Lindsay - is a born-and-raised moto freak and gearhead from the heart of motocross in Southern California. First swinging a leg over a bike at the age of five, he immediately caught the racing bug, spending nearly every weekend behind a gate…and a lot of time on the couch while injured. While swinging back and forth between moto and the off-road scene, giving him a wide range of experience on the bike. Of course, all of this led to one thing: Lindsay loves working on his bikes almost as much as he loves talking about them. When he’s not in the Vital MX forum or writing his latest product review, you can find him out at the track taking dirt naps, snapping some pictures, or drooling over the latest parts for his bike. With an outspoken personality, gearhead background, and as Vital MX’s guru for product, Michael is here to share his unbiased opinion.