When TGL was at the SHOT Show in January, we were very lucky to have the guys in the Revision Booth show us several of their goggles, one being their Desert Locust Fan Goggle System. What was even cooler? We were able to get a pair to test and evaluate!
Earlier this week, Oddball and myself headed over to the Citadel for a little indoor, CQC Airsoft Action and to test this goggle system out. Some of the features of this system are:
- The lenses are 100% UV A, B, and C Protection
- Wide Field of Vision
- Low Profile Design
- Forced Air Vents at the top of the goggle
- Adjustable Strap
- Rx Compatible
- OcuMax® Anti-Fogging and Scratch Coating
When you open the box, you receive the following items:
- Locust Fan Goggles
- Carrying Case
- Clear Lens (Mine were installed with a tinted lens)
- Cleaning Cloth
Now you know what you get and the features, so let’s get onto the review!
The first thing you notice when you take the goggles out of their carrying case is the battery pack at the back of the goggle strap. The fan accepts a AA battery (which is included) and the cap is keyed, so be careful when you remove and replace the cap. On the battery case, you will see ON, OFF, OPEN. To install the battery, you turn the cap to the OPEN position.
Revision claims the battery will operate the fan for 36 hours and operate at a temperature range from 0F to 105F.
To operate the fan, you hold the button that is on the case for 3 seconds and I will tell you it is SILENT! I had to hold the fan up to my ear to hear the fan start. Once it is running, you can press the button to switch between the 3 fan speeds (Low, Medium, High).
For this game, I was running the goggles with my Protec Alpha Helmet and for lower face protection, my Crye Multicam Polartec Neck Gaiter.
The first game was a force on force event that pitted both teams against each other and we had the entire playing area to use. There was some running between cover and rooms, and with the neck gaiter pulled up high, the goggles continued to give me a clear field of vision. With the fan running in all three speeds, the mask continued to stay clear.
With the fan on HIGH, I could actually feel the air moving around my eyes. I was really impressed with how quiet the fan was and how well the air moved around the goggle. Compared to the ESS Turbofans that I have, the fan was more silent and fogging was never an issue. In the same games, using the same helmet and gaiter, I have had minor fogging issues with the ESS goggles.
The goggle foam felt fine for the entire 5 hours of play and I did not feel any pressure points or feel that the foam became over saturated with moisture.
If you are looking for a pair of goggles for Airsoft and I highly looking for a pair that have fan, you need to check these out. The kit that we tested retails for 150.00 , but searching around the internet, I have seen the goggles without the spare lens for 120.00.
TGL was also given a brand new accessory that was introduced at SHOT, The PDQ™ Quick Release System. This is a replacement strap system that is “For Singlehanded and Quick Donning or Doffing of the Desert Locust Goggle”.
If you wear a helmet while playing or training, this might be a cool option for you. The PDQ kit replaces your goggles strap with a set that has Velcro on them. Instead of one continous strap, you now have two “sides”. Each side has Velcro on it and you can you Velcro your goggles to your helmet. And if you run NVGs, it is compatible with them!
We will be running the PDQ kit through its paces for a long term review, so check back regularly for updates.
In Summary, the Pros of the Desert Locust Fan Goggles are:
- Quite Fan
- 3 Speeds
- Anti-Fog Lens
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