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Abominable Goggles

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Be careful with this company. I placed an order with them over a month ago and haven't heard anything from them. I have emailed them  and have not had a response. 

post #2 of 21
Paging @HeatherBSki

This item was just in the On The Snow Gift Guide. Maybe the OP needs to tell us more? Looks like it's a new product and is in "pre-order" status?
post #3 of 21

We had the chance to take a look at these goggles for the OTS Gear Guide back in September.  For me they felt bulky and didn't fit my helmet well, but I have a small face and find that is an issue with most goggles that have extra features, (like the Smith Recon and Zeal video goggles) 

We had plans to do some long term testing and give feedback about how they work on snow, but it was returned to Heather at OTS.  I'm anxious to hear what their team has to say about these goggles.  The promise of zero fog is something people ask for all the time. 

post #4 of 21
Apparently the OP isn't the only one having issues getting these goggles: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/959735497/f-bom-the-first-snow-goggle-with-active-anti-fog-t/comments
post #5 of 21

If these goggles are from kickstarter, then you're investing in a start-up company and that is very risky business.  There's no guarantee that you'll get them any time soon.   I've heard people having to wait for over a year to get their products from kickstarter, and in one case, my girlfriend's brother never got his hot sauce that he ordered from there.

post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by fisch2332 View Post
 

If these goggles are from kickstarter, then you're investing in a start-up company and that is very risky business.  There's no guarantee that you'll get them any time soon.   I've heard people having to wait for over a year to get their products from kickstarter, and in one case, my girlfriend's brother never got his hot sauce that he ordered from there.


Don't know anything about this product, but have had very good experiences with a few Kickstarter products.  Agree that some Kickstarter campaigns are set up by people who don't know what they are doing.  But it's possible to do a little research and get a sense of the likelihood of ultimate success.  Just started using a product that's the second one from a company that got it's start with a very successful Kickstarter a few years ago.  Received it on time and really like it.  Have also had products that took longer than the original timeframe.  In those cases, there was good communication on the Kickstarter webpage about the reasons for the delay.

post #7 of 21

I know someone at Mountain News that has worked with the A-bom team. I'm reaching out to see if he knows anything about their current status. 

post #8 of 21

Thanks everyone. I'm in touch with my contacts there and we're looking into this. We'll also have a review of the goggles to share soon.

post #9 of 21

Telephone them.

844-246-ABOM

 

Pls let us know what you learn.

post #10 of 21

I had the opportunity to speak with Abom’s PR rep and can shed a little light on the situation. Outside of their electronics, which are produced in the USA, Abom’s goggle frames and most final assembly are completed at a factory in Italy. The brand has rigorous testing standards and wants to offer a quality product that meets its standards. The Italian factory had an initial quality issue that has recently been resolved. Abom is now waiting for the acceptable product to arrive from the factory to their warehouse, and they expect that will happen within a week or two. At this time, they cannot guarantee a particular delivery date but are doing everything possible to get the product out to customers as soon as possible. Delivery to customers may be as late as the last week in December 2015.

post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 

Finally got a response from Abom (see below). I think the fact a thread was started about their inaction has made them respond. Hopefully they are honourable as their product sounds good in theory.

 

" I’m sorry to receive word that you did not receive a response from us at Abom, Inc. regarding the status of your goggle order.

 

Outside of our electronics, which are produced in the USA, Abom’s goggle frames and most final assembly are completed at a leading high-end factory in Italy.

 

We have rigorous testing standards and want to offer a quality product that meets our standards.

The Italian factory had an initial quality issue that has recently been resolved.  We are now waiting for the acceptable product to arrive from the factory to our warehouse in a week or two.

 

At this time, we cannot guaranty a particular delivery date but we are doing everything possible to get our product out to customers.  Delivery to you may be as late as the last week in December 2015.

 

We understand this may put the delivery of the goggles past many of the late December holidays and well into the ski season.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding."

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by Jonmar View Post
 

Finally got a response from Abom (see below). I think the fact a thread was started about their inaction has made them respond. 

For future reference, sometimes for Kickstarter products, you can get a quicker response sending a message via the Kickstarter messaging system.

 

Looking forward to hearing what you think of the goggles.

post #13 of 21

Im curious, what happens with the goggle when the battery runs out?  Looks like there is a very effective heat transfer connection between two lenses, so without the active heating that thing should start fogging like crazy. Sometimes the technology can be its own worst enemy:-) 

post #14 of 21

We finally had a chance to test these goggles out in true fog-producing conditions. Our tester, @Slaythepow, put them on the moment he stepped out of the warm car on a freezing cold day last Friday up at Breck--they fogged up instantly (as expected), and just as quickly cleared once we hit the boost-mode/on-demand fog eliminator. 

 

To @alexzn's point, without the technology, these goggles would fog just like any other. However, they do possess an "active" mode with a battery life up to 7 hours, and while we have yet to test this component in terms of battery life, the active mode did keep him fog free the rest of the day.  

 

Abom's technology really delivers on its promise. We look forward to future developments from this brand in terms of streamlining and weight reduction, as the goggle is on the large/heavier side (as we've seen with other tech forward goggle companies that have since streamlined their product). That being said, the Abominable does integrate well with a helmet. 

 

Curious what others who've had an opportunity to test have to say? 

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by HeatherBSki View Post
 

We finally had a chance to test these goggles out in true fog-producing conditions. Our tester, @Slaythepow, put them on the moment he stepped out of the warm car on a freezing cold day last Friday up at Breck--they fogged up instantly (as expected), and just as quickly cleared once we hit the boost-mode/on-demand fog eliminator. 

 

To @alexzn's point, without the technology, these goggles would fog just like any other. However, they do possess an "active" mode with a battery life up to 7 hours, and while we have yet to test this component in terms of battery life, the active mode did keep him fog free the rest of the day.  

 

Abom's technology really delivers on its promise. We look forward to future developments from this brand in terms of streamlining and weight reduction, as the goggle is on the large/heavier side (as we've seen with other tech forward goggle companies that have since streamlined their product). That being said, the Abominable does integrate well with a helmet. 

 

Curious what others who've had an opportunity to test have to say? 

What helmet did @Slaythepow  use? 

I tried the Abom's on with my POC Fornix, size M/L and didn't feel a good interface, but that could be my small face frame. 

post #16 of 21

@Slaythepow was rocking a Smith Holt helmet, adult M. 

post #17 of 21

Thanks  I'll look at that. 

post #18 of 21

I am SO VERY interested in these goggles.  I really want to hear more about them, and their evolution into a form that fits my glasses, but does not overwhelm my face.

 

Because my face is small, OTG goggles are often too large, but non-OTG goggles either don't fit, or leave little room inside for air circulation.  I think I have tried everything:

 

- prescription goggles - because of my strong prescription, the lenses distorted my vision and made me feel that the ground was rising up to meet me.

 

- Smith Turbo-Fan - much too large for my face - the nose piece sat at the very tip of my nose and gave it a continuous tickle.

 

- contact lenses -  worked for a while, but after a number of years I became allergic to them.  I had so much protein build-up that after several hours my lenses would become cloudy.

 

- after-market fans - best solution so far.  The downside is that the fan is permanently attached to a single pair of goggles, so I have only one choice on a snowy day, which is when I need them most.  I recently purchased a 2nd fan and am testing out my various goggles, trying to decide which pair is most suitable for wet, snowy days.  In truth, this solution is not always effective, but it is the best I have found so far.  And as I develop more interest in becoming a "rider of the storm", I realize that I have not yet resolved the problem to the degree that I am comfortable on very snowy days.

 

Which is to say, I would LOVE to be a tester for this product.

post #19 of 21

Just a follow up to those of you interested in trying these out; the winner of our image of the month contest this month will receive a pair of Abom goggles! 

post #20 of 21
I bought these goggles in advance of a 10 day heli trip in BC. The googles totally work! No mater what the conditions or the exertion level, you can clear any for with a push of a button. While you can leave the anti- fog technology on, I chose to just turn it on when the googles began to fog up. Any fog disappeared very quickly. Any worry of fogging no matter what the condition becomes a thing of the past.



Couple issues that I hope Abom addresses in a second generation. The button to turn on the anti-fog function on the right side of the goggle is a little hard to find with gloves on. Also, the light in the upper right corner is a little hard to see with the goggle on in brighter light so it is sometimes hard to tell if you have turned the anti-fog function on. It would be great to have an audible confirmation but that may not be practicable with available battery life. Don't yet have a feel for extended battery life and how fast the battery life degrades. At first blush, battery life was no issue using the anti-fog technology as I detailed above.



As others have commented here, the goggles are on the large side. This did present a challenge with a Smith helmet. I found the combination pushed the goggle down on my nose and made breathing more difficult out of my nose. I found myself pushing the goggle helmet combination up on a regular basis to clear up breathing through my nose. Not sure why the made the Goggle this big and I am encourage by some reports that the will be coming out with smaller models next year.



Given all of the above, good and sort of bad, you should run and buy these goggles immediately if you want to insure fog will never be an issue on you snow adventure. I have tried about every goggle over the years and Abom has finally solved the fog problem. Any other issues are a small price to pay and hopefully even those issues will be in the rear view mirror next season.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by broondog View Post

I bought these goggles in advance of a 10 day heli trip in BC. The googles totally work! No mater what the conditions or the exertion level, you can clear any for with a push of a button. While you can leave the anti- fog technology on, I chose to just turn it on when the googles began to fog up. Any fog disappeared very quickly. Any worry of fogging no matter what the condition becomes a thing of the past.



Couple issues that I hope Abom addresses in a second generation. The button to turn on the anti-fog function on the right side of the goggle is a little hard to find with gloves on. Also, the light in the upper right corner is a little hard to see with the goggle on in brighter light so it is sometimes hard to tell if you have turned the anti-fog function on. It would be great to have an audible confirmation but that may not be practicable with available battery life. Don't yet have a feel for extended battery life and how fast the battery life degrades. At first blush, battery life was no issue using the anti-fog technology as I detailed above.



As others have commented here, the goggles are on the large side. This did present a challenge with a Smith helmet. I found the combination pushed the goggle down on my nose and made breathing more difficult out of my nose. I found myself pushing the goggle helmet combination up on a regular basis to clear up breathing through my nose. Not sure why the made the Goggle this big and I am encourage by some reports that the will be coming out with smaller models next year.



Given all of the above, good and sort of bad, you should run and buy these goggles immediately if you want to insure fog will never be an issue on you snow adventure. I have tried about every goggle over the years and Abom has finally solved the fog problem. Any other issues are a small price to pay and hopefully even those issues will be in the rear view mirror next season.

 

 

Thanks for the feedback! Great to get a review. Would you mind posting a review of them over in this forum please?

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