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Gear Review

5 5

a vast improvement over the already excellent Wisdoms

Oakley nailed this one. I had Oakley Wisdoms before and I still think they are excellent, but the Crowbars blow them out of the water.
The new suspension system on the sides of the goggle frame make the Crowbars extremely helmet-compatible right out of the box. (Wisdoms usually required a special helmet strap, sold separately.)
The field of vision - particularly peripherally - are even greater than the Wisdom's range of view. Going back to the Wisdoms felt stuffy after the nearly panoramic view of the Crowbars.
The fit seems more versatile than the Wisdoms. The Wisdoms were supposedly for larger faces while the Crowbars were more middle of the road. I found the Crowbars to fit my face far better than the Wisdoms though, despite my larger-than-average melon.
The only possible downside of the Crowbars is their appearance. If you have a small head, these goggles may just eclipse your face. Otherwise, I think these goggles look great, and they even fit in my jacket pocket more easily than my Wisdoms.
The steeper price for Oakley is definitely well-warranted and worth it if you're considering the Crowbar as your next goggle.