What It Is
The Mayhem goggle is a completely new design from Oakley featuring an increased lens sizing and improved facial fit contour from previous models. Moisture-wicking triple fleece face foam is attached to a flexible O-Matter chassis. Rigid O-Matter strap connectors provide even distribution of goggle pressure, while quick-release strap attachments allow for interchangeability. A virtual spectrum of colorways and three signature models from James Stewart and Mike Metzger are available to match any racer's style. Better yet, two lenses (clear and dark grey), and a seven pack of laminated tear-offs are included with each pair.
The larger lens is quite a welcomed improvement, as it noticeably increases the peripheral vision. I am a fan of the "outrigger" style strap attachments. I feel it distributes the pressure of the frame better, especially when the strap is tightened. I like the fit of the Crowbar for the most part, but not all helmets accept the large frame very well. The Mayhem fits my face even better than the Crowbar, and it fit in each of my helmets with ease. On an aesthetic level, I definitely like the colorways I've seen, especially the Metzger signature model.
As design and development continue to progress, the price will inevitably inflate; dropping 70 to 90 big ones for goggles can be a tough pill to swallow. Also, I am not sold on the frame accents on either side of the nose. They seem a bit of an afterthought, and perhaps a bit forced, as they do not add anything to performance.
The Mayhem is a welcomed addition to the Oakley goggle family. For those who liked the performance of the Crowbar, but would like more helmet compatibility and added field of vision, the Mayhem answers the call.