Unless Oakley starts building camera into their snow goggles, we think the collaboration between Oakley and Garmin (or any action cam for that matters) sounds like a logical move. Via wireless connectivity and a dedicated app, you can now view live video feed, as well as data from Garmin VIRB Elite action camera on the Airwave’s heads up display and even control the VIRB using the glove-friendly remote for Airwave 1.5, which in our humble opinion, kind of address a shortcoming in the aspect of control of the VIRB, but the size that thing (the action cam) never cease to irk us. With this combo, you can now zip down the powder slopes and see what the camera is recording along with the data overlaid onto the video.
The Airwave 1.5 Snow Goggle itself boasts a built-in heads-up display developed by Recon Instruments, integrating GPS, WiFi, MFi Bluetooth and more, along with a host of onboard sensors to feed you with a wealth of information including maps, jump analytics, speed and altitude, control music, and even locate and track friends while on the slopes. Well, that’s provided your pals also have the Airwave goggles or at least the Recon Engage app installed on their smartphones. The VIRB on the other hand, also has its own GPS, sensors including accelerometer and altimeter, IPX7 rated for water resistant, a 1.4-inch Chroma display for preview and playback, and offers up to three hours of in 1080p per charge.
However, this holy matrimony comes at a premium. The Oakley Airwave 1.5 Snow Goggle itself will set you back at $649 and the Garmin VIRB, about $300, which means you are looking at nearly one grand in outlay for this high-tech sports gear, so you better be making your jumps and recordings yield some money in return.