Here is a review I wrote for the USASOC online magazine.
Revision Desert Locust
As an airsoft player that tends to fog just about any goggle system without a fan attached, I was excited when asked to review Revisions Desert Locust goggle system! It seemed a truly good opportunity to put my sweating ability to the test!
When I opened the USPS parcel, I was immediately impressed with the Desert Locusts packaging. The box features a picture of the product, along with an inset stating the color of the lens. It also has an insert on top showing a set of the Desert Locust goggles after they had been shot with a shotgun from 16 feet away. An info section on the bottom of the box provided that the shotgun in question was a Remington 870 using 12 gauge 1 ¼ ounce #6 shot from a 2 ¾ inch high brass shell. Stopping a 6mm bb should be no problem!
The right side of the box gives some information about the goggles and Revision, while the left side describes the actual Desert Locust the goggles are named after. I found that bit of trivia interesting. The back of the box had a picture of the goggles, touting its many features, including the adjustable strap, high performance Ocumax coating, low profile design, wide field of view, and forced air vents. All in all, a well put together piece of advertising!
Looks and Features
Upon opening the box I found the goggles wrapped in a black cloth carry case, complete with a long belt loop and a neat way of velcroing together that kept the case secure and didn't allow the goggles to move around much. Removing the goggles revealed a small black micro-fiber cleaning cloth and the goggles wrapped in a captive, OD green anti-glare sleeve. Revision sure seems to go out of their way to ensure that you don't get scratched lenses! Looking inside the carry case revealed an inner pocket that contained a spare set of clear lenses. But enough about the amenities! On to the goggles!
Once I slid the OD green sleeve away from the goggle lens, I found the dark colored lenses already installed. For someone that is very light sensitive like me, this was a godsend! After securing them in place and adjusting the strap to my personal comfort level, I found the Desert Locust to be super comfortable, featuring a soft rubber bumper around the face. I walked around the house with them on and in just a few minutes they almost felt like they weren't there! They proved to be very light and easy on the forehead, cheekbones (both of which are pronounced on my face!) and nose. I couldn't wait to get these things into action!!
I tried these out first on my departments firing range during our Patrol Rifle training drills. The wide field of vision afforded by the Desert Locust made target acquisition easy and quick. I never had an issue finding an of my targets during our move and shoot, turn and shoot, or room entry drills. I had no problems with my main enemy, fogging, through out our two hours of training.
My next test was to use them in our bi-weekly skirmish. This Sunday afternoon featured what passes for cold weather here in Virginia. At a brisk 42 degrees Fahrenheit, I set off into the woods to sling some plastic and check the Desert Locusts abilities out some more! Again, the Desert Locusts field of vision proved to be as advertised, providing a wide, clear view of the field and my opponents. The goggles got tested well right away, as I took some shots right to face first thing. No problems there, and no marks, nicks or scratches from the 340 FPS shots. These are also full seal goggles due to the aforementioned rubber bumper, meaning they meet most fields goggle requirements. After a couple of hours of skirmishes where I had to run, jump fallen logs, fell down over only God knows what, and wait in an ambush, I never had an issue with the goggles falling off, loosening up or becoming an issue. I also experienced no fogging issues, which is a rare, but pleasant surprise for me!
So since they worked so well, I decided to see if I could make them fog up. I decided to do this using another of my passions, the martial arts. I wore the Desert Locust through 3 rounds of Muay Thai heavy bag work, 3 rounds of bodyweight conditioning, and a cool down round of easy shadow boxing. Even with all the power kicks of Muay Thai the Desert Locust stayed in place. I also did not have any fogging issues, even though I was training in the unheated portion of my basement! I had to attend to my 4 year old for about 2 minutes to administer his asthma inhaler. During this short interlude, I slid the goggles on top of my hair. When I replaced them, I did notice a small bit of condensation on the lenses. At last, some progress! I was unsure as to whether my sweat, or my wet hair had caused the film of moisture. I figured I'd leave it and see what I could do with it. Now I decided to see if I could push the envelope!
I put on a hoodie sweatshirt, pulled the hood up, then covered my lower face with a shemagh. Then, since it was dark out and I wouldn't scare my neighbors too much, I set out for a short, quick jog up the block in the 22 degree Fahrenheit evening. I jogged a total of about 4 blocks up and back to the house. Then I spent about 10 minutes running into the house in the heat, and back out side again into the cold. I think my wife was convinced that I was losing my mind! The moisture I mentioned earlier was still there, though no actual fogging had occurred. The moisture distorted my vision slightly, though not enough that I could distinguish details around me or read my license plates and street signs from 15 or 20 feet away in the dark. I also took out my beloved G36c and fired off several rounds in my cold basement training room. Again, even with the light film of moisture, I had no problem hitting targets of human size, down to 12 ounce soda cans.
After all of this, I wiped the moisture out of the lens. I continued to wear them for anther 30 minutes or so, but the film of moisture never redeveloped. Again, I've no real way of knowing if my workout had caused it, or if it was transferred from my hair during it's short interlude resting there. What was important to me was the fact that it never affected my vision, and never actually fogged up!
Packaging was excellent and informative
Carry case can be put on field gear and kept close
Comfortable, adjustable strap
Spare lens included
Forced air vents appear to work well
No actual fogging issues
Very wide field of vision
Light film of moisture finally developed.
It's safe to say I like Revisions Desert Locust goggles very much! They are definitely going to become a staple of my airsoft game bag, and I know they will find their way into my Sheriff's Office response bag as well!!