Scott Prospect Mojave and WFS goggle
Standard Prospect goggle: RRP: £80.00 / €99.95
Limited edition Mojave: RRP: £110.00 / €139.95
WFS: RRP: £100.00 / €129.95
For US prices see local stockists
22 hours and counting – here’s my first impression of the Scott Prospect Limited Edition Mojave and WFS goggles. WFS, by the way, stands for Works Film System – Scott’s version of a roll-off.
The weather being as unpredictable as pimply teenager this year so I decided to take both pairs of Scott goggles with me for the week’s riding and testing in Portugal. By the end of the week the Mojave’s made it out for only a brief outing on day one for about three hours while for the rest of the time I favoured the WFS version. Just as well because in the varying weather conditions I used both rolls of film that came new in the box.
Given that the WFS shares the same base features and frame as the standard Prospect goggle (and in this case the fancy coloured Mojave) this review will be only slightly varied if you’re considering the use of alternate lenses and frames colours. And I loved the inspiration of the limited edition Mojave goggles – the colour scheme, strap design and lens selection are spot-on for bright sunlight / desert conditions. Meanwhile, the WFS pair I tested were a simple black and white with a clear lens but you can use the system with any Prospect goggle as a result of the simple fitting procedures.
I will post the tech-specs at the end of the review but I would prefer to address the most notable features that would influence my decision to buy these goggles (or not).
How do they rate?
Out of the box my first impression was how deep the triple layered foam surround at the rear of the frame was. These goggles are not only big but pretty deep, too. I did wonder if they would fit into the Bell Moto 9 Flex I would be wearing. They did, but the fit was snug and if the outriggers weren’t articulated and able to move I doubt they would have.
I liked that the WFS system was located behind the outriggers. I can confirm Scott’s claim that the Prospect goggles offer one of the biggest fields of vision on the market today. The forward and peripheral vision is excellent, and not just for a roll off system, the vision is good – period. The extra height of the lens is noticeable as is the wider film (50 mm) but the three most notable features were 1. the secure clip-in cannisters, 2. the top film protector under which the film slides across the lens extends under the canisters and is sealed in when the canister is clipped into place, and 3. the nonslip grid which is placed over the lens works effectively at keeping dirt and water from getting between the film and the lens.
The most common complaint with roll-offs is that they don’t seal as well as they should. Water and dust always seem to penetrate behind the film and often obscure your vision. The WFS system is a step-up on the usual in this respect, being a very clever design and it’s evident that a good deal of thought has gone into improving the WFS over the current roll-off options. In my experience so far, the Prospect WFS system is the most advanced on the market today.
On the frames more generally; I was super impressed by the nose piece – it’s the most comfortable of any goggle I’ve tested so far. It’s well shaped, moulded and well padded. The lens replacement was simple and I liked the Lens Lock system, it’s not as easy as the Oakley Airbrake system but still very good.
After roughly 20 hours of use I came away with a very positive view of the Scott Prospect goggles and very impressed by the WFS system when measured against their competition set. The Mojave lens in the bright sunlight felt optically correct and were soft on the eyes. The colour separation was good and transitioning from light to shade didn’t present any blank or depth perception issues at all.
I would rate the WFS system as the best on the market today, not only for quality and design but for price. I think they offer excellent value for money. As for the Prospect goggles themselves they offer a fantastic field of vision, are comfortable and feel secure and safe. Although the fit in the helmet aperture was pretty snug with the nose piece fitted, which I was concerned about at the outset, I came to appreciate the safety it offered (I ate quite a bit of roost throughout the week). I cannot yet comment on the optical standards or effectiveness of the various ‘Truview’ lenses offered by Scott but the anti-fog treatment on the clear lens on the WFS works well.
I’m going to spend more time with the non-WFS Prospect goggles and test the lens variations and I’ll let you know how I get on.