here is more info on the new blueseventy carbonRZR...
The carbonRZR is the lightest, strongest and fastest goggle on the market
Seattle, WA – December 15, 2009 – blueseventy, continues to innovate in the goggle category with the introduction of the first-ever carbon goggle for Spring 2010. The sleek carbonRZR offers swimmers all the structural benefits of carbon fiber delivering the lightest, strongest and fastest goggles on the market.
“The carbonRZR represents what blueseventy is all about,” says blueseventy CErzO Steve Nicholls. “We believe in crafting the best possible products that combine cutting-edge technology and unmatched comfort so you can get on with what is really important – in the case of goggles, swimming faster and seeing clearly.”
The carbonRZR is made from the latest, technologically advanced Carbon Fiber Polymer (CFP), produced exclusively for blueseventy and hailed as the next step in lightweight engineered polymers. CFP is a high tensile, light weight carbon that is laced with a nylon polyamide compound reinforced with carbon fibers as a reinforcing agent. Carbon fibers are dispersed into the nylon matrix during the manufacturing process. During this process, an extreme burst of heat is applied to the material in a reinforced gravity fed hopper that allows the molten material to be injected under high pressure into frame cavity.
CFP is up to 6 times stronger than polycarbonate, the current standard in aquatic eyewear. In addition, with CFP, the key elements of the goggle are 2.5 times as light as a standard goggle. This represents huge weight reductions and increased comfort without sacrificing strength.
The chart below illustrates how much stronger CFP is to PC. The key comparison is in Flexural Strength. This determines the required strength of the frame.
PC CFP Units CFP % Increase
Tensile Strength 67 200 Mpa +298
Tensile Modulus 2,400 15,000 Mpa +625
Flextural Strength 98 260 Mpa +265
Flexural Modulus 2,400 14,000 Mpa +583
Impact Strength 80 450 J/m2 +563
In addition to the CFP frame, the carbonRZR features the highest grade, GE polycarbonate lenses enhanced with an anti-scratch, hard coating and treated with a hard-coated long-life anti-fog solution for optimum clarity. The lens shape and size has been designed for directional focus while allowing side view and peripheral awareness.
The carbonRZR will be in stores March 2010 with a suggested retail of $100.
Holy carbon! I know carbon in bikes and cycling shoes drive up the prices and now swimming gets to get some carbon price shock. Triathletes nmight not even blink at paying more for carbon goggles but the question will be will swimmers. Then again millions of swimmers plunked down hard cash for tech suit the last two years. Swimming is no longer a cheap sport of buying a speedo suit for 20 bucks and goggles for another 10. Swimming like all sports is getting pricey. But with price comes speed.