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Friday, November 18, 2011
Gear: Liquid Image Impact HD goggle

By Ryan Leyba
ESPN.com

The Liquid Image Impact HD 720p goggle shown in red. It is also available in a nice, shiny black.

Helmet cams have become all the rage within the past few years, with the GoPro HD Hero cam being the standard across all action sport disciplines. But with digital camera technology developing at an alarming rate -- no pun intended -- the field is beginning to level out allowing for other POV video innovations to hit the market. Enter the Liquid Image Impact HD 720p motocross goggle.

WHAT IT IS:
The Impact HD 720p video goggle is a top of the line motocross goggle, but with a high tech twist. Liquid Image, known best for their scuba diving POV video cam facemask line, is making an attempt to infiltrate the motocross market with their "in-goggle" camera technology. With an HD 720p video camera integrated into the frame of the goggle, hours of POV action footage can be recorded without the hassle of mounting an intrusive camera on top of the helmet.

WHY IT RULES:
While GoPro's HD Hero camera line is known to produce some of the highest quality POV footage around, the camera body itself is a bit large, making for an awkward and often times unsightly setup. The beauty about the Impact goggle is that you simply put it on, push the record button, and start shredding.

At first glance, it's tough to tell that the Impact goggle houses an HD cam. Slick, indeed.

Once recording, 1280x720 720p footage is logged onto a Micro SD card (up to 32GB), allowing for up to 150 minutes of POV video goodness to be recorded per battery. With a back-up battery (available as an accessory), the 32GB card is capable of storing 300 minutes of video. Uploading the video to a computer is a breeze, and achieved by connecting the goggle to a computer via the included USB 2.0 cable, or removing the Micro SD card and uploading with a USB card adapter.

Though not as proven as the GoPro HD Hero camera, Liquid Image's Impact goggle is simple, foolproof, and innovative. The $250 price tag is a bit hard to swallow, especially considering that you'll be stuck with the same pair of goggles for as long as you feel the need to film your sicky gnar gnar shredding, but replacement lenses and straps are available for purchase allowing the goggle to stay fresh.

WHERE TO FIND IT:
Still new to the motocross market, the best place to purchase the Impact goggle is directly through Liquid Image's online store. A new and updated 1080p Impact model should be available by the end of the year (with a rumored retail price of $400), but a specific release date has yet to be announced.