As a rider, it can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to pick the best motorcycle eyewear. Tricky; because you don't know if they will perform specifically for you until you try them out. Time-consuming; because if they don't work out, you end up having to start your search again to replace them until you get the right pair. And expensive; as you can probably figure, buying the wrong glasses or goggles is a waste of money.
We've put together a few tips to help you choose the right style and type of eye protection that will suit your needs.
There are three main things to consider when choosing your eye protection, comfort, style and safety.
Comfort - Your glasses or goggles must be comfortable otherwise you can lose your concentration while riding. That is dangerous. If you have to constantly adjust the position of your glasses or if your goggles are too tight, get rid of them! Find glasses that curve around your face but don't squeeze your head. They are more of a hindrance than a help. The opposite is also true. If your glasses or goggles are too big, you'll be too distracted about loosing them or they may impair your vision. Fork out some dough and get some glasses that fit comfortably!
Style - Everyone wants to look cool on their bike. Nothing shows your style more than your shades. Just keep the comfort and safety issues in mind when you're choosing your style and you'll be a hit!
Safety - Your motorcycle eyewear must protect you. Think of them as mini windshields for your eyes. They have to keep out dust and dirt, bugs, road debris, excessive wind and sun. They have a big chore to do and make sure that they are up to the task! Don't skimp on your peepers!
Things to know and remember when choosing your glasses or goggles:
- Choose a style that fits your riding needs. If you spend more time in town and sitting, you will want something that doesn't cause you to sweat and possibly fog up. Pick a style that has more ventilation. If you are more of a traveler and ride at higher speeds, pick something that will reduce the wind. This will help avoid tears and your eyes drying out. Goggles or foam lined glasses work the best.
- Do not wear designer or fashion glasses on your motorcycle. They are not meant to be shatter resistant nor will the frames hold up to speed and could break while you're riding.
- There are prescription lenses available. Some of the more established manufacturers offer this option and it is a great alternative to wearing over-glasses.
- Make sure your lenses are shatter resistant. There are a few on the market right now but the most popular are lenses made of polycarbonate material.
- Lens color does make a difference. Always have a different pair for day and night riding. There are products out that have interchangeable lenses for this purpose; not only for helmets, but goggles and glasses. Another option is photochromic (day to night) lenses. These change from almost clear to colored with the light. These are popular with those who require prescription lenses.
- Polarized lenses are a dream. They cut glare and give you sharper vision while riding. They do have drawbacks. If you have an LED instrument panel, it may be hard to read. Also, if you use a full-face helmet, they may alter your vision a bit.
Choosing Lens Color -
Sunning Conditions - Copper, Grey and Brown
Overcast, Dusk and Dawn - Yellow, Light Rust, or Clear
Night or Low Light - Clear
The suggestions we have listed will give you the best color contrasts and the sharpest images. There are other colors on the market and variations of these colors as well but we prefer these colors because they will offer you the best in true color vision.
Always choose a color shade that is suitable to your light sensitivity. The less you have to squint and strain the better your vision will be and the quicker you can react to road and riding situations.
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