Almost all motorcyclists will wear glasses or motorcycle goggles at some time when motorcycle riding to correct vision, protect eyes from UV rays or flying debris. Before you purchase a pair of motorcycle goggles, you’ll need to make sure that you’re getting the best fit for comfort and safety.
For this reason, we have listed some things to look for when choosing the perfect pair for you.
Helmet padding: Helmet padding plays a very important role in finding the perfect type of goggles. Some helmets have a pre-cut groove in the padding along the temples where the arms of the glasses can sit on to provide better comfort. Glasses specifically designed for helmet use often have padded arms and are usually made from neoprene or foam. Softer padding doesn’t last as long (especially if you let it get wet or dirty) but will be more comfortable in the short term.
The lenses: Lenses not only correct your vision and reduce glare while riding but can protect your eyes against flying particles. Glasses used when riding should have shatterproof polycarbonate lenses and a lightweight nylon frame. The lenses should provide 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from the sun. To reduce glare, use polarised lenses. Orange or yellow lenses can also help improve clarity while riding. You might want to check out non-tinted lenses for night riding.
The Arms: The arms should not be too thick as they will compromise your peripheral vision and block your side view. To get the best fit, you should take your helmet with you when purchasing your glasses to guarantee that they fit properly. Try putting your helmet on first then put your glasses on through the visor. Make sure that the frames at the top and bottom don’t obscure your view and create extra blind spots while you are riding.
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