Ok so you’re looking to get a pair of MX goggles, but you’re lost. There’s literally thousands of different types out there, each with their own features, functions and designs. Which one do you choose? You want a pair of goggles that looks good, is easy to see out of, and will protect your eyes properly from the elements. Informing yourself of the different options is the best place to start. Picking out a pair of goggles that fit you and your personality are key to enhancing your performance while riding.
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3) Tear Offs and Roll offs
4) Nose Guard
5) Strap Type
7) Over the glasses
Getting the right lens is probably the most important part of goggle selection. Ideally you want something with a wide viewing field, an anti-fog coating, and the proper amount of tint or enhancement (for bright light or low light). There are different shapes of lenses for goggles, but the most popular are Cylindrical Lenses and Spherical Lenses. The difference between the two is that the Cylindrical Lens curves horizontally and remains flat vertically, while the Spherical Lens curve both vertically and horizontally. The Cylindrical Lens tends to be lower in price range, while the Spherical Lens offers more advantages such as, reducing glare and fog and providing a wider range of vision. Lens Color:
Lenses also offer different types of light exposure to get through the goggles, this is known as Visible Light Transmission (VLT). The lower the light (sun) the higher the VLT. The higher the light (sun) the lower the VLT. Think of it as a tint or an enhancement (dark lenses or yellow high vis lenses).
Low 60-90% Color VLT lens include: Blue, Rose, Yellow
High 5-20% Color VLT lens include: Mirrored, Black, Grey, Gold
Middle of VLT performs good in all conditions especially if light changes through the day
There are many different type of lenses that can be useful for any type of weather:
-UV Protection Lens- Can protect your eyes from UV Rays
-Mirrored Lens- Offers a decreased amount of light and a decreased amount of glare
-Polarized Lens- Reduces the amount of glare and enhances definition and contrast
-Double Lens- Reduces fog
-Photochromic Lens- Automatically adjusts to any change of light exposure Impact Rating:
You want the lenses of your goggles to be safe, after all protection is the point of the goggles right? Look for safety certifications, they will say something like ANSI Z87.1 or something similar. Not all manufacturers post the safety rating so you may want to ask. Integrated vs changeable:
Interchangeable Lenses can be purchased for a single pair of goggles! Having the ability to have multiple lenses can save money and space! Padding:
With the right size goggles the padding (foam) should be comfortable and snug to your face. Usually goggles with multiple layers of foam are better, the layers provide varying density and materials for comfort. They are more dense towards the frame and softer towards your face. If the goggles are too loose there will be gaps that debris can get through. If they’re too small there will be excessive pressure. Your comfort is important while riding, so make sure the goggles fit firmly around your face!Tear offs and roll offs:
Do the goggles you’re looking at have them? Do you really need them? Tear off and roll off systems essentially put a thin layer of film over your goggle lens which you can remove when it gets muddy. This is great for professional MX riders as well as people who love slinging around some mud! Usually goggles with these are more expensive. With Tear offs, you pull a tab and the film comes off. With roll offs, you pull a small cord and it rolls to the other side. Tear offs cover more of the goggle but you could accidentally pull all of them off. Roll offs cover much less, but there is no chance of pulling all of them off accidentally. Nose Guard:
Some goggles have a small piece of plastic that goes over your nose. This will help protect you from larger objects like rocks and branches.Strap Type:
When looking for the right pair of goggles make sure you check the strap width, adjustment, and presence of anti-slip silicone. Wider straps tend to be easier to adjust and are more sturdy because of the grip they have on your head. The anti-slip silicone will ensure the strap does not slide up and down on your head or helmet. Shape:
The shape of the goggles are important because that will give you a good indication of how they work with your helmet, hat or other head protection. Goggles which are too large or have protrusions may have trouble fitting in the eye port of a MX helmet. Over The Glasses:
Some goggles are designed to wear over your eye glasses. There should be no pressure on glasses while wearing goggles.
Hope this guide informed you on the important aspects of goggles!