Buying the Best Goggles
In today's safety conscious society, goggles are a routine part of personal protective equipment. Chances are you use goggles at work for eye protection; you might even use them at home when painting, working on the car, or using cleaning chemicals in the bathroom.
When riding your motorcycle, you will want to wear the best goggles to protect your eyes and provide a comfortable ride. You will find a vast selection of goggles with a variety of features. Selecting the best pair requires trying them on, studying the features, and accepting the price.
The best goggles will provide a snug fit. Because your face is out there in front when you are driving down the road on your motorcycle, a snug fit will keep the goggles in place while protecting your eyes from insects and dust.
A snug fit also supports the ventilation system, if your goggles are vented.
Not all goggles will fit over your eyeglasses. If you wear prescription eyeglasses then you will want goggles that are big enough to sit over your glasses.
Another option for you to consider, if you wear prescription eyeglasses, is prescription goggles. Many styles are available with prescription lenses.
Some goggles are actually two lenses connected over the nose; other goggles are one lens that spans both eyes. Regardless of the lens style, the best features are usually offered on all styles.
Ultra-violet protection is a great feature to have because it protects your eyes from the sunlight. Long exposure to UV can damage your eyes, and also cause fatigue.
When you are driving a motorcycle, you certainly don't want to strain your eyes or grow fatigued.
Goggles with polycarbonate lenses are common and preferred. Shatterproof lenses are imperative when it comes to safety, and if you skid or fall off the bike, polycarbonate lenses won't shatter.
Your goggles may fog up if you don't have either the anti-fog coating or a ventilation system. Anti-fog lenses will not fog up on you causing difficulty seeing. And ventilation systems are simply plastic or foam airways that let air flow in and out of your goggles―yes, your eyes do need to breathe.
A scratch-resistant coating will help protect the lenses from everyday handling, as well as road dust and dirt that may be launched onto your goggles. Some insects are hard-shelled, and these, too, can scratch your goggles. If you want to avoid scratches on your lenses, look for scratch resistance.
One of the best features you can find in motorcycle goggles is the interchangeable lenses. During the day, a tinted lens will help you see by blocking out the bright sun.
But at night, your eyes need to take in all the artificial and natural (moonlight) lighting they can to help you see. Pop in your clear lenses once the sun sets and you have regular night vision.
As a motorcycle rider you will spend money on your bike, helmet, leathers, boots, gloves, and goggles. A full-coverage helmet with a full-face shield might mean you don't need goggles. But if you prefer an open-faced helmet or a shorty helmet, then you need to buy glasses or goggles.
The amount you spend on your goggles will depend on the make and model. Some brands are more expensive than others. Every model has certain features and the number of features will help determine the price.
Shop around for the best price because you can find goggles at many retail stores, on the Internet, and even at your local dealer.
In addition to the price, which can range from $15 to $200 for all purpose goggles, you will want to shop for a good fit and helpful features. Comfort and safety is important when you are out there enjoying your ride.Other Topics in This Section
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- Top 10 Motorcycles Ever
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- Review of Motorcycle Manufacturers
- A Word About Passengers
- Tips for a Safe Ride
- What to Look for During a Test Drive
- How To Buy a Motorcycle
- Learning to Ride a Motorcycle
- Consider Taking a Safety Course
- Group Riding: Safety in Numbers
- Motorcycles and Weather Conditions
- Motorcycle Insurance How To
- Must-have Accessories
- How To Ride In Heavy Traffic
- Electric Motorcycles
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- Finding a Trustworthy Mechanic
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