WHAT EVERY MOTORCYCLE RIDER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR.
Eye protection is very important for motorcycle riders. You never know when another vehicle will throw a rock, or a bug flies into your face. Windshields block some debris, but do not fully protect your eyes. In many states, it is a law that all motorcycle riders must wear protective eyewear. This article will provide information for selecting the best protective eyewear for you.
There are many types of protective eyewear made for motorcycle riders. These include goggles, glasses, and convertible glasses. Convertible glasses come with a strap to wear like a goggle, or arms to wear like glasses. Some riding glasses have an attached strap to both arms to prevent slipping. Padding attached to the frame of a goggle or glasses protects the face from severe impacts and provides a wind resistant seal. This wind resistant seal helps keep dirt and wind out of your eyes, and is great for sensitive eyes or those that wear contact lenses.
Always check to make sure the lens is made of polycarbonate shatter resistant material. Some sunglasses are made of acrylic material and will crack or break very easily. UV protection is important for blocking out harmful rays of the sun. I recommend UV 400 protection because it is the highest available. Polarized lenses are great for blocking glare and make objects look crisp and clear. The downfall of polarized lenses is that it makes oil slicks and wet spots harder to see. Lenses come in a variety of colors and there are “kits” for goggles and glasses available that have different colored lenses that can be switched out. Smoke or Amber tinted lenses are great for bright sunny days. Yellow, clear, and blue tinted lenses are great for night driving or very cloudy and hazy days.
Almost every motor cycle rider who wears protective eyewear has experienced a problem with glasses fogging up. Several anti-fog compounds are packaged and marketed for this purpose. They cost quite a bit, some work great but others are a total failure. Virtually all of them have one common component that makes them work: glycerin. Glycerin is a high-percentage ingredient in hand soap. Some soap brands/types tend to be better than others are. Neutrogena has about the highest glycerin content of any soap. It is a bit softer than most soap, but rubbing your finger on it, then smearing it on your eyewear works fine. I take a chunk of it and put it in a clear, plastic 35mm film can. Ivory soap and `Pure Pleasure' glycerin soap work very well also. To apply cut off a piece of hand soap, smear it on your previously cleaned eyeglasses, then, using a clean, cotton cloth, rub the streaked soap all over the lenses to where it's not visible any more. Works fine, lasts a long time and works better in my opinion than any of the stuff you pay a buck or more per half-ounce for.
In my opinion, there is no #1 best for protective eyewear. It is a matter of personal preference. One must find the pair that works best for them. I have several different pairs that I wear for different riding conditions. The most important thing is to be safe and enjoy the ride.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
My name is Andrea, and I am an avid biker. I live in Arkansas and love riding the rural scenic roads here. I believe every rider should ride safe and ride for fun. I work for www.gogglesandglasses.com.