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Old 11-09-2011, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best eyewear for and open face w/shield?

What type of eyewear would be most compatible with an open face helmet equipped with a face shield? I've read so much about goggles fogging up and some glasses as well, unless you're in motion, that is. I want the face shield to help deflect insects and reduce some wind, but I want enough airflow to prevent fogging also. Any recommendations?
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have to wear corrective lenses and I've tried a number of different styles over the years. There are a couple of issues you have to work with. The most annoying is wind coming in under the lower edge of the glasses and carrying dust and bugs into your eyes and also drying your eyes out and causing eye strain. Because of this I suggest you find glasses that are rather curved down low and come in very close to your cheeks, or even touch your cheeks. Another problem is fog, which can be just as dangerous as dust and bugs in your eyes. Many of the sunglasses made specifically for motorcycling have foam or rubber eyecups. If you get glasses with eyecups, be sure they are of the removable variety, so you can take them off if you're fogging up too much. Personally, I don't like eyecups much, every pair of motorcycle glasses I've had came with them and after trying them all, I take them off and never use them again.

A couple more things; many come with straps, but I've only ever used them back in the day when I was a youngster and rode without a helmet at times (back when I thought I was bullet proof). I only ever lost a pair of glasses once and I was riding without helmet and no strap.

And last, but not least; be sure to get something very durable, most of my riding glasses end up broken. The main problem seems to be flexing of the frames, due to pressure on the sides from the helmet. I wore Bobsters for about five years and went through four pairs of them, they all broke in the same place, at the bottom of the frame around one of the lenses, which was really annoying because I like their style and they are comfortable... but I finally ditched them because replacing them every year or so was expensive (remember I have to have prescription lenses).

Right now I have some Liberty Sport Chopper sunglasses, the jury is still out, but they are comfortable and the frames seem to be more flexible and durable.

I recommend checking out some of the eyeglass websites, like Olympic Eyewear, you'll find a lot of styles, made specifically for motorcycling. These businesses will also replace the stock lenses with prescription lenses in clear, dark or transition if you need these. I would also visit some of the local eyewear shops and try on whatever they have. Remember that most of those running eyewear shops, or working in them are not aware that there are specialized sunglasses for motorcycling, so you might have to check a number of shops to find one.

And last is a word of warning; don't be taken in by a cool looking pair of wayfarers or other styles that aren't made for your sport and will let debris get in under them. You'll regret it when your hauling ass down the road and a gnat temporarily blinds you in one eye.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wear a full face lid, but normally ride with the visor open, unless at higher speed. I've been looking for shatter-proof sunnies, after a scary incident when a stone chip cracked a lens of my sunglasses. They're hard to find!
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Davida wrs74 works brilliantly and is also available in prescription.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Dont forget Safety glasses. The ones I use with my full-face are wrap around. My eyes dont water and I can get them in clear and tinted. I carry both in my tank bag.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a pair of Aussie "Ugly fish" biker sunglasses that convert into googles. Really works well with both my open face as goggles and my full face as glasses. link: http://uglyfisheyewear.com/product/t...Ultimate&id=58

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Old 01-22-2012, 08:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I wear Oakley's. Fit is good(for my face) and superior impact protection. Not cheap, but quality never is.

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Last summer, I rode a lot with an open-face helmet and I got some sunglesses from here: http://www.motorcyclesunglasses.co.uk/sunglasses.html.

I got a pair of the smoke grey and a pair of the amber. With an open helmet and no shield they are great up to about 60/70 mph. Beyond that, the wind gets behind them and makes my eyes water.

I can really recommend the amber lenses for riding at night or in poor visibility. I'd read about yellow lenses in 'driving glasses' and thought it was just marketing schtick, but they really do improve contrast and make things sharper.
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I use Bobster DZL Goggle anti-fog photochromic lenses bought for $45A wear then on outside of MOMO helmet and work a treat so I bought a second pair. They are wonderful at high speeds whereas my sunnies were a problem as i often got sore red wind eyes.
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