The risks involved in riding motocross require safety equipment such as a helmet, boots, gloves, a chest protector, and the list goes on. Protect one of your most valuable assets — your vision — with motocross goggles designed to perform. Not sure where to start? SportRx has you covered with everything you need to know when choosing dirt bike and motocross goggles.
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When it comes to protecting your eyes at high-speeds, our Sports Opticians have strict criteria to selecting the best dirt bike goggles. We’ll break down both frame and lens technologies, so you know what to look for when picking your next pair.
Many goggles are designed with outriggers so that they can adapt to a variety of helmet shapes. Not only do outriggers help align the goggle, they also help to create just the right amount of strap tension to keep your goggle securely against your face. Another key feature to consider with your helmet is the strap. Most motocross goggles come with an adjustable silicone-lined strap that prevents it from slipping down the back of the helmet and thus securing the goggle in place.
Sweat is inevitable, but dirt bike and MX goggles have two key features to manage it and keep your vision fog-free.
1. Ventilation System – Strategically placed vents encourage air flow and create vacuums to pull hot air out from behind the goggle.
2. Face Foam – Nearly every goggle has triple-layer foam (also known as dual-density foam, with a fleece lining for comfort). Some goggles even take it a step further with quadruple-layer foam. It’s moisture-wicking, so sweat doesn’t reach your eyes — or lenses.
Interchangeable Lens System
If you’ve browsed through our lineup of the Best Dirt Bike & Motcross Goggles, you may have noticed that each of them has an interchangeable lens system. We love the ability to swap lenses, because it allows you to get the perfect amount of coverage in any conditions. Today, these systems are faster and easier than ever. You’ll get hassle-free changing in a matter of seconds and always get a complete seal between the lens and frame.
On the topic of lenses, let’s talk about lens tech!
Safety is the #1 priority when blazing through the circuit or in rough terrain. Protect yourself from flying debris with impact-resistant lenses. The most commonly found material is injection-molded polycarbonate, which gives the coverage you need.
Another great option are Oakley’s proprietary materials. Plutonite™ lenses are a high-grade polycarbonate that are impact-resistant and have great clarity. You can also consider their High-Impact Anti-Fog lens (on Oakley Front Line) which exceeds ANSI Z87.1 safety regulations
Ripping around berms and through whoops at top speed requires precise coordination between your body and bike. This high-speed sport requires split-second decisions that can be the deciding factor between a smooth ride and a wipeout. A high contrast lens will allow you to pick up on every detail so you don’t miss a beat. It also aids in depth perception, which is crucial when approaching your jump.
Similar to the frame’s ventilation system, it’s important that your lenses have fog-defense as well. Most dirt bike goggles come with a standard anti-fog coating on the inside of the lens. This helps to manage moisture and reduce chances of fogging.
If you are using your MX goggles with prescription inserts, we recommend adding an anti-fog coating to the insert, too. This will act as an extra layer of protection against fog. (If this is your first time hearing about dirt bike goggles with prescription inserts, they’ll change your world and your ride! Give us a call and one of our Sports Opticians will be happy to answer any questions.)
Mud, dirt, dust, and debris is bound to get on the goggle. Tear-offs make for a quick way to get back to clear vision. Almost a necessity in a race situation. Great for casual riders, too. Tear-offs sit on the outside of the lens and can be removed on the fly to quickly remove anything on the goggle lens. Dirt bike and motocross goggles will have two tear-off posts on the lens and one on the outrigger (or the strap clip). These posts work with both standard and laminated tear-offs.
We have put together a few top picks here to help get you on the right track. Pun intended. For the complete lineup, visit our blog on the Best Motocross Goggles.
Oakley Airbrake MX
It should come as no surprise that performance-oriented Oakley delivers a seriously impressive MX goggle. The Oakley Airbrake MX is one of the top Oakley motocross goggles and for good reason. An impact-resistant Plutonite™ lens is available with PRIZM™ lens technology with MX-specific color options. It also features Oakley’s Switchlock™ technology for easy lens swapping.
Oakley Airbrake MX Key Features
- Plutonite™ lens material is highly impact-resistant
- PRIZM™ MX lens technology
- Switchlock™ technology makes swapping lenses quick and hassle-free
- Available with prescription insert
An MX-favorite, 100% motocross goggles are a leader in the industry. The 100% Armega is our 2020 REXY winner for the Best Motocross Goggle and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Made from bonded dual-injection, this frame is extremely strong and durable, while being comfortable to wear. Shatter-resistant lenses are easily swapped, thanks to the quick-release interchange system that creates a complete seal between the lens and frame. A triple-layer foam gasket has you covered from sweat and fog.
100% Armega Key Features
- Shatter-resistant lens & quick-release interchange system for easy swapping
- Air intake system to promote air flow & encourage circulation
- Removable nose guard
- REXY Winner for Best Motocross Goggle of 2020
- Available with prescription insert
Prescription Dirt Bike & Motocross Goggles Online at SportRx
Need prescription motocross goggles? Done. We have prescription inserts that are custom built for you and are specifically designed to fit in your goggles. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tooltips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, contact us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians who can help you build your prescription motocross goggles.
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