- 1 Best Motorcycle Goggles in 2020
- 2 Buyer’s Guide
- 3 Styles
- 4 Prescription Goggles
- 5 Dirt Bike Goggles
- 6 Motorcycle Goggles FAQ
- 6.1 Can you wear glasses underneath motorcycle goggles?
- 6.2 Are there motorcycle prescription goggles?
- 6.3 How much does motorcycle goggles cost?
- 6.4 Which are the best motorcycle goggles?
- 6.5 Should I wear goggles with tinted or clear glass?
- 6.6 Are there goggles specifically for dirt bike riding?
- 6.7 Can I use my motorcycle goggles as sunglasses?
Best Motorcycle Goggles in 2020
We have listed the top motorcycle goggles of 2020. We have taken style, functionality, price and quality into consideration. We put focus on some of the bigger brands to see if it was possible to find cheaper models with promising value, but we also tried out some more unknown brands to compare. So no matter if you’re driving an expensive Hypermotard or a low price moped, we promise you’ll find something you like. Let’s get into it!
Oakley Crowbar MX
Oakley Front Line MX
-High Impact Resistance
Oakley Mayhem Pro MX
Bobster Phoenix OTG
Bobster Night Hawk II
Bobster Renegade Sport
Wiley X Boss
-High Velocity Resistance
-High Impact Protection
-Polarize Mirror Lenses
Wiley X Peak
-Follows ANSI Z87 Requirements
-Ideal for very bright conditions
Wiley X Valor
-Wiley X Filter 8
Oakley, mostly known for their ski goggles, has for some time now, actually been producing motorcycle goggles as well. With models like Fives Squared and Oakley Shocktube they have shown that they know what they’re doing. With high quality, a clean style and a great fit in most of their models they are as reliable for their motorcycle goggles as for any other product.
The Crowbar offers a very wide field of vision, helping you detect unforeseen, moving obstacles in the periphery. They are extremely light and will fit to most helmets. You can customize the glass for these goggles to optimize for you specific conditions. There are mainly three options when it comes to glass; Clear glass, with the standard but cool look, that anyone can appreciate. Second option is the Fire Iridium glass, with a fiery tone, making them less transparent for outside observers and essentially, an awesome look. Lastly, Black Iridium, gives the goggles a darker and clean look with dark tinted glare. All the different glass types come with durable impact resistance, UV-protection and anti-fog treatment. In addition to the customizable glass, Oakley offers 25 different colors and patterns of the Crowbar MX Goggle. On top of all this, the Crowbar can be made with prescription glass. Just provide the seller with your prescription and they will do the rest. This is one of the cheaper models of Oakley, but don’t let the low price fool you, they come in great quality and with all Oakley’s standard guarantees.
- Anti-Fog Tech
- 25 Designs
Mayhem Pro MX
Going to the next price class, the Mayhem PRO MX goggles are really stepping up the game. The glass in these goggles are made up with PRIZM lens technology. This technology has years of color-science and physiological understanding of the biology of the eye backing it up. It makes use of how our eyes, naturally filter light and what is unique for different, visually extreme environments. By doing this, this tech can actually emphasize the characteristics of certain colors and lights, to make contrasts clearer. This is done using a certain, unique, patented dye. Essentially, this makes it easier for the user to make out details in the surroundings, improving both experience and security while riding your pit bike or motorcycle. Not only does this goggle come with this technology, it offers 7 different lenses and 21 different colors and patterns, ranging from “Reaper Blue” to “Podium Check Orange”. Professionals are calling this the best and most comfortable goggle Oakley has ever made. As with previous model, this can be customized for prescription glass and can be put to most helmets.
- Anti-Fog Tech
- PRIZM Lens
- 7 Lenses
- 21 Designs
This goggle come with another of Oakley’s patented materials – Plutonite. This material is created to stop 100% of all the sun’s UV-light. There is a wide range of types of UV-light and we won’t get into all the details about it, but what this technology does is that it stops all the different types from entering your retina. Many of these lights are harmful for your eyes and this is one of the few materials that stops all of them. These goggles also feature the high-impact resistance, meaning they are very resistant to scratches and breakage. Now, Oakley themselves say it’s a 100% safe from physical damage, which for obvious reasons can’t be 100% true, but this definitely means they are very sturdy and durable. In addition, they have the Oakley Switchlock technology. What this means is essentially that the glass is easy to switch out. Speaking of which, these goggles offers 4 different types of glass, one clear and 3 different types of PRIZM glass as well as 13 different combos of colors and patterns. Lastly, as most of their models, they are designed to maximize reduction in pressure points allover, making them as comfortable as possible.
- Anti-Fog Tech
- High Impact Resistance
- 3 Lenses
- 13 Designs
Front Line MX
These are of the bigger model, compared to the rest of Oakley’s arsenal of motocross goggles, meaning they will fit to most faces and on most helmets. This is also the model that you that prefer wearing glasses underneath the goggles should pay the most attention to. With their bigger size, they will fit your glasses with no problem. They are also equipped with Oakley’s Ridgelock technology, making the switching of the lens much easier. The difference between the Ridgelock and the Switchlock is essentially that the Ridgelock is tighter in the sense of what it lets through. In environments where your face is constantly exposed to and attacked by flying dust or snow, there needs to be guarantees that these factors don’t enter your eyes. This is where this technology comes in handy. Now these goggles are a bit more expensive, but even though the overall quality and guarantees of the Oakley MC goggles are high, there is still a you-get-what-you-pay-for kind of structure of their products (like with any brand). So, if you’re a bit more experienced rider, this might be a good option for you.
- Anti-Fog Tech
- High Impact Resistance
These are one of the cheapest motorcycle goggles from Oakley. At the same time, it’s one of their bestsellers. It’s simply one of the classics from Oakley. Just as the Crowbar, these goggles offer a wide field of vision and a streamlined framed geometry. They are equipped with a triple-layer of face foam in fleece to soak up sweat off of your face while riding. As standard for all Oakley models, they come with the anti-fog technology and scratch-resistance. Additionally, they have the Lexan lens incorporated, giving the goggles impact-resistance. Sadly, this model doesn’t offer any PRIZM lenses, however, there are 5 different glasses to choose from and as many as 28 different colors and patterns. For any new rider, this goggle might actually be the best option. A budge goggle for only $40 that still provides great features, options and quality.
- Wide Vision
- Anti-Fog Tech
- 5 Lenses
- 28 Designs
The Bobster goggles are the Roll’s Royce for your head and eyes. High standards through and through for all models. One of their most popular models is the Bobster Phoenix OTG, an extremely well put-together goggle with interchangeable lenses, anti-fog technology and as the name implies, over the glass technology.
The Bobster Phoenix OTG are one of the best over the glass goggles on the market. With a flexible polyurethane frame, it will fit perfectly on your face. The neoprene foam will create the best feeling of comfort as well as absorb sweat when riding. It features 100% UV protection, 3 sets of lenses; Clear, Amber and Smoked and a wide, inner space for your prescription glasses. In addition, they are also treated with anti-fog solution, allowing you to see through in almost any condition.
In many cases the OTG label is just that, a label and you’ll still struggle to fit your glasses inside. Doing research about these goggles online, you’ll find that most reviews start with “I almost never write reviews, but I just had to because this product is so awesome…”, which simply is our opinion as well. As a glasses-wearer it can often be frustrating finding products that actually works, but this simply did it for me. What you pay for this quality is almost ridiculous, for only 26 bucks, these goggles will be yours.
- 3 Lenses
Night Hawk II
Just as its little brother, Night Hawk I, the Night Hawk II features a polyurethane frame, 100% UV protection and impact resistant polycarbonate lenses. What differs between the two is the type of lens used. The first of the two products use a normal anti-fog lens, whereas the second, slightly more expensive goggle, uses photochromic lenses. What this does is simply changing the see-through rate of the glass depending on the lighting conditions. Indoors for example, where light is more scares, the lens becomes almost clear. Outside however, especially if the sun is strong, the lens will adapt, become darker and let through less light, like sunglasses. This is not unique for the Bobster models, but it acts as a very nice, additional feature and is enough to increase the price a couple of bucks at least. Generally speaking, the Bobster goggles are cheaper than for example the Oakley goggles, but overall quality is still very high.
- Polyurethane Frame
- Impact Resistant
- Photochromic Lens
- Anti-Fog Tech
Technically speaking, the Renegade Sport goggles are made for overall use, rather than for pure motorcycle or biking purposes. They convert from goggles to glasses very easily, which is why they’re labeled Bobster convertibles. They are versatile and sleek, to put it in words of the creator. What makes them so easy to transition, is removable temples where you can attach or detach the straps for whatever purpose you’re currently in need of. The Renegade Sport features photochromic lenses which adds to the versatility. For you who don’t know, photochromic simply means that the lens will automatically adapt to the lighting conditions. The glass is made up of polycarbonate, making them very impact resistant. In addition, the lens also offers 100% protection from UV-light. The goggle is also equipped with closed cell foam, a foam that is very resistant to chemicals and weather. Compared to the foam of many other goggles, this foam is not very water-absorbent, which may be a disadvantage in some cases, but it lets the foam have a longer lifespan. When buying this goggle, it will include lenses, the frame, sunglass arms, goggle strap, protective carrying case and closed cell foam.
Being one of the cheaper goggles, Bobster has to offer, it surprised me how stylish this product is. It reminded me of a modernized aviator goggle. With a clean, sleek look, they offer all the versatility and qualities normally seen in Bobster products. Choose between three, easily exchangeable lenses, depending on your current conditions. All three types of lens are available for prescription customization. A double anti-fog system, made up by ventilation slits and anti-fog lens coating, provides excellent vision, free from sweat and moist in most conditions. On top of this, the goggle has an open cell foam, which is better at absorbing sweat than the foam in the Renegade Sport model for example, making this product ideal for hard riding. As is standard for all Bobster goggles, the lenses are of course 10 times more impact resistant than glass or plastic lenses. This thanks to the polycarbonate that makes up the lens in most models. Lastly, the straps that come with the Cruiser 2 will keep the goggles glued to your head, no matter what you do or how viciously you drive your motocross or dirt bike.
- Anti-Fog Tech
- Impact Resistance
- 3 Lenses
BINV 101 Invader
Characterized by Bobster as a pair of sunglasses, this is still a goggle many people choose to go riding with. Apart from functionality, this goggle will simply give you a biker’s look. The frame is made up of Grilamid TR90, a durable and flexible material which explains the high quality of this model. As with the Bobster goggles listed above, this model also comes with photochromic, polycarbonate lenses, adding to the impact resistance and versatility. Of course, they also offer 100% UV-protection. Fleece-lined open cell foam fills the space between the face and the Invader, protecting from wind and debris, allowing you focus on driving. The goggle has one downside though, and this is actually noticed by other people as well, reading off the internet. The photochromic property could be just slightly more extreme. It could be slightly darker when outside and if it’s very sunny and be just a bit more clear when you’re inside. Apart from this, the Invader is one of the greater goggles from Bobster. The number one feature I think is that it seems to fit to anyone’s face, I thought I was just lucky with the model, but a friend, with completely different facial features tried it and said the same thing!
- Fleece-Lined Open Cell Foam
- Versatile Fit
Having focused on protective glasses for years, this company knows quality. Most of their models passes the so-called high velocity impact test and high mass impact test. What is cooler is that these goggles won’t just look good on you while you’re out riding, but when you step off your bike as well, so they can also serve as RX goggles or simply just sunglasses. For this good quality, the prices are very affordable as well. So, we here at MagicBike can easily recommend the Wiley X motorcycle goggles.
The Wiley X Airrage is an American-made, all-around biker goggle of the highest quality. With a polarized composite lens in a hard-plastic frame in pitch black it will give you both comfort as well as functionality and style. The lens is shatterproof and will block 100% of the harmful UV-rays and lets through about 15-20% of other light. For comfort and avoiding debris and wind, there is a durable, removable cavity seal between the face and the goggle. The lenses themselves are made of Polycarbonate, has a smoky grey tone and are perfect in very bright conditions as they reduce glare without the distortion of color. When buying these goggles, you’ll be happy to know Wiley X will include a T-peg elastic strap for when riding in tougher terrain, a stylish, black clamshell case and a fiber cleaning cloth. The price for the Airrage is slightly higher than what you’d expect for this type of goggle, but the quality and what you get is, in our opinion, definitely worth it. Wiley X does offer cheaper goggles, but more on this further down.
- Lets Through 15-20% Light
- Removable Cavity Seal
- Polycarbonate Lens
The name says it all: Boss, and we’re not talking about Hugo Boss. Choose between lenses of colors; “Grey Silver Flash”, “Clear”, “Captivate Polarized Blue Mirror”, “Polarized Venice Gold Mirror” or “Polarized Venice Gold Mirror” with “Kryptek Highlander”. The three first come with “Matte Black” frames. No matter what you choose, these goggles will make you look absolutely radiant. Most of the Wiley X goggles meets the industrial standards of ANSI Z87.1, meaning they have strong high-velocity as well as high-mass impact protection and the Wiley X Boss goggles are no exception. The lenses are equipped with Captivate™ Polarized Blue Mirror Lenses technology which makes them ideal for very sunny and intensely bright surroundings. Just as the Airrage model, they protect from all harmful UV-light and they come with a T-peg strap. In addition, Wiley X will include removeable facial cavity seal. Unfortunately, they do not offer to put in RX lenses in these goggles, but if this is what you’re looking for, there are several options to pick from, especially if you’re willing to compromise on the brand. Either way, we guarantee these goggles will make you look no less than a proper boss!
- High Velocity Resistance
- High Impact Protection
- Polarize Mirror Lenses
If you’re willing to go up in price a bit, you can get the Wiley X WX Peak. A very well put-together, lightweight goggle made in the USA. It has a composite, captivate, polarized copper lens or if you prefer, a polarized blue mirror lens. They’re ideal for very bright conditions and not only are they extremely fashionable, their high quality and resistance makes them ideal for protective glasses as well. These goggles come with RX lenses as well, so if you just have your prescription ready, you should be able to ride your motorcycle without your normal glasses in no-time. They are also stamped with “z87-2+”, meaning they follow the ANSI Z87 requirements.
We were also stunned at how versatile these goggles are in terms of fitting to faces of different sizes and shapes. They fit to a rather large face but does, surprisingly, not look too big when put on a smaller person’s head.
The goggles come with a cleaning cloth, goggle case and strap for when you need to put them on real tight.
- Follows ANSI Z87 Requirements
- Ideal for very bright conditions
In the same price class as the Wiley X Peak goggles, you find the Valor. Somewhat similar when it comes to style but with a few important differences. The Valor comes with T-shell lens coating, making them extra resistant to scratches and cuts. The lenses are polarized to provide cover from glares off of water or other bright surfaces, ensuring good vision whenever and wherever you’re riding. This is thanks to the Wiley X Filter 8, a trademarked technology that many of their products benefits from. A very cool, more esthetic feature is the half-frame, meaning only the top of the lenses are attached to plastic. This gives the goggles a very different look than the Peak or the Boss. Many people are actually using these as simple sunglasses because of the sporty look this gives them. As is standard, the offer full UV-light protection and they also come RX-ready, just let the seller know when placing the order and you’ll get the lenses customized right away. Lastly, these goggles are actually NSN listed, meaning they’re used by the military.
- Wiley X Filter 8
- NSN Listed
Going down in price a bit, you’ll find the XL-1 Advanced goggle from Wiley X. With their Selenite Polycarbonate lenses, they offer a shatterproof front and very high, general quality, despite the low price. You can choose between the clear lens or the smoke grey one. Both are treated the same way but serve different purposes. Apart from the Selenite treatment, they also have the T-shell coating, which offers protection against scratches. The clear lens is made to allow light transmission at maximum, allowing the rider to see colors and edges or contrasts as well as possible. Both lenses offer complete shields from the sun’s harmful radiation. In addition, this model is even up to the US Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, meaning they are up to date to the eye protection laws in place in many workplaces.
Buying these goggles will also get you a facial cavity seal which can be removed at any time, a XL-1 T-peg strap, a case as well as cleaning cloth to keep your goggles clear and clean.
- Polycarbonate Lens
- T-Shell Coating
- OSHA Approved
Another brand that focused on making goggles for snowboarding and skiing, but definitely knows what they’re doing when it comes to motocross products as well. Just as the goggles from Smith Optics, these looks extremely cool. Like mentioned earlier, Scott offers OTG motorcycle goggles as well as prescription goggles, making their products available for everyone.
As with all brands that are making snowboarding or ski goggles apart from motocross gear, Scott knows how to handle speed in sports. This means you need a good and wide field of vision to early see unforeseen, moving obstacles coming in from the sides. You need something that takes care of heat and sweat from your head and forehead. You need a good ventilation system. Lastly, you need style. The Prospect from Scott is giving you all this. The “NoSweat 3-layer” molded face foam make sure your face is dry and the trademarked SCOTT TruView, no-fog technology the lenses are treated with ensures no excess heat will turn into fog. The extra wide goggle gives you the field of vision required, and the lens-lock system keep the glass in place. In addition, you can choose between 11 different colors and patterns. Needless to say, anyone will be able to find their style when buying the Prospect. In the price, they will include a goggle bag made of microfiber, a removeable noseguard and a bonus clear lens. These are definitely one of our favorite goggles from Scott.
- NoSweat 3 Layer Face Foam
- NOFOG Tech
- 11 Designs
The Hustle X is one of the cheaper models Scott has to offer. This does not mean you get lower quality. In fact, we chose this model, because it’s one of the most affordable, yet feature rich goggles this brand has. Just as the Prospect, it has the SCOTT TruView single lens as well as NOFOG, anti-fog treatment, ensuring 100% UV-protection, a very lightweight lens and prevention of condensation and fog on the inside of the glass. The Prospect offers the 3-layer face foam, whereas the Hustle X “only” offers 2-layers. This fleece material is excellent at absorbing excess moist and sweat, keeping your face dry. The goggle comes in 4 different colors and patterns; black frame with electric blue chrome lenses, black frame with orange chrome colored lenses, red and grey frame with orange lens or yellow frame and yellow lens, make your pick. Straps are matched with the frame and lens and comes without any silicone within them. Obviously, it will also fit to most helmets and has great versatility to facial features.
- 2-Layer Face Foam
- 4 Designs
83X Safari Facemask
Technically not just a goggle, but we thought this is a good place to introduce the Scott 83X Safari Facemask. This awesomely vintage looking facemask for dirt riding comes with all the Scott standard features you normally see in their goggles. It has the TruView as well as the nofog technology. In addition, it also features something none of the other goggles from Scott we’ve talked about so far. It has the ACS ventilation system. What this does is, it lets in air in the lens, through very small holes in the lens as an intake. This air is then let out at the bottom of the goggle, allowing air to pas through the goggle, without hitting the eyes of the wearer. It’s a patented, very sophisticated, double anti-fogging system. This kind of goggle, or facemask, is often used by dirt bike or motocross riders, a more physically demanding sport than just riding a Suzuki on the country road, which is why it also features 2-layer face foam. This foam is great for absorbing moist and sweat, not only adding to the prevention of condensation forming on the lens but prohibiting sweat to enter your eyes.
- NOFOG Tech
- ACS Ventilation System
- 2-Layer Face Foam
The Split from Scott was optimized for the usage of prescription glasses underneath, hence the name (OTG). Not unlike previous goggles, this model features the Scott anti-fog system as well as a 3-layer face foam to avoid condensation on the lens and sweat assembly on your forehead and in the eyes. For an OTG goggle, we think this is actually a really decent price; for $38, you will be able to comfortably wear your glasses underneath while riding your pit bike. They’re not like many other models or brands that promises space for prescription glasses and then you find yourself with marks on your nose because your eyewear was so tightly pressed against it. They also offer exceptional width of vision and a single WORKS lens. Choose between 3 colors of this goggle, grey, black or red. To sum up, this is one of our favorites when it comes to OTG goggles for dirt and pit biking as well as motocross.
- 3-Layer Face Foam
- 3 Designs
The Fury, or the “Scott Fury Adult Off-Road Motorcycle Goggles” comes with a bonus lens included. Compared to many other of Scott’s MC eyewear, this has a massive field of vision, helping to see unforeseen obstacles jumping out in front of you, in time. It features a locking system that guarantees the lens is kept in place at all times. 4 different holes for pins that goes through the lens keeps it where it should be. This can be compared to many other locking mechanisms that just attaches the lens at the top and the top only. In most other Scott models, the number of pins is actually just 2, so you’ll be sure to get that little extra sense of security with these goggles. As is standard, it of course includes the TruView system as well as no-fog technology. In our opinion, a very priceworthy product and a solid choice. The picky or more fashionably aware rider might want to know that this goggle comes in 11 different colors and patterns. Our favorite is the one with orange and black frame and strap with orange chrome works.
- NOFOG Tech
- Wide Field of Vision
- 4 Pins for Lens
100% Racecraft Goggles
Starting back in the 1980s, the 100 Percent company has grown to one of the most recognizable brands on the motocross market. Today they offer most products related to dirt bikes, BMX, and essentially anything going downhill. The name, 100 percent, relates to how much you should be giving when really doing anything in life, but it’s a philosophy they have come to really put into the brand, as they offer a wide range of great products. Here are some of them:
Generally speaking, 100% offers great quality, the Armega is no exception. This is an extremely well-designed goggle, not only in style but also in function. It has a ton of really cool features. Starting out with the simpler stuff, it has a removeable nose guard for extra protection against flying debris and dust. To maximize grip, it has half a centimeter strap with a silicon bead attached. The goggles have a state-of-the-art triple-layer face foam and dual-injected, bonded frame to prevent sweat and moist assembly in your face and inside of the goggle. A ventilation system helps heat escape the inside of the goggle and prevent fogging. The HD lens gives the rider ultrahigh clarity and vision. When it comes to quality, the lens is insured with 6 points of locking, but still allows for simple exchange. Additionally, the lens is shatter-resistant and offers great protection. We could go on with more features, but we’re simply running out of space. It comes in 8 different colors and 2 different lenses; clear and silver flash mirror lens. To be honest, we were surprised as to what you actually get for this price. With other brands, you have to go up to at least the double before you receive anywhere near the number of features you get with 100%. The Armega is actually also a series of goggles, which means that there are even more models and features to choose from.
- Shatter Resistant
- HD Lens
- Removeable Noseguard
At nearly half the price of the Armega, we find the Racecraft+. It differs somewhat from its brother – Racecraft, but they are very similar. The main difference you see between the two, is the lens. The Racecraft+ features a pre-curved, Plus+ shield lens, which improves the clarity of vision and increase protection. For an experienced rider, this can really mean the difference between 1st and 2nd place, but we would say that if you aren’t a professional rider, you would be just as happy with the normal Racecraft goggle and you would save a couple of bucks. Other than the shield lens, the goggle is equipped with a 4-layer foam for extra soak of moist and fog prevention. The lens is attached at 9 points in its circumference, ensuring proper retention of the lens. 100 Percent is also, as we speak, applying for a patent regarding the air ventilation system for this goggle. From what we understood, this technology will aim to channel airflow through the foam of the goggle, improving the anti-fog properties and the experience in general. Overall, a great goggle and like we mentioned earlier, the little brother of this model – Racecraft – works just as well for happy amateurs.
- Plus Shield Lens
- 4-Layer Face Foam
- 8 Designs
The 100% Accuri sand goggle is made for just what it sounds like – sand riding. Perfect for the UTV or ATV rider. Using special, optimized, more dense closed-cell foam, these goggles will keep out every piece of small debris and sand. It’s designed for especially bright conditions, featuring a darker tinted lens. The frame is made out of urethane making it flexible as well as durable and has extra space for prescription glasses. It has a triple layer foam for sweat and moist making it an excellent goggle for hot desert riding. Just as the other goggles from 100%, this model has anti-fog technology as well as increased scratch-resistance. They are also available to customize for prescription lenses.
To summarize this product, the biggest difference from the other 100% goggles, is the impenetrable foam. This really is a must while riding in very dusty or sandy conditions. For this very purpose, it actually has few strong competitors. The price is also alright, for about $60, you’ll get this goggle, add a little if you want them with the prescription lens. The Accuri comes in 16 different patterns and colors.
- Extra Dense Cell Foam
- Triple Layer Foam
- Anti-Fog Tech
- Increase Scratch Resistant
For only $25, this goggle is yours. Needless to say, this is one of the budget options from 100%. But despite the low price, it still guarantees quality as well as many important features. The curvature of the lens ensures a great field of vision and a good fit on any face. Molded dual-layered face foam keeps it glued to your face while keeping water and body fluids off your face and out of your eyes. This model, just as the Accuri and the others, has a frame made out of urethane to keep it flexible, yet strong. Similarly, the lens also has anti-fog treatment and is exceptionally scratch resistant. In fact, it was quite hard to find the difference between this and the more expensive models from 100%. It has 9 pins that keeps the lens secure in its place. The strap that keeps the goggle on your face or helmet is 44mm wide and it’s coated with silicone. In the purchase you get a microfiber bag and you can choose between two different lenses; clear and mirror gold. It comes in 13 different styles.
- Dual-Layer Face Foam
- Urethane Frame
- 13 Designs
The last of our top picks from 100% is the Barstow goggle and this is something else. Increasing the budget to about a $100, you’ll get this silver mirror lensed Deus Ex Machina goggle. If you don’t like the silver tint, you can always get it in 9 other tints and colors. This is one of the few vintage models from 100%, who normally goes for the more sporty, modern look in their designs. The design might be vintage, but the functionality is definitely from the year 2020. The lens features integrated pins for tear-off accessibility and a polycarbonate material together with anti-fog technology. The ventilation system is placed on the top of the goggle and very effectively allows heat and air out adding to the avoidance of condensation. On top of that, instead of a two layer face foam, it features a triple layer.
As back in the days, the frame is designed to take up less space and let the lens be more prominent, sort of like with sunglasses. This makes visibility and vision work at maximum capacity, not to mention just how cool these goggles make you look.
- Anti-Fog Tech
- 3-Layer Face Foam
For a motorcyclist the gear is essential and one of the most important parts of the setup is the motorcycle goggles. They come in many different shapes and sizes and it can be hard to navigate through the different options and offers. So, on this page we have compiled a guide on what to think about when buying a pair of goggles, what types of goggles there are and how much they cost.
First off, ask yourself what your riding style is. Driving a 13,000cc Harley or a 50cc pit bike makes quite a difference when it comes to finding the right motorcycle gear. Do you drive on the highway or just in the city? Does your driving style cause you to sweat? In that case you might need anti-fog goggles for example. Tinted motorcycle goggles are handy driving during the day but might not be as practical if mainly driving during the night.
Functionality should be your number one priority. Secondary priority should be style, because let’s face it, driving a motorcycle of any kind is making a statement so you don’t want to look like a fool riding around. If you don’t want to buy the more expensive brands of goggles, like Gucci (yes, Gucci actually makes motorcycle goggles as well), Oakley or Scott, there are plenty of cheaper brands that still look very cool.
If you’re the sporty type with a colorful Suzuki GSX-R750 or a Ducati Hypermotard, you might just want a motorcycle helmet with a good visor. If you’re on the other side of the spectrum, you might just prefer a pair of steampunk motorcycle goggles. Either way, there is something for everyone.
Old School Goggles
These motorcycle goggles have many names, ranging from “antique” to “retro”. What they all have in common is that the styles referred to does not come from the 21st century. Take the Bertoni vintage aviator goggles in leather for example. These were actually developed for, as the name reveals, flying back when the airplane cockpits were open, back during the first World War and up until the early-mid 20th century. Naturally, these account for high speed wind flow against the face and as such, they make perfect motorcycle goggles! More so, they will give you a classical style of riding and you will certainly make a statement of fashion. Another example of leather google is the Inte 259 from Baruffaldi. These are a bit smaller and slimmer in design than the aviator goggles and will be more like normal sunglasses than ski goggles. Many people are using these for driving old styled scooters for example.
Naturally, you’ll want to match the rest of your gear and equipment to the style of your goggles to avoid clashes of different motorcycle fashions. To accompany the old-style goggles, there are helmets fitting very well with this particular style. We do always recommend wearing a helmet, but some people prefer the aviator cap to go with the aviator goggles. This is a shame, as there definitely are a lot of very nice options.
When one refers to youth motorcycle goggles, you most often refer to kids dirt bike goggles. Obviously, this is the only motor-driven kind of vehicle children below the age of 12 would be allowed to drive. Nevertheless, picking out the right goggles for your child might not be so easy. You need to fit them to the helmet and to the size of your child and what’s almost equally important, you need to find a pair of goggles that your child will like. Doing this will save you a lot of time and arguing with your kid about the importance of wearing them – they will be wanting to wear them for the sake of looking cool (as long as they do look cool).
Today, the unisex style is becoming more and more popular. Even so, there still are a wide range of motorcycle goggles designed mainly for women, as most are originally designed for men. The differences from the men’s goggles aren’t always easy to distinguish. It mostly comes down to the size, sometimes the colors and patterns on the goggles. It gets easier to see the differences when it comes to goggles more similar to sunglasses as these allow for a bit more freedom as far as design is concerned. Most features that are available for men’s googles, like photocromatic goggles are also available for women.
The motorcycle steam punk goggles are often confused with the aviator goggles or vintage goggles. But these are in fact quite different. The steampunk style as a whole has its origin in the 1700s industrial revolution, whereas the aviator goggles are from a much later era. In either case, these goggles are also easy to pair up with proper clothing and gear in the same style.
Instead of using motorcycle goggles that must fit over your glasses (OTG), you can try goggles with prescription glass inserted, this way you wouldn’t have to wear a double layer of glass. This is something a lot of people have started doing recently, simply because it makes things so much easier. All you need is your normal glasses prescription and you’ll be able to order customized motorcycle goggles in no-time. It also doesn’t matter which refractive error you have, as you’ll be able to order photochromic, polarized and even transition goggles online today. And before you start thinking that it’s just the ugly, really simple styles that you can order on prescription, think again. Today, most big brands, like Oakley or Smith offer these options. If you want, you’d even be able to order prescription vintage motorcycle goggles.
Dirt Bike Goggles
Finding the best dirt bike goggles might not always be an easy task, weather it be for you or for your kid, there are several things to consider and to choose from. Do you need them tinted or perhaps mirrored? What color of goggles would you prefer and how much can you afford to spend on them? These are all questions you need to ask yourself before buying your goggles. When it comes to dirt bike riding, there are a couple of things that differ from riding a normal motorcycle.
First off, you are a quite a bit more physically active. This means that you will get your heat up much faster and higher and your goggles need to account for this. They need to have a good ventilation system, letting the heat out. And even though you might have the best ventilation system available on the market, there is still a risk of fog assembling on the inside of your goggles, which can mean a security risk. So, you’ll also need anti-fog technology incorporated in the goggles. Luckily, most good brands offer this at affordable prices. When it comes to the best brands for dirt bike goggles, there are many, but just a few that stands out. Many of them have a history of making goggles in different, but somehow related sports. To mention a few: Scott, Smith and Oakley. More on these brands further down.
Motorcycle Goggles FAQ
Can you wear glasses underneath motorcycle goggles?
You might have heard about “over the glass” (OTG) goggles already, but if you haven’t, these are motorcycle goggles that are specifically designed to have room for your glasses underneath them. So, if you are a glasses-wearer, be sure to look for this label when purchasing your goggles. If the goggles do not have this label, it might actually be hard to fit your glasses underneath them.
Are there motorcycle prescription goggles?
Yes. Today, this is actually quite common. A lot of people choose to customize their goggles instead of getting the OTG versions. Most of the bigger brands offers this in at least some of their models. You only need your prescription and the seller will do most of the rest of the work.
How much does motorcycle goggles cost?
This is like asking how much a motorcycle cost. It totally depends on what you’re looking for. You can get a pair for $10 or you can get it for $1,000. A decent pair of motorcycle goggles will be about $30-40.
Which are the best motorcycle goggles?
This totally depends on your riding style. Do you drive a dirt bike or Harley? If your style requires a lot of physical activity, you’ll need goggles that breath or perhaps has anti-fog tech. If you’re style requires it, you might want a pair of old-fashioned goggles or aviators. If you’re normally wearing glasses, you might need OTG goggles. Read our buying guide to learn more.
Should I wear goggles with tinted or clear glass?
This is a complicated question and it depends on you and your driving habits. There are goggles with glass that are more suited for driving during the night and ones that are better for the day. Read our guide on this to find out more.
Are there goggles specifically for dirt bike riding?
Yes. These often features a tighter, denser seal between the goggle and the face to avoid debris getting in your eyes. There are also goggles that help enhance your perception of the surroundings, allowing you to see obstacles coming up on you sooner.
Can I use my motorcycle goggles as sunglasses?
This depends on which type of goggle you’re using. Obviously, no one is going to stop you if you want to walk around with a dirt bike facemask downtown, but there are definitely goggles that people use both on and off their ride.