Having good goggles could mean the difference between being able to see and not being able to see. Goggles are customizeable to fit each user and weather condition. Before choosing goggles you will want to decide what will the weather be like most of the time with the goggles on. Will it be usually sunny? Cloudy? Snowing? Each type of weather requires a different lens to be able to fully see. These are the most important factors to consider when learning how to buy goggles.
A good goggle fit will allow the goggles to sit snug on your face and have room around your eyes and nose bridge. They should feel comfortable and should hurt or irritate your eyes in any way. With the goggles on you should be able to see well and still be able to see most of your peripheral vision.
The most important part of choosing goggles is choosing the right lens tint. The correct lens tint will allow you to see clear in whatever weather condition.
Bronze/ Red Chrome – This tint is used for normal sunny conditions. Few clouds in the sky, but still sunny out.
Yellow – This tint is used for either nighttime or very cloudy conditions
Blue – Used mainly for cloudy or snowy conditions, with a little bit of sun shine.
Black – Black or jet black lenses are used for very sunny conditions. They act as sunglasses and keep light away from your eyes on the brightest days.
Clear – Clear lenses are used for either night riding or snowy conditions. They have no tint so are good for night riding as there isn’t a tint dimming the light.
Here is a lens color chart from my Electric EG2 Goggles that shows the colors and which colors work best for what weather conditions.
Small or Wide Lens
A wider lens allows you to have more peripheral vision as the lens is wider so the frame is out of your eyesight. This is good for have a wider range of vision. With the wider lens the goggle can sometimes feel too big for some people and wider lens goggles are often more expensive than normal ones. Small lenses are usually cheaper and still allow for optimal vision and can feel better on the face to some people.
Interchangeable lenses are a very nice function to have because it allows you to just switch out lenses instead of changing goggles for changing weather conditions. Having multiple lenses on you will allow you to quickly change the lens whenever the weather changes and you need a different lens for maximum visibility.
Most goggles will have UV protection from the sun. This function is nice because it allows your goggles to act as sun glasses too. This comes in handy on very sunny days or blue bird days. Most goggles should have UV protection, but check the description of the goggles.
Anti fogging in goggles is very handy whenever you fog up your goggles and need to see right away. Foggy goggles can make riding very difficult and frustrating, because without anti fog you have to wipe down the inside of the lenses to see. Anti Fog is a coating on the inside of the lenses that keep the lenses from fogging and allowing clear vision.
If you wear a helmet you will want your goggles to be able to fit with your helmet on. Most goggles will fit with most helmet brands, but before buying goggles check your helmet and the top of your goggles and see if they can fit next to each other. You don’t want too much of a gap between your goggles and helmet revealing your forehead.