Posted on 11th Jul 2012 @ 6:40 AM
I write an awful lot about riding glasses in this blog, that's true. But it dawned on me today that I've never taken the time to really explain what a good pair of riding glasses looks like. I'll take the opportunity to do that in this space. In case you're wondering, it's important to spell this out in order to differentiate between the products you find at the Online Biker Shop and those you might purchase down at the beach from a guy working out of the back of a pickup truck.
So what makes a good pair of riding glasses? Consider the following:
- Shatterproof Lenses - Shatterproof lenses are at the top of my list simply because riding down the open road makes you vulnerable to rocks, bugs, and various kinds of road debris. The simple laws of physics tell us that even a small pebble can be very damaging when traveling at certain speeds. You don't want a pair of riding glasses that could potentially shatter on impact with something spit up by the truck in front of you.
- A Good Fit - Next on my list is a pair of riding glasses that fits snugly against my face. Again, the high speeds associated with motorcycles can rip a lesser pair of glasses right off your face at 60 mph. Sure, you can (and should) attach a neck strap to your riding glasses so you don't lose them, but if they fly off your face it's still a distraction that could potentially cause an accident. The riding glasses at the OBS have a distinct face hugging design to keep them in place.
- Prescription Lens Capability - Lastly, prescription lens capability is important to me. Why? Because I wear prescription eyeglasses. Trust me when I say it sucks to have to wear a pair of riding glasses over my daily eyeglasses. I'd much rather have a single pair to put on when I get on my motorcycle.
After all that, then I want my riding glasses to look good too!