If you are a biker and ride without a helmet visor, you’ll certainly need to acquire some sort of eye protection to guard against grit and other debris, as well as the wind blowing into your eyes and causing tearing. A great solution – not to mention a cool one – is to grab a pair of shades, either corrective or non prescription fashion type.
There are shops now, especially online, that cater for the motorcyclist market specifically. Some also pitch their sunglasses to enthusiasts of other high-speed or high adrenaline sports, such as mountain biking, snowboarding, skateboarding, rock climbing or base-jumping.
They are usually available as prescription glasses or non-prescription glasses depending on whether you just want to look cool, or want to look cool and be able to see (although if you’re base-jumping, you might not necessarily want to see where your headed!)
So what are the main features you should be interested in when searching for biking glasses? First up, you’ll definitely need tough, shatterproof and scratch-resistant lenses – most good ones are made from polycarbonate. You’d be amazed at what can fly up from the road, especially when caught behind other traffic.
If you’re out in the sun, you don’t just want protection from glare, although that is important. You should also aim for biker sunglasses that offer effective UVA and UVB protection. This is important for general eye health, since a whole catalog of eye conditions can be caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet rays.
For extreme sport pursuits – as well as biking – it is a good idea to look at a selection of frame styles. Some frames have shorter arms but are non-slip, whereas others do the opposite, having extra-long arms to grip around the head and stop them slipping. The other aspect to consider is the degree of curvature of the sunglasses. With normal ones, it is common when riding for the wind to blow in from the sides and cause the eyes to tear up – not great for vision, or your image! So many biker-specific sunglasses have a greater curvature to wrap around close to your face, and minimise this. There are also shades that feature vented padding, specifically to address this problem.
Then finally, once you have found a style of lightweight glasses, either non prescription or sight-correcting, made of polycarbonate, and with padding, you are ready to think about style. You can find biker sunglasses in all sorts of colors, and this is great as you’ll undoubtedly be able to find some frames that coordinate with your helmet – or you can opt for the ever-stylish plain black! Happy riding!