Goggles are a crucial part of your dirt bike riding gear. They keep your eyes safe from any potential hazards such as dirt, rocks and sticks. Protecting your eyes when riding and racing your dirt bike is important, and you have quite a few options for doing so.
There are a few different types of goggles. Most of them are available from many brands in both youth and adult sizes.
- Roll offs have a string you can pull to shift the plastic and clear off your line of sight.
- They are great for quickly clearing your line of vision.
- A downside to roll-offs can be that they need to be meticulously cleaned. Letting dirt build up can cause the mechanisms to jam up and not work properly.
- Tear offs have layers of plastic sheets that you can pull off to expose a new, clear lens.
- These can be easier to clean than roll offs and also quickly clear your vision.
- A downside of tear-offs can be that they create more waste. Since you need to pull off the previous sheet, you are left with the problem of where to dispose of it quickly. This can be a tricky situation, especially while in the middle of a race.
- Sunglass lenses
- Goggles with sunglass lenses help shield your eyes from the sun and keeps you focused and able to see obstacles. They are great for preventing eye fatigue while riding or racing.
- Prescription lenses
- It is also possible to get prescription lenses just like glasses. Glasses can tend to fog up with goggles and not everyone likes to or is capable of wearing contacts, so this is the perfect alternative.
- A downside of prescription lenses is the possible wait time for them to come in and the higher price tag.
- Some dirt bike goggles have built in cameras. This would serve in place of a helmet cam like a GoPro.
- It is best to read reviews on camera goggles before purchasing, as some of them have better quality video than others. Below is one we found with good reviews.
- A downside to camera goggles is the hefty price tag. The ones listed above are listed at $400. However, you are killing 2 birds with one stone because you are getting goggles and a helmet cam all in one.
There are also other accessories for goggles. You might find some of these helpful such as anti fog spray, anti fog cloths and mud flaps. You can also find replacement lenses and nose pieces in the case your current ones get worn out.
Check out this article from Risk Racing on more reasons why goggles are important for dirt bike racing.
Everyone has different needs and preferences when it comes to goggles. It is best to try out multiple kinds in order to find what works best for you. You want to choose the option that is most comfortable and has the best reliability for you. Being able to see while racing is crucial and will help you get that win!