Ever ridden in the dust without dirt bike goggles?
Tried it once, not again.
So dirt bike goggles are handy
They also have their own issues
IE. Fogging up.
So it can be a challenge finding the right pair that works.
This is where I can help.
I’ve spent hours compiling and researching the best goggles and putting them in an easy to read buying chart.
Here you can filter by price, brand anti-fog etc. (See below)
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If you cant be bothered doing your own research I also provide some product recommendations.
O’h and just so you know, I,m not going to pretend that I have tried all the products listed.
Sure I research at length, but even if I had tried them all, what works for me wont necessarily work for you.
So I’d rather provide the necessary tools so you can make your own informed purchase decision.
OK, lets Get started !!!!
|Strata Speedlab||$34.99||7.2||1 Year||Urethane||N||Y|
|100% Accuri OTG||$60.00||9.3||1 Year||N/A||Y||N||6 Reviews|
|Fox Racing Main Goggle||$24.95||6.7||1 Year||N/A||N||N||52 Reviews|
|Scott Sports Agent Mini Youth||$15.30||3.2||N/A||N/A||N||Y||167 Reviews|
|100% unisex-adult||$66.18||N/A||1 Year||Urethane||N||Y||14 Reviews|
|JAMIEWIN Motocross Goggles||$16.99||5.6||30|
|Oakley L-Frame MX Sand||$39.99||8.8||2 Years||N/A||Y||Y||28 Reviews|
If enduro riding is your thing then you really need a set of goggle that meets all kinds of conditions.
This can vary from dry and dusty to wet and foggy.
The changing condition and environments require a goggle that can go the distance, and in this situation, it is hard to go past the Oakley Airbrake MX.
These things are state of the art in terms of technology and have super tough lenses made from plutonite.
They have good breathability and the lenses can be easily switched out should your conditions change ie. going from bright sunlight to dark and cloudy.
Second only to fog blocking your vision as you ride, is dust!
In the Australian climate and plenty of the US, dust can be a huge problem.
If you are riding on your own or are in front of a group then it’s not so bad, but when you’re behind someone in dusty conditions then it becomes a problem.
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It only takes a small gap between your face and your goggles and voila, in comes the dust. Thankfully there are a few ways to combat this problem.
Firstly, ensure that your goggles are fitted correctly by adjusting the tension of the strap.
Secondly, apply some baby oil on the foam to ensure a better seal between your face and the goggles.
Third, some Vaseline or petroleum jelly applied on the lower inside of the frame can help to trap any dirt that might enter the goggles.
And finally, if these three tips fail it might be time to invest in a new set of goggles that has a good seal around your face. The Oakley Air brake (See chart) would be a good option, although expensive.
If you are not using a lens system to keep your goggles clean then manually cleaning is important as you want as clear a view as possible.
For a quick clean simply rinse under water if filthy then use a lens cleaner.
To do a thorough clean completely remove the lens from the goggle frame and then clean all over. Try not to handle the top of the lens when re-installing as you are likely to smudge the lens, handle it on the sides and bottom and your view will be crystal clear when it comes to riding.
Many goggle manufacturers supply a cloth or microfiber bag when you purchase goggles, always use this for storage as most goggle lenses will scratch easily.
Some people keep their goggles on the helmet where the face guard extends out. I have found that over time this stretches the elastic band too much and eventually creates a looser fit.
Try to keep them on your face or take off completely.
Prior to roll offs and tear offs you were basically stuck with a dirty lens or constantly cleaning.
Both lens systems are designed to keep your view clear.
The roll-offs work like the old camera film, you pull a chord and a new section of the lens appears before your eyes.
Similarly, the pull-offs have a tab on one side and you pull off one of the many layers of lenses so that you get a clear view. The pull-offs can be a problem if you end up pulling all the lenses off at once instead of just one.
I have not personally used these systems but I can definitely see the advantage of them particularly if you are into motocross or even enduro riding where conditions can change a lot.
Hopefully you are now armed with the right information to make a much more informed purchase decision regarding dirt bike goggles.
Finding the right set is a balance between budget, comfort safety features and usability.
Looking after them with regular maintenance will help to increase longevity and ultimately improve your riding.
All the best!