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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-24-2012, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Need Recommedations - Sunglasses or Goggles?

Hey All

I recently just converted to the cruiser world, and I have a question. I am going to be using a German style helmet, and I am curious to know which would go best with that helmet...sunglasses or goggles?

I honestly would like a pair of aviator sunglasses, but then with those, what do I do at night because I sure can't where them at night.

On the flip side, I am little weary of goggles with a German style helmet...I feel like I'd look like a goof. But I know a lot of goggles come with multiple lenses for riding conditions, i.e. sunny, overcast, and night.

Which do you guys wear and prefer?

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Hi greenc51,

Im not recomending these its just what I wear, I have a pair of orange/brown lens shooting glasses for day use, and a pair of yellow lens shooting glasses for night time

both of these I got from a sporting store

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For me sunglasses did not work, wind and dirt seems to get into my eyes. I wear googles, have a pair for daytime and night time. Keep the clear night time ones in the glove box in case I'm out late. The google were less than $20 each so you might want to just try and see how you like them. I really don't care if I look like a goof, eye protection is the most important thing. Good luck with your decision.

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I found a cheap pair of sunglasses I like and you can get them in different shades and also clear for night riding.The nice thing is if you drop em , loose em , step on em there only 10.00. There comfortable and cheap , safety rated and UV protection. I got them at J&P but I'm sure they can be found lot's of places.
I personally have trouble with the ones that have the foam , my eyelashes contact the foam and it just bugs me.

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I would go with sunglasses, but not regular sunglasses. Oakley, and other companies make sunglasses for the military that are built to protect the eyes from blast debris. They will hold up to hitting a wasp, a stick, or a rock from a tire whereas regular sunglasses may shatter. I believe motorcycle sunglasses are also impact resistant, although they are not designed to protect against a bomb blast. IMO, if they won't protect the eyes from road hazards, then there isn't anypoint in wearing them.

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Just don't do what I do. See a cool pair of goggles at the dealership that looked really comfortable and buy them... then realize you wear a full face helmet and Goggles don't work with full face helmets LOL

I will say, the goggles were more comfortable, until I realized there's no way to make them work with my helmet The ones I have have air vents, but have a foam 'gasket' that goes around your eye socket keeping dirt and bugs out.

I'll second the motion to good quality glasses. I wear regular aviator sunglasses but that's with my full face faceshield down over it (though usually cracked open in the summer for ventilation). A couple of times I've been smacked in the face by who-knows-what, hard enough that it's not likely my glasses would have held up, and if I wasn't wearing eye protection.... I'd have really been hurtin'! Heck, even popping my visor open for a second to scratch my nose or something I've been smacked with dust. So yeah, definitely something that's sturdy and covers your eyes completely and will protect you from the elements.

If it were me, probably a pair of clear safety glasses for the evening and a pair of safety sunglasses for the daytime, in other words- Desert Angels suggestion!

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Sunglasses until I strip my gurls top off (remove the batwing), then the goggles.

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I use sunglasses with interchangable lenses made for motorcycling. They have foam padding that fits close to the face preventing debris and wind from getting to my eyes. I've tried different brands until I found a pair that's comfy. Remember to consider the length and shape of the earpieces. If they're too long or don't curve down toward the back they can interfere with your helmet (I'm a half helmet guy). Also some tend to be real tight on the head (I'm also a fat head).

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I use Venture II safety glasses. They wrap around just right, they are available in multiple configurations, some of our military folks use them in the sandbox, they are impact resistant, and they are cheap. I buy them a dozen at a time and keep a pair everywhere (car, truck, motorcycle, garage,...)

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I use Venture II safety glasses. They wrap around just right, they are available in multiple configurations, some of our military folks use them in the sandbox, they are impact resistant, and they are cheap. I buy them a dozen at a time and keep a pair everywhere (car, truck, motorcycle, garage,...)

http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/ven2safglas.html


thanks for the link I see my orange/brown lens there I was paying 9.00
looks like i'll be paying 3.80 now on thx
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