What makes a good MX google?

In the world of sport the most personal kit that’s often required is some technical fabrics, footwear that’s tuned to the need and probably some kind of hardware – such as a ball, a racquet or a helmet.  In the world of Motorsport, there’s a substantial amount of kit in place just to keep you safe. There’s no other sport we can think of (bar anything to do with horses) that’s anything like it.

Motocross (MX) is no different.

 

Hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds get spent on lightweight, durable yet elephant strong items.  Helmets, body protectors, back supports, boots, gloves….. All to help keep you as safe as possible if your line goes wrong and you find yourself spat out the side door at upwards of 50mph.

The need for goggles in this sport is paramount.  Dirt, dust, branches, buzzing insects are just some of the foreign objects that seem utterly magnetized to your head in this game.  Go without goggles and you’re seriously starting down the barrel of messed up eyesight forever more.

 

Dragon NFX MX Goggle Technology

What should I think about with an MX goggle?

First it’s important to remember that this is a personal ‘thing’ at times – what works for you might not work for your buddy.  There’s also a ton of MX brands out there.  Some brands specialise only in MX goggles, others have an MX goggle in their overall sports line-up.  Price can vary SIGNIFICANTLY, anything from £20-£300.  You’ll need to consider where you actually ride your bike, the conditions you generally ride in and, ultimately, whether you want all the bells and whistles or you just need a clean and simple approach.

We aren’t going to give you our own Top 10 goggles on the market as we think its a pretty subjective thing, but here’s a few key areas to consider when weighing up your dirt options…

 

Comfort – Always look for comfort and compatibility with your helmet.  A good goggle will offer a multi-layers of face foam that wicks away moisture and sits well on the face, you want it to pretty much create a seal. With a day bumping around even the easiest of dirt tracks you’ll be glad your’s does this.  You’ll also gain comfort with a lightweight but flexible frame, there’s nothing worse than a goggle that doesn’t ‘give’ a bit!

Lens Material – So much science here!  Lenses are created using a number of manufacturing methods, lets not think about that directly but always look for a lens that’s blocking UV. The more the better, so check for UVA/UVB/UVC and that its covering a good percentage of the harmful blue light too.  As a brief steer, its difficult to not put forward either the Lexan or Plutonite lens materials.

Lens Options – For the most part, MX lenses are clear but there are definitely times when a different format will work well for you.  Having something with a mirror/iridium/flash style lens as an alternative helps on sunny days. Polarized is increasingly popular due to its ability with glare too but not all MX brands offer this at the moment.  The recent introduction by Oakley of their Prizm lens technology has had a huge impact on this market too.

Visibility – if your rides are more than just a simple dry track then you probably stop a lot to clear the mud off the lens?  Consider making your life easier with Tear-Off’s or Roll-Off film lenses too.  These are simple constructions that overlay a film lens on top of your goggle.  Both mean you can remove the dirty part and instantly see again with a new version.  Perfect solution for when your gloves are as clogged up with mud as your goggles!  Both have their own Pro’s and Con’s though.  Tear-Offs can often mean you pull a great stack off in one go rather than individually. Roll-Off’s can get stuck.

Anti-Fog – Pet hate of most goggle wearers.  You get hot, the world outside is cooler than LL Cool J and BOOM…. fog gets in your face!  The good thing today is that even the most basic of MX goggles these days offer some kind of Anti-Fog claim. Everything from a simple coating to the lens to some highly tech based air flow/ventilation system integral to the goggle chassis.  Some work really well, others are lagging a bit.

Straps – look out for a good thick/wide adjustable strap on your goggle as these spread the tension load better across your helmet.  A strap with silicone beads help keep the goggle firmly in place despite the impacts and vibrations you’ll experience while riding.

So there you go, go armed into goggle shopping with these things in mind and whatever your riding ability, finances or needs, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something to suit.    Have a look at the brands and models we carry –  MX at Igero

Brraaap!!!!