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Sun protection for motorcyclists, what to choose?

Since it’s the height of sunny summer days, most of us just don’t get off our motorcycle. The bulk of the pilots have an impressive list of items in their arsenal so as not to be blinded by the bright sun. Let’s take a look at what motorcyclists use?

The most common security elements:

  • Blackout visor
  • Helmet integrated goggles
  • Sunglasses

Blackout visor

The majority of motorcyclists wearing integral helmets use a darkened visor. In principle, any motorcycle enthusiast should have at least one visor in stock in case of an atomic war. Let it not be a top brand, or vice versa, you ordered one of the coolest to replace the already dying current visor and just wait for a hole to form in the old one, the main thing is that there is still a change. You can read about visors in one of the previous articles (“Icon Visors – be stylish in any weather”).

Blacked-out visors are chosen by pilots who are not comfortable wearing simple sunglasses, and the helmet does not imply the installation of glasses in the helmet package. You have to carry a transparent visor with you in order to replace the darkened one, since the weather does not always favor the gorgeous sun, and sometimes you need to return after midnight – you will not ride in the dark.

By the way, pilots of professional tracks ride in integrals with a darkened visor. One of the reasons for this decision is the struggle for super-light weight equipment with full-fledged powerful protection.

The disadvantage of the darkened visor is poor visibility in rain, artificial lighting of tunnels or after the end of daylight hours.

Helmet integrated goggles

The goggles built into the helmet are loved by a huge number of motorcyclists storming city traffic jams and leaving the dusty metropolis. We discussed helmets with goggles earlier in the article (“Motorcycle helmet with built-in goggles, pros and cons”).

The benefits of such a decision are more than obvious. The question is whether the helmet itself suits you, because, as a rule, such helmets are heavier and more expensive. Many high-end helmets are designed with sunglasses in mind, which is really comfortable. You do not need to be distracted by changing the visor, the glasses do not fall off and do not slide off your face when driving through irregularities in the road.

The disadvantage of this method is the need for a certain structure of the helmet. If your helmet was not designed from the outset for the function of built-in glasses, then adding them is almost impossible. And if glasses break in a model that already has this function, replacing glasses will not be as easy as the same gaze, for example.

In any case, this is the second most popular way to protect your eyes on a sunny day.


Especially important in cases of an open helmet. Not everyone uses a visor for open helmets, glasses seem much more comfortable in this case. Glasses are also used in combination with a transparent visor if your helmet does not have a built-in glasses option.

Regarding the choice of sunglasses, the rules for glasses with diopters will be fair for them, which we also talked about in the article (“Poor vision is not a reason to give up a dream. Tips for pilots with poor eyesight”).

Generally speaking, the goggles should have soft goggles or elastic bands that do not get in your way under the helmet and provide a snug fit. The lens itself is ideally plastic, to avoid the formation of fragments in the event of an accident.

Motorcycle goggles should be made with a minimum number of component parts, so there is less chance of breakage “by kink”, fewer protruding parts and it is logical: longer service life.

If you are planning on buying sunglasses to wear under your helmet, then you don’t have to choose an elasticated model. The motorcycle store always has a wide selection of glasses for drivers with simple souls. The bottom line is that it will be much more convenient to remove such glasses than with an elastic band. If necessary, you can take off simple glasses bypassing the helmet, but if they are on an elastic band, then, accordingly, you will first have to take it off.

Models of goggles with an elastic band – a choice of open and cross helmets. Of course, cross-country glasses are a separate big topic. But precisely because the goggles on the elastic band are worn very easily, they fit snugly and are quickly removed on occasion, they have gained such popularity among athletes. When you are not a cross-country athlete, but a rider in an open helmet, the elasticated sunglasses are your guarantee that they will not fly off at the first intersection! Ordinary glasses, without outside interference, will not go anywhere further than the helmet, even when they fell from their rightful place on the bridge of the nose. But with an open helmet in ordinary eyes, driving is risky, the road surface is not an autobahn, shaking or a sudden bump on the road and glasses are already making a plie on the asphalt.

The downside of simple sunglasses will be excessive mobility. They do not have a rigid fixation like a visor or built-in glasses, which sometimes causes some problems.

However, the glasses have one huge plus, which neither the visor nor the glasses built into the helmet can boast of. Simple sunglasses can be worn as a pedestrian. You took off your helmet, went about your business, why squint like a mole? Your glasses are with you, practical, stylish, comfortable. Moreover, there are models of glasses in which the lenses are changed. The so-called “combination glasses”. By changing lenses, you adapt your glasses to the weather and your taste.

When making a choice in one direction or another, taking care of protecting your eyes from bright light, use the axiom: the goal and the means of achieving it. In our case, the goal will be to prevent blinding. The means of achievement depends on variables: the design of the helmet, your personal comfort, and the price of the issue,

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