Some riders might think that wearing a pair of shades on a bike is just a cool fashion statement, but make no mistake—the right eyewear on a fast moving machine is a necessary piece of equipment. Of course there are variables to consider before you choose sunglasses for riding, like if you’re going to be wearing a full-face or open-face helmet, or you need prescription lenses, or are in the market for photochromic qualities, but any shades you do end up selecting should protect your precious eyeballs from the elements while being comfortable, safe, and durable. (Also remember, you want the lenses to be impact resistant, so avoid glass at all costs and opt for something made of polycarbonate or Trivex, both of which are shatterproof.) Let’s take a look at some options.
The lenses on EJ’s sunglasses adjust to all types of outdoor lighting to give riders the best road vision possible. From a bright sunny day to gray overcast skies to pure darkness, these lenses will auto-adjust to meet your current lighting situation. Aside from the transitioning polycarbonate lenses, these glasses are also tough as heck, and have passed military drop tests to prove they can take a righteous beating yet still keep working. These sunglasses are designed specifically for outdoor use, so whether you’re riding, hiking, or doing anything else outside, you’ll come to depend on them all day long.
Convenient For Contacts
Not every rider who requires prescription lenses chooses to wear contacts, which makes finding protective eyewear for motorcycle riding that much more difficult. To help riders who rely on vision prescriptions, Bobster offers the Bugeye glasses with four different Rx prescription-ready lens colors. There’s no need to be forced to wear contacts for a ride, or have to find bulky eyewear to go over existing glasses. To better serve the rider, the Bugeye sunglasses feature open-cell sweat-absorbing foam around the frame for ultimate protection. The vented, flexible frame, and polycarbonate lenses have a low-profile design to fit under a helmet too.
For The Minimalist
Oakley’s Ballistic 2.0 M Frame sunglasses feature Plutonite lenses that deliver 100 percent UV filtering of all UVA, UVB, and UVC light, as well as harmful blue light up to 400mm. The lightweight, impact-resistant lenses along with the durable, stress-resistant frame make the Ballistic sunglasses the perfect choice for all-day comfort while in the saddle. The straight arms slide easily into your helmet too. When the world of superior optical clarity and sheer ballistic ruggedness meet, you win. See the road ahead and never fear road debris again.
For A Sleek, Sporty Look
When you’re riding you don’t want sunglasses to be too heavy because they can slip down plus you also want a pair that can be adjusted to your head shape. Well, these sunglasses from Faguma are lightweight and the temples can be bent for comfort. These glasses are also durable with its unbreakable polarized lens and rugged frame. The polarized lens also has other benefits for riders: The lens cuts glare, eliminating reflected light and scattered light that you likely experience on the ride.
The Chopper sunglasses are a great fit for motorcycle riding, seeing as how they boast removable Powered by Switch magnetic eyecups that are designed to protect eyes from wind, dust, dirt, and other crap that happens to be floating around in the breeze. A pierced temple design allows airflow to further screen out debris, and the snug temple fit keeps the frames in place at all times. They also offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. If you’re looking to pick up a pair of shades to protect your peepers from high-speed riding scenarios, the Chopper sunglasses will definitely deliver in both the protection and style department.