While motorcycle goggles might not bring the same sexiness that a helmet or leathers would, they’re an extremely important part of your get up. Whether you love nothing more than spraying dirt and mud into the air when off-roading or you simply use your motorcycle to commute to work, you’ll need an adequate pair of goggles to provide protection, good visibility, and of course, style.
Let’s face it, unless you’re a frog you’re not going to enjoy flies hitting your face on a regular basis as you trundle down the highway – especially if they hit you square in the eyes. Wind and rain can also be a distraction and are therefore another reason to wear motorcycle goggles, let’s not forget you’ll also want to ensure that your eyes are protected from UV rays as well.
As you will know, there is nothing too ingenious about what motorcycle goggles do but this doesn’t mean that they’re all the same. You can find expensive goggles that are garbage and cheaper goggles that are surprisingly good at what they do. The only issue is that there are so many of them out there to choose from and it can be a bit difficult establishing which are the ones worthing looking at.
Fortunately for you guys, we have performed some highly scientific tests on 14 of the best motorcycle goggles to make your job of finding a pair so much easier. We wore them in the bath, in a wind-tunnel, during a moon-landing, and even when dressing up as a minion just to see how they would hold up in different environments. All of those on the list came through with flying colors and are therefore just about good enough to make our list of recommendations.
Okay, so we might have exaggerated a tiny bit and our tests actually consisted of wearing them while riding our motorcycles a few times, prodding them with our fingers, and throwing them at each other to see which didn’t break – still pretty scientific if you ask us.
So, ready to find the perfect pair of motorcycle goggles? You better get reading then!
TOP MOTORCYCLE GOGGLES
If you’re looking for a good cheap pair of motorcycle riding goggles to get started with or as a backup to your main pair, you are not going to go wrong with the Demeixs Motorcycle Goggles. Like the Oakley above, these are primarily aimed at the off-roading bike and ATV riders among you but we are confident they will be able to provide ample protection when used for other outdoor activities as well.
First and foremost, these look great, right up there with the best looking on this list in our opinion, so if looking the business is a priority for you, these should definitely be checked out. They are actually very comfortable for the price too and will also easily fit a pair of glasses underneath. We found them to be incredibly sturdy too, but then you would expect that from any type of gear that is there to protect you.
Where the real value for money comes into play is when you consider that these offer similar features as goggles that are three or four times their cost. You’ll get lenses that offer complete UV protection and are also scratch, dust, and fog resistant to boot. For the price you are paying that is pretty impressive it has to be said.
Overall quality is not quite there compared to more expensive goggles but these are more than capable of providing you all the protection that you need as you tear up the track.
- Great value for money
- Scratch, fog, and dust resistant
- Great looking
- Nose protector uncomfortable for some
- Brand Dmeixs
- Weight 4.6oz
- Product Dimensions 7.7 x 3.9 x 4.5 inches
Many of you will already know that Oakley is one of the biggest names in eye protection both in terms of sunglasses and when it comes to sports such as motocross and skiing. These guys know how to make a top-quality set of goggles which is why the Oakley O-Frame MX Goggles are one of the most expensive on our list of recommendations.
You are not only paying for the brand, however, as Oakley are worn by professional Motocross and supercross riders across the globe simply because they offer the best protection. Don’t believe us, ask Ricky Carmichael, the world’s most successful rider in history as to why he always chose Oakley.
Designed with racers and off riders in mind, the O-Frame are also more than able to be used for everyday riding and even for other sports. These good-looking goggles come in a variety of designs but it is the build quality and the many features that will appeal to most of you.
A flexible-O-Matter frame with three layers of face foam around the rims is there to ensure optimum comfort while the highly durable scratch and impact resistant lenses will allow you to compete in the toughest of races without worry of damage. Anti-fog features will mean that you will not have to worry about your lenses steaming up even in the most humid of conditions and you can even swap out lenses for different conditions.
All in all, if you’re looking for some of the best motorcycle goggles around, especially for off-roading, the Oakley O-Frames just have to be considered.
- The quick-release lens allows for simple swap-outs
- Scratch-resistant, anti-fog, and 100% UV protection
- Supports the implementation of tear-offs
- A bit small compared to other goggles
- Brand Oakley
- Weight 7.2oz
- Package Dimensions 8 x 4.7 x 4.5 inches
Why wear your glasses underneath a pair of regular motorcycle goggles when you can just buy some prescription motorcycle goggles like the Bobster Cruiser 2 goggles? Just send your goggles off to Bobster with your prescription details and they will fit your Rx lenses before sending them back to you.
Designed to be an all-rounder, these goggles can be worn whether you are bike trailing off-road, hitting the motocross tracks, or if you are taking to the road. Reasonably priced, the Cruiser 2 by the popular Bobster brand are aviator motorcycle goggles that offer a snug and comfortable fit, offer UV protection and the lenses are shatter-resistant.
What we, and we are confident that you will find appealing is that the lenses can be interchanged very easily. Within less than a minute you can pop out one set of lenses and put in another. Even better is that they even provide you with three different polycarbonate lenses, each suitable to different levels of daylight, as part of the deal. You have clear, amber, and smoked lenses to choose from which means that you’ll be able to enjoy clear visibility and added protection no matter what time of the day or night.
- Interchangeable lenses
- Comes with 3 different lenses
- UV protection & shatterproof
- Not anti-fog
If a wide peripheral view, comfort, and the ability to wear over the top of glasses is something you value over the neon-design thrills of other goggles, the Biltwell Moto 2.0 Goggles are where you should begin your search.
While the design is quite basic, Biltwell offers no apologies for this simply because the Moto 2 have been built to perform rather than to look good. A large eye-port offers a great field of view and space beneath to wear prescription glasses while the polycarbonate anti-fog coated lenses are scratch and impact proof.
These are at the top in terms of cost compared to our other suggestions but it has to be said that once you see and feel the build quality, comfort levels, and the durability that these goggles provide on top of their obvious safety benefits, you will quickly agree that they are worth the extra.
While the vain among you will probably want to look elsewhere, those of us that are not as aesthetically-blessed will be more than happy with the obvious quality that the Moto 2.0 goggles provide. Oh, did we mention that you can easily purchase and fit replacement or additional lenses too? Bargain!
- Rugged and durable
- Excellent peripheral visibility
- Can be worn with glasses underneath
- Will not win any fashion shows
- Brand Biltwell
- Weight 1lb
- Product Dimensions 7.6 x 4.3 x 3 inches
Firstly, do you see what they have done there? Birdz Eyewear? If you are struggling, think frozen foods and you are there. Brand name aside, however, their Eagle goggles are actually very impressive considering their budget price tag.
Designed to look like aviator goggles, these actually look quite stylish too when you factor in the yellow lenses. These are not there purely to look the part though, the yellow lenses have actually been designed specifically to be ideal when driving in low-light conditions such as in the morning. Those lenses are polycarbonate, shatterproof, and offer complete 100% UV protection which is pretty impressive considering the low cost of these goggles.
If you take your off-roading seriously you might want something that offers slightly more in terms of durability but they are certainly an able backup. These are more suited to road riders on their way to work in the morning and on their way back home in the evenings. They are a little small, not really suited to wearing spectacles underneath and are prone to scratching but once again, once we point you to their price, they still represent good value for money.
- Great price
- Ideal for wear in low light
- UV protection & shatterproof
- Prone to scratching
- Brand Birdz Eyewear
- Weight 0.64oz
- Product Dimensions 6.1 x 2.9 x 2.8 inches
If you love getting down and dirty…on the off-road race track guys, get your minds on track, then you are going to need some goggles that can help keep the dirt out of your eyes. The 4-FQ motocross goggles will do just that while offering plenty of other advantages too.
What will first impress you with the 4-FQ is how they look, they really do look good and we’re confident that they will go with almost any style of helmet that you have. Made from PU resin, the goggles themselves feel nice and sturdy while also offering plenty of bendability and flexibility to ensure good levels of comfort. We also love the fact that the nose protector is detachable but that might be because most of us here have rather large snouts.
As for the lenses, which as we all know is what separates the great goggles from the good ones, these offer up UV protection and are fog, scratch, and dust resistant. They are also mirrored which just adds to their great looking design and we certainly have no complaints about the level of tinting used as it is perfect for those bright days.
These are advertised primarily as motocross goggles but really they could be used for many extreme sports such as off-roading, snowboarding, or skiing. For the price, they even make a good investment if you are only going to wear them each winter when you need to plow the driveway.
- Fits well over glasses
- Bendable OTG Frame
- Attractive looking
- Could do with non-slip on the band
- Brand 4-FQ
- Weight 4.8oz
- Product Dimensions 8 x 5 x 1.8 inches
Now with the Scott Recoil Goggles, you either love a bit of pink in your gear, which of course, there is nothing wrong with that in this day and age, or you need some goggles for the girlfriend or wife. Either way, you are getting a pair from a well-trusted brand that is known for developing quality at a great price.
Suitable for use on the motorcycle either when off-roading or on the roads, these goggles offer up good levels peripheral view, protection from UV, and of comfort, even for those of us with oddly shaped heads due to the adjustability that it provides. Fitted with a Lexan lens they are also particularly difficult to scratch and are built to be extremely durable.
While these will not be able to compete with goggles much higher in price, they do offer an excellent option for anyone looking for an entry-level pair or simply some as a backup option. Many have also commented on these motorcycle goggles on Amazon claiming that they work perfectly well when snowmobiling or enjoying other winter activities.
- Good quality build
- Wide area of view
- Fits all sizes due to the adjustable strap
- The pink color will not suit everyone
- Brand Scott
- Weight 5.6oz
- Product Dimensions 8 x 4 x 4 inches
Generally, lower cost goggles are not going to bring much in terms of performance when compared to their older priced peers but this is the second pair we have recommended from 4-FQ and for some very good reasons. While they are fairly cheap, they offer up the sort of protection, comfort, and build quality of products double or even triple their price.
Sure, if you’re a professional motocross rider you are going to go for something a bit more advanced but for the rest of us, these are more than adequate when enjoying a bit of biking action.
Standout features of the G4 are a silicone strap that is non-slip and highly adjustable, a tight fit that prevents any foreign objects or moisture from getting in, and highly transparent lenses that are difficult to scratch and polarized so protect against UV. In terms of how they look, they don’t do too badly here either as they have a nice design that is big enough to offer the protection it does but not too big so that it feels like they cover your entire face.
- Great price
- Protects from wind, dust, water, and UV
- Non-slip strap
- Might be a tight fit if wearing glasses
- Brand 4-FQ
- Weight 3.2oz
- Product Dimensions 3.6 x 3.7 x 3.5 inches
Fox Racing has been in the MX business for longer than most of us have been alive and their Fox Racing Main Race Goggle is a great place to start if you are looking for quality at an affordable price.
Better looking than your than your best looking friend and more reliable than your ex-girlfriend, these goggles will become a welcome addition to your motocross gear. With a broad field of view, extreme comfort due to three layers of foam, and a Lexan lens, you are unlikely to find better in this price range. In fact, we would go as far to say that these are among our favorite on our list of recommendations.
An additional bonus is that these have a post built-in that will allow you to implement tear-offs which will appeal to the more serious racers out there. Furthermore, offering complete UV protection, the ability to easily replace the lens, and a variety of different designs, just adds to the attraction. Despite being specifically designed for MX and off-roaders, the main race goggles will be more than adequate for road riding too.
- Lexan lens
- Wide peripheral view
- High comfort levels
- A little smaller than other competitors
- Brand Fox Racing
- Weight 6.7oz
- Product Dimensions 7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inches
Another cracking set of motorcycle goggles in our opinion is that of the Pacific Coast Airfoil 9305 Goggles. Designed to be the ideal choice for us four-eyed folk wearing glasses, these goggles also offer up plenty of other advantages that go some way to making them somewhat of a bargain.
Produced by Pacific Coast, as you might have already guessed, they have come from a company that has been making glasses and goggles for more than 30-years. After so long in the business, you would have to assume that they know what they’re doing and in this case, you would be right. These goggles are the latest in a long line of ranges that have become popular among a wide range of motorcyclists.
They can fit almost all sizes of glasses underneath quite comfortably and the actual comfort felt on the face is at a high level as well. The glasses you’re wearing are not pressed right into your face like many other supposedly ‘glasses-friendly’ goggles do and your vision is not affected by having to look through two sets of lenses.
Those lenses offer 100% UV protection and are unlikely to fog over due to a tight fit frame which is also well ventilated.
- Fit over most prescription glasses
- 100% polycarbonate lens
- Good field of vision
- Might seem a little big for some
- Brand Pacific Coast
- Weight 4oz
- Product Dimensions 8.3 x 4.1 x 3 inches
If you are on the hunt for some budget motorcycle goggles, you are not going to find much better than these Bobster Bugeye Goggles. These might not offer you the durability and protection levels of goggles that are two or three times the price but they are surprisingly good for their price tag.
While you will be using these goggles primarily when riding your motorcycle, you will find they can also be used when skydiving, snowmobiling, skiing, and even the most dangerous of them all – lawn mowing. Being wind and impact resistant, even the toughest and most stubborn of grass will be able to penetrate them and get into your eyes. This will allow you to focus on completing your wife’s orders in a timely and hopefully nag-free fashion.
Joking aside, the Bobster Bugeye Goggles are fairly basic in design and will not win any awards for style, but they perform very well and are actually really comfortable to wear. They offer 100% UV protection, come with a choice of three different colored lenses, are well ventilated, and are adjustable enough to fit heads of all sizes.
- Great price
- Very functional
- Impact & dust resistant
- Could be a little more durable
- Brand Bobster
- Weight 1.92oz
- Product Dimensions 6.8 x 2.2 x 1.5 inches
Another that we consider being among the best motorcycle goggles is that of the Big Ben Goggles from Global Vision Eyewear. These are priced a little more than most on our list but we and many other of their customers have nothing but good things to say about them and believe that they are well worth the few extra dollars.
Sporting a flexible frame that allows it to conform to your head shape seamlessly and UV lenses that are scratch and fog proof, these goggles will provide you with high levels of performance and comfort. Though a little small in size, they do not look too bad either and can even fit many sizes of glasses underneath them too.
One thing that you will instantly notice as you remove these goggles from their packaging is that the overall build quality is very impressive. They are extremely durable but flexible at the same time and you can just tell that these are going to last a good number of years.
- Scratch and fog proof
- Comfortable and flexible
- Can fit over glasses
- Reports that they are a little small
- Brand Global Vision Eyewear
- Weight 7.2oz
- Product Dimensions 7.4 x 5.6 x 3.4 inches
For all you penny pinchers out there, the Freehawk Motorcycle Goggles will be another consideration for you to make when looking for a budget pair of goggles for use on your motorcycle. Having tested them out vigorously, we have to say that we are mightily impressed at how they perform despite their low price tag.
Offering good comfort levels and lenses that offer UV protection as well as being scratch and impact resistant, these Freehawk goggles are great when you consider they can be had for less than ten bucks. You also have the option of four different colored lenses when making a purchase with those being brown, orange, yellow, or clear.
An adjustable strap will make it possible to fit all sizes of heads and helmets and in terms of comfort, we are sure you will be very impressed. They are more comfortable than some goggles that are twice their price and they also offer up a peripheral view that is barely impaired at all. Furthermore, despite being quite small in size compared to other goggles, these will still allow you to wear over the top of prescription glasses.
- Superb value for money
- Suitable for many uses
- Not dust-proof
If you are looking for something a little more quirky, you might want to consider the CRG Sports Aviator Style Motorcycle Goggles. These might look like something you might wear when flying a biplane in your latest WW1 video game or as you pretend you’re in control of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang but these are actually legit modern day motorcycle goggles.
They do look fantastic it has to be said with so many different colors and styles to choose from and they will provide a great talking point. They are not just style over substance, however, as they offer 100% UV protection, scratch, and dust resistance, and are extremely comfortable to wear.
Vintage motorcycle goggles may not be for everyone but those of you with a fun and witty personality that like to be a little different from the mainstream, these are a great option at a very good price. They might not offer quite as much quality and protection as some of the more expensive brands but you really cannot knock them at this price.
- Scratch resistant
- Good level of eye protection
- Many color schemes to choose from
- Can fog up after a while
- Brand CRG Sports
- Weight 3.36oz
- Product Dimensions 7.8 x 5.4 x 2.3 inches
BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S
What are the Main Benefits of Motorcycle Goggles?
Aside from allowing us to pretend we are Ricky Carmichael for a few minutes? Seriously though, motorcycle aviator goggles are designed for one reason and one reason only, our safety when riding.
In fact, as many of you will already know or at least, should do, is that it’s actually illegal in many states to drive on the road without a windshield or safety goggles. This means if you’re going to wear an open helmet or off-road helmet, goggles are a must if you want to keep on the right side of the law. Even the dirt bikers among you are required by law to wear safety goggles, no matter what random trail you decide to use. That said, who really wants to go without them with all that road debris flying around?
Goggles are there to help improve our visibility and prevent bugs, flying debris, mud, rain, snow, and whatever else might be in the air from getting into our eyes that could potentially cause us to have an accident. As you can imagine, trying to fish something out of your eyes while you’re riding is never going to be something that is easy to do. Furthermore, riding one-handed, with poor visibility, and using the other hand to try and remove whatever it is will on many occasions lead to you meeting the ground more forcefully than you would previously have liked.
So if you’re the kind of guy that does not like pain (who does?) we would certainly recommend that you look into buying a set of motorcycle goggles that will help to prevent this kind of accident from happening.
What are the Main Safety Considerations When Buying Motorcycle Goggles?
In case you hadn’t noticed, most motorcycles do not come with a windscreen and therefore unless you are wearing riding goggles or a helmet with a visor, there is nothing to protect your eyes when riding. Not only do you have to consider the sort of things getting in your eyes that we mentioned under the last question, but sunlight, fog, and glare can cause visibility issues as well.
When you next buy a pair of motorcycle goggles on Amazon or down your local bike store, there are a ton of safety considerations that you will have to think about. Are they suitable for the road or for dirt biking? Do they have UV protection? Are they designed for use at night? Can you wear glasses underneath them? Are they comfortable even after wearing them for a few hours?
You need to think about when and why you will be using them before you can narrow down your search. If you are a hardened dirt biker you might prefer goggles with scratch resistant and shatterproof lenses and tough frames that can withstand heavy impacts. On the flip side, if you primarily bike on the road during the day, you are going to want curved lenses for increased peripheral vision, lenses with UV protection, anti-fog coating, and of course, a pair that is going to be comfortable to wear.
Ask yourself exactly what you want from your motorcycle goggles to see if you can find a pair that provides you everything that you need. You might even need a few pairs to cover all instances just like many other riders do. Some will have a specific pair they will use at night, another for when they are on the roads during the day, and a further pair for when they are going off-road.
What are the Different Types of Motorcycle Goggles?
You would be excused for thinking that motorcycle goggles are all the same in that they are designed to give you protection when riding your motorcycle. However, how you plan on using your motorcycle will probably determine the type of goggles that you want to use. Generally, you are either going to be using your bike on the roads as a mode of transport or off-road as a hobby or for sport.
For that reason, you will find that there are goggles that have been designed for each purpose. Of course, you could use any pair of goggles for either but those that are specifically designed for a particular purpose will be the better option.
Off-Road Goggles – Whether you like to go motorbike trailing off-road or take part in motocross races, you are going to want to find some goggles that have been designed with off-roading specifically in mind. As you can imagine, you are going to experience a lot of mud and dirt and you are going to be having far more accidents/crashes than you would if on the road. For that reason, your goggles should be strong, offer up good visibility, and will protect your eyes from foreign objects.
Street Goggles – Now on the other hand, if you are looking for goggles for your road motorcycle, you will have a few other considerations to make. Sure, you will want that same strength, visibility, and protection that you would from off-road goggles but you will also want to consider other aspects too. You will need to consider the lenses a little more as certain tints will work better in low light conditions while others are better during the day. Other considerations will include how ventilated they are as poor ventilation can lead to fogging, how comfortable they are, and whether or not you can wear them over the top of your prescription glasses.
Whatever you are going to be using your motorcycle for, as long as you understand what you are going to need to consider for your goggles, you will have a better chance of finding your ideal pair.
What are the Major Mistakes People Make When Buying Motorcycle Goggles?
Buying a pair of motorcycle goggles is not simply a case of picking a pair that you like the look of or because of the design matches that of your bike and other riding gear. There are so many more considerations that are far more important.
While we all want to look as cool as possible as we rev up our engine, the aesthetics of motorcycle riding goggles should be a bonus rather than the main consideration when buying. In much the same way as all of your motorcycle gear whether leathers, helmet, and gloves, safety should always be the number one priority. Unfortunately, as men, we often overlook or sacrifice this aspect a little in order to feed our ego.
Another common mistake is to assume that all motorcycle goggles are the same and are designed for the same purpose. As we spoke about before, there are a number of different types of goggles that have been designed for different riding environments. Sure, a pair of street goggles will just about do a job if you are going off-road but if they have clear lenses designed to be used in low-lit conditions – this is not always ideal.
So no matter how macho you feel, and let’s face it, riding is pretty cool, we should always make sure we’ve put in plenty of research before handing over our hard-earned cash for our latest pair of motorcycle goggles.
So, with the more common questions often asked about motorcycles goggles out of the way, it is time to crack on with our very own recommendations. We have listed 14-pairs of goggles here and we’re super-confident that you are going to love at least one of them. Okay, ready to get going? Let’s do it!
Now if you cannot find the ideal pair of motorcycle goggles from that lot you might want to get yourself a car instead. We can guarantee that you’re going to struggle to find many better goggles for your money than those that we have listed above. We have given you a broad mix in terms of price too, so whether you are a spoiled brat spending your father’s millions or a penniless student trying to pay your way through college, you should be able to find something to fit your budget (and massive head).
Just remember that some will be more suited for different purposes so there really is little point buying some professional motocross goggles if you are not going to be doing anything other than taking your grandmother to Walmart once a week. On the flip side, some cheap goggles are not going to cut it the next time you go face first into a tree when off-roading.
Seriously though, no matter what you plan to wear your goggles for, we definitely recommend taking another good look through the list before whittling down your favorites. Before long you will find the pair that will give you everything that you need from a good pair of motorcycle goggles.