Motorcycle sunglasses can be crucial when you're out on the road.
It's something of a given that those straddling a two-wheeled, gas-powered dream machine with their head exposed to the elements might want to make sure they can maintain their visual connection with the road ahead.
Everyone has been behind another vehicle when it's thrown a rock at their windshield, right? And no one really appreciates getting a fly to the eye at 65 mph. So for those who also desire protection from the sun, choosing motorcycle sunglasses can be an important – and even vital -- part of the safety system for their bike riding adventures.
First, consider what kind of setup you prefer to wear on your head while you're riding.
Helmets can work with motorcycle sunglasses in one of two ways: either you have an open-faced helmet that you use in conjunction with protective sunglasses, or you have a full face-shield helmet, and you use your favorite motorcycle sunglasses underneath.
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty and discuss what's available.
The Available Technology
For riders who prefer no helmet, or even a helmet that exposes the face, it would be advisable to use motorcycle sunglasses that double as safety protection as well. Here, you have a lot of options: Modern eyewear technology offers a lot of personal customization opportunities. This includes scratch resistant lenses, UV protection, and fog-resistant coatings. You can also choose goggles over traditional frame shades, if you find that more comfortable and functional as your choice of motorcycle sunglasses.
The Liberty Sport shades offer wrap-around lenses that allow excellent peripheral vision, and have a pierced front and temple design that gives excellent air-flow and prevents fogging, while keeping the eyes protected from the wind.
Take a look at Liberty Sport's Switch frames offering you a Magnetic Interchange Lens System.
On a number of different impact-resistant, head-hugging frame models, they have the option to switch out the lenses with different levels of tint and sun resistance. They can be dropped from a height of six feet and still stay in the frame, and only a few seconds are required to change out to your clear lenses when twilight falls during your ride across the country. Your motorcycle sunglasses can convert to regular prescription lenses instantly, in other words, and still do the heavy lifting when it comes to protecting your eyes on the road.
This magnetic technology seen in Switch is now available in our new Liberty Sport Rider Collection. These 4 unique styles are all ANSI Z87.1 rated for ultimate high impact standards to really keep your eyes safe on the road. The Piston, Pursuit and Pursuit XL all feature the ‘Powered by Switch’ technology with removable side cups to convert your high performance frames to sunglasses in seconds. Want full eye shield protection and the Sunset Driver premium lens? Then the Deflector is for you.
All Covered Up
Already own the full face shield style of helmet? Well, that frees you up to consider various motorcycle sunglasses that are designed purely for sun protection and to suit your personal style. Some considerations here also include the fogging issue. Since you're under the helmet, evaporation is held inside it, and you'll want to make sure you either have vented shades/goggles, or go with open-sided shades to prevent that fogging.
Like the motorcycle sunglasses available from Liberty, a number of manufacturers produce frames and shades that can be installed with prescription lenses. Typically, you’ll need to purchase the frames from the manufacturer, and then bring them to your optician to have the prescription lenses installed there.
Motorcycle sunglasses can serve one of two functions: Either they simply protect you from the sun, or they also protect you from the elements and serve as actual safety glasses. You'll need to take the time to determine which of these functions is necessary for your ride.
If you have a full face shield, you might consider using a helmet with a clear face shield, and then maintain control of the degree of sun protection you need by changing out your actual shades underneath. This is a good option when you consider your changing needs due to weather conditions, as well as the different needs required for day to night riding. As for open helmet or no-helmet riders, goggles or a cloth band that secures the shades to your head are a consideration.
Safety, of course, is an incredibly important consideration to bear in mind when it comes to considering your motorcycle sunglasses. So please: Do try to keep your eyes in their original condition by taking care of them – and don’t forget 35 states require the use of eye protection while riding a motorcycle.