As most Supermoto riders wear Motocross helmets they also tend to wear Motocross goggles. These goggles have a tough but lightweight frame, moisture wicking foam, anti fog / scratch resistant lenses that are shatter proof and posts for tear off strips. The lenses are normally UV treated to protect from harmful rays and can come with different shades for various riding conditions.
What are Goggles?
Goggles give essential eye protection for Supermoto riders, protecting from dirt, smoke, sand, stones and various other track debris. Buying a new pair isn’t too tricky, there are basically four things you should consider :-
The goggles frame should fit into the eye port of your helemt allowing the goggles to fit comfortably across your face. They need to stay put on your head and not slide down pinching your nose. All goggles have a foam strip to aid comfort and some have a towelling strip which soaks in the sweat.
If you’re going to a shop then the sensible thing to do is take your helmet with you and try some goggles on. The goggles should give excellent peripheral vision and with your head lowered make sure the top of the frame doesn’t get in the way whilst you’re looking forward.
With goggle quality you generally get what you pay for, this said it is always better to listen to what other Supermoto riders are wearing, there’s plenty of forums where you can post a topic or read reviews on brands of goggles. It is best to stick with the main brands though and never opt for goggles that save on expenses but may put you at risk. You only have one pair of eyes so ensure the goggles meet the current safety standards.
Tear off system
When you’re racing you will need a tear off or roll off system. Tear off’s work well for shorter tracks however if the conditions are really wet or muddy roll off’s are generally preferred. When the goggles get dirty the rider simply tears off the thin flexible transparent strip leaving a clean one below.
The roll off system allows the rider to pull a cord which rolls a new clear film across the goggles, each roll provides 25 – 35 clear views, roll offs are optically superior to tear offs as there’s less distortion.
Some goggles allow you to put a couple of tear off’s over the roll offs which in really muddy conditions is a helpful aid for the first few laps of the race.
There is a new roll off system that’s recently come out that’s entirely hands free, just by pushing a button on the handlebars your vision is cleared in a split second.
Radraven have called this product the Speedview, it’s fully motorized and wirelessly controlled and they claim to offer improved vision, performance and safety so you never again have to risk removing your hand from the handlebars to pull a cord or tear off a strip which has to be a good thing.
We would greatly appreciate your opinion on what goggles you have on the Forum, the pros, cons and any suggestions of what goggles you would purchase next.