The Best Motorcycle Glasses of 2019: Top 10
Let me start with a confession: in my 29 years, I have never seen a person who has never worn sunglasses. It’s the item anyone needs, and though some prefer peaky caps, I cannot imagine a situation when it’s better not to have glasses. Except there is someone who wants your glasses around, along with you’re your clothes and your motorcycle.
Well, what can rather terminate someone in real life is just a lack of proper glasses. Driving a bike in the sun looks great and cinematic. But I have seen enough of clinical dramas to run my own TV show. That’s why, being good with my modest Kawasaki Café Racer of 2005, I’ve tried lots of glasses; if a T-800 saw my collection, it would bluescreen because of such a choice.
I decided to write this review of the best motorcycle glasses, because, 1) caring is sharing, 2) valar morghulis, 3) valar dohaeris. It would be a pity if I spend my time on studying glasses in vain, just to have it lost after a stupid mistake.
What you need to learn first: looking cool in the mirror isn’t enough. One pair of motorcycle glasses isn’t enough either (unless it has replaceable lenses, and we’ll see examples). If you’re an active rider, you’ll probably need changeable day and night motorcycle glasses, for urban riding and country expeditions; and it’s even heavier if you need to combine sunglasses with prescription lenses.
Well, with some women’s riding glasses, motorcycle isn’t a must, and too many men like those just as accessories, too. But I assume you are here to find the best glasses for riding a bike, not for making Instagram selfies.
So, here we go with the Top 10. And remember that you may find a lower position a better option. It’s all very individual; so individual that I’d even recommend going beyond reading and trying each one you like in reality.
Top 10 Best Motorcycle Glasses
So, here is the top of motorcycle glasses Amazon has in store, and though there are more deserving a closer look, there is just too much to fit into one multireview.
Sturdy and brutal, these Wiley X Gravity sunglasses look durable enough for a Marvel superhero. In real life, we’re not sure about superheroes, but the military standards are too weak for this item. The manufacturer decided to make something even harder than the army requires, and here it is. The lenses are anti-scratch, and the nose pad and temples are rubberized, so, even getting sweaty, you won’t have them slide down.
The facial cavity does more than provide durability: it also blocks peripheral light and protects your eyes from road dust and pollen. Similar to underwater models, this one grants your eyes some air to prevent sweating, along with full protection from forehead sweat. Well, if you wish, you can remove these cavities.
The masculine look is highlighted by matte black frames and dark gray lenses. No playful colors: positively, these are opposite to a woman’s motorcycle glasses. I know even men who would consider these too dull, too military, too state for a free rider. Well, I know even more men who definitely love Gravity.
Not only are these durable against mechanical damage. They also do their work of protecting the eyes perfectly, and the manufacturer claims they filter 100% of UVA/UVB rays. If you need prescription power glasses, Gravity (like most Wiley X motorcycle glasses) is capable of that due to RX Rim system. It supports custom prescription lenses, and the glasses will both protect your eyes from UV rays and sharpen your eyesight. So, if you are used to wearing over glasses motorcycle goggles, you’ll have a chance to feel the difference.
Regular replacement lenses can also be used in case you somehow damaged them, despite protection. It’s no problem to find a pair either on the official Wiley X site or on third-party stores. You can even select darkened, photochromic, or yellow lenses if the default gray seems too dull, or you want specifically these; well, the replacement would cost you like a good cheaper pair.
The box includes a nylon case with a zipper, a brush, and a leash cord: that’s the minimum, but selling such an expensive pair without this would be just too greedy.
- Extremely durable;
- Look great on various faces;
- Slide and sweat protection;
- Lots of custom replaceable lenses available;
- Top-rated motorcycle glasses on Amazon;
- Can be used for bike rides or as a daily pair.
- Rather expensive;
- Fog up with face gasket on.
Though this one looks similar to Wiley X Gravity, WYND Blocker Vert is a more affordable pair, and much more customizable as well. First of all, it’s available in many colors, from serious matte black to easy blue, red, or white. They are quite compatible with various helmets, which makes them a recommended riding glasses for motorcycles with a high bang for a buck.
Variety of colors can be doubled with removable wind-resistant eyeliner that makes protective glasses out of regular ones. But here comes the biggest controversy. With this liner on, the peripheral view is severely narrowed, so you can only see what’s ahead of you. Without it, its protective features disappear, turning Vert to almost ordinary glasses.
Available lenses are made with TAC technology, making them even more durable and resistant to mechanical damage due to the layered structure. Lenses are not replaceable, despite all the variety available: if you want a regular gray glass pair and another one with yellow lenses, you’ll have to buy two. Well, I’ll tell it again, for the price of one Wiley X Gravity you can have four Wynd Blocker Verts, so it doesn’t sound disastrous. Anyway, any TAC lens is good at resisting damage, polarizing light, and filtering up to 99% (in this case 100%) UV. They also filter scattered, reflected, or glaring light.
As for wearability, these are very lightweight, and at the same time, you will surely notice if they suddenly start sliding down. Chances are they won’t. The designers rubberized their earpieces, so it will take a very, very strong impact to get Vert off your face. They have been tested at various activities, including bicycle rides, running, driving, cycling, boating and so on.
The box includes a strap for wearing Vert as goggles, and a fiber bag for them. Not much, but not poor, especially for the price. The bag can be as well used for cleaning the glasses. It’s a shame, though, that there isn’t a special piece for that.
- Affordable price;
- Lightweight design;
- Various colors;
- Fit on most face types;
- Goggles mode.
- Lenses not changeable;
- Poor peripheral view
- No separate original fiber.
Minimalistic and constrained, Bobster motorcycle glasses are a sort of style icon. Besides that, the manufacturer offers great lenses for all their products. Established in 1994, Bobster has obtained a rather high reputation that follows the name. With these Gunner motorcycle glasses, night riding will be much easier due to a whole lot of features, including photochromatic functions.
As for Gunner model, it’s more of a simple one, with the unisex appearance and a plain touch. Not that these are the favorite women’s motorcycle riding glasses, but they are stylish enough to keep a pretty face just as pretty with these on.
Yet it’s very hi-tech; special foam padding prevents fogging and protects lenses from dust and wind. It’s especially useful if you ride with your helmet off. The glasses provide a great level of protection, probably because of undetachable modules. What is detachable is earpieces that can be replaced with a native strap.
This model is compatible with prescription lenses, so you won’t have to wear Gunner over another pair. Just take it to your eye doctor, adjust the power, and get your updated lenses inserted.
By default, it has a pair of regular polarizing anti-UV lenses plus photochromatic lenses with the same features, both made of polycarbonate. The photochromatic lenses filter all the UV they catch, and they will automatically get darker as it gets brighter around you (and vice versa). If you want your motorcycle glasses photochromic or clear, you can change the lenses yourself.
Gunner owners report that the glasses are very resistant to fogging; the advertisement is correct. With photochromatic lenses, you can easily use them as motorcycle night glasses; and in everyday life you can wear them as regular sunglasses, if looking a bit eccentric is OK with you.
Though the lenses are rather durable, nothing lasts forever (especially photochromic lenses that wear out in about 18-20 months). Then you can just purchase another pair of original Bobster lenses. They aren’t cheap: one (not even a pair) is worth exactly the price of WYND Blocker Vert. Frames and cell foams can also be bought separately, in case you unexpectedly damaged them.
The box contains clear and photochromic lenses, a case, and also a strap for wearing Gunner as goggles. If you prefer another pair of lenses, you can wear it right here in the bag.
- Good perspective view;
- Replaceable lenses
- Power lens compatible;
- Goggles mode;
- Unisex style.
- Not the cheapest ones;
- Photochromatic lenses need replacement frequently.
If you consider Wiley X motorcycle glasses at the beginning a pricing nightmare, and WYND Blocker too constrained for its price, take a look at this one. BELINOUS isn’t a famous brand, probably from China (I couldn’t find out their the exact country of origin), and it only offers one model, but these glasses are worth four.
In fact, they are four. The frame with earpieces supports replaceable lenses, and there are four pairs included. They are: clear, high-contrast yellow, copper, and smoke. So you can select the right lenses, according to whether it’s dim around, or, on the contrary, if there’s too much sunlight. Changing lenses is smooth in general, though some users report it’s been a problem: another hint it’s Chinese, with little attention to precision. The lenses are 1.6 mm thick, which would be too much for a regular pair, but quite enough for motorcycle glasses.
The frame is lightweight but it feels solid. To protect your eyes, there are foam air cushions that lie right around the eyes and let no dust and wind in. When it comes to vendors like this, it may be a sort of a lottery. But most motorcycle riding glasses reviews agree that protection is decent.
As for protecting features of the lenses, they are said to filter UVA/UVB/UVC and blue light. Color accents depending on the lens you choose, and the world may look different through different ones. Hey, it’s like Instagram filters in real life! And a specific alternative to transition motorcycle glasses; though the real transition lenses adjust brightness automatically, with these, you can do it manually, with more time to spend and more precision as well.
As for the frame, it sits firmly while you’re riding (unless you’re suddenly hit or hitting something; well, the glasses are made just to prevent it). You can wear them as regular glasses or goggles, with a native strap, and they can be both men’s and women’s motorcycle glasses.
There may be problems if you want to contact the manufacturer about warranty issues: some say it’s a waiting game. But, considering the price, you’d better take two of them if you’re afraid of losing or damaging any detail.
The box is a real treasury here: the item includes, along with the frame and the four lenses, a carry case, a bag, a strap band, a cleaning cloth, and (if you buy them on Amazon) a gift box.
- Best bang for a buck;
- Four interchangeable lens pairs;
- Unisex design;
- Good resistant features;
- Rich packaging.
- The manufacturer isn’t well known;
- Warranty issues reported;
- Replacing lenses isn’t easy.
There is little known about Verdster as a brand, though the glasses are cool enough to speak for themselves. The price is suspiciously low, and the package is too minimalistic to see it as a Chinese generosity show. Still, the overall impression these glasses leave is very favorable.
The most impressive thing about these glasses is the look. Somehow the designers made an enhancing accessory that makes men look even more masculine, and women more feminine. So they make a good woman’s motorcycle glasses as well. The item comes in a wrap-around style, with arms only and no strap available to wear them as goggles.
As for material, they are quite sturdy, with tight hinges and comfortable sitting. Probably, they won’t slide down as you ride with minor shocks, but it depends on how minor the shock is. There is only one versatile size, like with most sunglasses, and they fit good for almost any type of head. Among all the motorcycle glasses with foam, these are probably the most affordable.
The original lenses block 99% of the UV light, and they are custom, made especially for Verdster glasses. There is no possibility to manually replace one lens if you have suddenly damaged it. Lenses aren’t detachable at all, so you will have to buy a new pair of glasses if yours get damaged. If you want another color nor photochromatic lenses, you cannot replace them either: Verdster just isn’t about that.
In general, this one is similar to WYND Blocker model we’ve reviewed above, but there is at least one advantage: much better peripheral view. Though there is a protective cushion for protection from dust and wind, it doesn’t block your view, leaving more space to observe. On the other hand, they are made to prevent fogging as well. This makes Verdster TourDePro good both as motorcycle riding glasses and as a model for mountain sports with blinding snow.. They aren’t as good as just an everyday model to wear, but nothing is perfect.
In the box, along with with the glasses, you will find a hard case, a soft one, a cleaning fiber, and a gift box. The box is great if you plan to present the glasses, and useless but impressive otherwise.
- AGM upkeep-free battery.
- Financially savvy.
- Long service life.
- It fits in many utilizations.
- No goggles mode;
Lenses aren’t replaceable.
Pacific Coast has been in the game since 1984, providing great motorcycle sunglasses and other gears for a reasonable price (maybe even lower than you might expect from a Californian brand). These airfoil-padded goggles are a great option if you want them combined with your regular sunglasses and a helmet.
This model is a real eyecatcher, with its protective aviation or underwater style. Put over regular glasses, they provide what those lack. But they’re also an eye saver, letting no dust or wind under the large, fishy mask. Underwater design isn’t just a gimmick: these are great for riding in the rain, and some even find them great for sea riding on PWC’s. If they can stand the rain, they will stand any road condition.
Compatible with various helmets as well as glasses, this one is rather versatile (but if your face is atypical, too small in particular, you’ll need to try them on first). As for wind protection, it’s also good, due to the solid frame contacting the skin around the eyes.
Although a lot depends on the person and their style of biking, my impression of no fogging has been confirmed by other users: they can be rated five. As motorcycle goggles over glasses, they do the work. Putting them on and off is comfortable due to a buckle that makes pulling the band off easier when it’s loose.
As for the glass, it’s just regular. No UV filters, no photochromatic features or stuff. It’s work to be done by inner sunglasses. Instead, they offer no distortion and resistance to mechanical impact, and that’s the mission. There is a thin smoke tint, but you better assume there is none and use your glasses with their own filters. Finally, these are compatible with prescription glasses. I am lucky enough not to try those myself, but the item is reported to have no distortion effect when used with power lenses.
Last but not least: these goggles provide a good peripheral view, and that’s a real lifesaving option. Obstruction is what annoyed me most in other goggles: these don’t make your vision tunnel (unless you are in a tunnel actually).
The box only has the goggles and a soft leather case, but, given that these are the motorcycle goggles that fit over glasses, other accessories are just not that necessary.
- Good protection;
- Cool design;
- Wide peripheral view;
- Reasonable price;
- Good for riding in the rain.
- No filtering glass features;
Here comes another one by Bobster, bobbing out of the blue, and this time it’s goggles again. But, unlike the previous one, these are quite self-sufficient due to replaceable lenses. It’s the perfect choice if you want goggles with no extra glasses under.
The item comes with three polycarbonate lens pairs: clear, amber, and smoked, for various conditions. Replacing them is easy even when you’re on the road, without the tool collection you have at home. All three have a special anti-fog coating and filtering layers, blocking 100% UV rays (at least, such so they claim). And (for some of us it may be the best news) all the lenses are RX-able, so you can bring them to your eye doctor and get them adjusted to assist your eyesight perfectly.
The lenses are impact-resistant, so harming them may be even harder than harming yourself (wish you none of that). To protect your eyes under them there is a special foam that absorbs sweat and lets no wind or dust in. Under heavy conditions (like furious rains and storms) the foam may leak a bit, but, still, it remains tolerable.
As for design, these goggles look like goggles. The style is strictly functional, lean and mean, with no image-forming extras. Compatibility with other glasses isn’t an issue, and they sit well with helmets too. These only come in one size, with adjustable strap, but big faced riders may feel uncomfortable with this. Some describe wearing them as “pushing the eyes together from top to bottom”; others find these hard to fit under the helmet.
It’s one of the best options for those tired of motorcycle goggles over glasses. The set of lenses may be imperfect (some riders complain about its lack of amber option), but it’s quite versatile to cover most conditions. Another pair of lenses would have made it more expensive, but, given its price under $25, many of us wouldn’t mind having a better set for, say, $30.
The box has the goggles with an adjustable strap, the set of lenses, and a soft case — quite a good set for such an affordable price. Of course, RX-ing them (if necessary) would increase it for each lens, but you still may find it a worthy solution.
- Don’t require another pair of glasses
- Good protection;
- Three pairs of lenses for various conditions;
- RX-able lenses;
- Affordable price.
- No photochromic features;
- Individual incompatibility happens;
- There could have been more lenses.
What name can be more straightforward than BikerArmour? This brand specializes in motorcycle glasses Harley Davidson styled since 2001, and it’s already popular and present on major online marketplaces as well as in offline stores. Here is one of the most attractive models, goggles that you can combine with almost any glasses or helmets. It’s available in different options, with various lenses or sets.
The design is clearly unisex, so these are motorcycle glasses women may want to wear as well as men. Anyway, it’s just a pair of goggles, fitting into any combinations or helmet above and glasses behind.
The lenses of these goggles are polarized and anti-glare even in the basic version, so there may be no need to wear glasses under if you’re good with these. But it’s much more logical to combine these features with your glasses of choice: amber or yellow ones, transitional motorcycle glasses, or RX lenses, or whatever. These combinations can be highly customizable, which makes this piece one of the best motorcycle goggles to fit over glasses.
Both frames and lenses are made of polycarbonate, scratch- and impact-resistant. The construction itself covers your eyes with glasses on well; the only drawback is insufficient fogging protection. The glasses are to be wiped from the fog more often than one would wish.
These BikerArmour goggles are equipped with scratch-resistant lenses, made of the same sort of polycarbonate that’s used for helmet visors. The lenses are well compatible with various types of sunglasses as well as with prescription lenses. They are not replaceable, though, so if you want to have them in yellow or smoke, you’ll have to purchase the set of goggles with required types of lenses.
The box contains the goggles (with the strap already on) and a soft case, though there are various package options. Say, you can order it with polarized smoke, yellow, or clear lenses, in any combination. If you use various goggles, you may need no sunglasses under them. Buying a set means there will be a case for each pair, so you won’t have to buy extras.
- Compatible with various sunglasses or RX’s;
- Available with various lenses;
- Fit greatly for most head types;
- Provide solid protection.
- Require sunglasses under, even in best options;
- Noticeable fogging.
That’s another one sold by Bikershades, along with those by BikerArmour. The real brand remains unclear; probably, it’s one of the Chinese OEM manufacturers that make most of the store-branded goods. The price, lower than the average, is an indirect confirmation. “ANSI Z87” just stands for eye protection standard this pair meets; in fact, they are even compliant with its updated version, ANSI Z87.1.
In terms of share and exterior, these are just typical clear motorcycle glasses (or smoked, if you opt for that). Covering the eyes and protecting them from wind and dust with a foam cushion, they are just as durable as they look: rugged and sturdy. The cushion is soft enough to cause no discomfort and tight enough to block any impact from the outside.
So are the lenses, made of impact-resistant polycarbonate with MemoryFlex feature. There are some of the best motorcycle glasses for night riding, protecting the rider’s eyes from high contrast.
But the thing about these glasses is they’re bifocal. The built-in small lenses below are magnifying x3, designed specifically to help you look down at your dashboard. To use these magnifiers, you just need to look down, and your focusing does the rest. When looking forward, the magnifiers don’t get in your way. It’s a paradox, but I keep these motorcycle glasses near me and take them out whenever I want to read the fine print of a contract.
The main lenses are regular, with no optical power, and do their job of filtering the light. They block 100% of UV 400, at least, so they advertise. On the other hand, aside from being bifocal, they are pretty basic. No RX adjusting, just one color option (clear or smoked), and, of course, they aren’t replaceable. If you want to change the lenses during a long ride, you’ll have to purchase two pairs. But, minding the price tag, it’s quite affordable. If clear or smoked is an important option for you, take two.
The box contains the glasses, two cases for them (hard and soft), and a strap. A strap, alas, is meant just for holding the case, so the glasses aren
- Versatile constrained design;
- Sturdy construction;
- Decent UV filtering;
- Affordable price.
- No goggles mode;
- No replaceable lenses;
- Only two color options.
When we speak of Red Baron, we probably reminisce of Manfred von Richthofen, a brilliant German ace of World War I. He usually posed with his eyes exposed, but there are pictures of the legendary fighter pilot wearing goggles. No wonder these are advertised as suitable for both bikers and pilots. The vendor is completely unknown; this, along with unprecedented low price (for a set of two pairs!), leads to the conclusion that they are made by some Chinese OEM manufacturer (like the previous ones).
The design really reminds of the Golden Era of aviation, especially if you wear them along with a helmet. Not the motorcycle glasses women’s dreams are about. Instead, they are certainly masculine and somehow military.
Of course, expecting them to be brilliant and flawless for such price would have been naïve. But the flaws are minor, less critical than expected. Say, the foam is weak and movable: it causes no problems with regular wind, as it pushes the foam towards the face. But under extreme conditions, it may fail you. Foam weakness also results in noticeable fogging.
The overall quality is just decent, nothing more, nothing less. But in fact, “decent” is better than the price suggests. The model has been around since 2009, and there are definitely less negative reviews than one could expect from such a cheap item.
The lenses are made of polycarbonate, said to be scratch- and impact-resistant (like, in fact, any of the reviewed ones). UV 400 filter is a good thing, but, again, no revelation.
To recompense this, the seller offers packs of two pairs instead of one. They are identical, except for lenses: one comes with clear lenses, and another with smoked ones. Alas, there is literally nothing more included. But for the price of $22.99 for two pairs of glasses, this sin can be forgiven.
- Two pairs for the price of one;
- Fit well;
- Clear and smoked lenses;
- Basic protection level is present.
- Not durable enough;
- No extras in the box.
FAQ (or What You Were Afraid to Ask)
Here are some questions I frequently run into. I gave this material some time, so why not cover these?
Are glasses necessary at all?
No, in fact, they aren’t necessary. Let’s step further: your bike isn’t necessary either. And what about the Internet you use to read this? Your parents probably remember living without it. Well, few people could write or read in Jesus’s time, and a bit earlier no one was literate at all! And, before the Romans built their fantastic roads, people carried on without them, and were good!
Heh, I’ve probably gone too far. But if there is an invention to increase your convenience and reduce your risks, it would be illogical to neglect it. You may also think about saving money. It’s a serious reason, I see. But it’s better to opt for a cheaper model than to neglect glasses at all.
Why are the lenses made yellow?
Yellow lenses are the best at filtering blue light. The blue light doesn’t let you fall asleep in the daytime even when you’re tired and free to sleep for an hour or two. This light is best filtered by antipode colors, like yellow or amber. You may pay no attention to it, but your eyes get less tired under such protection.
Does anti-fog really work?
Though some consider it just a marketing trick, like constantly adding megapixels in mobile cameras, anti-fog really works. The absorbing layer lowers humidity around the lens, and you can see clearly, like you see through water in underwater glasses.
But not all lenses marked as “anti-fog” really do that. Chinese manufacturers, alas, still aren’t trustworthy. Their products can be found on Amazon or eBay in enormous numbers; I wrote above how I recognize them. These “anti-fog” features may be fictional. So, if you want it working, opt for brands with a good reputation.
How durable are average motorcycle glasses?
It depends (and I don’t mean your manner of riding). When it comes to riding glasses, motorcycle always impacts them, with varying consequences. But let’s assume you’re a cautious rider.
Chinese ones are cheap, but they are unlikely to last more than a couple of years. American and European models can do their work for decades, but there are still limitations. For example, when it comes to transition lenses, the coverage can last for 18-20 months, and then they can be used as clear ones (if ever).
What’s the sense of detachable arms?
If the glasses come with a strap, you can detach the arms, attach the strap, and wear them as goggles. This manner has no alternative when you wear two pairs of glasses simultaneously. Some riders just prefer to wear them this way, because goggles are unlikely to slide down while you’re riding.
There are thousands of motorcycle safety glasses, old, new, and the newest. This list can get obsolete as some models are off sale, and other big rivals enter. Certainly, as you read this, you can have your own views.
Requirements also differ; the most prominent case is being short-sighted or the opposite, which requires RX-ing the lenses. Manner of riding and preferable time are also individual. If you are that definite in your requests, you can search within subcategories, and, maybe, find something even more suitable.
It seems logical that the readers with narrower requests may have been digging deeper than me. So, I will gladly take (or even add to the core) the most worthy comments on models or details I have missed. The only thing I require back is talking on items available on major marketplaces, like eBay or Amazon. Exploring Chinese or Indian local markets may be fun, but there are reasons I trust Amazon more.
So, what worthy items have I missed? Or maybe I misunderstood something? Writing can be harder than riding, and, though I’m not an easy writer, there are things you can know better. You’re free to ask other readers or me about your matter as well. Come on!