Eye protection mtb
I ride with glasses these days (Oakley Racing Jackets with clear lenses) because it stops my eyes from watering and keeps the grit from interfering with my contacts. But yeah, I’ve often wondered how essential eye ‘protection’ is. I rode for years with no glasses and never had any real bother. Your eyelid (not eyeball) was scratched because your blink reflex worked properly!
What this thread needs is horror pictures of eye injuries.Posted 7 months agoNorthwindSubscriber
Decathlon’s cheapest riding glasses- really just safety glasses, but they happen to fit my face perfectly and cost the same.
If it’s dry/dusty then sometimes goggles- I find my contacts get quite dried up otherwise, not too nice. I don’t really like riding in goggles and open face but it’s better than the alternatives sometimes.Posted 7 months agovincienupSubscriber
I picked up a set of Rad8’s in the recent sale. They’re quite good. Clarity is notably better than most cheaper options. Previously UVEX 117’s
My ‘why I wear eye protection’ war story: seven years ago while riding to work in a city centre in December there was a freak hailstorm and high wind. I apparently caught a hailstone travelling horizontally direct in my eye. An hour or so into the day at work I basically couldn’t see so was sent to the local eye unit. The Consultant was impressed with the degree of scratching on my cornea and the end result was spending a week at home with an eyepatch and regular medication.
It doesn’t take me much to get from there to the possibilities of mud, pebbles, insects etc so yep, if I’m on a bike I’ve got something covering my eyes these days.Posted 7 months agotreefingersMember
Im using aliexpress glasses that are a copied shape of the oakley jawbreaker. Lens quality is great with 4 sets depending upon weather condition.Posted 7 months ago
I mainly use them for work (tree surgery) but they are great on the bike as well. Loads of different option on aliexpress as well.
I have found the frames break eventually (so I have lots of spare lenses) but they are cheap to replace.daernMember
Done the cheap safety specs before, but I found them a bit shit, fell apart quickly and steamed up badly. They’re now relegated to the garage for use as actual safety specs when removing circlips 🙂
Currently have some Tifosi light-changing things and they’re both comfy and stay put. I wear them pretty much all of the time, except when it’s tipping down.Posted 7 months agoNorthwindSubscriber
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What this thread needs is horror pictures of eye injuries.
I’ve lost the pic now but I had a beautifully destroyed bolle lens- massive chips in the polycarb and gouging right across to the frame- and a matching black eye and cut in my nose and forehead- after a skillful rock drop to face transition at innerleithen. Doubt I’d have come away with much eye from that one without protection. Unlucky, sure, but unlucky happens fairly oftenPosted 7 months agocookeaaSubscriber
Bolle Spiders here, with prescription lenses.
Having imperfect vision means I need to wear something anyway, safety specs fit the bill perfectly.
it’s sort of become part of the “Uniform” now for many people hasn’t it?
Once you’ve paid out for the Helmet, gloves, kneepads, camelback a pair of basic safety-specs seems like a trifling expense by comparison, but actually has the potential to prevent some quite significant injuries…Posted 7 months agomartinkielyMember
Bolle here too – used to use the Contours, but have now switched to the Rush – flat arms seem more comfortable under helmets. The number of times I get whipped across the face by undergrowth on my normal routes means I never ride without glasses now – it feels as wrong as riding without a helmet!Posted 7 months agogonefishinMember
But yeah, I’ve often wondered how essential eye ‘protection’ is
Having had a scratched cornea thanks to a branch on tree that I was riding past, I personally would rate eye protection above a helmet. I’ll sometimes ride without a helmet, I’ll almost never ride without glasses.
Generally I ride with cheap Madison glasses but pretty much any sort of wrap around glasses will do the job.Posted 7 months agojrukMember
Rad8 504s for any other than night or when it’s hacking down. For night I use clear Uvex 109. When it’s really raining they’re all much the same – tried various lenses and coatings but not found one that really works.
The rads could do with being a bit deeper but the antifog treatment works and as a company they’re great to deal with.Posted 7 months ago
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