Motorcycle sunglasses or goggles are part of any serious rider's standard equipment. Not only do they help you look very cool when you break the asphalt on your bike, they serve as protective clothing because you will be cycling for many years to come. By protecting your eyes from UV radiation from sun, insects and other debris, the motorcycle sunglasses protect your eyes out of the way they are damaged. You can't - and shouldn't - use a motorcycle with less than optimum vision, so keeping your eyes in the best shape should be the top priority for any motorcycle rider.
It is generally agreed and accepted to wear a helmet while driving a motorcycle is an absolute necessity. But if your helmet doesn't offer any kind of face protection then you definitely need to protect your eyes from the elements with quality sunglasses or goggles. A helmet protects your skull under a tumble, but if you have protected your eyes you can probably avoid the thumb to begin with.
There are a few things to look for when shopping for a good pair of motorcycle sunglasses. Not surprisingly, these features are common to almost all sunglasses used in outdoor activities if it's riding motorcycles, bikes, volleyball or fishing.
UV protection: The lenses in your future pair of sunglasses should offer 100% UV protection. Most of your riding is done on beautiful sun rays so you need to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Almost all high-quality eyeglass lenses filter out 99% - 100% of the UV radiation, but you should be careful with cheap sunglasses found at the truck stop.
Shock Resistant: You know well that when you are on the open road you often have to deal with airborne debris. This can be in the form of repayment from previous vehicles, insects in your path, or even precipitation as smooth or small hail. You absolutely do not want any debris that spreads your sunglasses. A high speed crushing lens can make an already dangerous situation much more. Two quality manufacturers who manufacture incredibly impact-resistant sunglasses are Oakley and Wiley X. In fact, Wiley X sunglasses and goggles are widely used by US Military in combat because of their ballistic lenses.
Comfort: You can very well wear your sunglasses for several hours straight during riding, so make sure the sunglasses you buy are comfortable. Any distractions you can eliminate will make a safer and nicer ride, so you certainly do not want shades that do not fit properly and pinch, slide or otherwise discomfort. Some high end sunglasses even offer climate control. These sunglasses have an optional lock to close the gap between the sunglasses frames and your face to keep out rainfall, making your sunglasses effective for a pair of goggles.
The next time you are about to hit the open road on your bike, hog or crotch rocket, make sure you have equipped yourself with the quality protective glasses that your eyes deserve. Keeping your vision healthy and intact will lead to many years of riding, so make sure you invest in motorcycle sunglasses that offer UV protection, are impact resistant and comfortable. And don't forget that they should look cool too! Happy riding!