Goggle search: Best motocross and dirtbike googles

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A pair of motocross goggles is essential to maintain vision and protect the rider’s eyes when wearing certain types of helmet. Goggles are preferred to visors here as they allow that airflow to keep the rider cool and also move the dirt and debris barrier closer to the rider’s eyes so it is easier to see out past any mud or water, for example, that might end up on them.

We all know that whenever we’re riding our bikes, we need to see where we’re going – it’s a given. And while some casual greenlaning or occasional off-road excursion is perfectly enjoyable with an adventure-style road crash helmet, for more serious ventures off the beaten track, a proper off-road or dirtbike helmet is needed.

We’ve looked at motocross, enduro or dirt bike helmets before with their huge aperture for maximum airflow. However, that comes at a price – and that price is no visor.

Where visors would have vents to prevent them from fogging up, goggles may have vents to allow air in for the same reason and will generally be foam-lined, for comfort, moisture-wicking and for additional airflow. Generally so the warm, moist air generated by the face can be replaced by cooling and demisting air from outside.

It’s also worth considering some anti-fogging solution inside the goggles; the age-old use of saliva can work but generally a proper spray is more effective for longer.

And while some MX or dirt bike goggles may double up as skiing goggles (or vice versa) if you’re serious about your off-road riding, then a proper pair, potentially with roll-offs to quickly clear your field of vision when they get dirty, are worth investing in.

Finally, for use on the road, look for goggles that feature shatter-resistant lenses to EN1938:2010 standard so that in the event of a bit of solid debris hitting them, they don’t break into multiple pieces and risk harming your eyes.

Here is a selection of motocross goggles that will have you seeing right.

Price: $21.99
These goggles from Nenki get great reviews online at Amazon and with good reason; they are formed with a flexible TPU frame that allows them to move and fit all face shapes and sizes and feature triple-layer foam around the edges, for sweat absorption and comfort as well as shock absorption.

There are vents in the top to keep the iridium lens clear of fog and there are also posts for tear-offs, to quickly establish a clear view. They are also approved to EN1938:2010, the EU standard for road goggles.

Pros

  • Great value
  • UV resistant lens
  • Vents

Cons

  • None
These goggles from British kit giant Oxford are popular and effective - the numerous positive reviews attest to that. They are formed with a flexible TPU frame that houses a clear anti-scratch and anti-fog lens.

Vents help to maintain airflow and keep the lenses clear of misting and triple layer foam around the edges makes sure they stay comfortable. Available in four colours, the lenses are ready for tear-offs (£4.99 for a pack of 10) and replacement tinted lenses are also available.

Pros

  • Excellent performance
  • Great value
  • Spares easily available

Cons

  • Little bit plain
These goggles from Thor are beginning to increase the price point but are pretty serious bits of kit. The company also makes other MX gear including helmets so you know they will work well together. The goggles feature pre-curved lenses designed to enhance the rider's view and frames with ventilation ports to keep the visor fog-free.

Thick foam enhances the wearing comfort and a wide 45mm strap distributes the load and silicon grips prevent is slipping on the helmet. The lens is tear-off compatible and there is a removable nose-guard too. Available in eight colours. Meets EN1938:2010 for road use.

Pros

  • Excellent optics
  • Tear-off provision
  • Removeable nose guard

Cons

  • Starting to get expensive
Wulf is another renowned brand for off-road and dirt bike equipment and in particular, its products for children are well respected. These goggles are designed for younger riders but that doesn't mean they are any less serious.

Featuring a frame in flexible plastic, the lenses are anti-scratch and anti-fog with a soft nose-guard and three layers of foam to allow sweat to disperse and for comfort. The strap also has a grip section to remain on the helmet.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Available in kids’ sizes
  • Come in a variety of colours

Cons

  • No direct air vents
O'Neal is another brand popular in the off-road and motocross worlds, with its range of helmets designed to protect riders in casual off-road or racing conditions. These goggles are designed to work with its helmets as well as other manufacturers and feature triple-layered foam for comfort and to dispel moisture while vents allow airflow to help prevent fogging.

The lens is UV-protective and features an anti-scratch coating as well as posts for tear-offs. They also meet the EN1938:2010 standard for road use.

Pros

  • Good value
  • Tear-off compatible
  • Bright design

Cons

  • Vents seem small
Viper manufacture motorcycle gear that is effective without a huge price tag and it works - I've tried helmets, gloves and boots from the company and have been fairly impressed, so these well-priced mx and off-road goggles should be the same.

They are a basic design, relying on foam and top and bottom vents to allow air in and moisture out to prevent misting but the lens features an anti-scratch coating and the wide strap is adjustable. They are available in six plain colours.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Anti-scratch lens
  • Range of colours

Cons

  • No direct air inlet vents
When it comes to goggles - whether for motorcycling, skiing or snowboarding - then Oakley are one of the best-known names. And with good reason. This is the second generation of their O Frame goggle and features top and bottom vents and triple-layered foam to wick sweat away from the face.

The noseguard is removable and the frame is designed for a wide view with excellent peripheral vision. It is also designed to allow the rider to easily wear spectacles and it comes with Oakley’s lens roll-off clearing system.

Pros

  • Huge experience from well-known brand
  • Roll-off system integrated
  • Good for spectacles-wearers

Cons

  • No direct-inlet vents
  • Not the cheapest

About the author: After qualifying as a mechanical engineer, Jim Blackstock began working on magazines in the early 1990s. He remains passionate about product testing to ensure readers know what products offer good value and why. He relishes torrential rain to see if riding kit keeps water out and an hour or two to tinker on a project bike in his workshop.

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