Best motocross and dirtbike goggles

Vision is key when you’re riding off-road so a pair of effective goggles is essential

Motorbike rider wearing dirtbike goggles

by Jim Blackstock |

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.

In this case, a pair of goggles is essential to maintain vision and protect the rider’s eyes. Goggles are preferred 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.

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.

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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 goggles that will have you seeing right.

Nenki Techline

Nenki Techline
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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

Oxford Assault Pro

Oxford Assault Pro

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These goggles from British kit giant Oxford are popular and effective u2013 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

RNR Hybrid

RNR Hybrid
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These goggles from RNR are called u2018Fully loadedu2019 for a reason u2013 they are serious bits of kit and ready to hit the MX track. In addition to the usual framework and foam padding that allows air in and out, they also come with a nose guard to protect the rideru2019s face, a handy rain trim and pre-installed roll-offs, which move a layer of plastic on the outside across the lens to provide a strip of clear vision for the rider.

They come with a storage bag and a pack of replacement roll-off strips and get good reviews.

Pros:

Roll-off system included

Nose guard for protection

Reasonable value

Cons:

No direct air vents

Thor Sniper Pro

Thor Sniper Pro

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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 rideru2019s 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 Cub Abstract

Wulf Cub Abstract
Amazon

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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 doesnu2019t 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 B10 Pixel

O'Neal B10 Pixel

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Ou2019Neal 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 X1

Viper X1
Amazon

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Viper manufacture motorcycle gear that is effective without a huge price tag and it works u2013 Iu2019ve 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

Oakley O Frame 2.0

Oakley O Frame 2.0

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When it comes to goggles u2013 whether for motorcycling, skiing or snowboarding u2013 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

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