There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to the kind of eyewear you choose when you go out for a ride on your favourite roads. Like your helmet, everything that's going to be in contact with your head for long periods of time has to be light, comfortable and functional. Enter WileyX.
I first found out about WileyX after an extensive research on eyewear and eye protection (why protection? I'll get to that later) brands online. I knew I was looking for a no-nonsence brand that's focused on the function and quality of its products rather than on the fashion aspects of it. In motorcycling, as in any other action or extreme sports, your vision is paramount in your ability to perform and crucial for your safety. That's why there can be no compromise on eyesight.
What to look for in your riding shades?
First and foremost, the rule goes: do no harm. That's why the two first things I look for in my sunglasses is comfort and safety. By comfort I mean the way the glasses sit and fit in the helmet, the pressure they create (or not) on the bridge of the nose and the general ease of use. These things are important because if the temples or temple tips generate pressure or discomfort on the sides of your head, it's a recipe for headaches and misery. Same with the nose pads. These things reveal themselves in prolonged use and can ruin a perfectly good ride.
Safety: not all glasses are safe in the case of a crash, that's just the simple, plain truth. Last thing you want is more damage or more injury in the event of a motorcycle accident. That's why it's best to choose shatter proof lenses, like the ones from WileyX, that actually have a ballistic rating and certification. Also, a word needs to be said for optically correct lenses. You need to be sure the lenses you have actually show you reality in a non-warped way, otherwise you might miscalculate your distance, and that’s never a good thing.
Now that we've cleared these things, we can move over to the glasses themselves. The pairs my husband and I are sporting in these photos are the Kingpin model with different lenses and frame colors. The Kingpin are hands down the best eye-wear items we've ever owned, and we both agree on this (which is frankly, a big deal).
The Kingpin frame is lightweight and the hinges are flexible, allowing the glasses to be easily wiggled into place inside almost any helmet. The temples and temple tips are compact and don't disturb at all while in place. We’ve tested them for more than a few consecutive hours and had absolutely no problems with pressure or sudden onset of headaches.
The polarized lenses (Amber Gold for me, Blue for the Mr.) reduce glare and provide just the right amount of dimming (12% transmission) to improve visibility and reduce fatigue (due to squinting) when riding in bright conditions. With the improved visibility and your eye muscles free from the pressure of squinting all the time, you can concentrate on your ride and be more aware of your surroundings.
And last but not least: they look amazing! Many people, this includes me and my husband, sometimes forgo wearing eyewear simply because it rarely fits the face in a way that looks nice, or even acceptable. The Kingpin's however look amazing and complement different head shapes and facial features. They're just sleek and neutral enough to be worn by both men and women, so if you get two pairs for you and your significant other, you can swap on occasion, and see the world though their eyes.
If you would like to give these a go, please remember to use code ABELLALIT for 20% off your entire order on WileyX.eu