Buying a new pair of goggles can be daunting. With technology constantly changing there are many different styles and brands to choose from. Now, most goggles don’t have the power to make you look like a movie star. They are made more for performance than style although some may be more stylish than others. Much of this has to do with your overall preference. However, choosing the right tint for your lense can either make or break your riding experience.
What conditions will you be riding in?
The type of tint that goggles have run on a spectrum. The darker the tint, the less light will transmit through them, whereas lighter tinted goggles will allow more light through. So if you are planning on shredding when the sun is at it’s biggest and brightest, you would want to go with a darker tint. On the other side, it would be a better idea to buy lighter tinted goggle for tearing it up during times that lack sunlight. If you are looking for goggles that are more for all around riding, look into buying a goggle with more of an orange tint. This tint will make for a good all day riding goggle but is not the best in either light or dark conditions. One the bright side, some of the higher end goggles will allow for interchangeable lenses for more variety but they will also be more expensive.
How much are you willing to spend?
Price also matters when looking to buy a new pair of goggles. Like most other products, the more you spend, the more you get. What this means specifically with goggles is that the price is relative to the performance of the goggle. This also relates to the shape of the lense. Spherical lenses run a little bit more on the expensive side because they provide better peripheral vision. Most flat lens goggles still have many of the same qualities as spherical lens goggles such as, anti-fog lenses, 100% UV protection, helmet compatibility, etc.