Saturday, August 21, 2010

Aye, I Eye Eye Protection



Sesilia models the Eye Ride Over Glasses Goggles model 90325. She also has elastic straps on the bottom of her feet which could be hooked over my platform pedals, I suppose


When it's ridiculously hot, dry, windy, and dusty here, the sun is blasting down and my allergies are acting up, I've often thought that some additional eye protection in the form of goggles might help. I looked around and evaluated different models, landing on the Eye Ride Over Glasses Goggles model 90325 to try out first. I bought them online for less than $20 [full price, my money, nothing received for writing this, won't take anything for this review] but with exorbitant shipping and handling, so I won't mention the vendor. Really, it was almost extortion when compared to the total cost of the goggles. I decided to try some that fit over glasses, realizing as I did so that would entail a large compromise, with good odds for total failure. But, in short, they do fit on my large head and over my smallish glasses comfortably. So today when it hit 111F (44C) and was dry, windy and dusty, it seemed like an excellent day for a road test. Honestly, we're getting to the time of year when I start to get sick of hot dry air blowing dust and pollen in my eyes.

As I tried them on this morning, my older daughter remarked that they looked like they should provide excellent protection against basilisks. When I put them on, I found that they were also reasonably compatible with the bicycle helmet, too. So, onto the summary review:

Comfort: Very Good (like anything, may take a little getting used to)
Dust protection: Excellent. Full protection from canal-originated dust clouds.
Hot dry wind protection: Perfect
Sweat rolling off the forehead mitigation: Excellent, none got into my eyes!
Extra bonus: glasses do not slide down nose at all with goggles on
Negative physical effects or sensations: none noted, quite nice overall, lightweight and comfy
Negative fashion impacts: I've never seen another cyclist wearing these so I'm sure I looked like a total freak with them on. Likely to give a goggle tan.
Basilisk protection level: A1, no issues with basilisks at all

In summary, on days when it's 111F, dry, dusty, and windy during my bicycle commute, I'm going to look like a total freak, but will be riding in blissful eye comfort for a change. Usually once or twice per summer, I'll end up with conjunctivitis when my eyes just can't take any more. No more with the bright red eyes, I say! I think these should also be effective in a driving monsoon / dust storm / haboob, which can feel like riding into a sand blaster. Get up. Go ride.


5 comments:

  1. I wear welding goggles when I have to. Usually I just don't ride when it's that gritty or cold out (I'm such a wimp). The welding goggles are like peering through two short pieces of pipe so it's a little like severe tunnel vision and terrifying.
    I use "Ode de Weasel" for protection from basilisks. Seems to work, I haven't seen any.

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  2. Safety Goggles also seem to work well.

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  3. You must, of course, have the matching jacket:
    http://www.lostworldsinc.com/Bedford_Horsehide_Leather_Car_Coat.htm

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  4. Basilisks are in season here in Wisconsin. I'll better pick up a pair.

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  5. Oldfool the welding goggles wouldn't work for me unless my glasses fit underneath. I have been searching for tinted safety glasses, essentially, Steve, and these were the closest I've come that also looked like they would work under a bike helmet. limom I do own a leather motorcycle jacket already, perhaps that will do. Mr. Jogger, I'd stay off the moors if I lived where you do.

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