By definition Sunglasses are, “A form of protective eye wear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes.”, 1 item motorcyclists all share a need for. It doesn’t matter what you ride – a Harley, a Gold Wing, you’ve built your own, or you ride a Sport Bike – the sun still gets in our eyes. Now don’t get me wrong, a motorcyclists favorite word in any weather forecast is hands down”Sunny” and we all have sunglasses to protect our vision, but sunglasses designed for riding do so much more than those rack bargains at those big chain stores and that is why K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) is pleased to offer you a large selection of Premium Riding Sunglasses.
Riding specific glasses offer so many more features than standard ones that the difference in price is quickly justified. Eye protection ascends to new levels as we dissect the sunglasses intended for riding. To begin with, most have a wrap around construction that offers more coverage blocking the sun or airborne debris so when you are traveling the back roads or heading out to the highway your eyes receive the most amount of surface protection possible. The next feature we notice is the foam surround, creating a seal around the eye sockets. This cuts down on side turbulence so air on the eyes is virtually removed and there is far less a chance of debris coming in contact with your eyes. Lenses come in many different colors to suit ones purpose, style. or fashion needs. Here are a few color choice recommendations.
- Gray and green lenses are considered neutral because they maintain true colors.
- Brown lenses cause some color distortion, but also increase contrast.
- Turquoise lenses are good for medium and high light conditions, because they are good at enhancing contrast, but do not cause significant color distortion.
- Orange and yellow lenses increase both contrast and depth perception. They also increase color distortion. Yellow lenses are used by pilots, boaters, fishers, shooters, and hunters for their contrast enhancement and width perception properties.
- Blue or purple lenses are mainly cosmetic.
In addition to purpose driven lens color, most manufacturers strive to make have their sunglasses achieve the high-mass impact status ANSI Z87.1 testing which administers 2 types of testing. 1) A lens retention test in which a high mass object (1.1 lb projectile) is dropped 50″ above the glasses mounted to a headform. To pass no pieces may break free from the inside of the test specimen, the lens cannot fracture,and must remain in the frame or housing . 2) A High Velocity test consisting of a 1/4″ steel ball fired at 20 different impact points with speeds up to 150ft/sec. or 102 MPH. Pass/Fail specs are the same as the high mass test, plus no contact with the eye is permitted through deflection of the lens, meant to simulate particles encountered while grinding, chipping, machining, or other similar types of activities. Thank you for making safety grade sunglasses that look cool too.
Taking riding glasses even further is the ability to offer prescription lenses for those riders needing them. Being an eyeglass wearer, there was nothing more frustrating than your only options being ride with your regular glasses and deal with the ill effects of the glasses not matching the need, or wear sunglasses and compromise your vision. So thanks to hearing our call and allowing the visually impaired motorcyclists to enjoy the same great protection as the others.
Understanding a need to increase rider comfort and safety, K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) offers you the highest quality riding glasses on the market at affordable prices. It’s time to ditch those dime store shades and step up to the big league in eye protection. Riding Sunglasses improve visual comfort and clarity by protecting the eye from glare and offer protection against excessive exposure to light and airborne debris.