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I need prescription glasses and have tried a lot of brands. I have been using Liberty Sport Switch for a few years and will most likely continue with them when my scrip changes. I like being able to change out the lenses. I have dark polar lenses for daytime riding and yellow for low light conditions.
 

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I usually have the tinted visor on my SHOEI RF-1000 and keep the clear visor in a nifty tote case in my tank bag or trunk box. It actually came with the Tourmaster tank bag. I almost always have my visor open though, so I ALWAYS wear impact-resistant safety glasses, clear or tinted as needed. I use the 3M Virtua brand as they are very slim and close fitting. They slide right into place with the helmet on, and I don't even know they are there. I had to have cataract surgery several years ago, so vision loss is very much on my mind. There is very little that I do without eye protection.


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I use a Klim TK1200 with a Transitions shield w/ pinlock lens.
In bright summer sun conditions I use my RayBan Aviators with brown polarized lenses under that combo.
I am somewhat light sensitive since my cataract surgery a few months ago but this combo works for me.
 

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I use both a clear and a dark tint visor on my Arai. It came with a flip down sunvisor system and just like the internal ones in my last two helmets I just did not like how they work.

But I rarely have the visor completely closed. So I wear safety glasses of some sort. I don't need a prescription lense, but I do need readers. One of the best "systems" I have found is the Dual Eyewear brand of glasses. Bifocal glass system has very easy to change out lenses. Notice how straight the ear pieces are, very easy to insert with helmets on. These are comfortable, cover well with little to no gap around the edges for bright light or foreign material to get past. I take the case with the other two sets of lenses on every trip.

You do NOT want polarized sunglasses! And that can be hard to get away from in standard sunglasses!

Yet I have found that the polarized night vision glasses are the bomb in low light and especially intense rain in the day time.

I put electrical tape across the top of my visors. Blocks out a lot of sunlight you don't need hitting you, and allows you to dip your head forward when riding directly into the sun in mornings and evening better.
 

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Arai helmet w/ clear and drop down dark smoke... No need to change out visors when the sun goes down...
I wear progressive prescription transition glasses... they don't darken behind the visor, only when I get off the bike, and take off the helmet... The Arai's have slots on the liner to accommodate the glasses frames... The progressive lenses let me see the gauges as well as distance...
It all works...
 

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Warning: TL;DR (just see the links below)

My considerations:


  • Visor up (or off, stashed in the top case) unless it's raining (even through most of winter).
  • The only helmet that fits my long oval noggin doesn't offer an internal sun visor. And even if they did, I doubt it would be polarized (more on that later).
  • No prescription (though I do find myself wearing my readers more and more frequently these days)
  • Very sensitive to light and glare
  • A little picky about optical quality
After trying a handful of brands of cheap safety glasses in clear, yellow, and smoke -- and I mean cheap, like $2-3 / pr -- I realized the optics were pretty bad on all of them, they all scratched quite easily, and the non-polarized smoke lenses didn't relieve eye pain from and fatigue due to glare.

I've also tried several varieties of relatively expensive ($100-$250) sunglasses over the years (e.g. Oakley and similar). And I've tried a bunch of mid-priced options, $50-$100, too. While the optical quality on the expensive glasses was very good, and I liked the polarization, none were durable enough. Mostly, they scratched far too easily. The mid-priced options generally had good to very good optical quality, but suffered the same problems.

The sweet spot for me is inexpensive safety glasses with decent optics:


  • Polarized. I've been using Radians Revelation (RV01P0CS ) with polarized smoke lenses for a while and like them just fine. After two years / 10k miles, they're scratched up enough I need replacements. (Probably should have changed them out after 1 year / 5k miles). I'm trying Jackson V30 Nemesis (28635) as replacements, just for kicks. Should arrive in a couple days.

  • Clear. Previously used Crossfire 2164 and Radians Revelation. The Radians are quite good, just like the sunglasses. The Crossfire have slightly better optical quality and are just as durable, but the lenses are a little too small top-to-bottom for my face and don't block enough wind.

  • Yellow / Amber. I gave up them after abandoning the cheapies. While the yellow / amber lenses help a bit with contrast in flat light, I often find the conditions producing flat light are also bright enough that I need sunglasses. If I like the V30 Nemesis sunglasses and clear lenses, I might give yellow / amber lenses another try.
Scab and others make some good points about the potential limitations of polarized lenses, but I don't seem to have any trouble viewing electronic screens (for me that's dash and cell-phone-as-GPS) unless I angle my head substantially to one side. His comments about (not) seeing through windshields -- I do the same, checking where drivers are looking, and don't seem to have any trouble doing so -- had me wondering if my Radians are not, in fact, polarized. I checked, and they are.

My polarized safety glasses do, however, clearly make road-based glare and artifacts like tar snakes and oil spills less apparent. But for me, that's a small price to pay for the benefits.

FWIW, my go-to sunglasses when not riding are Maui Jim 302-02: great optical quality and damn near impossible to scratch glass lenses, polarized, neutral gray tint with 12% light transmission, incredibly comfortable, and fit my face perfectly. Unfortunately, I'm on my last pair and have run out of spare parts (MJ ran out years ago), so when I next break something, they're done for. I can't find replacements that come anywhere close in the current market, unfortunately.
 

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I have found that good quality (expensive, unfortunately) sunglasses have far superior optics than cheapies. I have a bunch of ansi rated sunglasses with and without foam seals.

I had LASIK surgery and it made my eyes more sensitive to light so I wear sunglasses all the time during the day. My go to pair for riding or any recreation is my Oakley Wind Jackets. They are no longer made, but you can still get Oakley Split jackets and buy the removable gasket that seals them to your face for riding. The lenses are easily swapped out so you can carry clear and tinted, or you can get photochromic. I really don’t use the gasket much anymore since I switched to full face helmets.

I have observed that the Oakley lenses have better optics than the much cheaper Revant lenses, but I still occasionally use them. Good lenses have less distortion, and everything looks sharper.

My favorite glasses are my Rayban aviators with Chromance lenses. Everything looks so clear with them and the amount of tint is perfect in my opinion. Unfortunately they are not great for riding due to very little wind protection.

My modular helmet has a drop down tinted shield but I rarely use it because it’s cloudy, even when clean.


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I need a new helmet and have gone back and forth with the built in flip down visors, gimic or real solution? It seems some like and some dont. Some of the mechanisms seem real cheap too, like they would stop working after a while and not flip.

Currently i keep a pair of of clear safety glasses in my case for getting stuck out later than planned, just flip up the smoke visor. If i know i am going to be riding at night then i put up with my polarized Smith glasses behind a clear shield.
 

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I need a new helmet and have gone back and forth with the built in flip down visors, gimic or real solution? It seems some like and some dont. Some of the mechanisms seem real cheap too, like they would stop working after a while and not flip.

Currently i keep a pair of of clear safety glasses in my case for getting stuck out later than planned, just flip up the smoke visor. If i know i am going to be riding at night then i put up with my polarized Smith glasses behind a clear shield.
As for the visor... it depends. If you have an internal drop down visor, you sacrifice some of the internal integrity of the shell (which is why it won't rate SNELL or any European rating beyond DOT). However, I've had multiple helmets with both side and top slides to drop the visor, and never had a mechanical problem with any of them (including Scorpion EXO, and Shoei Neotec). I've since switched to Arai a few years ago, which has an external dual visor which I like (Arai won't sacrifice their SNELL rating). Pricey, but the best helmets I've ever had...
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/arai-vas-v-pro-shade-system

 

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Yep, it's hard to avoid polarized sunglasses.

I can't be trusted with nice things (If I spend more than $10 on sunglasses, I will lose or sit on them within 24 hours. Fact.), so I buy tinted safety glasses by the box on Amazon.

These are the ones that seem to fit my oddball cranium the best. YMMV, of course.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UCVWO0Q/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_WOKjDbDM1T23M

Optically VERY nice, not super-dark, and anti-scratch. A pair of these can last me months. They're littered all over my usual haunts. And if I drop or damage a pair, eh, no biggie. Toss 'em and grab another.

I also use a strip of black tape across the top of the visor sometimes; normally in spring and fall when the sun is low and in my eyes more. I've also used tinted strips many times.

Just about every modern helmet accommodates sunglasses perfectly fine, but it's worth checking.

For whatever reason, I absolutely detest tinted visors.

There's a lot of variation in taste in this area, that's for sure. Everyone has to find their own solution for photon throttling.
 

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I wear corrective lenses. When riding, I use clip-on amber to cut glare. My helmet is a Bilt modular helmet that flips up for putting on and off and is good for people who wear glasses. My helmet has a dark inner shield that flips down for bright sunshine. This with amber clip-on works well for me even with the dark shield flipped down. A friend convinced me to also install a Super Visor for late afternoon riding into the sun. I wouldn't be without it now.
 

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Forgot to add before: for riding into low sun, I place a strip of electrical tape at the bottom edge of the visor. Since I ride with the visor UP unless it's raining hard, I simply adjust the visor up or down so the bottom edge with the tape blocks the sun. And in the down position when it's raining, the strip is low enough to not cause any visibility issues.
 

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I wear corrective lenses(glasses) and have tried prescription sunglasses in the past. They don’t work for me. I wear an HJC modular with the inner sun shield, my glasses have the darker transitions tint and now I’m trying a transitions pin lock on my clear shield. Now I can ride directly into the sun with the pin lock and the drop down shield in use. Under normal conditions the transitions pin lock is good for the limited night riding I do, and having the drop down is great for direct sun. I tried tape and such on the visor and it works but I can’t hold my head in the position it needs to be in all the time. The pin lock with transitions isn’t cheap around $75 but seems to work well.


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I too wear corrective sunglasses. Mine have an amber tint. My HJC helmet had amud range smoked drop down visor. It works well mechanically, but the combo of my sunglasses and its color give weird road colors...shades of purple.

I'm interested in the transition pin lick that you mentioned. I'd move the clear pin lock from my clear shield to my smoked shield.

FWIW, it's not a big deal to switch my visors out. The mechanism on the HJC Arpha Max is quick release and easy insert after a few times.

I wonder if an amber visor would cause less color distortions with my amber corrective lenses? Hnmmm...

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I love the flip down visor on my Schuberth C3 Pro. I have to wear prescription glasses and I do have prescription sunglasses, but they are polarized and when the shield is down, things look weird. My everyday glasses have transition lenses, but with the pinlock open a notch and visor down, I haven't needed to wear sunglasses under the helmet.
 
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