First it isn’t always easy to know which motorcycle sunglasses or glasses are best for you. With lots of different options knowing the basics about motorcycle lenses will help you find the right biker glasses for you. So below is a good overview of the different types of lens options available in motorcycle eyewear today.
Now prescription motorcycle sunglasses and clear glasses have been available for years. But one development that Icicles® lab accomplished years ago is cleanly cutting the curved lenses inside of wraparound style biker glasses.
Next it wasn’t long ago when there simply wasn’t good enough technology to cut rounded motorcycle glass’ lenses. What you would get back then, and what you still get today from some motorcycle eyewear manufacturers, is warping. And by “warping” we mean that certain fields of view through the lenses look warped.
Now this usually happened at the outer edges of your glasses. And when you had prescription biker sunglasses that had this happen to them they were trash.
Obviously prescription glasses that make it so you temporarily can’t see simply won’t work. Now not having clear vision while you are riding your motorcycle just can’t happen. In addition warped lenses in your glasses weren’t any good even if you were just walking around. And this is because the warping eventually caused a headache.
But with Icicles® technology we can cut you lenses that give you the clarity that need.
So what are progressive lenses? Well they are also a type of prescription lens. But a progressive lens can have up to three prescriptions in one pair of glasses.
Subsequently you can view objects far away just like you can with a “traditional”/“regular” prescription lens. But with progressive lenses you can also see clearly from a mid-range distance. And this approximately the distance from your eyes to the motorcycle gauges when you are riding.
Then of course the third prescription would be the lens for close-up viewing (just like reading glasses). Next, progressive lenses are sometimes called multifocal lenses.
So why aren’t progressive lenses just called trifocals? Well with the technological advances there aren’t the lines that you can see in the lenses that use older technology. An advantage here is that when you are wearing progressive motorcycle glasses people can’t see the seams.
One advantage of motorcycle glasses with bifocal lenses is that you won’t need to carry your traditional bifocals around. And if you don’t have to carry them around that means you won’t end up misplacing them and up wasting your time searching through your vest, jacket, and bags.
Polarized & Non-Polarized Lenses
What’s the Difference?
So what’s the difference between polarized and non-polarized lenses? First, in simple terms, the difference is that polarized lenses have a special thin coating that reduces reflection and glare.
Now in more technical terms a polarized lens contains a chemical filter that absorbs horizontal light waves. In addition at the same time this type of lens allows the vertical waves (direct light) to pass through. And by removing the horizontal light waves polarized lenses eliminate glare.
Note that the darker color lenses the higher levels of polarization you can get. Subsequently for a lot of riders having a pair of biker glasses that reduces the glare and reflection is of huge value.
Which Lenses Are the Best?
Now which is better a pair of glasses with polarized or non-polarized lenses? And the answer really is that it depends on what you want from your next pair motorcycle glasses or sunglasses.
For instance, here are some of the benefits of polarized lenses. They reduce reflection, eliminate glare, improve contrast and clarity, improve the perception of colors, reduce eye strain, and improve visual comfort.
In addition having polarized lenses in your riding glasses’ gives you 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. In addition a polarized lens helps to protect you from the shorter wave blue light rays. Next, non-polarized lenses also offer 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB Rays from the sun while reducing short wave blue light.
But as a practical matter, there are really a lot of reasons for a rider to choose to include polarized lenses in their next pair of motorcycle eyewear.
Photochromic lenses are frequently referred to as a transition lens. Note that Transitions is actually a brand name. But the brand name has become almost synonymous with the term photochromic. And yes transition motorcycle glasses have become extremely popular. Actually they are one of the most popular lenses’ options riders choose for their biker glasses today
Next, these lenses’ tint changes in darkness based on the amount of direct sunlight. These lenses can change from clear to dark or vice versa in less than 60 seconds.
Also photochromic lenses are nearly clear indoors and in the dark. Then as the lenses are exposed to sunlight they darken. Notably, sometimes these lenses are called "light-adaptive lenses" or "variable tint lenses."
Finally, transition lenses are perfect for both riding your motorcycle during the day and night. And there are some huge benefits if you get transition motorcycle glasses / sunglasses.
One big benefit is that you only need to carry one pair of glasses. Most likely you know that carrying a second pair of motorcycle sunglasses is inconvenient at best. In addition, obviously you aren’t spending as much money if you just purchase one pair of transition motorcycle glasses.
And most likely buying one pair of biker glasses with transition lenses and a lot of other advantageous lens’ options will probably cost less than what you’d pay for two pair of glasses.
Polycarbonate vs Non-Polycarbonate Lenses
Why should you get polycarbonate lenses in your motorcycle sunglasses / glasses? For starters, polycarbonate lenses are significantly stronger than lenses made of other materials. And when you are looking for motorcycle eyewear the more impact resistant the lenses you can get the better.
Next because a motorcycle riders’ safety is paramount all of Icicles® motorcycle glasses have 2 mil thick polycarbonate lenses. In addition, our lenses are ballistic tested under high velocity circumstances. Another reason why polycarbonate lenses are different than traditional glasses is because they are more flexible.
And Icicles’® lenses also offer shatterproof protection from damaging conditions. Plus these lenses won’t splinter upon impact, which is another huge safety advantage for bikers.
Finally our polycarbonate lenses meet or exceed ANSI’s (American National Standards Institute) standards for impact resistance and shatterproof protection.
First, as you know mirrored sunglasses have a reflective coating on the outside of the lenses. It is often referred to as mirror coating or flash coating. Also mirrored glasses are basically one-way mirrors so others can’t see where you are looking at.
Next the mirror coating on glasses decreases the amount of light passing through a tinted lens by a further up to 50%. So for a biker this can be of significant value. And this is especially true when you are in the saddle for hours at a time in the sun.
The simplest version of a mirror coating is a single layer of a deposited thin film of a suitable metal. And usually this is done by and ion beam deposition, sputter deposition, or vapor deposition. Importantly, the color of the mirror coating is independent of the color of the tint of the lenses.
How important is the lens coating on motorcycle eyewear? For instance the high-tech coating on our motorcycle glass lens gives riders some huge benefits: better optical clarity with zero distortion, reduced peripheral light and glare, greater depth perception, and 100% protection from harmful UVA, UVB, and short wave blue light rays.
Finally, hopefully the above gives you the answers you need to know what the benefits of different types lenses are in sunglasses and glasses. Now that you know how to choose the best lenses in your glasses, take a look at all of our colors and styles of motorcycle eyewear.