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If you were riding a dirt bike, the reasons to wear goggles are pretty obvious. You can get into some dust, things can get thrown up and into your vision, like dirt, sticks, rocks, etc. Most of us who ride bikes would never think about riding seriously without good eye protection. But what about when you’re on your personal watercraft? You have to deal with wind, water and sun when you’re riding your PWC. Below we talk about some of our favorite PWC goggles and what features you should be looking for.
If you are going to buy riding gear for a personal watercraft, it only makes sense to see what the actual PWC manufacturers have available. Sea-Doo is very progressive when it comes to bringing products to market and these Sea-Doo goggles are a great eye-wear option on the water. Features include anti-fog lens, indirect ventilation frame, adjustable strap, and safety cord that connects the goggles to your personal flotation device. These PWC goggles are available with three different lens colors – green, orange or silver (pictured.
The Jettribe Pro Black are similar to more traditional PWC goggles. The basic shape is a pair of high-quality sunglasses with an elastic strap to keep them firmly planted on your face, though there is a little more to it than that. One of the issues with sunglasses and PWC is wind. The faster you go, the more wind can get under the lenses and pull them off your face. The shape of these goggles helps push them against your face as you rip across the water. The lenses have a REVO coating for excellent light filtering and vision contrast. Jettribe is a brand built on personal watercraft and these are some of the best Jet Ski goggles available.
This pair of Oakley A-frame goggles are loaded with features. These bad boys come with the Oakley Prizm lens, which gives you amazing clarity under any light condition you’d be operating your PWC in. Optical clarity is something you need to take into consideration when looking at PWC goggles, as you need to be able to distinguish objects in the water before you hit them. With these goggles, you get the quality you’d expect from an Oakley product with quality components and materials.
Another variation of the theme of sunglasses melded with PWC goggles is the Classic from Jettribe. These floating goggles have a traditional sunglasses look mixed with face foam to keep wind from your eyes and an elastic strap without ear stems. The foam is a key thing here, especially if you wear contacts, or have sensitive eyes. Even moderate wind across your eye results in watering which can blur your vision, or if you wear contacts, can even cause the contact to dislodge. None of that is anything you want to deal with at speed across the water.
These Spex Amphibian PWC goggles have polarized lenses designed to cut through the glare of sunlight off water to give you better vision, especially of what’s under the water. If you’re riding your PWC around areas where there could be submerged hazards, that’s a big plus. The Spex also are constructed to be fog resistant. When you’re on the water, temperature changes can happen rapidly, which can fog up your lenses. Maintaining clear vision is a must, so you want goggles with some form of anti-fog construction.
What are the best goggles for riding a Jet Ski?
Whether you call them Jet Ski goggles, Sea-Doo goggles, or PWC goggles…you are talking about the same thing. If we were to pick the best goggles for the water, we want something that will give us protection not only in the front of the eyes, but also on the sides so that we don’t getting a sudden and unexpected blast of light or water getting in. Other features we prefer are tinted lenses and a comfortable strap that won’t come loose in the wind.
Do I really need goggles when I’m riding a PWC?
Yes, you really do need something to protect your vision and provide you with a clear field of view when riding a PWC. Accidents are something no one wants. We hear every year about someone having a terrible accident on a PWC. You can help avoid them by taking the steps needed to have a safe time on the water.
Are sunglasses good enough to use while riding my PWC?
Sunglasses really don’t work well for eye protection while on a PWC for the simple fact that they can fall off. As you go faster, the wind can catch the glasses and start to pull them off your face. Your instinct is to grab them and that both distracts you and takes your hand off the bars.
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