These simple riding glasses are made with shatterproof (ANSI Z87.1) lenses, foam backing, and are available in clear or smoke-tinted lenses. Riding with a smoke shield? Bring a clear pair if you get caught after nightfall. Or grab a tinted version for sunny days whether you’re wearing an open- or full-face helmet.
While the exact eyewear requirements for riding a motorcycle in New York City are somewhat murky, we’ve heard several confirmed cases of riders getting “improper eyewear” citations for riding with standard sunglasses. We’ve heard of this happening both with open-face helmets and also while wearing a full-face helmet with the shield up.
And as we always say the spirit of this law is actually quite good. You get debris in your eye and all of a sudden you’re the most dangerous person on the road.
At the end of the day the foam backing on these glasses helps create a grit-proof gasket around your eye socket, and they’ll get you out of a ticket at a “safety checkpoint” should your eyewear come into question. And at this price, it's not hard to justrify affording both lens tint options.