Shark D-Skwal and Caberg Drift Tour
If you wear glasses, finding a helmet that works for you can be a little tricky. So to help, we've rustled up a brief guide – and taken a look at a pair of lids, weighing up the pros and cons of each.
There are things you can do to make the wearing of glasses less of an issue when riding. Note the shape of your glasses. Straight arms work best – buy ones with flashy curved arms and they’ll need that much more space to slide in. Consider the field of vision your glasses give you. I have a pair I use mostly for riding. Their lens size is quite large (not Harry Potter/frog eye size), which means I don’t face problems with looking round the edges and losing focus. Try before you buy. Some helmets just don’t work well with your head and glasses. At a show I slid on one lid, slipped on my glasses... and found they were sitting at the perfect position... if I wanted to see the world through my eyelashes! Glassesfriendly helmets like the D-Skwal help, but you will find other makes work perfectly too. Learn the art of opening the visor just a crack as you roll to a stop. Just enough to let in a little air, not so much that you expose them to the elements (getting rain on your glasses is a real pain on the move). Shallow breathing! Lungfuls of air expended in a huge gasp WILL get you misted up! You want to breathe in a controlled, shallow way. Pulling away from the lights, I leave the visor open a crack until we get going, but take a gulp of air in which I release gradually once the visor is down, once I’m properly rolling airflow keeps everything clear. You can buy anti-mist products for your glasses, but a number of people complain of smearing ; in itself a major problem as it affects your vision. Give it a go, they’re not expensive and if it works, great. But put it on and try going for a walk in the cold and see, not as you’re setting off on a long ride!