Comfortable with wide and thick foam padding and wide 33 mm strap.
Strap has silicone strips to prevent slipping off the helmet.
I haven’t owned a dirt bike in a long, long time, so I’m definitely a neophyte when it comes to modern off-road riding equipment.
When we decided to review the Shoei VFX-R Air Pastrana 2 (review), I had to ask my dirt-riding friends for a recommendation on a good pair of goggles that would fit over my eyeglasses.
They recommended the Smith Option OTG (Over the Glasses) Airflow.
These goggles are designed to fit over eyeglasses, and they supposedly offer more air flow than other goggle designs to help prevent fogging of both the eyeglasses and the removable goggle lens.
The eye opening on motocross helmets are nice and wide for a reason. The goggles are designed to fit inside the eye opening (the area normally covered by a visor on a full-face street helmet), and the strap fits around the back of the outside of the helmet.
Smith OTG Airflow Goggles
The strap on the Smith goggles have some nice silicone strips that give it a good grip on the helmet’s surface and prevent the strap from riding up over the top of the round helmet shell.
I had a problem locating this exact Smith goggle model, but I finally found a pair at RideGear.com. The Smith goggles fit perfectly over my eyeglasses and they are very comfortable because they have a very thick foam cushion.
The only problem is that they press against the bridge of my nose, making it hard to breathe and giving me a feeling like I have a mild head cold. This can be somewhat mitigated by loosening up the strap as much as possible, but if the strap is too loose, it may not hold the goggles in place.
It takes a while to get used to riding with goggles, because their thickness means that peripheral vision is somewhat diminished. But it didn’t take me long to reorient myself, and the combination of the motocross helmet and goggles doesn’t really feel that strange.
The Option OTG Airflow goggles seem a bit heavy to me at 138 grams (4-7/8 oz.), but the weight doesn’t seem to affect the comfort.