Having a large skull can make it difficult to find a stylish and comfortable pair of glasses that are suited to riding. Over the years, I’ve often been forced to choose between comfort and safety; rarely can I find both in one pair of shades. However, my salvation has come in the form of the Wiley X Airborne glasses you see here.
First and foremost, these glasses have a fat temple design that not only fits my rather large head, but also looks good. Like all Wiley X glasses, these shades meet or exceed ANSI High Velocity Impact Safety and Optical standards. The Airbornes are part of the company’s Climate Control series, which features a removable, durable facial cavity seal that clips to the inside of the lightweight frames. This multilayer foam insert is designed to provide top-down ventilation that keeps my eyes cool and the lenses fog-free while it blocks wind, debris, and peripheral light. The insert can be easily removed, giving me a pair of regular shades to wear when I’m not riding. In addition to the facial cavity seal, the Airbornes come with a small, black zippered case; a leash cord; and a cleaning cloth.
The Airbornes are available in two frame colors and three types of shatterproof lenses. I opted for the Light Adjusting Bronze Brown lens ($140) you see here. One of the many great things about these lenses is that they allow a range of light transmission between 21 and 82 percent, which seems to cover all but the brightest of days and darkest of nights.
Bottom line is the Airbornes are a tough set of versatile glasses. They are now my go-to pair of shades for riding, or anything else that might require superior impact resistance and ultimate style. And God knows I need help in the style department. AIM
— Joe Knezevic, as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.