Wiley X Airborne safety-rated Motorcycle sunglasses

The Wiley X Airborne safety-rated sunglasses are built tough enough for work, but cool enough for play. Part of the Wiley X feature-packed Climate Control Series, the Airborne glasses were created by the same designers that developed the company’s US military-grade glasses. This means precision, safety, and ultra functionality were principal factors when crafting these glasses. The Airborne includes Wiley X’s patented removable facial cavity seal made of soft comfortable foam, virtually presenting a pair of glasses and goggles in one. Info: Wiley X Eyewear, 800/776-7842, www.WileyX.com.

Story as printed in the October issue of American Iron Magazine.

Gatorz Motorcycle Glasses Review

Gatorz Radiators sunglasses offer eye protection with style.

The last time I wrote a review about my favorite style of Gatorz Eyewear, the Radiator, I shouldn’t have opened my big mouth. In that review I wrote “I’ve dropped them while trying to clean bugs off the lenses at 60 mph. When I went back to retrieve them, all that had happened to them was some road rash on the frames and lenses from skidding along the pavement. Thankfully, nobody ran them over!” Yeah, well that didn’t happen with my last set. I got back to them just in time to watch them get crushed under a tire. Man, I was pointing to where they were lying in the road, so the guy wouldn’t hit them, but he whacked ’em dead on as he stared at me with a dumb look on his face. Thanks tons!

Unless they get crushed, Gatorz has a repair plan in place that lets you send the glasses back for a complete overhaul for about $49.95, plus shipping. That nice little feature has saved me a hefty wad of cash. I’m not easy on my specs, but then again, I do rack up thousands of miles a year. And unless I do something stupid like try to clean bugs off them while still riding, those Radiators just stay put.

Though I prefer black on black, you can get billet-aluminum-framed Radiators ($159-$190) in 27 different lens colors and seven different frame colors.

Do you think he would have seen them if they had chrome frames? AIM
–Chris Maida

Gatorz Eyewear
12925 Brookprinter Place, Suite 200
Dept. AIM
Poway, CA 92064


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.

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