Eye-Tools Performance Bifocal Eyewear by iGogs
If you are a motorcyclist of a certain age — let’s say old enough to remember the introduction of the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Mach III — then you might be very interested in this product.
That’s because you may be of the age where you’ve started to buy reading glasses at one of those dollar stores; lots of them, also, because they break or get lost about every other day.
You don’t need prescription glasses necessarily and your distant vision is fine, but your eyes need a little help reading fine print — or the odometer or digital readouts on your bike.
Sound like you? Sounds like me.
And, since switching from your impact-resistant riding glasses to your cheap readers to check the readouts while riding is not a safe or practical option, you’ve been winging it like me.
Good news, my squinting riding buddies — a high-grade yet economical solution is now available.
Eye-Tools Performance Bifocal Eyewear by iGogs solves a number of problems at once.
First, protection for your eyes from flying debris or impact with ANSI Z87.1 approved impact resistant, shatterproof polycarbonate lens material that also provides 100-percent UV protection.
The lenses also have a scratch-resistant coating on both sides and in the Mariner model line include P-tech polarization technology to reduce glare.
Polycarbonate thermoplastic polymer is the same material used for bullet resistant glass and it’s so hard a special diamond-grinding wheel must be used to cut the lens. Despite that strength, polycarbonate has poor chemical resistance to solvents, so take care to prevent contact with those types of substances.
The lenses are available in clear, smoke, yellow or orange and come in a range of diopter strengths. Bifocal diopter strengths by model are: Pro, Elite and Sportiv: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 Mariner: 1.5, 2.0, 2.5
There are also frame options, full frame offering a somewhat more rugged chassis for the lenses and half-frame offering more unrestricted sightline. The Frames are extremely lightweight and fairly flexible, crafted from Grilamid TR90 nylon.
The Elite models feature full-frame design; the others utilize the half-frame system. Soft rubber nose grip and temple tips help keep the glasses in place; the Sportiv model nose grip even has ventilation slits. In use, the temples fit close to your head with an anatomic curve and do not create any undue pressure points at the ear or side of the head with a full-face helmet on—at least not with any of the helmet combinations I’ve used.
My personal favorite is the amber lens which really helps with visual contrast, making objects of similar color easier to distinguish from each other. But the big benefit is, of course, the bifocal lens. Being able to see instrumentation and those tiny numerals on the dash or odometer without having to change eyewear is safer and more convenient. While the bifocal transition is not a “no-line” design, the line between the bifocal and non-magnifying part of the lens is barely discernable and presents no problems in use.
With all models coming in at under $20, and protection of you vision being priceless, the Eye-Tools line of eyewear provides some economical options for riding.
For more information on the Eye-Tools Performance Bifocal glasses, visit www.eye-toolsreaders.com.