Clear Vision: Goggle Care Tips You Need to Know

 

Clear vision is must while riding off road and protecting your eyes is the utmost importance. While hanging out at our favorite riding areas we have seen guys pull out scratched up, dirt covered goggles from under the truck seat, throw the strap across that $400 dollar helmet and hit the woods. Those high end helmets are great protection for your melon but trust us you don’t want to be performing any product testing on that helmet just because you can’t see out of your goggles.

Regardless if you have $20 dollars or $100 dollars invested in a pair of your goggles, if they are not properly cared for and maintained they will become unsafe to use and offer limited service life. Let’s face it goggles take a pretty good beating from use, miss-handling, and of course they are not designed to last forever. What we have found with these cleaning tips we’re going to share with you is that they will maximize the life of the goggle by not breaking down the face foam, damage the lens, or the goggle strap.

Before we jump into proper goggle cleaning let’s talk about proper storage for your goggles. I know what you’re thinking; my goggles came with a bag, why can’t I just throw the goggles in the bag and pitch them in the back seat and head out? Yes you can do that but being proper organized before and when you get to your riding area helps with the already panic-stricken mode of “Did I forget Anything”. Those of you that have taken some 65-85cc riders to the track know how hectic it can be preparing to load up and preparing to moto. Having all your goggles and their accessories stored in a single carrying case doesn’t half to be difficult or expensive. Moose Racing has a simple solution for storing your goggles and at $23.95 it’s very affordable. Besides being simple and affordable, you’ll find that the Moose Racing Goggle Case is partitioned to carry and protect up to six pairs of goggles and lenses. What we found is that the goggle case is sturdy but pliable with its molded EVA foam construction. Having some flexibility and a lay flat carrying handle makes it easy to store inside a larger gear bag. So if you’re in the market for a goggle case you will not find a more reasonably priced case that will store your prepared goggles and have you ready for any ride or race conditions.

Now that all your goggles are properly stored away in your Moose Racing Goggle Case, we hope you have had time to get go out and get those goggles dirty. If you have dirty goggles at this moment, go get them and get ready to clean, if not use these cleaning tips after your next ride.

Preferred items for the cleaning process are as follows.

  • Kitchen / Shop Sink
  • Your wife’s liquid laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Micro fiber towel
  • XTream Clean lens cleaner
  • Coat hanger
  • Dirty goggles (very important)

Note: If you’re cleaning up from an extreme muddy outing, it would be best to lightly rinse the goggles off with the garden hose before bring them into the house and placing them in the kitchen sink. Also during those muddy adventures grime and muddy water likes to find its way down into the goggle frame and it would be best to remove the lens and clean the frame as needed. Please proceed to the following cleaning steps when dealing with everyday sweaty, dusty, dirty goggles.

Step 1. Find your laundry detergent (ask your wife where she keeps it) and then head toward the kitchen or shop sink.

Step 2. Fill the sink with warm water and add about 1-2 oz of your laundry detergent into the running water. We use the liquid detergent but powered detergent works just fine.

Step 3. Place the goggles into the detergent / water mix and let them soak for a few minutes.

Step 4. Agitate the goggles for a few minutes or until clean. Watch as the water will start to turn dirty and the goggles become clean.

Step 5. Take a paper towel and dip it into the clean water / detergent mix and lightly wash the lens front and back side. This is the safest and best way to clean the lens and not scratch it.

Step 6. Rinse the goggles off with cold water. Take your time to make sure you have all the detergent rinsed from the foam.

Step 7. Hang your goggles on a hanger and let them air dry. But make sure it’s a safe place, you don’t want your moto buddies exchanging their dirty goggles for your clean ones.

Step 8. Final lens prep is to to apply a liberal amount of Xtream Clean’s Clear View & Lens Cleaner and wipe clean with a dry/clean micro fiber cloth. Clear View & Lens Cleaner is great to have at the track also to help clean those dusty lens throughout the day. Apply to both sides of the lens for maxium fog protection.

The above goggle cleaning tip will help you maximize the life of your goggles and keep them looking like new for many years.