Seeking Clarity

Rod Hall always said, you can drive as long as you can see. But seeing and seeing well are two different things.

I have worn glasses since I was about 4. Between my massive front teeth and horn- rimmed glasses, I was quite the looker. Driving in the desert is a dusty, dry mess, and one of the major hassles for those with less than 20/20 vision.

I wear contacts normally, but it is impossible for me off-road. Out of cars and trucks, I’m around the water and snow, so my eyes have taken a beating (along my skin, but that is another post). So I have tried about every pair of prescription options and shades on the planet.

My pet peeve is a pair of sunnies or goggles that look cool, but distort the ground, so it looks closer or farther away than it really is. Nothing cool about tripping all over yourself like you just ate a Vicodin with your morning coffee. Plus, pterygiums are not the best look or result either. So complete UV filtering is key. Choose wisely.

The lesson I’ve learned? Quality counts. I’ve come out of the process appreciating several brands, but I am an Oakley wearer through and through. The optical clarity is spot on, and even their clear lenses have 100% UV protection. Plus, they take the abuse, and in case there are problems, the warranty and service is top notch. For driving and racing, I have prescription lenses in multiple shades – giving me options for nighttime (clear), dust (yellow & persimmon), cloudy days and bright sun. They fit in frames that wrap perfectly to fit comfortably under my helmet. It feels like their designers thought about the little details that make big differences over the long haul. For more about their tech and testing, check out their technology page @

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