At a Glance
Leatt is currently on a roll at the moment having released a fantastic line-up of apparel, along with the brilliant DBX 3.0 Enduro helmet. New to their product range are these – the newly released Leatt Velocity 6.5 goggles which I have been fortunate enough to have been testing for the last couple of months.Buy Goggles on
So, where to start? Well, let’s start with the obvious! Firstly, I think they look fantastic, with 13 different colour combinations too then you’ll surely be able to match them up with whatever gear you ride in. Not only that, Leatt provide quite the package too. Included with every pair of goggles is a tear-off pack as well as an optional nose clip that simply slots into the base of the goggle to offer extra protection. The goggles themselves feature a chunky, silicon-backed strap as well as some pretty hefty looking outriggers at the front.
The lenses themselves all feature Leatt’s ‘WideVision’ Anti-Fog tech, which comprises of a dual-lens setup, as well as conforming to the following standards:
- ANSI Z87.1-2015
- Military Ballistic Impact Standard (MIL-DTL-43511D)
- Certified CE EN 1938: 2010
That’s quite the accolade with Leatt themselves classing these as ‘Bulletproof’… Needless to say, I wasn’t able to test out that claim…
On The Trail
Teamed up with the Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro helmet, I found the fit was perfect (which was to be expected) and the goggles sat well even when used with the helmet in the open-face format. Not only that, the foam padding was supremely comfortable, although I did find when using them for longer periods of time that my face did become quite sweaty, even with the claimed anti-sweat backing on the foam.
Switching lenses on the Velocity goggles isn’t as easy as some other brands and models out there, but simple enough by simply pulling the outriggers forward (with some effort!) and pushing the lens out with your thumbs. Obviously, this does leave thumbprints on the inside of the lens so make sure you have the included goggle pouch with you that doubles up as a microfibre cleaning cloth. Lenses are available in different colours/light transmission ranging from the clear (88% transmission) through to the Bronz (22% transmission). I was able to test both the Light Grey (58%) and the Clear (88%) lens, unfortunately, the weather in the UK didn’t allow me to try out the darker Iriz Mirror Bronz lens.
The view out of the goggles was fantastic, with Leatt’s ‘WideVision’ claim living up to the hype, with the snug fit too it was hard to find fault with them when riding. The dual pane anti-fog system worked as described as at no point did I find the goggles fogging up, even towards the end of a long, sweaty day! Every pair of goggles does also include a set of tear-offs in the box, while this can be seen as a positive as it’s one less thing to purchase after, I do wonder how many people actually use tear-offs outside of racing and if this is an unnecessary extra for the majority of users who will purchase these, not to mention the global drive to reduce the use of single-use plastic…
I’ve been very impressed with my time using these goggles, the construction feels solid, they have a bold, chunky look and the available lens options cover all bases.
This review was in Issue 58 of IMB.For more information visit Leatt
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By Ewen TurnerEwen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.