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post #1 of 17 Old May 2nd, 2017, 6:45 pm Thread Starter
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Unhappy Helmets and glasses

In my recent trip from Los Angeles to Atlanta I used my brand new tri-focal glasses.
It was quite nice to be able to see the road, and without tilting my head I could see the dashboard, GPS, and V1 clearly.
That was the good part.

The ugly part started just a few miles from L.A. when my glasses were putting pressure on my head. At the first opportunity I pushed down the helmet padding to make room for the glasses just above and behind my ears.
That helped a little but the great discomfort was still there, even as I kept on compacting the padding.
It became really painful as the trip went on.
I am wondering what you guys are doing in order to wear glasses, sun or prescription, under your helmet.
I would think that helmet manufacturers would have addressed this by now, just as they finally pre-cut an area for speakers.
On day 5 of my trip I could have cried form the pain, but needed the visual GPS directions.
Any help and suggestions appreciated!

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Any photo's of this situation.......???
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Re: Helmets and glasses

I had the same pain. I got these frames with my bifocals. I had the prescription for the bifocal just far enough to see the dash and low enough so the road view was set for my distance prescription. No pain and the vision is perfect.
The lower bifocal was not set for reading distance but a mid distance. I ride with a C3 pro.good fit with these glasses. I don't even know I'm wearing them because they fit nice.
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I've tried multiple helmets and some are definitely more eyeglass friendly than others. I have no issues with my C3 Pro.

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Re: Helmets and glasses

I tried trifocal progressive lens and couldn't stand them, reverting back to a pair of single vision lens set for distance. The progressive had too small of areas in their focal points. I now wear either a single vision pair or traditional bi-focals when riding under my Shoei Neotec helmet and do not have any issues, other than we all have when riding into the setting sun...

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I wear 7eye prescription bifocal riding glasses with a Shoei Neotec helmet. The helmet has cutouts for the glasses ear pieces..have worn this brand of glasses and helmets for many years, no issues.


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Re: Helmets and glasses

What helmet are you wearing now?

I know Shoei, and Arai have glasses channels within their helmets.

I have bifocals, and have not had any issues with either of them.

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The new KLIM TK1200 seems to do a good job with glasses.


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Re: Helmets and glasses

My helmet is a C3 Pro
My wife is having a similar issue, although not as pronounced, with her Nolan N103.

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After a year of putting up with My C3 and the temple pieces of my glasses, I gave up and sold the helmet. I miss it but too many negatives for me. I am not giving up my Ray-Ban's. It's just me.

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After a year of putting up with My C3 and the temple pieces of my glasses, I gave up and sold the helmet. I miss it but too many negatives for me. I am not giving up my Ray-Ban's. It's just me.
Funny you shold mention Ray-Bans as this is what I have.
Yesterday I figured a way to make things more comfortable by pressing down the helmet Styrofoam to create a channel for the glasses. It helped a lot, but now I realize that my glasses are too tall and the helmet pushed them down on my nose...

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Exactly.

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Re: Helmets and glasses

I have used Arai Helmets for years and never had any issues with my sunglasses in terms of fitting and comfort. Switched to a Touratech Adventuro Modular helmet and the side arms for my sunglasses are pretty tight against my head. To be honest, I don't even think the helmet even has slots for glasses in the side padding. But, as someone mentioned before, each helmet company has different approaches for glasses fitting. Pretty dumb a company would not design in room for glasses!
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Re: Helmets and glasses

I have four helmets right now and use three of them regularly. I wear prescription glasses and have had no problems with any of the helmets: Arai RX-Q, Schuberth S2, Shoei Neotec and GT-Air. I've worn several different frames through the years and as long as I place the glasses right I have no trouble at all.
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Re: Helmets and glasses

It may be the size of the glasses frame. If you had an old pair of glasses that were comfortable, check the width of the frame itself. I've found that many opticians like to sell you what they have in stock (or are trying to get rid of). If the frame is too wide the helmet pushes in on the arms. Believe it is normally stamped on the arm or earpiece.

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The problem went away after I bought a new C3Pro, in a larger size then the C3. I didn't have to "shape" the styrofoam.
Also I did remove the rubber pads on the arms.
Not sure what did the trick, and it is the problem when you make multiple changes at once, but all I care about is the ability to wear my glasses comfortably inside the helmet!
Funny thing is that the C3 was very comfortable WITHOUT the glasses.
My head is on the cusp of a L/XL, verified by measuring my coconut.

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When I got new glasses, I brought my helmet with me to make sure that they worked together.

Realizing that not every mispairing will show up immediately, I kept them both on for about 20 minutes before deciding. Got some weird looks from some folks, but there's nothing new about that.
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