There’s nothing better than a day out on the bike, bumbling down the backlanes in open face and goggles.
The problem is, such an opportunity doesn’t present itself very often on these fair isles, so the thought of spending a fortune on suitable gear to be used a handful of times is something I can’t really justify.
That’s where this gear from Givi comes in. The Italian company is best known for it’s range of motorcycle luggage but is fast gaining a reputation in the helmet market too. I’ve already been running the sub-£100 Oldster helmet for the past year and Givi’s own I400 goggles are the perfect accompaniment.
These old fashioned style goggles are perfect for the retro look and comfy enough to do a day’s riding in. There’s the option of a black or chromed shell, while the lenses are interchangeable with both clear and mirrored options. Changing the lenses is a bit of a faff and involves manually prising the old lenses out and forcing the new ones in, but it’s not at all difficult. The goggles have CE approval and although the PVC lining is not as soft as some of the other goggles on the market, I found that they moulded themselves to the shape of my face quite nicely after around 20 minutes riding, after which they proved really comfortable.
At around £30, these come highly recommended as a good value retro option.