Airsoft goggles are a necessary piece of gear for anyone playing airsoft.
They protect your eyes from BBs, which can cause serious injury. But they also have other benefits, such as protecting your eyes from the sun and wind.
There are many different types of airsoft goggles available on the market, so choosing the right pair is important. This article will discuss the different types of airsoft goggles and what to look for when choosing a pair.
Socom Tactical stocks a huge range of protective airsoft eyewear, from glasses, which offer some protection from BB’s, to full blown masks that offer complete protection to your face.
Let’s take a look!
Types of Airsoft Goggles
There are a few different goggles for you to choose from when playing airsoft, but the most important thing to remember is that you will need some form of eye protection, no matter your style.
These are the most basic form of eye protection you can choose, and for beginners and those playing on a budget, they are ideal. At the same time, simple, clear airsoft glasses also provide a great panoramic view to the wearer too, which goggles may not provide.
Many safety glasses like the Bollé Contour Glasses offer a nice snug fit and are designed to stay put on your face using non-slip materials. The goggles also offer UV protection and an anti-fog treatment to keep your view as clear as possible during even the most hectic of engagements.
Bolle Tracker Glasses
One of the most popular set of glasses, the Bolle Tracker glasses are perfect for airsoft due to their EN166 lenses and full foam seal around the eyes
Suppose you find that, even with anti-fog coatings and the regular application of anti-fog sprays, you are still struggling to prevent fogging of your goggles or safety glasses. Then you might want to opt for a different style of eye protection.
This is where mesh goggles, such as the Kombat UK Operator Mesh Goggles, come in handy. These mesh safety goggles provide you protection from BBs hitting your eyes and the surrounding areas using a mesh surface.
This surface’s holes are small enough to prevent that standard 6mm airsoft pellet from getting through. Be wary, though, some BBs can break on impact, and while this is a rarity, the shattered plastic could get through the mesh.
Kombat UK Operator Mesh Goggles
The operator mesh goggles by Kombat UK are great for a zero fog option of eye protection with a protective steel mesh curved plate to protect your eyes from BBs
The primary reason that goggles can fog up is due to the contrast of temperatures inside and outside of the goggles. A few variants provide better airflow, reducing the heat difference and, therefore, the amount of condensation build-up.
These ventilated glasses and goggles and similar to others in terms of protection but with the added airflow feature, making them a great choice if you struggle to keep your eye protection free of fog.
Valken Zulu Thermal Lens Goggles
A great fitting set of airsoft goggles, the Valken Zulu goggles come with either clear, yellow or tinted thermal lenses and have dual-pane thermal lenses to prevent fogging
Let’s face it, getting shot by a BB on bare skin isn’t the most wonderful feeling out there. And more notably, getting hit on the face can be significantly more painful than elsewhere.
This is why many players wear an additional lower face mask for added protection. These are designed to work with protective eyewear and are often shaped to fit around goggles or even attach to some to provide full-face coverage.
Kombat UK Trojan Helmet Face Mask
Kombat UK Trojan Helmet Face Mask
These trojan face masks are designed to fit the Kombat UK fast helmet. They clip into the arc rails and the NVG mount of the helmet to secure it in place. They are available in black, tan and olive.
Transform your loadout and rule the battlefield with this Mando inspired face mask with cross steel mesh eye protection.
Advantages of Airsoft Goggles
There are many advantages to wearing airsoft goggles, and here are a few reasons why you should get a pair.
- They stop you from being blinded by rogue BBs
- They provide protection from UV rays
- They keep other particles and debris out of your eyes
Airsoft goggles are therefore not just for stopping your eyes from being hit by BBs, potentially blinding you permanently, but they also help to provide protection from a wealth of other hazards when playing.
Running through forested areas, you can easily get snagged on a branch or have sand kicked up into your face, and your goggles will keep your vision clear and your eyes as safe as possible.
How to Choose the Right Airsoft Goggles
Not every pair of airsoft goggles is right for everyone, and there are a few things you’ll want to consider when making this choice.
If you’re spending a lot of time playing outdoors and in the harsh sunlight, you’ll want to ensure that your goggles have sufficient UV protection, like the Bollé Cobra TPR Goggles.
Exposure to UV rays over time can be harmful to your health, and the skin around your eyes is very delicate, making it a prime area to develop skin cancer.
Sturdy materials are an important feature, and finding a resilient pair of goggles like the Bollé 180 Safety Goggles will mean that they can resist breaks from either BB hits or general usage.
These goggles are made of a polypropylene frame with polycarbonate lenses offering significant resistance to high-impact shots.
There are many reasons why some players choose to simply wear goggles, and some wear full helmets and masks.
This doesn’t just come down to protection, though. It’s common for players to make the protection trade-off for better comfort, as a full face mask can feel restrictive and lead to overheating, especially in hot weather.
Mesh or Glass
As mentioned above, mesh goggles or mesh helmet face masks will protect you from BB impact while also getting rid of any change of obscured vision from condensation.
However, the safety they provide is less than glass or plastic due to still having small holes in the mesh.
Valken Tango Thermal Airsoft Goggles
Valken tango thermal airsoft goggles to help prevent fogging with interchangeable coloured lenses in one neat carry case
Tips for Airsoft Goggle Use
When playing airsoft, there are a number of enforced rules that you’ll have to follow in regards to safety, such as keeping your goggles on when in the area of play, but there are also some tips that you should follow to improve your experience when using them too.
Don’t Place Them On Your Helmet
First, your goggles should fit snug over your eyes, and placing them on or over your helmet can reduce their effectiveness and weaken the straps. Use your goggles properly by attaching the strap around the back of your head and ensure that they fit correctly.
Store Them Away
Keep your goggles safe between games by using a protective glasses case. You’ll want to do this to reduce any damage that could be caused to your glasses, as scratches and breaks can obscure your vision and reduce the integrity of the materials.
Keep Them Clean
There are many ways to keep your airsoft goggles clean, but using some form of lens cleaning spray rather than water is the best. Avoid using saliva to clean your lenses, too, as this isn’t as effective as a proper cleaner.
Don’t Wipe With Gloves
When cleaning your goggles, try not to touch the lenses with your hands or gloves, and don’t try to clean them with your gloves too.
This can scratch them or make them blurry by accidentally smearing things like mud on them. Use a proper lens cleaning cloth instead, as these are designed to tackle smudges without the risk of damaging the lenses.
You must have some goggles or safety glasses before any official airsoft group lets you play. Most places are very strict about your usage of goggles, and some may even stop you from playing if you don’t have a quality pair.