Because I wear glasses, ordinary safety glasses don’t work well for me. I looked into getting some tactical sunglasses fitted with prescription lenses, but was told that the lenses would probably be at thickness limit. That’s a common issue when you have wide face-wrapping lenses – the thickness of the sides get a little unmanageable.
I will eventually figure something out, but in the meantime I wear safety goggles instead of glasses. Goggles typically fit over my glasses, offering adequate protection while still allowing me to see.
A couple of years ago I wrote about Dewalt, Radians, and Uvex goggles. Since then, not much has changed. I still wear Uvex Flex-Seal goggles on occasion, but I tend to favor Radians Cloak and Dewalt Concealer goggles. These are all still the best safety goggles I have ever work or otherwise come across.
Although I prefer Radians Cloak goggles, I find that Dewalt Concealer goggles have become my practical favorite. The two goggles are very similar in styling, but the unfortunate truth is that the Radians Cloak goggles are too hard to find at a competitive price. The Dewalt goggles are made by Radians and are functionally identical, and they’re easier to buy.
There are two reasons I tend to prefer the Radians Cloak goggles over the Concealer goggles they make for Dewalt. First, I sometimes prefer the feel of the Cloak goggle’s neoprene head strap vs. the elastic cloth head strap of the Concealer goggles. Neoprene straps tend to move less on my head, although cloth or fabric straps grab less. Second, the Dewalt branding is a little loud on the Concealer goggles. But, to be fair, it could be worse.
If the Radians Cloak goggles were easily available for $12 with free shipping as the Dewalt Concealer goggles are, I would buy them instead.
So why are these my favorite goggles?
- Comfortable fit
- They fit over my glasses with little interference
- Compact frame
While I would like to say that the goggles are easy on, easy off, they sometimes snag my lenses when I’m taking them off. On the positive side of things, the goggles are a little more compact than other other-the-glasses goggles, making them easier to pack away in a toolbox and easier to wear under a face mask when additional protection is needed.
The rubber molding around Cloak and Concealer goggles is a little on the stiff side. It’s flexible and comfortable, but not perfectly conforming. Because of this, I might don Uvex Flex Seal goggles when I know I’m going to be working with finer particles or splashable chemicals. The silicone seal of those goggles is softer and a little more perfectly conforming around the side arms of my glasses.
Flex-Seal goggles are available with neoprene or cloth head headbands.
Buy Now: Dewalt Concealer Goggle | Uvex Flex Seal Goggle (via Amazon)
Before anyone asks, I have yet to find goggles that don’t fog up during use. Concealer and Flex Seal goggles definitely fog up a little slower than the cheap crappy goggles I wore in high school and college science lab classes, but they do fog up. 3rd party treatments sometimes work well, but I have found that the best anti-fog practice is to swap goggles when it’s safe to do so.
Do you have favorite safety goggles? Let me know. Discussion of favorite safety glasses would also be fitting.