Protection specialists Leatt recently expanded their range to include eyewear and the Velocity 6.5 goggle.
In a highly competitive and arguably saturated market, can the Leatt Velocity 6.5 goggle stand up and even better the likes of Oakley, Spy, Smith, XForce, Scott and the rest of the goggle brigade?
Photos by Dave Price.
- Bulletproof lens
- Removable nose guard
- Anti-Fog treatment to lens
- Available in 7 colours
The catchily named Velocity 6.5 goggles from Leatt made quite a stir when they launched, with their ‘Bulletproof’ tag lines and marketing, but how will their ballistic qualities relate to the trails?
When you first handle the Leatt goggles you realise that they actually have a very stiff feeling to their structure, most of which comes from the lens which does not twist or bend like some others I have used. The outriggers extend quite wide and the strap is thick, wide and complete with grippy silicone strips.
I found that the Velocity 6.5’s sat nicely with my full face helmets and didn’t pinch my nose at all. I had a wide range of vision and the foam was comfy on my face, even when soaked with sweat or rain water.
As long as the goggle fits your face and helmet, its quality all comes down to the lens. How does it deal with different types of light? Does it fog up? How hard wearing is it? Does it clear well if it does get foggy?
The answer to all of these is that the Velocity 6.5’s are top performers with a very high quality lens. They coped with wet and humid conditions on the uplift, clearing well and never fogging during a run. They didn’t glare or do anything strange in the low, evening sun and after a fair bit of use the lens is still performing well and not showing any signs of wear.
What do we think?
These are now my go-to goggles for when the full face lid comes out. The Leatt’s are expensive but are highly recommended.
- Stiff frame
- Very good lens
- Good visibility
- Very comfortable.
Could do better:
- Expensive compared to the competition.