PRODUCT: Leatt has never made a secret of the fact that it is a protection company. Their new Velocity 6.5 goggles feature WideVision (170-degree viewing), a dual-layer lens (anti-fog-treated and are scratch-resistant, thanks to a special coating) and goes through three stringent tests—ANSI Z87.1-2015, Military Ballistic Impact Standard (MIL-DTL-43511D) and Certified CE EN 1938:2010. Leatt took the time to make their lenses certified for workplace hazard eye protection standards, protection from small projectiles hitting the lens at high velocities and approved for on and off motorcycle usage. Leatt literally posted a video of the lens taking a 22-caliber round from a pistol, and it stopped the bullet. The frame design allows liquid to drain from it easily, has a tapered shape to fit most helmets, and is made from a dual-density material to offer a tight and comfortable seal on your face with the assistance of a triple-layer, dual-density foam. Outriggers are a part of the goggles’ composition. Flip the outriggers inward to allow access for lens removal. The outriggers also help provide a tight fit, and the attached goggle strap is lined with an anti-slip coating, so it won’t slide around on your helmet.
OUR TAKE: We were quite surprised at how comfortable and face-forming the Velocity 6.5 goggles are considering how ruggedly it’s built. Generally, stiff goggles tend to be uncomfortable, but the Velocity 6.5 molds to your face superbly, thanks to the design and blend of the triple-layer face foam. The optics on the lens of the Velocity is a strong suit. Your vision is clear and distortion-free via a lens that has minimal flex in it. That strength is what will stop roost, branches and more from penetrating the lens while riding. Leatt states that the 6.5 will fit over glasses, and our take is they will—if they’re not too large. Kudos go to the face foam and drainage on the frame that keeps sweat from building and splashing on the lens. This received high marks from our testers. Of note, all commented on an excellent field of vision, the strength of the lens, the mirror-coated lens held up to a pressure wash and excellent exhausting of heat, so fogging is kept to a minimum (helped by the anti-fog treatment). We did hear some complaints about the large size and that the nose guard rubs on the chin bar of some helmets. Price-wise, the Leatt 6.5 comes in at the high end starting at $79.99, mirrored systems go for $89.99 and a roll-off version runs $99.99. Spare clear, smoked and mirrored lenses and tear-off/roll-off film are available, and there are 10 different color options available.
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