WHAT IS IT? Years ago Randy Nagel, owner of
Pro-Vue, invented a way to incorporate prescription
lenses into a goggle. He recently paired his unique
design with the popular 100% goggles. The Pro-Vue
design allows those with poor eyesight to stop worrying
about wearing contact lenses or glasses while riding.
WHAT’S IT COST? $209.00.
CONTACT? www.pro-vue.com or (800) 548-8354.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Pro-Vue 100% Accuri OTG prescription
(1) Idea. People who suffer from nearsightedness,
farsightedness or astigmatism have three basic options
when it comes to correcting vision problems while riding. Unfortunately, each comes with a downside. (a)
Glasses. Originally worn by scholars and believed to
have been invented in the 13th century, eyeglasses
would seem to be a popular option for riding; however,
wearing glasses under your goggles is cumbersome.
They move around and can fog up. (b) Contact lenses.
Contacts are a popular choice for everyday use. They are
widely used by motocross racers but come with several
downsides. Contact lenses can dry quickly, especially in
the heat of battle if the rider doesn’t blink often, they
can pop out, and don’t mix well with dirt and dust. (c)
No correction. Believe it or not, MXA knows racers
who have poor eyesight and choose not to wear glasses
or contacts while riding. While they don’t need to worry
about clunky glasses or losing a contact, they also can’t
see. That’s a scary proposition.
( 2) Pro-Vue. Randy Nagel pioneered a way to embed
prescription lenses into a Lexan lens carrier, which is
then attached to the goggle lens with two screws. Since
the prescription lens sits behind the goggle lens, damage
caused by rocks and roost only affects the goggle lens.
The goggle lens acts as a protective barrier. Note that
the goggle lens can be replaced, and the carrier lens can
be removed for cleaning and storage.
( 3) Rx. Ordering the 100% Pro-Vue-equipped goggle
can be done online or by phone, but not without having
vital information from your optometrist. It’s important to
include the sphere, cylinder and axis of your oculus
dexter and oculus sinister, as well as the pupillary
distance. Don’t know what those things mean? Then you
had better check with your eye specialist before making
the call to Pro-Vue. This information is required for
Pro-Vue to build you lenses that match your prescription.
( 4) Goggle. Pro-Vue originally sold its technology in a
private-labeled Smith goggle, but they recently teamed
up with 100% goggles to offer something different with
the striking Accuri OTG (Over The Glasses) goggle. The
Accuri is well-liked by the MXA wrecking crew, thanks
to the plush multi-layer face foam, wide strap and
comfortable fit in all popular helmets. It garnered a
positive four-star rating, so it was a wise choice for
Pro-Vue to get on board with 100%. The OTG version
has the same features as the standard Accuri, but is
deeper to accommodate the Pro-Vue carrier lens.
( 5) Performance. It’s hard not to like the Pro-Vue-equipped 100% Accuri OTG goggle. The prescription
lenses made it easy for testers with poor eyesight to see
clearly and not worry about losing a contact lens or dealing with eyeglass frames. We like that the attachment
screws double as tearoff posts. Pro-Vue sells a 20-pack
of tearoffs for $10 (note that standard 100% tearoff holes
are too small to fit with this goggle). It’s possible to
swap the clear lens out for another tint. Simply remove
the tearoff posts, mount the new lens into the frame,
and screw in the goggle lens to the Pro-Vue carrier lens.
Self-conscious riders preferred to install a tinted lens,
because it hid the prescription lens from plain view.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? There are a few minor
quibbles. (1) At $209, the Pro-Vue goggle is more expensive than wearing glasses or contacts underneath standard goggles. ( 2) The clear goggle lens didn’t hide the
This is a five-star product for anyone who
PRO-VUE 100% PRESCRIPTION GOGGLE
dislikes wearing contact lenses or glasses
under normal goggles; however, we knocked
a star off because some riders would rather
wear what they are familiar with.
MXA TEAM TESTED