LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLE
— Strong enough to stop a bullet —
Product Evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheels
Leatt has never made a secret of the fact that it is a protection company. All they do is produce some of the most protective riding products on this planet, and they sure don’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon. The newest addition to the Leatt product line is the impressive Velocity 6.5 goggle. They are literally bulletproof! Or, at least, the lenses are. Admittedly, Leatt tested that claim with small-caliber, subsonic rounds, but the results are impressive nonetheless. Do not get any ideas about testing the bullet resistance yourself, but we are convinced that roost won’t phase them. Go pick up a pair, and we guarantee you will enjoy using them for off-roading. Their starting price is $79.99, and we found them well worth it!
Let’s start with the lens. Leatt put their WideVision, dual-layer lens through three stringent tests: ANSI Z87.1-2015, Military Ballistic Impact Standard (MIL-DTL-43511D), and Certified CE EN 1938 :2010. This will seem like gibberish to most, but 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-road motorcycle usage. Leatt literally posted a video of the lens taking a 22-caliber round from a pistol, and it stopped the bullet. Enough said.
The frame is also packed with technology. 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 goggle’s composition. Flip the outriggers outward 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.
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We were quite surprised at how comfortable and face-forming the Velocity 6.5 goggle really is after feeling how stiff it is. Generally, a stiff goggle tends to be uncomfortable and lets dust through. The lens of the Velocity is optically correct and 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, which it does, but not that comfortably for some of our test riders. The only noticeable discomfort the Velocity provided to us was that it is a little tight around the nose. However, most of our test riders never gave a peep about it, and they were quite happy with the goggle.
A pack of tear-offs comes with the Leatt Velocity 6.5, and posts are built into the lens and frame. The non-mirrored lens versions of the 6.5 start at $79.99, mirrored goes 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. Over 10 different color options are available. We are once again impressed with Leatt’s innovation and drive to offer impressive protection. Go to www.leatt.com or call (800) 691-3314 to get your hands on one of your own!