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First Ride: VitalMTB Reviews New Leatt 6.5 Velocity Goggle

“Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and Leatt’s new Velocity 6.5 goggle is living proof. It is aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and loaded with innovative features that keep you safe and help you perform on the trail – and it manages all this at a price that defies competition. Leatt took their sweet time entering the goggle market, but it definitely looks like it was time well spent.”

VitalMTB got their hands on our brand-new goggles to give you a review of what their impressions were.

“Rather than slap their logo on some generic offering and call it a day however, Leatt went about designing their very own goggle with customary investment in R&D and attention to detail. The result is the impressive Velocity 6.5 that launches today, and since we’ve been lucky enough to lay our hands on some early samples, we can tell you a little bit more about it already.”

“Taking a quick look at the current goggle market, a couple of trends stand out: the move to injection molded lenses, and some kind of “outrigger”-based frame layout. Leatt jumps into the fray ticking both of these boxes, with the new Velocity goggle presenting an imposing profile and a very purposeful design language. It bares more than a fleeting resemblance to Oakley’s Airbrake, but with an overall identity that remains strictly its own.”

 

“Continuing on with the comparisons, Leatt’s new goggle may look a lot like some of its main competitors, but it actually brings a couple of innovative new features to the table. Up front, there is a double lens where the inside layer is equipped with a permanent anti-fog function, something we’re more used to seeing on snow goggles. Additionally, the lens is actually certified bulletproof up to a relevant US military standard (which Leatt supplied evidence of in the form of a lens that had apparently been fired upon with some sort of small caliber firearm). “
“Packing all these features into a goggle will surely place the price in the stratosphere? Wrong! Leatt has hit an impressively low price point with the new Velocity, coming in well below both the Oakley Airbrake and the FOX Vue to name but a couple. In fact, handling and using the goggle we almost have a hard time believing it will only set you back $79.99 (for the basic version), but we’ll gladly take it.”
“Slipping into the Velocity goggle for the first time, we found it super comfortable and perfectly shaped. Fit is always a personal thing, but we really like the way the Velocity sits on the face, with enough space both for the eyes and the nose which helps prevent any feeling of claustrophobia. We’ve tested it with several helmets and it was able to fit in all of them. The wide strap is easy to adjust and provides plenty of grip, thanks to a silicone strip that runs all along the inside of it. The field of vision is wide, and the optical clarity of all the lenses we tried so far is great. With everything from almost clear to fully mirrored finishes available, it’s also pretty easy to match the lens to your riding conditions.”

“Foggy lenses are always a concern, especially if you ride in less favorable weather conditions. We’ve only managed to get out for one wet ride with the new Velocity goggles so far, but we saw good results at a rainy 12 degrees Celsius with plenty of humidity in the air. A dual-layer lens is usually an effective barrier to fogging, and Leatt has doubled up here with a permanent anti-fog treatment on the inner lens as well. We’ll need a bit more time to really know for sure, but it looks as though Leatt is on the right track here. We’ll also need to wait for the warmer months to really know how well ventilated the Velocity is, but a couple of sunny days have already shown us that it seems to breathe fairly well.”

What’s The Bottom Line?

“Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and Leatt’s new Velocity 6.5 goggle is living proof. It is aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and loaded with innovative features that keep you safe and help you perform on the trail – and it manages all this at a price that defies competition. Leatt took their sweet time entering the goggle market, but it definitely looks like it was time well spent. We’ll keep on testing and we’ll come back at a later date with any further observations, but in the meantime we have no reservations about putting the new Velocity right up there with our current favorite goggles.”

More information at: www.leatt.com.

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