Leatt quietly added a brand new set of mountain bike-specific Velocity 4.zero MTB goggles alongside their newest convertible, detachable chin bar 4.zero Enduro helmet this winter. With a giant enchancment in air flow, a lighter vented lens, and open-mesh strap, these pared-back Velocity Four goggles supply sufficient airflow for while you really must pedal your mountain bike us, as properly…
Leatt Velocity 4.zero MTB lighter, vented mountain bike goggles
The “bulletproof” Leatt Velocity 6.5 goggles that have been launched two years again apparently fall below Leatt’s moto safety household. And whereas that usually signifies that they’re nonetheless well-suited for gravity mountain bike using, the heavier and fewer ventilated 6.5s aren’t actually as much as any rides that embody pedaling uphill.
However these new vented body, vented lens, vented strap Velocity 4.zero MTB goggles are a totally totally different story – seemingly far more suited to all-around path and enduro using the place you wish to mix safety with air flow.
And as I’ve been sporting them for the previous month, they work properly in a variety of climate situations, and never simply with Leatt’s mountain bike helmets.
The hallmark of the Velocity 4.zero MTB goggles are improved air flow, however the open development additionally means decrease weight. At simply 152g on our scale, that’s an excellent 50g lighter than the moto/gravity-oriented 6.5. And they’re additionally so much cheaper, promoting for $45 / 45€ vs. the 6.5s that begin at $80.
The Velocity Four goggles are available in 4 shade choices – Graphene grey, Cactus inexperienced, Sand tan & blue, and this Chili crimson & blue – however solely with a one 83% mild transmission clear lens possibility.
However past decrease weight & worth, it’s the improved air flow that stands out to me. You’ll be able to see within the photograph on the size that the clear MTB lens will get two vents lower into it simply close to the higher body. These let air transfer in fairly properly, then out by the big opening & perforated mesh throughout the highest of the goggles. The underside & sides of the versatile body get extra closed-off mesh, however nonetheless respectable air move.
In the long run although, there’s nonetheless a thick layer of froth that presses up towards your face and the large lens blocks most of wind hitting you, so these aren’t magically a cool-running pair of goggles.
The 40mm huge MaxiVent goggle strap itself is designed to permit air move by the vents of your helmet. It does an honest job of letting some air although its weave.
However at finest the mesh is 12% open, extra realistically it’s about half that while you take a look at the weave and the openings lined by the silicone gripper on the bottom.
It breathes higher than a daily strap, however air move is just not unrestricted. So, cautious strap placement avoiding helmet vents remains to be your finest guess for max air flow.
The thick dual-layer foam is confronted with a delicate & fuzzy grey internal layer that does a fantastic job of managing sweat – that’s conserving my sweaty forehead from getting any moisture or fogging inside even on most climbs.
The straightforward OTG, over-the-glasses match is very good for me as I favor my prescription glasses over using with contacts. Skinny cuts in both facet of the froth enable the arms of my Rx glasses to go, and there’s loads of room inside in order that my frames don’t contact the Leatt lens and my glasses sit on my nostril simply concerning the goggles’ foam.
Leatt Velocity 4.zero MTB goggles – Driving Impressions
Navy Ballistic Impression Commonplace examined bulletproof lenses sound like a little bit of overkill at first look, however it’s good to be reassured that flying rocks and errant tree branches aren’t going to pose any menace to your eyes whereas using.
In the meanwhile, the Leatt Velocity 4.zero MTB goggles solely supply one single-layer, clear vented polycarbonate MTB lens possibility. However, all of their Velocity lenses are fortunately simply interchangeable. I’ve ridden a bit with the dual-layer however nonetheless vented Enduro lens, and the unvented mild grey lens with tear off posts in colder climate (beneath.)
The one-layer vented lens labored finest for using in hotter climate with extra climbing, however the “everlasting anti-fog” coating on each lens I’ve tried has been nice for much. Crisp visibility by the claimed 170° WideVision lens provides ample field-of-view on the path. However I did discover that I actually have to show my head far to see how shut a rider behind me is.
After using for the previous a number of weeks by all the things from +25°C to -5°C (23-77°F), I’ve been pleasantly stunned how properly the Velocity Four goggles deal with a variety of climate situations. I actually couldn’t get them to steam up inside in any actual using situations but. In all probability higher at dealing with spring climate than I’m myself!
The one time I’ve actually skilled even fogging of my glasses contained in the goggles was on the most popular day the place I pedaled up & bombed down steep hills repeatedly. And even then, pulling the goggles up below my helmet visor for the longer climbs introduced in sufficient contemporary air to be fantastic as soon as it was time to descend once more.
The one actual draw back I see with the goggles is the at the moment restricted providing of the single-layer, fully-vented lenses from Leatt. I might love one of many premium mirrored Iriz lenses and even only a darkish grey tint with full venting for sunny summer season using. Right here’s hoping that Leatt has extra trail-oriented light-weight vented lens possibility sin the works…