Review of EKS-S glasses from the EKS brand [Off-Road Motorcycle Eyewear]
Right out of the box, most offroad motorcycle goggles are pretty soft on your face. The smell of brand new moss and the crystal clear view are a great way to start your ride. Unless you’re a factory rider, you probably won’t get a new pair, or even a new goal, every time you put a leg over your dirt bike. Neither are we here at Ultimate motorcycleso we were happy to go out and test a pair of EKS-branded EKS-S goggles on some favorite brushy off-road trails, as well as transfer sections of pavement.
The EKS-S goggle is a step up from the EKS-branded GOX range, with several additional features that enhance the well-designed base model. Two of these features are immediately apparent: the stabilizer frame and the removable nose.
As I usually wear an Arai VX-Pro4 helmet, designed with minimal space between the chin bar and the rider’s face, I had to immediately remove the removable nose guard. This allowed the EKS-S to sit properly inside the helmet eyelet. It took less than 10 seconds to remove the plastic part from the frame and easily 10 times longer to replace it. If I needed to do this regularly, I would expect to be able to reduce this time, although most people probably won’t remove / reattach the nose more than once. If you do, just buy a separate pair of goggles for each helmet.
The new Force-Fit stabilizer system is an additional element to the hose Brand EKS EKX-S frame that allows the glasses to stay in full contact with my face. There is no distortion space caused by the strap pulling on the edge of the helmet eyelet, so there is an uninterrupted well-fitting seal. This made it virtually impossible for debris to make its way through the glasses into my eyes.
The super comfortable 17mm foam has three layers of different density to filter air and keep dust out, with a final layer of fleece that sits against your face. This final layer isn’t just comfortable on your nose and cheeks. It also wicks away sweat and condensation so nothing gets in your eyes, which I especially appreciate as a contact lens wearer. On top of the EKS-S goggles is a ventilation system using very fine 100 pore per inch reticulated foam to prevent dust from entering while still allowing air to circulate. This ensures that condensation does not build up.
Since I’m rarely the leader on the track – following faster riders forces me to step up my pace – I usually ride in the dust. This means I really appreciate a mask that filters out as much dust, airborne dirt, and actual debris as possible, while still allowing enough air to circulate so the lens doesn’t fog up. It can be tricky, whether in the summer heat or in milder conditions when I’m generating enough energy to sweat.
When I take off the EKS-S goggles and helmet at the end of hot and dusty rides, my hair is damp, but the sweat hasn’t gotten into my eyes. I also had a much-needed layer of dirt on my face, but what was covered by the glasses stayed clean.
Although everyone’s face has a different nose contour and size, the EKS Brands EKS-S glasses fit my face perfectly. The facial foam is cut loose enough not to interfere with my peripheral vision. I am testing the gold mirror lens on my EKS-S pair of glasses, although there are nine other, lighter tint options. As a blue-eyed rider that’s overly sensitive to bright light, I appreciate the edge removed from the glare by the Gold Mirror lens. I can open my eyes wide without squinting, which is better for spotting the path to follow and choosing lines. The EKS brand offers 11 lens color options, including transparent.
The EKS brand uses polycarbonate lenses that are scratch and shatter resistant and have an anti-fog coating. The glasses also have UVA protection to protect the skin from premature aging and certain skin cancers. However, we would like to see UVB protection included, as these rays cause sunburns and really fatal skin cancer (melanoma). Standard detachable rods are built into the lens and optical clarity is excellent.
The strap has a pleasantly soft yet substantial feel, along with attractive textured graphics. Two adjustment buckles on the back let you customize the fit, and the range is generous enough to work with any off-road helmet. With three lines of silicone gel inside the strap, once I put the EKS-S goggles on my helmet and put the strap on, it stays where I put it.
The included carry bag for the glasses is anti-static which should help repel dust and have a nice silky feel. It is claimed to be stain resistant. My only problem with the bag is remembering to use it rather than just putting the goggles in my helmet at the end of the day.
In case you missed it, the EKS brand is pronounced “X Brand” and the EKS-S glasses are pronounced “excess”. But if you mean EKS, then do it.
The EKS-S glasses from the EKS brand are extremely comfortable and take care of your eyes in a transparent way. Once I put them on my helmet and put them on, I don’t think about it anymore. They keep dust out, reduce glare, and protect my eyes from flying debris. Accomplished job.
Photograph by Don Williams
EKS Brand EKS-S Eyewear Review Highlights
- Black silver
- Flo yellow, black and fire red
- Silver grey
- Red mirror “Terminator”
- Blue mirror
- Gold mirror
- Green mirror
- Pink mirror
- Silver mirror
EKS brand EKS-S glasses: $ 70