Speaking from experience, getting hit in the face by an airsoft bb hurts like hell. But, it’s not the end of the world. You’ll probably get a nasty bruise, but that’s sort of expected when you’re shooting plastic bb’s at extremely high velocities at each other.
Now, getting hit in the eye with a bb is a whole ‘nother ballgame. In the game of airsoft, protect your eyes above all else. No game of airsoft is worth losing your eyesight over. That’s why every indoor and outdoor airsoft playing field requires some form of protective eyewear at all times. Removing your eyewear while not standing in the “safety zone” can result in immediate ejection of the game. They take these things seriously and so should you. When choosing the top airsoft goggles, always perform due diligence and make sure the goggles you are purchasing is ANSI Z87.1 rated. All masks or goggles must meet or pass the ANSI Z87.1 safety standards in order to be accepted by an accredited arena. The employees do check every pair of glasses, and they will make you rent one of theirs if you fail to comply / haven’t came prepared.
So without further ado, here are the best airsoft goggles in 2016:
Best Airsoft Goggles Under $30
- 1 Best Airsoft Goggles Under $30
- 2 Best Antifog Airsoft Goggles
- 3 Airsoft Goggles With Fan
- 4 The Importance of Eye Protection
- 5 What Makes Airsoft Goggles Effective?
- 6 Understanding Airsoft Goggles Safety Standards
US Marine Corp Airsoft Goggles
These US Marine goggles meet the ANSI Z87.1 National Safety standards, and are ASTM approved. For the price, these are one of the top airsoft goggles in 2016. They features anti-fog ventilation, an adjustable elastic strap, and the lenses are made out of shatter-resistant polycarbonate material. With tinted lenses, these goggles will also help protect against any harmful UV rays in outdoor play.
By purchasing these goggles, you are also helping support the Wounded Warriors Project, as a portion of each sales is donated to that charity.
- Very inexpensive (less than $10!)
- Adjustable, lightweight, and durable
- Tinted lenses
- Large field-of-view
- Fogs up in hot conditions
- No sweat drain on the bottom of the lens
- Dark tiny; not recommended for indoor use
Verdict? For the price, these glasses are perfect for both kids and adults alike. They can adjust to any size head, are surprisingly comfortable, and you are supported our wounded warriors with your purchase. They don’t have the bells and whistles of some premium goggles, but for this price range, you will be hard pressed to find anything with similar quality and construction.
Lancer Tactical CA-221B Vented Goggles
These are one of the highest-rated airsoft goggles on Amazon with over 470 4-star reviews. The Amazon listing doesn’t specify if it passes the ANSI rating, however it does have a sticker that says “Ballistics Tested”. We couldn’t dig up any more info for you guys, so as a safe bet, we’d say that these goggles would be best suited for backyard play. The lenses look and feel very durable and fit very snugly on your face. You can wear them for hours without needing to take them off. With an adjustable strap, you can easily strap them over top of a helmet.
- Full-seal design
- Foam padded liner
- Removable vents to prevent fog
- Adjustable headband
- Large polycarbonate lenses for maximum field of view
- One size fits all
- Slight fogging after extended use in extreme heat
- Removable vents leaves a small gap for bb’s to enter
I wouldn’t let the cons deter you from purchasing these goggles. For less than $15, you get a very comfy, very functional pair of goggles. They are also the perfect airsoft goggles for glasses wearers, and can choose from quite a few different color options.
Overall, for backyard play or target practice, this a solid option.
Valken V-TAC Echo Airsoft Goggles
The Valken V-Tac Echo airsoft goggles will set you back less than $20. You get a sleek, modern design that is less bulky than many others. It passes the ANSI Z87.1 high impact rating, and also meets the CAN/CSA Z94.3-0. It features a fully-adjustable elastic strap with a quick-release. It also has an vented foam carriage to prevent fogging. Unlike others with removable ventilation gaps, the vents on these goggles are too small for a bb to enter.
- Yellow tinted for brightening
- Fits everyday glasses underneath
- No-slip fit
- Higher than average protection
- Foam seal has tiny gaps; albeit too small for bb’s
- No fog, but tends to condense sweat instead
- Little-to-no “flex” in construction
If you plan on wearing a lower mesh shield and helmet, these are the goggle we recommend. They fog up significantly less than others we’ve tested with – especially if you play in a cooler environment. Valken makes high-quality airsoft accessories, and we can’t recommend these enough to a beginner/ entry level airsoft player.
Best Antifog Airsoft Goggles
Tactical Airsoft No Fog Wire Mesh Goggles
One of the big advantages of this particular pair of airsoft safety goggles is the fact that their is no plastic lens. Instead, it’s stamped metal mesh.
The holes are large enough to see through without interfering, but small enough to prevent bb’s from entering. They are very lightweight, but not at all bulky. They come in solid black design with an olive elastic band.
- Stamped metal construction
- No protection from sand or dust
- No protection from sunlight
- Uncomfortable for players with big noses
Overall, if you experience issues with your glasses fogging during every airsoft game, these goggles are for you. Because of the metal construction they will certainly stop a bb, but they may not be the most effective for of airsoft eye protection available.
With that being said, I have one last thing for you to thin about, god forbid a bb shatters upon impact (I’ve never personally seen this happen), but there is a slight chance a piece of plastic may enter one of those tiny holes.
Again, very unlikely, but it’s just something you should keep in mind when looking for the best airsoft goggles that don’t fog up.
Pyramex I-Force Sporty Dual Pane Anti-Fog Goggle
This is the clear winner when comparing the top anti fog airsoft goggles. It features a lightweight design to eliminate the bulkiness and weight of other goggles, a vented foam carriage to virtually eliminate dust or stray bb’s, and a quick release elastric strap. It also has sporty look and feel to it.
- Dual pane construction; isolates temperature difference between the inner and outer layers.
- Indirect vented foam to allow for proper ventilation
- Interchangeable temples
- Quick-release strap
- Less than $20
- No room for everyday glasses
- Scratch easily (a case or glasses bag remedies this)
- Feels inexpensive
In addition to being one of the highest rated no fog airosft goggles, these goggles exceed the ANSI Z87.1 high impact requirements, and are also CE EN 166 certified. Unlike others with mesh screens instead of lenses, these glasses can protect you against any and all environment factors.
If fog is one of your biggest hindrances, you should try these out.
Airsoft Goggles With Fan
The Importance of Eye Protection
Protecting your eyes while playing airsoft is key to preserving one of our most precious gifts; our sight. Eyes are easy to damage, and any injuries you sustain to your eyes can and will be life changing. It kills me when I see people spend hundreds of dollars on their airsoft gear, but purchase the cheapest eye protection they can find. The price difference between quality airsoft goggles and junk goggles is minimal. Don’t risk your gift of sight; the lasting effects are not worth risking.
What Makes Airsoft Goggles Effective?
It’s not enough to just purchase a pair of safety goggles and call it a day. While any form of eye protection is better than nothing at all, all it takes is one accident or close call to demonstrate how close you came to losing your sight. You do not want to find out on the field how effective your airsoft goggles are. Put your mind at ease by purchasing eye wear that meets or exceeds the Eye Protection Standards (we’ll go into more detail about this below). Goggles have one job; to absorb the kinetic energy of a flying bb.
Without going into too much detail, if the lens is not rated to adsorb the kinetic energy between the goggles and your face, the lens shatters. Shooting glasses simply aren’t enough. They leave areas above and below the eye socket exposed where a stray bb can enter. Cheap lens can also fragment and “explode” into your eye.
There are three factors that come into play when evaluating airsoft goggles:
- Fit / Comfort
Your protective goggles can protect you from a multitude of factors. These may include stray bb’s, awkward angles of entry, shattered bb’s, dust, debris, sun damage, or even shattered lenses.
Fit / Comfort
Believe it or not, the fit and comfort of goggles greatly contribute to the effectiveness of goggles. Comfortable goggles are a sign that the goggles you chose will offer protection outside of just stray bb’s, such as staying on your face when jumping, running, diving, or rolling. Airsoft is very much a physical game, and if you’re constantly adjusting your goggles mid-gameplay, those are not considered to be very effective.
Ballistic protection is arguably the most important thing to look for when selecting the best airsoft goggles in regards to proper eye protection. Ballistic protection means that the goggles you chose are rated to withstand the velocity of bb’s at varying speeds. Even a bb at 300 FPS can be very damaging to ones’ eye. An effective pair of airsoft goggles should offer both protection from bb’s as well as objects and flying debris.
Elemental protection means environment conditions. A quality pair of goggles should also be able to protect you from the elements(in outdoor-style play). Hamful UV rays can place additional strain on your eyes, forcing you to squint. Even if you prefer indoor play, many environmental hazards such as dust, dirt, or water can interrupt your game.
Understanding Airsoft Goggles Safety Standards
How can you tell if a pair of goggles are “good” or not?
There are a couple ways. As long as you are purchasing from a reputable manufacturer, you can rest assured that your goggles have been tested and meet or exceed basic ballistic expectations. If you see a pair of goggles that far exceeds the ballistic standard for the price range, those goggles should not be trusted.
Here’s a breakdown of the ballistic standards:
- ANSI Z87.1-2003. This is the most common standard you will see across most airsoft goggles. It is also the weakest. In it’s current capacity, it is only required to stop a .2g bb traveling at 335 FPS. Many airsoft guns, including most sniper rifles, far exceed 335 FPS.
- MIL-PRF-31013. Goggles of this caliber are less common and slightly more expensive, but can still be found in hobby shops or online stores. To meet this standard, the goggles only need to withstand a .2g bb traveling at 489 FPS.
- MIL-DTL-43511D. Airsoft goggles that meet these standards are military & security force grade. These far exceed standard airsoft goggles, and can withstand a .2g bb with a velocity of 1,295 FPS.
Keep in mind, to be certified for any of these safety standards, the goggles only have to withstand the force of a single bb. They are not rated to withstand repetitive shots. It’s still possible for your lenses to be damaged at velocities far below the maximum rating. Not all damage on lenses is visible either. Hairline fractures or cracks may not be easily viewable.