Summer starts Saturday which means it's now official. Dirt bike riding season has begun.

Not that we take the winter off but for sure in some parts of the country the dark months can get downright nasty and it's a struggle to get out and ride. In either case, whether you're taking stock of last year's riding gear and looking to start fresh or you've put a lot of miles on your current protection these last couple of months and the wear and tear is starting to show up.

Clearly, there's an obvious reason for wearing Motocross goggles. You simply cannot ride or at least ride very far without them. They protect your eyes and face from roost, bugs, and low hanging branches among other hazards.

Wearing goggles is a must but safety and comfort is also a necessity. Wearing ill-fitting or cumbersome goggles ruins your ride but also poses a risk. If you constantly adjust your goggles or they slip off your face then what is designed to protect you becomes more of a burden.

Like all protective gear the price can swing broadly but the most expensive is also not the best indicator of the best goggle. Whether it's helmets, boots or goggles, the best choice is the one that fits you well and addresses your needs.

The 2014 models from the best brands in the industry are in and ready to ship. If you're looking to start off the 2014 riding season with a new set of Motocross goggles than check out our selections below. It's a Top 10 of sorts starting by brand and then price:

Oakley

Oakley Motocross Goggles

Oakley Motocross Goggles

Oakley Airbrake MX Goggles

Oakley Mayhem MX Goggles

Price: $160.00 - $175.00

Price: $80.00 - $100.00

Features:

  • Injection-molded Plutonite lens material provides 100% protection against ambient UVA, UVB, UVC
  • Expanded lens volume for optimized peripheral vision
  • Flow-Coat Anti-Fog coating
  • Integrated tear-off posts

Features:

  • Re-designed and improved facial fit contour
  • Triple-fleece face foam for maximum moisture wicking and comfort
  • Optional Iridium coating available for added glare reduction
  • Removable O-Matter nose guard
 

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Dragon

Dragon Motocross Goggles

Dragon Motocross Goggles

Dragon NFX Goggles

Dragon Vendetta Goggles

Price: $92.99

Price: $69.99 - $84.99

Features:

  • Armored venting
  • Four-layer slant cut sweat absorption foam
  • 2-inch adjustable silicon beaded strap
  • holds up to 29 laminated tear-offs

Features:

  • One-piece outer-mask ABS/PC blend
  • Polyurethane inner frame
  • Unidirectional air flow system
  • Anti-fog treated (AFT) lens
 

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Spy

Spy Motocross Goggles

Spy Motocross Goggles

Spy 2014 Omen MX Goggles

Spy 2014 Klutch Goggles

Price: $79.99 - $84.99

Price: $59.99 - $64.99

Features:

  • Custom built from a flexible polyurethane frame
  • Features new patented RISE Ventilation System
  • Quad-layer face foam
  • Anti-fog, scratch resistant Lexan lens with posts

Features:

  • Patented Scoop ventilation system
  • Moisture-wicking Dri-Force fleece
  • 100 percent UV protection
  • Free bonus lens and nose guard
 

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Fox Racing

Fox Racing Motocross Goggles

Fox Racing AIRSPC Goggles

Price: $54.99 - $74.99

Features:

  • Increased air volume inside the frame
  • Increased peripheral viewing
  • Thermo-bonded, 19 mm triple-layer face foam for superior sweat absorption
  • Eight-pin lens retention system keeps lens intact
 

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100%

100% Motocross Goggles

100% Racecraft Goggles - Mirrored Lens

Price: $74.99

Features:

  • Co-molding allows the incorporation of patent-pending technologies into the frame
  • Patent-pending technology channels air into the foam, aiding in moisture management
  • Anti-fog coated Lexan clear lens
  • 45 mm wide, silicon-coated strap eliminates slippage
 

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Smith

Smith Motocross Goggles

Smith 2014 Fuel V2 Sweat X-M Goggles

Price: $65.00

Features:

  • Ergonomic Outrigger Positioning System
  • Sweat-X F.A.T. 3-layer face foam
  • Roll/tear-offs compatible lens with in-lens tear-offs posts
  • Ultra-wide, silicone-backed strap
 

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EKS

EKS Motocross Goggles

EKS Fade Goggles

Price: $46.99

Features:

  • A lightweight, "urethane blend" frame forms easier to different face shapes
  • Shatter-resistant anti-scratch and anti-fog coated lens
  • Special vent foam allows moisture and condensation to escape freely
  • 100% UVA protection
 

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As you can see, today's motocross goggles offer a variety of choices and features to provide a great fit and accommodate a variety of styles and tastes. A good quality goggle provides UV protection, good air flow and thick foam to keep the sweat out of your eyes. Check out our Motocross Goggles Buyers Guide for more information on what to look for like tear-offs and types of lenses.

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Written By: AndrewT