9. Western Safety Visor
A practical blend of simplicity and affordability, the Western Safety Visor (appx. $6) is no trouble to slip over eyeglasses before tightening its elastic headband. It is 12 inches wide by 8 inches tall, and flips up when it’s not needed.
- Good value option
- Foam forehead pad
- Feels a little flimsy
8. SA Multipurpose
These SA Multipurpose (about $25) are opaque, but they are not going to protect you from debris or any other hard materials. They do provide some cover when you’re out in the sun, wind or dusty environments, perhaps while fishing, running, or mountain biking.
- Pack of 5 popular designs
- Soft polyester microfiber
- Seem almost too thin
7. Sellstrom Advantage Series
For the coverage and flexibility you get, the price of the Sellstrom Advantage Series (around $25) is surprisingly low. Plus, it can be used with a variety of shields from other major brands, thanks to a universal swivel pattern, so if you ever need a replacement, you’ve got options.
- Comes in three styles
- Arrives preassembled
- Scratches easily
6. Raygear X-Shield
Built with a sleek smoke-colored UV lens, the Raygear X-Shield (appx. $70) utilizes non-vented protection for your eyes and face against flying debris, splashing liquids, and other hazardous materials. It’s one-size-fits-all, so no adjustments should be necessary.
- Anti-scratch coating
- Handy storage bag is included
- Feels heavy on the nose to some
5. Bio-Mask Shield
If you need a versatile guard for your face that allows for maximum flexibility and ease of movement, the Bio-Mask Shield (around $30) may be the way to go. It’s extremely lightweight, at less than 1 ounce, and comes with 10 replacement shields.
- Suitable for glasses wearers
- Choose from several colors
- Best for short periods
4. Pro Force Thunder
Offered in sizes for both children and adults, the Pro Force Thunder (around $70) is your full headgear solution for security while sparring. For comfort and versatility, the polycarbonate mask is removable and vented to cut down on moisture buildup.
- Comes in some funky colors
- Open channels for cooling
- Runs on the small side
3. Sellstrom Headgear
With its combination of a clear window and an infrared shield that flips down, the Sellstrom Headgear (about $47) is built for myriad uses and consistent protection. It’s easy to alter the size and tightness with a quick turn of a knob.
- Ample airflow prevents fogging
- Wide panoramic view
- Great clarity and minimal distortion
2. 3M Ratchet
The 3M Ratchet (about $19) has a practical 13-position suspension system, which makes it a snap to adjust and keep the screen firmly in place. It’s ideal for metalworking and woodworking as it blocks sparks, chips, and other flying matter effectively.
- Rugged and splash-resistant
- Crown strap provides 5 positions
- Good value for the price
1. UVex Bionic
Crafted to meet all industry standards, the UVex Bionic (around $31) offers chin and forehead protection from falling or flying debris that won’t interfere with your vision. The back is lined with comfortable foam so it doesn’t dig into your skin while you work.
- Flip-up visor is stable and secure
- Headband is breathable and washable
- Can be used with safety goggles