Last week, when it was so bitterly cold in the Eastern half of the country Gateway Safety issued a press release that touted the resistance of these goggles to fogging in cold weather. It reminded me that I’ve had a couple pairs of Wheelz since last summer. I don’t wear them often, because I rarely need more protection than is afforded by safety glasses. But if I did, these would be a reasonable choice.
Wheelz are nothing like the geeky goggles we wore in the old days; they’re softer, more comfortable, and the styling is modern. They remind me of ski goggles only smaller and with an edge seal similar to that of swim goggles—though the lip is far less pronounced. And of course they are not air-tight; there are vents above and below to prevent fogging. They fogged a little on me, but only when I was breathing hard while wearing a dust mask. Wheelz are not as comfortable as safety glasses, but as goggles go they aren’t bad. The company also makes a foam lined model (to keep perspiration in check) and I found them to be the most comfortable of three pairs of Wheelz I own.
Far less bulky than traditional goggles, it’s easy to keep these with you. The small size of the frame felt restrictive at first—like wearing a swim mask—though I quickly got used to it.
Frames come in clear, black, and dark green. Lens options include clear, gray, silver mirror, and blue mirror in regular and anti-fog finishes. The company also offers IR filter lenses for light welding applications and foam-edge frames to keep perspiration in check.
Wheelz are independently certified by Underwriters Laboratories to meet ANSI Z87+ and CSA Z94.3 standards. They are manufactured in China with prices starting at about $11 online.