Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: CA central coast
Bike: 08 R6, 15 Ninja300
Re: Track guys- glasses vs contacts
I rode with glasses for years and just last fall got contacts for the first time. I pretty much only use them for riding. I still wear glasses the rest of the time. I have the same occasional issues you do. On two occasions a contact actually popped out. But I still far prefer riding with the contacts than glasses.
First, with glasses, the way the padding in your helmet is shaped will partly dictate where the glasses will sit. Some helmets I've tried on would just not work with them. They would sit to far off where I need them, or be too uncomfortable. With mine, it holds them just slightly forward, so the they don't rest on my nose.
They will move, and my biggest complaint was I was sick of them sliding forward away from my eyes. I was constantly coming into hot pit just so I could adjust them. And it seemed to be worse when I was really sweaty. Sometimes I couldn't even go a lap without struggling to actually see properly through them.
They don't cover my entire field of vision. Sometimes I wanted to look across the frame and have to tilt my head more to try and look through the lens. Or even worse, they started sliding off a bit and I'm forced look completely over the lens and deal with my horrible vision.
So in my experience, glasses suck and I never want to ride with them on track again. Although my vision is actually better with glasses. My astigmatism is not severe enough for contacts to be able to correct for it. But I only really notice it if I'm driving in the dark or in the evening. I don't notice a difference in the daytime.