Melon Diablo goggles
Customisation comes as standard on Melon Optics’ goggles. For what is a competitive price compared to many options out there, you can mix and match frame, strap and outrigger colours with whatever lens you want to create your own unique pair. I’ve gone for a subdued matt-black paint-splatter effect here, but there are plenty of jazzier choices.
The Diablos have a deeply concave profile and, with wide outriggers holding the strap, they sit really snuggly on your face in a full-face helmet.
There’s a velvety-soft surface to the padding for that extra bit of skin-caressing comfort. The wide, tall lens equates to an excellent field of vision, and there’s a choice of seven lens tints, including clear, to help you see well in any condition.
I tested the ‘silver chrome’ option, which reduced the sun’s glare without hampering my ability to see in the woods, although it didn’t seem to enhance definition much.
All the lenses are scratch- and UV-proof, but they aren’t impact-resistant like the top-of-the-range offerings from Oakley and 100% – at this price, that’s understandable though.
The strap detaches easily from the frame for cleaning, which also means you can easily change up the design if you get bored with it. It’s secured via two quick-release clips which, while I didn’t have any issues with them, do feel a bit on the flimsy side.