The Top 5 Steampunk Aviator Goggles

The Top 5 Steampunk Aviator Goggles

By Steampunk Origins | Updated Oct 11, 2019

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Ordinary steampunk goggles are commonly deep and circular, with a brass-colored housing and tinted lenses. Aviator goggles favored by steampunkers on the other hand are larger and less circular. The shape is similar to motocross goggles, and a decent pair can always be modified to fit your steampunk costume.

Steampunk Aviator Goggles Quick Review

Product Best For Our Rating
1. Steampunk Goggles by Tragicomic Beginner Cosplayers
2. Motorcycle Aviator Goggles by Bertoni Strenuous Use
3. Vintage Aviator Goggles by League&Co Aviator Gear
4. Copper Aviator Goggles by CRG Sports Cosplaying
5. Vintage Aviator Goggles by CRG Sports Dusty Festivals

Top Choice: Steampunk Goggles by Tragicomic

The goggles come with a handmade aviator hat included, which is ideal if you’re constructing your first steampunk costume.

1. Steampunk Goggles by Tragicomic
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Beginner Cosplayers

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2. Motorcycle Aviator Goggles by Bertoni
Best For

Strenuous Use

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3. Vintage Aviator Goggles by League&Co
Best For

Aviator Gear

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4. Copper Aviator Goggles by CRG Sports
Best For

Cosplaying

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5. Vintage Aviator Goggles by CRG Sports
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Dusty Festivals

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The Gentlemen's Guide to Choosing Steampunk Aviator Goggles

Steampunk aviator goggles can be used effectively on their own or when combined with a hat. Wearing aviator goggles with no hats or helmets creates a Mad Max, post-apocalyptic vibe, whilst combining them with headwear is better for traditional steampunk or airship captain costumes.

What to Look for in Aviator Goggles

Your steampunk goggles should be, first and foremost, high visibility in outdoor environments. You should then be keeping an eye out for comfortable goggles with adjustable sizes. Traditional aviator goggles are ideal, especially vintage pairs pre-1945, as these are likely to be made from real leather, which every steampunk enthusiast will go crazy for.

If you’re planning to use your goggles for infrequent festival use then you might want to go for a pair of cheaper, easily replaceable goggles, whereas the serious steampunker will want some heavier, more durable goggles that are sure to come with a heavier price tag.

Make sure you keep an eye out for these main criteria:

Authenticity

I think we’d all be pretty embarrassed if someone turned up to a steampunk convention in brown swimming goggles. Focus on traditional aviator goggles made from leather. But by all means, don’t let this limit your creativity. Any aviator shape goggles could make a great set of eyewear for an airship captain costume.

Visibility

If the lenses are so dark that they become almost opaque, then this can have serious safety concerns, not to mention risking missing seeing some spectacular sights. Make sure you try on your goggles before purchasing, and be careful of wearing them in low-light conditions. If you’re buying your goggles online, make sure you read reviews that highlight visibility.

Comfort

This one is a bit of a no-brainer but I have to mention it. Make sure you get goggles with an adjustable strap and some kind of comfortable rubber lining. The last thing you want is hard plastic digging into your face for an extended period of time.

Detail

True steampunk style needs a few decorative additions to be complete. Look for goggles that include magnifying lenses, brass and copper cogs and gears, chrome plating and extra metalwork.

Steampunk Aviator Goggles Review

1. Steampunk Goggles by Tragicomic

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The goggles come with a handmade aviator hat included, which is ideal if you’re constructing your first steampunk costume.

Handmade with an excellent attention to detail, these steampunk goggles are perfectly circular and dominate the face, obscuring your identity and creating your steampunk persona. The lenses are heavily tinted which may obstruct your vision, so best avoided if operating any heavy machines or flying airships.

The goggles come with a handmade aviator hat included, which is ideal if you’re constructing your first steampunk costume. Many of you will already have your costume designed and in mind, so this may be slightly gratuitous.

  • Hand-made to order
  • Beautiful colors
  • Aviator hat included
  • Expensive

2. Vintage Aviator Goggles by CRG Sports

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Simple and elegant aviator goggles, comfortable and thanks to the wide variety of color choices, easily customized to your specific costume.

Simple and elegant aviator goggles by CRG Sports, these goggles are comfortable and thanks to the wide variety of color choices, easily customized to your specific costume. I’d personally recommend the brown padding and silver lenses, or the brown padding and yellow tint lenses.

The frame is made from ABS plastic, making it durable enough to be used for motorcycle riding, which should put it well above steampunk requirements for strength and safety.

One size is all you need, and the brown strap is easily altered. Due to the cushioned padding, these goggles effectively block wind and dust, making these ideal for dustier, desert-based festivals (did someone say Burning Man?) as well as outdoor cosplaying.

  • Many color options
  • One size fits all
  • ABS plastic frame
  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Prone to fog

3. Copper Aviator Goggles by CRG Sports

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Aesthetically some of the best steampunk aviator goggles on the market, featuring PC smoke color, scratch resistant, 100% UV protection lenses.

The second pair of steampunk aviator goggles we’ve seen by CRG Sports, and they look perfect. The copper finish is ideal and the strap is excellent. Unfortunately, the strap displays the brand name in bold white lettering, which slightly detracts from the steampunk aesthetic. Still, the strap can always be replaced, or cleverly hidden underneath your top hat.

The sponge padding feels undeniably weaker than the vintage aviator goggles we looked at earlier, but the lenses and frames are of decent quality. Aesthetically, I rate these as some of the best steampunk aviator goggles on the market, but they are no way the most durable.

  • Copper painted ABS plastic frame
  • Scratch-resistant lenses
  • Weak sponge padding
  • Brand name on elastic

4. Vintage Aviator Goggles by League&Co

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The strap can be extended over most motorcycle helmets, top hats and any other head-wear that you incorporate into your steampunk costume.

Similar to the steampunk aviator goggles by CRG Sports, these goggles feature amber shatterproof lenses with a copper-painted ABS plastic frame. The strap is fully adjustable and the foam padding comfortable.

The strap can be extended over most motorcycle helmets, top hats and any other head-wear that you incorporate into your steampunk costume. Unfortunately the lenses are not UV-rated and so even though they are slightly tinted, they won’t protect you from the sun’s UV rays.

  • Adjustable Strap to accommodate any helmet
  • High Quality Plastic Lens
  • Great value for money
  • Not all that sturdy

5. Motorcycle Aviator Goggles by Bertoni

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These steampunk goggles manufactured by Bertoni are developed with serious motorcycle riding in mind, making them extremely durable.

These steampunk goggles manufactured by Bertoni are developed with serious motorcycle riding in mind, making them extremely durable.

The cushioning is made from real brown leather, whilst the frame is a nickel-free stainless steel. The strap is embellished with silk and fits all sizes of head-wear. The lenses are clear anti-crash polycarbonate with 100% UV-protection. So even though they’re clear, they’ll make outdoor wear easy on your eyes.

Sealed air vents reduce fogging whilst ensuring that no dust will seep into your eyes whilst your out partying at your favorite festivals.

  • Stainless steel frame
  • Real leather
  • UV-resistant and anti-crash lenses
  • Anti-fog air vents
  • More expensive
  • Not vegetarian friendly

So Which Goggles Came Out On Top?

After reviewing the options available, we had to go with the Motorcycle Aviator Goggles by Bertoni. The durability and design is unmatched, and although they are significantly more expensive than other steampunk aviator goggles, you can rest assured that they’ll last two to three times longer than any other pair you buy. In other words, the increase in quality massively outweighs the increase in price.

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