The original Sandro Mentasti was a former Captain in the Ariete Tank Division!

On 27th January 1947, he founded Sandro Mentasti Industria Gomma in Varese. Production was initially based on spare parts and rubber accessories for motorcycles and scooters, which were sold as Ariete products.

Some of the most-respected Italian and European motorcycle manufacturers were attracted to the new company, and rapidly became regular customers, remaining so until the present day. This loyalty is largely due to our integrity, punctual delivery, excellent quality and the technically advanced nature of our products. These characteristics encapsulate the company, its policy and its philosophy. Alongside the early rubber-moulding activities, the company also began moulding and extruding thermoplastic materials, including reinforced engineering polymers. Soon, Sandro Mentasti was producing components reinforced with carbon-fibre. These were required to satisfy the needs of international manufacturers active in the aerospace and food processing sectors, as well as our traditional customers in the powered two-wheeler market.


Today, the Ariete Optics Technology Division of Sandro Mentasti Srl manufactures high quality “certified” goggles for the Off-Road motorcycle sector. Riders using our goggles have won numerous world titles and championships in various specialities. In addition, we are suppliers to the Winter Sports sector with goggles made to suit the special needs of Skiers, Boarders and Snowmobile enthusiasts.


The vast experience gathered by our Optics Technology Division has now been applied to the Defence sector!

The result is our new RAM goggles, which showcase all that we have learnt so far. They are made from high-quality materials, and fitted with ballistic lenses and flame-retardant foam, just as you would expect from top-of-the-range Defence goggles.


Ariete RAM goggles are certified, and 100% Made in Italy.

• ANSI/SEA Z87.1 (USA)

• MIL-DTL-43511D (USA)

• STANAG 2920 V50 (V50 = 223 m/s) (NATO)