Having the right gear out on the trail gives you the confidence to push your limits. When it comes to sunglasses, don’t compromise. Whether you’re looking for contrast-enhancing lens technology, a comfortable fit, or ample protection, mountain biking sunglasses that function perfectly make your ride more enjoyable and safer. And we’ve got you covered! Check out our list of the top men’s mountain biking sunglasses of 2020.

Top Men’s Mountain Biking Sunglasses

A. What to Look for in Mountain Biking Sunglasses
1. Lens Contrast
2. Fit and Coverage
3. Comfort
B. Top Men’s Mountain Biking Sunglasses of 2020
1. Smith Pathway
2. Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
3. Smith Outlier 2
4. Oakley Sutro
5. Oakley Mainlink
6. Rudy Project Rydon
7. Julbo Renegade
C. The Best Mountain Biking Sunglasses of 2019

What to Look for in Mountain Biking Sunglasses

With so many options at your fingertips, it’s hard to narrow down which sunglasses will be your perfect match. Find out which mountain biking-specific features to look for below, or head to our Mountain Bike Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide for even more details.

Lens Contrast

The most important aspect of a solid mountain biking sunglass is a contrast-enhancing lens. Greater contrast helps you spot slight differences and details in the trail, which can be the difference between hitting or avoiding a rock or root, or finding the line around a berm. Lenses that boost contrast give you a big advantage when you’re riding, and keep you safer too.

Fit and Coverage

You’ve got to make sure your sunglasses are the proper size so that you’re always looking through the optical center of the lens. This is vital to avoid headaches or crashes. You also want to look for frames that offer plenty of coverage on the sides of your eyes to keep out sunlight, dust, and other debris.


If you’re going to be wearing your sunglasses all day, and under a helmet no less, they’ve got to be comfortable. Look for mountain biking sunglasses that have nose pads and temple tips. These features not only provide a cushion, but they also work to keep your frames secure no matter how tough your ride.

Top Men’s Mountain Biking Sunglasses of 2020

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Introducing the top men’s mountain biking sunglasses of 2020.

Smith Pathway

The REXY-winning SMITH Pathway is the guide for your next mountain biking adventure. They have ChromaPop lenses that have an anti-reflective and hydroleophobic coating so your vision is always crystal clear. They’re extra lightweight and durable so you won’t even feel them on your face as you ride & if you drop them, they won’t ruin your day.

SMITH Pathway MTB Sunglasses

SMITH Pathway in Matte Black

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Key Smith Pathway Features:

  • ChromaPop lenses – anti-reflective and hydroleophobic coating
  • Evolve Eco-friendly material – lightweight & durable
  • Hydrophilic megol nose pads & temple tips – secure fit

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is always one of our favorite sports frames, so there’s no surprise it made our top men’s mountain biking list. The Unobtanium nose and temple grips will keep these on your face on the rockiest of trails, and you can get these with PRIZM Trail or Trail Torch lenses to max out your contrast and spot every little detail. The Flak 2.0 XL has the same frame dimensions as the standard Flak 2.0 but it features extended lenses that are cut out around your cheeks for more coverage and protection.

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Polished Black with PRIZM Trail Lenses

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Polished Black with PRIZM Trail Lenses

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Key Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Features:

  • Lightweight & durable O Matter frame
  • PRIZM color & contrast-enhancing lenses
  • Wrapped frame for ultimate stability & protection
  • Unobtainium earsocks & nosepads for added comfort

Smith Outlier 2

The new and improved Outlier! Back for another REXY award, the Outlier 2 has more features and an eco-friendly Evolve frame material. Great for everyday adventures or for your dirtiest mountain biking ride.

SMITH Outlier 2 in Matte Charcoal with ChromaPop Polarized Blue Lens

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Key Smith Outlier 2 Features:

  • Eco-friendly Evolve material
  • Megol nose pads for a comfortable grip
  • High-quality structure & durability
  • Prescription ready!

Oakley Sutro

Head down a big mountain in the bold frames of the Oakley Sutro. These high-wrap frames increase your peripheral views while keeping you protected from all the elements you face. There’s a lot these sunglasses can do for your next adventure.

Oakley Sutro S

Oakley Sutro S in Matte Black with a PRIZM Road Lens

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Key Oakley Sutro Features:

  • High-wrap lens shape expands peripheral view
  • PRIZM lens technology – boosts contrast
  • Made of Oakleys O-Matter proprietary lens material
  • Unobtanium saddle bridge – extra grip

Oakley Mainlink

Combining a classic every day and sporty look, the Oakley Mainlink sunglasses are great to take down the mountain right to drinks with your pals. Featuring Oakley Unobtanium grip you won’t have to worry about them bouncing around as you ride. They even have Oakleys Three-Point fit system to ensure extra comfort all day long.

Oakley Mainlink Cycling Sunglasses

Oakley Mainlink in Dark Ink Fade & Chrome Iridium

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Key Oakley Mainlink Features:

  • High wraparound curve
  • Oakley Unobtanium grip
  • Oakley O-Matter frame material
  • Plutonite lenses – highly impact resistant & filter out 100% UVA, UVB, and UVC light and Blue light up to 400nm

Rudy Project Rydon

Incredibly lightweight and durable, the Rudy Project Rydon is the flexible frame for you. Take them up the mountain knowing they’ll be able to take on the ride down. With E-Lock patented anti-slip nosepiece locking system, Rydon isn’t going anywhere you don’t.

Rudy Project Rydon Slim + Rx Dock Cycling Sunglasses

Rudy Project Rydon Slim + Rx Dock in Matte Black

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Key Rudy Project Rydon Features:

  • Adjustable nose piece & temple tips
  • E-lock patented anti-slip nose piece locking system
  • Prescription Ready!

Julbo Renegade

Julbo Renegade is packed with all the features your next mountain bike ride needs. They have a flexible and shock-absorbent grip insert that provides a secure fit. The wraparound design and wide temples provide a better viewing experience as well as more protection. Available in Reactiv photochromic lenses that get darker and lighter to match changing lighting conditions, you can ride in the Renegade any time of the day.

Julbo Renegade Sunglasses

Julbo Renegade in Matte Translucent Black & Grey Spectron 3CF

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Key Julbo Renegade Features:

    • Shock-absorbing grip insert
    • Available with Reactiv photochromic lenses
    • Spectron lenses – lightweight and impact-resistant
    • Prescription Ready!

The Best Mountain Biking Sunglasses of 2019

Watch Sunglass Rob and pro mountain biker Stephane Roch review the Best MTB Sunglasses of 2019, and check out the frames below.

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Matte Black with PRIZM Trail Lenses

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Matte Black with PRIZM Trail Lenses

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With a semi-rimless lens and total sport capabilities, the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL easily makes our list as one of the top picks for mountain biking. The lightweight and durable O-Matter frame make the Flak 2.0 XL comfortable enough to be worn all day long. For the ultimate contrast experience, get your Oakley Flak 2.0 XL with PRIZM Trail or Trail Torch lenses. And if you need them in prescription, we can do that too! Contact one of our certified sport opticians if you have any questions!

Frame Measurements:

      • Lens Width: 59mm
      • Lens Height: 37mm
      • Nosebridge: 16mm
      • Temple Length: 125mm
      • Frame Width: 130mm

Oakley Radar EV Path

Radar EV Path Vampirella PRIZM Trail Torch

Oakley Radar EV Path in Vampirella with PRIZM Trail Torch Lenses

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The EV in the name stands for “extended view,” which is exactly what you get with the Oakley Radar EV Path. By raising the brow line, these classic cycling sunglasses stay out of your field of vision, plus the semi-rimless design and improved ventilation system keep them from fogging up even on the most intense rides. Can’t decide whether you love these more in PRIZM Trail or Trail Torch? Get them both thanks to interchangeable lens technology!

Frame Measurements:

      • Lens Width: 138mm
      • Lens Height: 50.5mm
      • Temple Length: 128mm
      • Frame Width: 140mm

Oakley Targetline

Oakley Targetline with Dark Golf

Oakley Targetline in Matte Black with PRIZM Dark Golf

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The Oakley Targetline is versatile enough to be worn both as a serious sport and casually. Though not currently available with the same Trail lenses as the Flak 2.0 XL and Radar EV Path, the Dark Golf color makes a strong case for mountain biking due to its high contrast and ability to handle anything from deep shadows to bright light. These also have the same great Oakley perks as the best sports frames, like a lightweight and durable O-Matter frame and integrated side shields. Tapering temples and angled brows also make these great under a bike helmet. Watch our first look of the Targetline!

Frame Measurements:

      • Lens Width: 57mm
      • Lens Height: 43mm
      • Nosebridge: 16mm
      • Temple Length: 135mm
      • Frame Width: 135mm

100% S3

100% S3 in Soft Tact Black with Soft Gold Lens

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An updated version of the S2, the S3 takes it up another notch by combining the best of the S2 and the Speedcraft. It’s lightweight despite its large size and the slightly taller shield rests comfortably over your face. Hydrophobic and oleophobic lens coatings also ensure you won’t lose time wiping sweat out of your eyes. With the choices of an Ultra HD, HiPER, or photochromic lens, you’ll get the most coverage, the most options, and the most contrast with the S3.

Frame Measurements

      • Lens Width: 144mm
      • Lens Height: 60mm
      • Temple Length: 132mm
      • Frame Width: 148mm

Note: This frame is not Rx-able.

100% Speedcraft

100 Speedcraft in Soft Tact Midnight Mauve with Purple Lens

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Though the Speedcraft is a known favorite of world champion cyclist Peter Sagan, it’s great for mountain biking too. The classic 100% cylindrical lens makes for a wider view in the riding position. Ultra-grip rubber on the temple tips and nose pads provide comfort on longer rides, and air scoops built into the lower lens reduce moisture and keep your face cool. Plus, if Peter Sagan wears it, you know it’s built for performance.

Frame Measurements

      • Lens Width: 145mm
      • Lens Height: 53mm
      • Nosebridge: 24mm
      • Temple Length: 118mm
      • Frame Width: 154mm

Note: This frame is not Rx-able.

100% Speedcoupe

100% Speedcoupe

100% Speedcoupe in Soft Tact Black with Green Multilayer Mirror Lenses

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Last of our 100% picks is the Speedcoupe, mountain biking sunglasses designed to elevate your performance to its maximum potential. These shades have a semi-rimless design and temple grips to ensure they stay in place even during your most intense rides. There are also integrated air scoops to prevent fogging and increase airflow to your face. These mountain biking sunglasses will truly let you unlock 100% of your potential. Need replacement lenses? Check them out here.

Frame Measurements:

      • Lens Width: 58mm
      • Lens Height: 42mm
      • Nosebridge: 18mm
      • Temple Length: 121mm
      • Frame Width: 141mm

SMITH Tempo Max

tempo max

Smith Tempo Max in Matte Tortoise with Chromapop Polarized Brown

The SMITH Tempo Max is easily Rx-able. Anti-slip megol nosepads and temples make for a comfortable fit and ensure the frame will stay optically aligned. The semi-rimless frame design give you an unobstructed downward view, and you can get these with ChromaPop lenses for ultimate contrast. More pop, less stop!

Frame Measurements:

      • Lens Width: 62mm
      • Lens Height: 42mm
      • Nosebridge: 15mm
      • Temple Length: 135mm
      • Frame Width: 134mm

Note: This product has been discontinued

SMITH Attack Max

SMITH Attack Max in Matte White with ChromaPop Red + ChromaPop Contrast Rose Lens

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The SMITH Attack Max features all of the same features as the standard Attack but has a taller lens. This frame is a great choice if you are somebody who is not satisfied with the coverage and protection that the other frames provide. You still get that super-lightweight feel of the Attack, now with more lens.

Frame Measurements:

      • Lens Width: 130mm
      • Lens Height: 54mm
      • Nosebridge: 17mm
      • Temple Length: 120mm
      • Frame Width: 138mm

Note: This frame is not Rx-able, and is out of stock as of August 2019.

Nike Rabid 2


Nike Rabid 2 in Matte Black Grey

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The Nike Rabid 2 is a more inexpensive frame with the same great features. Though these lack rubber grips, the matte colorway keeps these on your face regardless even on the rockiest of rides. They’re lightweight too, so if you’re looking for a simple, classic pair of MTB sunglasses, look no further than the Rabid 2.

Frame Measurements

      • Lens Width: 64mm
      • Lens Height: 37.6mm
      • Nosebridge: 15mm
      • Temple Length: 135mm

Rudy Project Rydon

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The Rudy Project Rydon has it all—lightweight, flexible, durable, and interchangeable lens technology. Get one pair of sunglasses to accompany you on all your rides, and minimize the clutter by only carrying one set of lenses at a time! ImpactX lenses are photochromic and guaranteed unbreakable for life—they minimize injury even if you take a nasty spill. Bike your fastest and stay safe with the Rudy Project Rydon.

Frame Measurements:

      • Lens Width: 72mm
      • Lens Height: 39mm
      • Nosebridge: 18mm
      • Temple Length: 130mm
      • Frame Width: 135mm

Tifosi Synapse

Tifosi Synapse Golf Sunglasses

Tifosi Synapse in Matte Black with Smoke Lens

Rounding off our list is the Tifosi Synapse, one of the best-valued frames on this list because of all the features you get without breaking the bank. Almost seems too good to be true? It’s not! The TR-90 frame construction makes these sunglasses highly durable and extremely lightweight. If you are using them in extreme situations, the hydrophilic rubber on the temples and nose pads will hold them snug against your face. Adjustable nose pads and temples accommodate a wide range of head shapes and facial features, so you know these will fit you.

Frame Measurements:

      • Lens Width: 64mm
      • Lens Height: 37mm
      • Temple Length: 118mm
      • Frame Width: 119mm

Note: This product is discontinued.

Prescription Mountain Biking Sunglasses at SportRx

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