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 2021.
Top Men’s Mountain Biking Sunglasses
A. Video Review
B. What to Look for in Mountain Biking Sunglasses
1. Lens Contrast
2. Fit and Coverage
C. Best Men’s Mountain Biking Sunglasses of 2021
1. Rudy Project Spinair 57
2. 100% Blake
3. Oakley Portal
4. SMITH Emerge
5. Nike Brazen Boost
D. The Best Mountain Biking Sunglasses of 2020
Tune in here with Sunglass Rob as he takes you through the best MTB sunglasses for men!
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.
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.
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.
Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Introducing the top men’s mountain biking sunglasses of 2021.
Starting off this year’s list with the Rudy Project Spinair 57 sunglasses. This frame is a classic go-to for mountain biking with its iconic double bridge design and sport capabilities. It’s equipped with rubber nose pads and temple tips for a comfortable ride, all day long. It also features safety hinges for extra security and comfort.
Key Rudy Project Spinair 57 Features:
- Soft rubber nose pads
- Adjustable temple tips
- Safety hinges
- SFW: 134 (Medium fit)
Sleek in style and suited to take you down any rockside, 100% Blake sunglasses are a sure great mountain bike frame. This classic frame is equipped with TPE ultra-grip nose pads and temple tips so you can wear them all day and be as comfortable as possible. Featuring signature HiPER or PEAKPOLAR lens options you can pick exactly how you want to see your adventure ride out.
Key 100% Blake Features:
- Ultra HD lenses – shatterproof & impact-resistant
- Scratch-resistant lens coating
- Hydrophobic & oleophobic lens treatment – repels water, dirt, & oil
- Available with HiPER & PEAKPOLAR lens
- SFW: 135 (Medium/Large fit)
Ramp up your style and elevate your ride in the Oakley Portal sunglasses. This unique frame design enhances your peripheral view with its extended lens build. Portal is equipped with Unobtainium grip on the nose pads and temple tips to maximize security where and when you need it most. So no matter how sweaty you get on your ride, Portal will be right by your side the whole way down the mountain.
Key Oakley Portal Features:
- Utilitarian frame design – unique lens shape for enhancing the peripheral view
- O Matter™ frame material
- Unobtainium™ earsocks & nosepads
- Available with PRIZM™ lens
- SFW: 136 (Medium/Large fit)
Bold and strong, the SMITH Emerge sunglasses will make your ride down the mountain as tough as you are. These frames are designed with bio-based frame material, which makes them lightweight and durable. Equipped with non-slip nose pads and your choice of Carbonic lenses or SMITH’s color-boosting ChromaPop™ polarized lenses, you’re sure to have a good day wearing Emerge frames.
Key SMITH Emerge Features:
- Megol nose pads & temple tips
- Evolve bio-based frame material – lightweight & durable
- ChromaPop™ polarized lenses
- Carbonic polarized lenses – cut glare & impact resistant
- SFW: 138 (Large fit)
Nike knows how much you love to pump up the adrenaline and that’s why the Brazen Boost sunglasses are a sure great fit for your mountain bike rides. These rounded, rectangular-shaped frames are equipped with rubber temple tips for extra security. Featuring Nike Max optics, your visual experience down the mountain will be as wonderful as the nature around you.
Key Rudy Nike Brazen Boost Features:
- Nike Max Optics – precise vision from all angles
- Ultra- flexible & lightweight temple tips
- Soft rubber nose pads & temple tips
- SFW: 138 (Large fit)
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.
- ChromaPop™ lenses – anti-reflective and hydroleophobic coating
- Evolve Eco-friendly material – lightweight & durable
- Hydrophilic megol nose pads & temple tips – secure fit
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.
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
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.
Key SMITH Outlier 2 Features:
- Eco-friendly Evolve material
- Megol nose pads for a comfortable grip
- High-quality structure & durability
- Prescription ready!
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.
Key Oakley Sutro Features:
- High-wrap lens shape expands peripheral view
- PRIZM™ lens technology – boosts contrast
- Made of Oakley’s O Matter™ proprietary lens material
- Unobtainium™ saddle bridge – extra grip
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 Unobtainium™ 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.
Key Oakley Mainlink Features:
- High wraparound curve
- Oakley Unobtainium™ 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
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.
Key Rudy Project Rydon Features:
- Adjustable nose piece & temple tips
- E-lock patented anti-slip nose piece locking system
- Prescription Ready!
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.
Key Julbo Renegade Features:
- Shock-absorbing grip insert
- Available with Reactiv photochromic lenses
- Spectron lenses – lightweight and impact-resistant
- Prescription Ready!
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