See More with the Best Sunglasses for Mountain Biking of 2019

Having the right gear out on the trail can give you the confidence to push your limits. When it comes to eyewear, no compromises should be made. Whether it is the contrast enhancing lens technology, frame structure, or colorway. Having a pair of mountain bike sunglasses that function perfectly will make your ride more enjoyable and safer. Watch Sunglass Rob and Richie Schley, 3-time MTB Hall of Famer, review the Best MTB Sunglasses 2018.

Contents

1. What to look for in Mountain Bike Sunglasses
2. The Best Mountain Bike Sunglasses of 2019
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
Oakley Jawbreaker
Julbo Renegade
Bolle B-Rock
Smith Tempo
Smith Attack Max
POC Do Flow
100% S2
Tifosi Davos
Tifosi Camrock
Nike Bandit

All of the sunglasses listed above are covered int he video below. We also have additional information for each frame on the blog that follows.

 

With so many options to choose from, it goes without saying that it can be hard to narrow down your options when searching for the perfect pair. If you need help deciding, SportRx can guide you!

What to look for in Mountain Bike Sunglasses

Lens Contrast: For mountain biking, the most important characteristic of a lens is contrast. Greater contrast on the trails will allow you to see better and react quicker to your surroundings. A high-contrast lens makes picking up on the details of the trail easier and this can make a huge difference. Avoiding a rock, finding the line around a berm, or spotting a subtle root will make you a better and safer rider.

Fit and Coverage: Having proper fit and coverage is mandatory. A great fitting pair of sunglasses will stay optically aligned and be comfortable on your face all-day long. Optical alignment is especially important for prescription wearers because you cannot see out of the lens unless you are looking through the optical center.

Comfort: The comfort of the frames is also important because longer rides mean the glasses will be on your face for an extended period of time and if they aren't comfortable it will take some of the joy out of your ride. Sunglasses designed with a larger lens will give you an enhanced field of view. Many of these designs feature a taller lens for an extended upper viewing area to decrease frame obstruction. Other models have more of a wraparound feature that increases peripheral viewpoints.

If you want to know more about what to look for in a mountain bike sunglass, you can always check out our Mountain Bike Sunglass Buyer's Guide.

The Best Mountain Bike Sunglasses of 2019

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

flak 2.0 xl prizm trail Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Matte Black with PRIZM Trail

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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 out on the trails. 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. For the ultimate contrast experience, get your Oakley Flak 2.0 XL with PRIZM Trail 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 Jawbreaker

jawbreaker PRIZM Trail Oakley Jawbreaker in Carbon Fiber with PRIZM Trail

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A tried and true shield option make the Oakley Jawbreaker one of the best Oakley Mountain bike sunglasses. Vents in the shield allow air to flow through to combat the possibility of any fogging. Unobtanium nosepads and temples keep the frames in place if you break a sweat on your ride. And if you happen to take a fall, the Oakley Plutonite shield and O-Matter frame are is highly impact resistant.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 150mm
  • Lens Height: 50mm
  • Nosebridge: 18mm
  • Temple Length:120mm
  • Frame Width:137mm
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Julbo Renegade

Julbo Renegade Julbo Renegade in Dark Blue/Green with Spectron 3CF Lenses

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If you are looking for a photo-chromatic lens option, the Julbo Renegade is a great option. The lenses will change to a darker tint as they are exposed to UV rays. The Renegade has a casual look but enough wraparound to protect your eyes from the sun and anything else on the trail. The temples feature Grip Tech for a soft and comfortable fit that wont stick to your hair. The lenses of the Renegade are composed of, shatter resistant, Spectron polycarbonate so if you do take a spill you wont compromise your vision. The Julbo Renegade is perfect if you are looking for a casual style with sport functionality.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 61mm
  • Lens Height: 44mm
  • Nosebridge: 17mm
  • Temple Length: 135mm
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Bolle B-Rock

Bolle B-Rock Bollé B-Rock in Matte Smoke with Modulator Brown Emerald Lens

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The Bolle B-Rock has an aggressive look but can be used by riders of all calibers. The wide shield lens offers maximum coverage and protection from anything you will encounter on the trail. The brow bar has padding on the inside so if the frame does make contact with your forehead it won't ruin your day. The adjustable temples and nosepiece make the B-Rock suitable for a variety of head shapes.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 155mm
  • Lens Height: 48mm
  • Nosebridge: 18mm
  • Temple Length: 125mm
  • Frame Width: 135mm
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Smith Tempo

SMITH Tempo SMITH Tempo in Matte Black with ChromaPop Polarized Platinum Lenses

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The Smith Tempo is a shoe-in for our list and as an added bonus, it 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: 41mm
  • Nosebridge: 15mm
  • Temple Length: 135mm
  • Frame Width: 130mm
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Smith Attack Max

smith attack max Smith Pivlock Attack Max in Matte Black with Chromapop Platinum

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The Smith Attack Max features all of the same features as the standard Attack(above) 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 like the attack but with more lens.

Frame Measurements:

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

POC Do Flow POC Do Flow in Uranium Black with Light Pink Lenses

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If Richie Schley wears them for mountain biking, you know they're awesome! The POC Do Flow offers great coverage with a look that doesn't cross the line. This frame is great for rx wearers and we can make you custom prescription lenses!

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100% S2

100% s2 100% S2 in Matte Black with Flash Gold

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A favorite of Peter Sagan. Need we say more? The 100% S2 embodies futuristic frame design with coverage that is comparable to a goggle. The S2 is a semi-rimless frame and has vents in the bottom of the frame to keep you cool. You can get the S2 with Hiper lens technology for maximum contrast on the trails. This frame also comes with a spare(clear) lens and an alternative nose piece to give you the option to customize your fit.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 155mm
  • Lens Height: 52mm
  • Nosebridge: 16mm
  • Temple Length: 130mm
  • Frame Width: 135mm
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Tifosi Davos

Tifosi Davos Tifosi Davos in Crystal Blue with Clarion Blue Lenses

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The Tifosi Davos features bold styling with sport functionality. You get the support and resilience of a full frame but still have a shield lens for an even more expansive view. The lens has air vents in the top and bottom to mitigate fog build up. The Hydrophilic rubber nose and ear pieces guarantee the frames will stay secure on your face long after you start sweating.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width:135mm
  • Lens Height: 43.5mm
  • Frame Width: 121mm
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Tifosi Camrock

Tifosi Camrock Tifosi Camrock in Gloss Black with Smoke Lenses

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The Tifosi Camrock is a great value for what you get. Adjustable ear and nose pieces give you an extra custom fit. Air vents in the lenses allow air to circulate through and prevent fogging. You are also guaranteed a non-slip fit with Hydrophilic nosepads and temple arms. If you are looking for a small to medium frame, The Tifosi Camrock is a great candidate.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 64mm
  • Lens Height: 36mm
  • Nosebridge: 20mm
  • Temple Length: 118mm
  • Frame Width: 133mm
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Nike Bandit

Nike Bandit Nike Bandit in Matte Black with Bright Crimson Lenses

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Nike rounds out our list of the Best Mountain Bike Sunglasses of 2018. The Nike Bandit is a versatile frame that is suitable for mountain biking or a day at the park. The Nike Bandit has a full frame with built in vents to combat fogging. This frame is flatter which makes it great for higher strength prescription wearers. If you are looking for a smaller version of the frame, check out the Nike Fleet below!

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 59mm
  • Lens Height: 45mm
  • Nosebridge: 17mm
  • Temple Length: 145mm
  • Frame Width: 139mm
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Shop Prescription Mountain Sunglasses at SportRx

Now that you know your favorite pair, why not get them in prescription? Specializing in prescription sports eyewear, SportRx provides a wide variety of mountain bike sunglasses and have individual reviews on almost every pair. On top of that, our expert opticians are only a phone call away from getting your hands on the latest mountain bike sunglasses with your prescription. Be confident with your purchase as the See Better Guarantee gives you the freedom to try out a pair and return them if they aren't exactly what you wanted.