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 you're looking for contrast-enhancing lens technology, frame structure, or colorway. Having a pair of mountain bike sunglasses that functions 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 and 2019.

Contents

1. What to look for in Mountain Bike Sunglasses
2. The Best Mountain Bike Sunglasses of 2019
Oakley
Julbo
Bolle
ROKA
Smith
POC
100%
Tifosi
Nike

All of the sunglasses listed above are covered in our 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 while 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 allows you to see better and react quicker to your surroundings, which makes a huge difference. A high-contrast lens makes picking up on the details of the trail easier—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 to decrease frame obstruction. Other models have more of a wraparound feature that increases peripheral view.

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.

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The Best Mountain Bike Sunglasses of 2019

Oakley Crossrange XL

jawbreaker PRIZM Trail Oakley Crossrange XL in Crystal Pop with PRIZM Ruby

Shop Oakley Crossrange XL

The Oakley Crossrange is great for both casual wear and cycling. In the XL size, this frame blocks out even more wind than the regular size while still giving you that casual look. You'll also get the same Oakley perks as the more sporty frames, such as PRIZM lenses that let you see well regardless of light conditions. These are also very Rx-friendly, if you're looking for sunglasses that can support a high prescription. For those who prefer a less sporty-looking pair of sunglasses for mountain biking, consider checking out the Oakley Crossrange XL.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 58mm
  • Lens Height: 46.7mm
  • Nosebridge: 17mm
  • Temple Length: 137mm
  • Frame Width: 135mm

Oakley Jawbreaker

jawbreaker PRIZM Trail Oakley Jawbreaker in Carbon Fiber with PRIZM Trail

Shop Oakley Jawbreaker

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 fogging, while 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 highly impact-resistant.

Frame Measurements:

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

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

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

Shop Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

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. 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
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Julbo Renegade

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

Shop Julbo Renegade

If you are looking for a photochromic lens, the Julbo Renegade is a great option—the lenses change to a darker tint as they are exposed to UV rays. The Renegade has a casual look but enough wrap 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 won't stick to your hair. The lenses of the Renegade are composed of shatter-resistant Spectron polycarbonate, so if you do take a spill you won't 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

Julbo Aerospeed

Bolle B-Rock Julbo Aerospeed in Black/Red/Red with Reactiv Zebra Light Lenses

Shop Julbo Aerospeed

The Julbo Aerospeed is an ultra-lightweight sunglass built for athletes seeking peak performance. Its large coverage provides both a panoramic field of vision and less wind in your face, perfect for those striving to reach a new top speed. And if you're a fan of long, intense rides through all types of trails, the giant photochromic REACTIV lens changes tints according to the lighting conditions while also being vented to prevent fogging. These frames also have adjustable nose pads and an Air Link temple system to ensure the most comfortable fit.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 146mm
  • Lens Height: 52mm
  • Nosebridge: 14mm
  • Temple Length: 137mm
  • Frame Width: 129mm

Note: This frame is not Rx-able.

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Bolle B-Rock

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

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

Note: This product is no longer available.

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ROKA Torino

roka-torino ROKA Torino in Root Beer with Ultra Bronze Polarized Lenses

Shop ROKA Torino

Another pair of sunglasses that can be worn both on and off the trails, the ROKA Torino wins the style category while also being highly functional. ROKA's GEKO technology on the nose and temple pads is hydrophilic, chemical-resistant, and can handle traction from any angle with comfort. In short, no matter how much you're bouncing around on those trails, these frames will stay on. These sunglasses are also incredibly lightweight, perfect for long rides where you'll forget you're even wearing shades. But the benefits don't stop at the frame—the lenses are ROKA's C3 tech, carefully coated and custom-built to provide the best optics possible.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 54mm
  • Lens Height: 44mm
  • Nosebridge: 19mm
  • Temple Length: 139mm
  • Frame Width: 139mm
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Smith Tempo

 

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

Shop SMITH Tempo

The Smith Tempo is a shoo-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

Smith Attack Max

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

Shop SMITH Attack Max

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, but 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.

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POC Do Flow

 

 

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

 

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!

Note: This product is out of stock as of May 2019.

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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 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 also get the S2 with Hiper lens technology for maximum contrast on the trails. This frame comes with a spare clear lens and an alternative nose piece to let you customize your fit.

Frame Measurements:

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

Note: This frame is not Rx-able.

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Tifosi Davos

Tifosi Davos Tifosi Davos in Crystal Blue with Clarion Blue Lenses

Shop Tifosi Davos

The Tifosi Davos features bold styling with sport functionality. You get the support and resilience of a full frame but with a shield lens for an even more expansive view. The lens has air vents in the top and bottom to mitigate fog buildup, while 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

Note: This frame is not Rx-able.


Tifosi Camrock

Tifosi Camrock Tifosi Camrock in Gloss Black with Smoke Lenses

Shop Tifosi Camrock

The Tifosi Camrock is a great value for what you get. Adjustable ear and nose pieces give you an extra custom fit, and 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

Shop Nike Bandit

Nike rounds out our list of the best mountain biking sunglasses of 2018. The Nike Bandit is a versatile frame suitable for either mountain biking or a day at the park. The Nike Bandit has a full frame with built-in vents to combat fogging, plus a flatter frame great for higher-strength prescription wearers. If you are looking for a smaller version of the frame, check out the Nike Fleet!

Frame Measurements:

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

Need prescription mountain biking sunglasses? Done. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tooltips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, Contact Us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians who can help you build your prescription mountain biking sunglasses.

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