See 20/20 with the Top 7 Sunglasses for Mountain Biking of 2020

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 mountain bike sunglasses that function perfectly will make your ride more enjoyable and safer. We've got our top 7 picks for 2020 here, and you can also scroll further to check out our 2019 list.

Contents

1. What to look for in Mountain Bike Sunglasses
2. Top 7 Mountain Bike Sunglasses of 2020
3. The Best Mountain Bike Sunglasses of 2019


What to look for in Mountain Bike Sunglasses

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 of mountain biking sunglasses. If you need help deciding, SportRx can guide you!

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 won't have clear vision 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 MTB sunglasses, you can always check out our Mountain Bike Sunglasses Buyer's Guide.

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Top 7 Mountain Bike Sunglasses of 2020

1. Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL mountain biking sunglasses Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Polished Black with PRIZM Trail Lenses

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No surprises here—the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is always one of our favorite sports frames, and you can wear them for MTB as well. 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.


2. SMITH Caravan MAG

SMITH Caravan Mag mountain biking sunglasses SMITH Caravan MAG in Matte Tortoise with ChromaPop Polarized Brown Lenses

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The SMITH Caravan MAG is a lifestyle frame with sport capability. Thanks to SMITH's MAG technology, you can swap between ChromaPop lenses with ease and be able to handle any type of light condition. The Caravan MAG also has a flatter lens, making it a great option for those with higher prescriptions.


3. 100% S2

100% S2 mountain biking sunglasses 100% S2 in Soft Tact Off White with HiPER Red Mirror Lens

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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 shield lens to keep you cool and prevent fogging. 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.

Note: This frame is not Rx-able.


4. SMITH Tempo

Smith Tempo mountain biking sunglasses SMITH Tempo in Matte Black with ChromaPop Lenses

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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!

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


5. Rudy Project Spinair 58

Rudy Project Spinair 58 mountain biking sunglasses Rudy Project Spinair 58 in Carbonium with Polarized 3FX HDR Multilaser Red Lenses

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A newcomer this year, the Rudy Project Spinair 58 is a semi-rimless sunglass with fully adjustable nose pads and temple tips. Despite having a flatter lens shape, the Spinair 58 is able to easily make the transition to lifestyle sunglasses. It also has interchangeable lenses! Take on any trail with the Rudy Project Spinair 58.


6. Oakley Field Jacket

Oakley Field Jacket mountain biking sunglasses Oakley Field Jacket in Sapphire with PRIZM Trail Torch Lenses

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The Oakley Field Jacket features a curved brow and full wrap to max out your coverage. It also has Oakley's Advancer nose bridge to control airflow and prevent fogging by tilting the sunglasses away from your face. Get these with PRIZM Trail or Trail Torch to see your best even on the most intense rides.


7. Tifosi Synapse

Tifosi Synapse Mountain biking sunglasses Tifosi Synapse in Race Red with Clarion Red Lenses

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Last but not least on our list is the Tifosi Synapse, one of the best-valued frames 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.

That's it for the 2020 list, but you can keep scrolling for our 2019 list if you want to see even more cool options.

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The Best Mountain Bike Sunglasses of 2019

Watch Sunglass Rob and pro mountain biker Stephane Roch review the Best MTB Sunglasses of 2019, and follow along to learn more.


Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

flak 2.0 xl prizm trail 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

Oakley Radar EV Path mountain biking sunglasses Oakley Radar EV Path in Vampirella with PRIZM Trail Torch Lens

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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 mountain biking sunglasses Oakley Targetline in Matte Black with PRIZM Dark Golf Lenses

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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 Cycling sunglasses 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 mountain biking sunglasses 100% Speedcraft in Polished Black/Fluorescent Yellow with Purple Multilayer Mirror 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 mountain biking sunglasses 100% Speedcoupe in Soft Tact Cool Grey 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

SMITH Tempo Max mountain biking sunglasses SMITH Tempo Max in Matte Gravy with ChromaPop Polarized Bronze Mirror + ChromaPop Contrast Rose Lenses

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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

SMITH Attack Max

SMITH Attack Max mountain biking sunglasses SMITH Attack Max in Mike Giant with ChromaPop Red Mirror + ChromaPop Contrast Rose Lenses

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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 mountain biking sunglasses Nike Rabid 2 in Matte Black and Grey with Infrared Lenses

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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

Rudy Project Rydon mountain biking sunglasses Rudy Project Rydon in Carbonium with ImpactX Photochromic 2 Laser Red Lenses

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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 Mountain biking sunglasses Tifosi Synapse in Gloss Black with High Speed Red Fototec Lenses

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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

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