Which MTB Sunglasses are the Best in 2018?

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 sunglasses that function perfectly will make your ride more enjoyable and safer. 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! Watch Sunglass Rob and Richie Schley, 3-time MTB Hall of Famer, review the Best MTB Sunglasses 2018.

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.

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.

Oakley Mountain Bike Sunglasses

Oakley has established themselves as a sunglass company which is always at the forefront of design and technology. O-Matter frames, Plutonite lenses, Unobtanium grip, and PRIZM Lens Technology set Oakley apart from the rest of the pack. The Oakley sunglasses in this guide will make a great addition to your gear for your next mountain bike adventure.

Oakley Crossrange XL

crossrange xl prizm trail Oakley Crossrange XL in Carbon with PRIZM Trail

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Don't be fooled by the casual aesthetic of the Oakley Crossrange XL. This frame is all about cross-functionality. Unobtanium nosepads and temple arms give the frame enough grip for you to use it for any sport. And if you want to go for more of a casual look, you can always swap out the sporty temples with the additional casual temples that it comes with. If you are going to be using your Crossrange XLs for mountain biking, PRIZM Trail lenses are highly recommended for a more entertaining and safer ride. The increased contrast that these lenses provide is visually stunning and allows you to pick up on the roots and rocks on the trail quicker so you can react faster.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 57mm
  • Lens Height: 42mm
  • Nosebridge: 17mm
  • Temple Length: 137mm
  • Frame Width: 133mm

 

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

 

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

 

Julbo Mountain Bike Sunglasses

A popular brand with the French, Julbo make sunglasses that use top-of-the-line technology to help you tackle and conquer the harshest terrain. When mountain biking, our custom prescription Julbo eyewear provides optimal protection and comfort for every challenge. Here is our picks from Julbo; the Renegade & the Aerospeed.

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

 

Julbo Aerospeed

Julbo Aerospeed Julbo Aerospeed in Translucent Blue/Grey with Spectron 3CF Lenses

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If lightweight is the name of your game, the Julbo Aerospeed won't disappoint! This frame has an extensive viewing area with little to no frame obstruction. It is extremely lightweight and has full venting to prevent fogging. The Aerospeed also features an adjustable nosepad for a customized fit.

Frame Measurements:

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

 

Bollé Mountain Bike Sunglasses

Bollé eyewear helps to enhance many aspects of an athlete's performance. Bollé offers the best eye protection in any given environment. The B-Rock sunglasses have a full rim to offer maximum protection and better coverage so you can face the elements head on. These sports sunglasses are extremely comfortable with a brow bar inside the frame that provides a wide field of view to ensure perfect vision.

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

 

RōKA Mountain Bike Sunglasses

RōKA, a new-ish brand from Austin, Texas, make their sunglasses with high performance technology that is designed for athletes, but also have a classic everyday look. Our top mountain biking sunglasses are the RōKA Torino and the RōKA CP-1. The Cp-1 showcased in the video is a sample model so be on the lookout for it to drop.

Torino

roka torino ROKA Torino in Sky Blue/Orange with Dark Arctic Mirror

The Torino is a frame that you can wear on and off your bike. The look is casual enough for meeting up with friends but the functionality will have you covered on the trail. Hydrophilic GEKO grip technology on the nosepad and temples give the frames enough traction to stay in place all-day long. Get the ROKA Torino if you want to make a statement on and off your bike.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 59mm
  • Lens Height: 51mm
  • Nosebridge: 14mm
  • Temple Length: 129mm

 

SMITH Mountain Bike Sunglasses

SMITH performance eyewear is built to take on any trail. Our picks, SMITH Tempo, SMITH Attack, and SMITH Attack Max, all feature ChromaPop lens technology that will help you see clearly when performing at your best.

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

 

Smith Attack

SMITH Attack Sunglasses SMITH Attack in Matte Black with ChromaPop Platinum Lens

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The major frame features of the Smith Attack is full coverage and unimpeded views. As a rimless option, the Attack is so lightweight that you may forget you are even wearing sunglasses. If weather conditions take a turn when you are out riding, Smith MAG interchangeable technology allows you to swap lenses on-the-go. Speaking of lenses, these frames come with two sets of interchangeable lenses. One is a lighter tint for low light conditions and the other is a bit darker fro bright and sunny environments. If you want even more coverage, there is an extended lens version of this frame below.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 130mm
  • Lens Height: 47mm
  • Temple Length: 120mm

 

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

 

POC Mountain Bike Sunglasses

This renown brand is committed to providing exceptional safety and eyewear equipment for those who live life on the mountain. Inspired by input and feedback from Olympic athletes, POC delivers nothing but the best. The POC Do Flow sunglasses are a great choice for sports sunglasses due to its wrap around frame design and performance features.

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!

100% Mountain Bike Sunglasses

Today, the passionate people behind 100% MTB sunglasses are on a mission to inspire the new generation, challenging them to keep it 100% by always giving it their all. The 100% S2’s laser-etched edging provides the look of a full frame in a rimless cylindrical shield, for 360º visibility and comfort.

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

 

Tifosi Mountain Bike Sunglasses

For over 10 years, Tifosi Optics excelled as an industry leader of sports sunglasses. Tifosi is an eyewear brand that speaks for quality, style, function, and value. These sunglasses are technologically designed to meet the performance demands of the hardcore athlete, and to put them in the hands of consumers at a value price.

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

 

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

 

RYDERS Mountain Bike Sunglasses

Lastly, from their revolutionary antiFOG lenses to their most casual-looking glasses, RYDERS mission is to enhance your outdoor experiences with innovations that redefine the capabilities of sports eyewear. RYDERS Seventh performs better than many frames out there because of its fully-adjustable, hydrophilic nose pads and temple tips.

Ryders Seventh

RYDERS Seventh RYDERS Seventh in Black/Grey with Grey Lenses

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The Ryders Seventh bridges the gap between depth perception and polarization. This lens is semi-polarized so you get the benefit of glare reduction but do not lose your depth perception. The adjustable nosepads and temple tips are moldable to fit your specific facial features. If you are ready to try something new, we highly recommend the Ryders Seventh.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 63mm
  • Lens Height: 41mm
  • Nosebridge: 20mm
  • Temple Length: 120mm
  • Frame Width: 132mm

 

Nike Mountain Bike Sunglasses

Innovative Nike products are recognized around the globe for their excellence in athletic appeal. They've been around for over fifty years, and during that time have made their way to the absolute pinnacle position in sportswear. The Nike Bandit is essentially the same as the Nike Fleet, except the Nike Fleet is a smaller model.

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

 

Nike Fleet

Nike Fleet Nike Fleet in Matte Anthracite with Dark Grey Lenses

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The Nike Fleet boasts the same great features of the Bandit and is 20% smaller because not everyone has a 'Sunglass Rob' size head out there. These are also great for individuals with higher strength prescriptions.

Frame Measurements:

  • Lens Width: 55mm
  • Lens Height: 42mm
  • Nosebridge: 16mm
  • Temple Length: 135mm
  • Frame Width: 132mm

 

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.