Cycling sunglasses are essential for eye protection when you are riding, even if it’s not a sunny day. Cycling glasses also protect your eyes from flying debris like mud, branches and flies. Going fast downhill and having a bluebottle fly hit your eye is painful.
There are not many sunglasses dedicated to mountain biking, but most sports sunglasses or branded cycling sunglasses will do the trick. They need to have the following:
- UV protection, ideally polarized
- Be wrap around to fully protect the eye area
- Fit comfortably under a mountain bike helmet
- Be clear enough to see trails when you hit wooded areas with less light
If you are doing aggressive downhill and muddy trails, you might want to opt for mountain bike goggles.
What are the best cycling sunglasses brands?
Note: We do not recommend buying cheap cycling sunglasses. These will be Chinese made and not manufactured to the same safety standards and quality as the cycling sunglasses we highlight below.
What are polarized cycling sunglasses?
These sunglasses have polarized filters which reduce the amount of glare from surface light. See below for our dedicated list of the best polarized cycling glasses for mountain bike riders.
What are wrap-around cycling glasses?
Wrap-around sunglasses have curved lenses and frames which fully protect the entire eye area.
What are Photochromatic cycling sunglasses?
Photochromatic lenses darken as more light hits the lens, then lighten when light intensity drops. See below for our selection of dedicated photochromatic mountain bike sunglasses.
Can you get prescription mountain bike glasses?
Yes, Oakley does prescription lenses called Oakley true digital. Speak to your optician about these lenses, they should be able to order them in.
Can you buy just clear mountain bike glasses?
Yes. Many of the mountain bike glasses we recommend below have interchangeable lenses and come with a clear lens.
Best Wrap Around Mountain Bike Sunglasses (non-polarized)
- 1 Oakley Men’s Jawbreaker OO9290 Shield Sunglasses
- 2 Oakley Men’s Evzero PRIZM Road Sunglasses
- 3 Tifosi Podium Shield Sunglasses
- 4 Tifosi Radius Wrap Sunglasses
- 5 Julbo Ultra Performance Sunglasses
- 6 Northwave Matt Black-Red-Clear Team Cycling Glasses
- 7 Bolle 6th Sense Cycling Sunglasses
- 8 Oakley Men’s Radar OO9211-07 Shield Sunglasses
- 9 Smith Optics PivLock Overdrive Sunglasses
- 10 Tifosi Wisp Wrap Polarized Sunglasses
- 11 Bertoni Sport Photochromic Sunglasses Antifog
- 12 Julbo Venturi Performance Sunglasses (photochromatic)
- 13 Maui Jim Peahi Sunglasses
- 14 Maui Jim Breakwall Sunglasses- Polarized
Oakley Men’s Jawbreaker OO9290 Shield Sunglasses
Oakley is the biggest brand in sports sunglasses. Established in 1975 Oakley is a California based company which has grown from a garage business into a multinational company. Oakley now provides standard issue sunglasses to the US military and police force. Oakley sunglasses are loved by the mountain bike industry due to the quality of manufacturing. They are extensively tested for high impact collisions.
We love these Oakley Jawbreakers due to the thick rims, they are almost like goggles. Offer 100% UV protection.
Oakley Men’s Evzero PRIZM Road Sunglasses
- Case included
- EVZERO PATH is a frame that is built for speed and multi-sport functions. Lightest performance sunglass that has a toric sheild.
The Oakley Evzero’s have large lenses for big eye protection with a minimal look. These also have a very thin arm which fit perfectly under mountain bike helmets. The prizm range is much loved by pro riders.
Oakley Prizm Technolgy for mountain bike sunglasses
Tifosi Podium Shield Sunglasses
- Hydrophilic rubber ear and nose pads increase their grip the more you sweat - no slipping
Tifosi is an Italian sports eyewear manufacturer which specialize in running and cycling sunglasses.
The Tifosi Podium glasses are a great pair of mountain biking sunglasses as they have a fully adjustable nose piece. They also have adjustable eat pads which means you can get just the right fit with your helmet. The pads also stop any slippage when you are hitting bumps. These Tifosi sunglasses come in five different color options.
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Tifosi Radius Wrap Sunglasses
- Case Type: soft
- Lens: [all colors] Fototec
- Photochromic: no
- Polarized: yes
- Interchangeable Lens: yes
We like these as they are not full wrap around and can be worn when non riding.
Julbo Ultra Performance Sunglasses
- Zebra Light lens: NXT material w/clarity of glass, durability of anti-ballistic material, Ultra-light Photochromatic (1-3)Lens with Anti-fog coating
- Curved Wrapping Temples shaped and cut for better hold with sharp and repeated movements
- Grip Tech Grip Tech Soft comfort exclusive material on the temples that does not stick to hair giving perfect hold and comfort
- Asian fit the ergonomics of the frame are adapted for Asian facial shapes and Flex Nose, adjustable nose piece
- Full venting aerated structures that allows complete air circulation to avoid fog and Panoramic format for greater visual comfort
Julbo specializes in Ski goggles, but also have a great range of sunglasses. Julbo has been going since 1888, which is surely the oldest brand in sports eyewear. These lenses are super tough and made of an anti-ballistic material with an anti-fog coating. They come in three different colors.
This month, one of there team, Titouan Perrin-Ganier, won the MTB XCE World Championships.
Northwave Matt Black-Red-Clear Team Cycling Glasses
Northwave started in 1993 producing MTB shoes and have progressed to offer a range of cycling accessories including cycling sunglasses. Northwave also sponsors a lot of pro riders in Road, enduro and XC races. These are very lightweight, but best used for casual riding.
We also like these from Northwave, the Northwave Matt Black Switch Cycling Glasses
Bolle 6th Sense Cycling Sunglasses
- Lens: NXT Blue Violet oleo af
- Lens category: 3
- Technologies: anti-fog; Anti-Scratch; oleophobic; hydrophobic; Anti-Reflective
Bolle is a French sports eyewear company established in 1888. These cycling sunglasses have a lot of neat features for the mountain bike rider: fully adjustable nose piece, interchangeable lenses, and frames made from their thermogrip material. There thermogrip technology is made of a hydrophilic material which actually absorbs sweat to stop slippages.
We also love the Bolle Vortex cycling sunglasses below.
- B-clear technology features ultra-lightweight trivex lens material, dual-sided hydrophobic/oleophobic coatings
- Carboglas Coating gives an armor shell from scratches and abrasions
- Optics Control System is an interchangeable lens System that allows you to swap out the lenses for different lighting conditions
- B88 frames are made of the finest grade Nylon for incredibly lightweight, durable, flexible frames
- Adjustable nose pads to tailor a custom fit, hypoallergenic and comfortable
Best Polarized Cycling Sunglasses
Oakley Men’s Radar OO9211-07 Shield Sunglasses
With over 400+ positive reviews on Amazon, these polarized sunglasses are perfect for mountain biking. These come in eleven different color schemes and available on Amazon’s store scheme.
Smith Optics PivLock Overdrive Sunglasses
- Medium Fit/Large Coverage
- Three Interchangeable Carbonic TLT Lenses
- TR90 Frame Material, Hydroleophobic Lens Coating, Two-Position Adjustable Nose Pads, Slide-On Temple Tips and Hydrophilic Megol Temple and Nose Pads
- 9 Base Lens Curvature
Smith Optics are a US sports accessories company that manufactures ski goggles, helmets, and sports sunglasses. These Smith sunglasses are perfect for mountain bike riders as they have an adjustable nose piece, interchangeable lenses which are polarized and ergonomically designed frames to fit under cycling helmets. The interchangeable lenses let you switch them out depending on the light conditions that day. Smith sunglasses also sponsor a lot of pro mountain bike riders so you know they take their product development seriously.
Smith Optics also provides a lifetime guarantee on these mountain bike glasses.
Tifosi Wisp Wrap Polarized Sunglasses
- Shatterproof, optically decentered polycarbonate lenses
If you want Italian design and polarized lenses, then these are for you. These polarized lenses are also shatterproof, ideal if debris flies up into your face.
Best Photochromic Mountain Bike Glasses
Bertoni Sport Photochromic Sunglasses Antifog
- F1000 by Bertoni Italy - Frame in TPX-lightest polymer frame, frame density 0.83g. flexible and lightweight floating ability - Grip at the tip of the arm and nosebridge: keeps the sunglasses from slipping - NosePad made by TPR60A Natural, anallergic, water and extreme conditions resistant
- NEW Sunsensor Photochromic Antifog Lens from cat 0 to 3: Innovative Technology , react consistently to light and UV rays - they darken from category 0 transparent ( indoor, foggy days, bad weather ) to grey category 3 sun tint ( outdoors, high brightness ), this lens adapts itself to changes in light - 100% UV protection
- Lens: Shatterproof PC 2.2mm Antifog Anticrash - 100% UV Protection - Wide peripheral vision
- Ventilated thanks to the special cuts on the upper and lower surface of the lens - Wraparound design: protects the eyes from wind and bad weather, provide enhanced peripheral vision
- Adjustable and removable elastic strap to have a very skin tight fitting for extreme sports
Bertoni has been in the sports eyewear market for the last twenty years. The Italian based company specializes in eyewear for motorcycling, cycling and running. They offer great quality cycling glasses, like above, for a reasonable price. Similar photochromic lenses by Oakley would cost five times the price. They also offer unbreakable lenses according to their technology page.
Julbo Venturi Performance Sunglasses (photochromatic)
- Zebra lens: NXT material w/clarity of glass, durability of anti-ballistic material, Ultra-light Photochromic (2-4) Lens with Anti-fog coating
- Lens adjusts from Cat; 2 to 4, transmitting 7 to 42% of visible light; Hydrophobic coating facilitates removal of water and prevents condensation
- 100 % A,B,C UV Protection
- Wrap around frame with full front venting, curved temples and 3D Fit Nose
- Protective Case included
Another quality pair of cycling sunglasses from Julbo, the Venturi are photochromatic
Best Non-sports Sunglasses for Casual Riding
If you are not doing active rides and just need a cool pair of shades for casual riding, here are the top three trending sunglasses you can buy.
Maui Jim Peahi Sunglasses
- Case included
- Designed for driving and general use, the SuperThin lens are 20% thinner than conventional laminated glass lens
- CLEARSHELL scratch-resistant coating shields the lens against scratches
- Lenses are prescription ready (Rx-Able)
- Lenses feature PolarizedPlus 2 technology, which eliminates reflective, direct, and bounce-back glare
Maui Jim sunglasses are super hot right now! These are semi wrap around to still give your eyes a decent amount of protection.
Maui Jim Breakwall Sunglasses- Polarized
Another awesome pair of sunglasses by Maui Jim which have had rave reviews. These have polarized lenses and come in five different colours.