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The 5 Best Bike Glasses & Sunglasses of 2020

The phrase “protective riding glasses” may be one of the nerdiest bike-related groups of words ever uttered. It conjures images of dorky looking, uncomfortable, safety glasses, or over-dramatic “fast” glasses. But the best mountain bike glasses don’t need to be clunky and unfashionable. In recent years brands have perfected shades that do a great job of keeping the sun out of your eyes, stay comfortable all day long, and don’t look out of place grabbing a beer after your ride.

That’s not to say every pair of bike glasses on the market is perfect. Actually, there are important, if subtle differences between glasses that can make a huge difference in your ride. The best brands have put a lot of work into developing lens technology that helps your eyes react quickly to changes in light intensity as you dance in and out of shadows on your ride. In addition, good bike glasses will fit your face comfortably, there won’t be any rubbing or hot spots, and they’ll interface well with your bike helmet. So we’ve put together this list of the best mountain bike sunglasses we’ve found. They look good, they feel good, and they’ll help you ride better.


Sweet Protection Ronin Max Rig

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The Ronin Max Rig is Sweet Protection’s foray into bigger-coverage riding glasses. They offer more face and eye protection, and also do a good job of making sure there are no light leaks or airflow from around the frame. If you’re looking for a pair of glasses with a level of coverage that’s similar to many goggles, the Ronin Max is a good place to start.

The Ronin Max uses Sweet Protection’s “Rig” lens technology. Rig lenses are designed to provide maximum contrast in changing light conditions, without distorting colors. So if your rides often shift from tight, shaded trees to wide open, sunny meadows in the course of just a few turns, the Rig lenses will help you pick out trail features, even with rapidly changing light conditions. Folks with smaller faces may find the Ronin Max to be a little too big, and may be served better by a more conservatively sized pair of glasses, but for riders looking for great coverage and great lenses, the Ronin Max Rig fits the bill.

LensFrame Size Original Price
Cylindrical lens with Super Oleophobic / Hydrophobic CoatingLarge$170

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Julbo Fury

Best mountain bike glasses of 2020
 

Julbo has a long legacy of creating high-quality eyewear, starting with some of the first glacier glasses commercially available. The Fury is designed as a bit of a do-everything pair of glasses. They’re not bike-specific, instead, they come with all the features that mountain bikers need, with a flexible style that works well on runs, hikes, boating trips, or ski days as well.

The Fury doesn’t have quite as much coverage as the Ronin Max, so it will work better for people with smaller faces, and is less likely to bump into helmets. However, it still offers plenty of eye protection for riding, and won’t look out of place at a BBQ either. Julbo markets the Fury for “going fast” and we’d have to agree. If you like to go fast, whether that’s on a bike, a run, or a standup jetski, the Fury are some of the best mtb sunglasses that you can choose.

LensFrame Size Original Price
Spectron 3 polycarbonate lens. 12% VLT.Medium$129

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Smith Attack MTB

Best mountain bike glasses of 2020
 
 

The Attack MTB are premium riding sunglasses with all the features you’d expect. Smith spared no expense with these, and it shows. The Attack’s lenses are easy to swap with a magnetic system, so you can adapt to changing light conditions on the fly. Every pair comes with two lenses, one optimized for high-light intensity situations, and another for lower light times, like dawn or dusk.

The Attack MTB isn’t the cheapest option on this list, for good reason. Its fit is well-thought-out, it comes with bonus lenses, and the ChromaPop lenses are some of the best we’ve used for helping your eyes adapt to higher and lower light conditions. As far as size and coverage, the Attack falls somewhere between the smaller Julbo Furry, and the larger Sweet Protection Ronin Max. Overall, it’s a large fitting frame built for a large field of view, and protection from windand the elements.

LensFrame Size Original Price
ChromaPopLarge$259

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Oakley Radar EV Advancer

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Oakley has long been a leading brand in mountain bike glasses, and their Radar EV Advancer might just be their most technical option yet. These are for folks who want to go fast, all day, every day. With this goal in mind, they’re packed with technologies to help them perform at the highest levels.

The Radar’s frames are carefully designed to stay comfortable and in place, no matter how rough the trail is, or how much you’re sweating. And Oakley’s Prizm lens tech does a great job of increasing contrast on the trail, even as the light changes. The Radar EV Advancer are not mellow glasses for mellow riders. Instead, they are designed for folks that demand the best mountain bike glasses. If that sounds like you, these may be perfect for you.

LensFrame Size Original Price
Prizm™ LensMedium$206 - $226

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100% Speedcraft SL

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The Speedcraft SL is designed for XC and trail riding with great ventilation, low weight, and comfortable rubberised contact points. The Speedcraft SL doesn't have the fancy lens technology of some of the other options on this list, instead they focus on simple designs that work.

In order to help keep them from fogging, even during higher-output rides, the Speedcraft has a shorter lens, it doesn’t drop as far down below the eye. This allows it to ventilate better and help keep your face cool. So if you’re tired of dealing with fogged glasses, and are in the market for something that looks fast and protects your eyes, the Speedcraft SL is a great option.

LensFrame Size Original Price
5-Base Cylindrical Shield LensMedium$174 - $194

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