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The 8 Mountain Best Bike Glasses & Sunglasses of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | May 24, 2022
 

We all know that mountain biking requires safety gear. You’d never head out on a ride without your helmet or gloves, right? But, it’s easy to overlook eye protection, and that’s a big problem. The best mountain bike glasses will protect your eyes from any debris your front wheel might kick up, as well as anything your face might impact in a crash. And good riding glasses won’t just keep your eyes safe from impacts, they’ll also enhance your vision. The right tint will increase definition and contrast and make it easier to deal with changing light conditions, while also keeping any precipitation out of your eyes.

Every year riding glasses get better, and this season is no exception. The manufacturers on this list have tested and tweaked their lense designs to create the best possible tints for the changing conditions we encounter on trails. And they’ve carefully designed the lenses and frames to work together to protect your eyes without fogging, and rest comfortably on your face without rubbing on your skin, or your helmet. We lay out the strengths and weaknesses of each pair here, so it’s a great place to start on your quest for new riding glasses.

 


Julbo Fury Reactiv

Julbo Fury Reactiv

Made for going fast, designed for comfort. The Julbo Fury Reactiv Sunglasses have you covered in any type of light, ski or bike, winter or summer. Lightspeed, perhaps? Julbo has earned their reputation for high-performance outdoor eyewear, and the Fury is a versatile, medium sized pair of glasses that’s great for any kind of riding.

 
Original PriceFitLens Tech
$219.95MediumREACTIV Photochromic Lenses

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Julbo Ultimate Cover Reactiv

Julbo Ultimate Cover REACTIV

Proper eyewear is a critical part of your alpine kit and the Julbo Ultimate Cover REACTIV Sunglasses will protect your most exposed facial areas from the wrath of the elements. The REACTIV photochromic lenses match the changing light conditions so you can always maintain visibility and Grip Tech, Nose Grip, and CustomFIT technology ensure a precise fit that won't budge. The spandex side and nose guards ward off harsh glares from the snow but can be removed for daily wear or training sessions between epics. The Ultimate Covers are sporty, versatile, and great for riding your bike or hiking a glacier.

 
Original PriceDisciplineStand Out Features
$249.95LargeREACTIV Chromapop Lenses

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Sweet Protection Ronin Max Rig Reflect

Sweet Protection Ronin Max RIG Reflect

Send the message with a bold style that nobody can touch. The Sweet Protection Ronin Max RIG Reflect Sunglasses will have you setting the tone while others follow. The oversized toric lenses with extended vertical coverage 2.2mm offer 100% UV protection in an unrestricted, unblocked field of vision. Quickly exchange one impact-resistant lens for the next and be unstoppable with an anti-fog coating. The Ronin Max features almost goggle-like eye protection, with all the comfort and breathability of your favorite shades.

Original PriceFitLens Tech
$159.95LargeRIG Lens Technology

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Sweet Protection Memento Rig Reflect

Sweet Protection Memento RIG Reflect

The Sweet Protection Memento RIG Reflect Sunglasses have a performance forward design. A light, thin, and sleek design on these cylindrical lenses keep eyes protected against UV light so you can do the sports you love, unbothered and without having to constantly worry about whether or not your shades will stay on. They have a slightly smaller lens than the Ronin Max, which makes them perfect for folks with smaller faces, or anyone who doesn’t like the “almost goggle” look.

 
Original PriceDisciplineStand Out Features
$129.95MediumRIG Lens Technology

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Smith Shift Mag

Smith Shift Mag

There's no denying it: the Smith Shift MAG Sunglasses are fast. They've got speedy optics and crisp vision, encouraging PR's on the bike, the trails, and the skin track. In addition to the oversized, overstoked looks, they're also made with Smith MAG™ interchangeable lens technology, so you can rock the ChromoPop color-enhancing lens all day and easily swap out for the included clear lens when the sun goes down. These are versatile sunglasses with ridiculously easy to swap lenses, which means they can keep up all day long.

Original PriceFitLens Tech
$259.00MediumChromaPop Lenses

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Smith Wildcat

Smith Wildcat

Think you were fast before? Try again. Charge any trail with the Smith Wildcat on your face - full coverage, hybrid construction, cylindrical lens sunglasses. Designed to cover and protect like a goggle, but with the airflow and comfort of sunnies. Featuring a bright light ChromaPop™ lens and a secondary clear lens for those deep tree rides and overcast days. The Wildcat is the original super-coverage design, and it still holds up among a host of imitators.

 
Original PriceDisciplineStand Out Features
$209.00MediumChromaPop Lenses

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Oakley Radar EV Advancer

Oakley Radar EV Advancer

When you're going this fast, you need to see everything. On top of instantly shaving a few seconds off your fastest time as soon as you put them on, these speed shades have a whole lab's worth of tech built in. They won't fog, they won't slip, and they absolutely will not go slow. A little bit bigger than their predecessors, the Oakley Radar EV Advancer Sunglasses are high-performance eyeball shields with maximum coverage and safety. These are some of the fastest looking, and feeling glasses on the market, so if you’re a speed demon, these are the shades for you.

Original PriceFitLens Tech
$223.00MediumPrizm Lens

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Oakley Jawbreaker

Oakley Jawbreaker

World-class athletes like Mark Cavendish let the industry know about their sunglass qualms, and Oakley listened. The Oakley Jawbreaker Sunglasses are built with the latest and greatest technology, like surge ports to maximize cool airflow, an adjustable stem design for the perfect fit and Unobtanium® nosepads and earsocks for grip and comfort. Oakley's High Definition Optics® and broad-spectrum Prizm lenses available in both road and trail options complete these rad eye protectors. Whether you are paid to compete or a weekend warrior, the Oakley Jawbreaker Sunglasses will help perfect your movements and ensure crystal clear vision throughout your ride. It’s hard to beat Oakley’s Prizm lenses for versatility and clarity, and the Jawbreakers look good while helping you see well.

 
Original PriceDisciplineStand Out Features
$214.00MediumPrizm Lens

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Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.