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The 6 Best Mountain Bike Goggles of 2022

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

Mountain bike goggles can seem sort of trendy, we go through phases where suddenly it’s cool to wear goggles with a half shell, and then we revert back to only wearing them occasionally on DH rides. But you know what’s cool all the time? Protecting your eyes from the myriad of dangers that mountain biking presents. And goggles do a better job of this than sunglasses ever will. They keep moisture out of your eyes, as well as warding off grit, rocks, and trailside trees that threaten to impale your delicate eyeballs. And the best mountain bike goggles do all that while also venting well and helping your eyes adjust to changing light conditions.

The MTB goggles on this list fulfill all of those expectations and more. And every company takes a slightly different route that leaves their goggles with unique strengths. So it’s now up to you to figure out which goggles make the most sense for your trails, riding style, and head size. On this list there are options for small to average sized faces, as well as some oversized goggles. There are goggles with tinted lenses and goggles optimized for tear offs. But no matter what you choose, remember that your goggles can only protect your eyes when you’re actually wearing them.

Smith Squad MTB

Smith Squad MTB

Crystal clear vision is the name of the mountain bike game with the Smith Squad MTB Goggles. The curved shape, bonus lens, and open lattice design for maximum ventilation come together to make a perfect trail goggle that helps you get out and push the limits. Time to squad up! The Squad is one of the easiest to get along with goggles on the market. It just works really well for a wide variety of riders and trail conditions.

 
Original PriceLens TechFit
$60.00ChromapopMedium

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Smith Squad XL MTB

Smith Squad XL MTB

When it's pedal to the metal time, there's no room for clouded vision. The Smith Squad XL MTB Goggles are the big bad wolf of the Squad Series. They have a large curved shape and come with an extra clear lens in case you lose the sunshine. With excellent ventilation and helmet compatibility, there's nothing to stop you from riding til your legs give out. The Squad XL has all the comfort and performance of the regular Squad, sized up into a bigger package for better coverage.

 
Original PriceLens TechFit
$60.00ChromapopLarge

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Fox Mainstay

Fox Main Stay

With your Fox Main Stray Goggles on, you'll be one step closer to making it through that hairy section on the way to that root gap. You know, the one where you blew up your rear wheel on a massive case last attempt? The speed is there, and these goggles will keep the dust out as you lay off the brakes and charge it. The Main Stray is an affordable goggle that doesn’t skimp on performance.

 
Original PriceLens TechFit
$29.99LexanMedium

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Smith Fuel V1

Smith Fuel V1

Once a snow-only goggle, the Smith Fuel V.1 Goggles are now fine tuned for ripping bikes, available with deep wood friendly light and clear lens tints for great trail visibility. Since it isn't always a dry ride, the Fuel V.1 lenses now come with tear/roll off posts so you can get funky in the mud without hurting those peepers! The V.1 is a very versatile goggle that’s perfect for wet weather shuttles of lift laps.

 
Original PriceLens TechFit
$40.00ChromapopMedium

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Giro Tazz MTB

Giro Tazz MTB

Without a pair of decent goggles, you may as well be riding with your eyes closed. The Giro Tazz MTB Goggle is designed to help you see all of what's in front of you so you can keep making good decisions on your bike, with EXV frame technology to create the widest field of view possible for a superior biking experience. The Tazz brings all of Giro’s snow sports optics experience to a high end mountain bike goggle.

 
Original PriceLens TechFit
$75.00Vivid TrlMedium

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100% Strata 2

100% Strata 2

When you hit mega chonk at mega speeds, you'll be grateful for the crystal clear vision that the 100% Strata 2 Goggles provide. Their anti-fog coated polycarbonate lens pairs with a massive field of view and thick, moisture-managing face foam to keep you riding hard in all conditions. These are very affordable goggles that are still very comfortable and protect your face well.

 
Original PriceLens TechFit
$25.00PolycarbonateMedium

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The Selection Process:

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.