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Experts Tell Us the Best MTB Sunglasses

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best MTB Sunglasses. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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VALLON Howlin’

This product was recommended by Chris Clarke from VALLON

Howlin’ sports sunglasses are designed for performance (polarized, category 3, durable, shatterproof lens, lightweight) and also incorporate a detachable head strap, perfect for more vigorous sports such as MTB. Unlike most sports sunglasses, they don’t suffer with style and use the classic aviator like shape, with the additional benefit of a slightly curved frame for added protection.


Men’s Oo9188 Flak 2.0 XL Rectangular Sunglasses by Oakley

This product was recommended by Baker Mesh from Survival Mesh

This lasts you for a long time even if you don’t take care of it properly. It’s light-weight and very comfortable after wearing for long hours because it feels as if they’re built to last. The wrap-around lenses are optically superb and gives excellent coverage.


Pit Viper 1993 Polarized 2000s Mtb sunglasses

This product was recommended by Jesse Ambrogi-Yanson from Pit Viper

One of Pit Viper’s best-selling shades, these polarized sunnies are perfect for mountain bike rides, while the unpolarized versions are also packed with the ANSI Z87+ safety rating for extra protection. The redesigned ear and nose pieces fit all face frames well and won’t slide down mid-ride. Look through color is brown, while the light transmission is 14.1%.


OAKLEY FLAK 2.0 XL SportRx

This product was recommended by Stephanie Duerden from SportRx

The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is always one of our favorite sports frames, so there’s no surprise it made our top men’s mountain biking list. The Unobtanium nose and temple grips will keep these on your face on the rockiest of trails, and you can get these with PRIZM Trail or Trail Torch lenses to max out your contrast and spot every little detail. 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.


SMITH PATHWAY SportRx

This product was recommended by Stephanie Duerden from SportRx

The REXY-winning SMITH Pathway is the guide for your next mountain biking adventure. They have ChromaPop™ lenses that have an anti-reflective and hydroleophobic coating, so your vision is always crystal clear. They’re extra lightweight and durable so you won’t even feel them on your face as you ride & if you drop them, they won’t ruin your day.


SMITH EMERGE SportRx

This product was recommended by Stephanie Duerden from SportRx

Bold and strong, the SMITH Emerge sunglasses will make your ride down the mountain as tough as you are. These frames are designed with bio-based frame material, which makes them lightweight and durable. Equipped with non-slip nose pads and your choice of Carbonic lenses or SMITH’s color-boosting ChromaPop™ polarized lenses, you’re sure to have a good day wearing Emerge frames.


OAKLEY PORTAL SportRx

This product was recommended by Stephanie Duerden from SportRx

Ramp up your style and elevate your ride in the Oakley Portal sunglasses. This unique frame design enhances your peripheral view with its extended lens build. Portal is equipped with Unobtainium grip on the nose pads and temple tips to maximize security where and when you need it most. So no matter how sweaty you get on your ride, Portal will be right by your side the whole way down the mountain.


100% BLAKE SportRx

This product was recommended by Stephanie Duerden from SportRx

Sleek in style and suited to take you down any rockside, 100% Blake sunglasses are a sure great mountain bike frame. This classic frame is equipped with TPE ultra-grip nose pads and temple tips so you can wear them all day and be as comfortable as possible. Featuring signature HiPER or PEAKPOLAR lens options you can pick exactly how you want to see your adventure ride out.


RUDY PROJECT SPINAIR 57 SportRx

This product was recommended by Stephanie Duerden from SportRx

Starting off this year’s list with the Rudy Project Spinair 57 sunglasses. This frame is a classic go-to for mountain biking with its iconic double bridge design and sport capabilities. It’s equipped with rubber nose pads and temple tips for a comfortable ride, all day long. It also features safety hinges for extra security and comfort.


OAKLEY SUTRO SportRx

This product was recommended by Stephanie Duerden from SportRx

Head down a big mountain in the bold frames of the Oakley Sutro. These high-wrap frames increase your peripheral views while keeping you protected from all the elements you face. There’s a lot these sunglasses can do for your next adventure.


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