The best mountain bike glasses and goggles will stop your vision being compromised by debris, letting you focus on the trail ahead... and out of A+E.
With the best mountain bike glasses – and goggles – are light, ergonomic and well ventilated, so you never feel claustrophobic. Here we round up a bunch of the best glasses and a couple of our top-rated goggles. Pair these with one of the best mountain bike helmets and you’re whole head will thank you for it.
Best mountain bike glasses and goggles
- Madison Enigma 3-lens glasses – WINNER GLASSES
- Oakley Jawbreaker
- Toolfreak Spoggles – BEST VALUE GLASSES
- Scott Spur
- Smith Attack Max
- 100% S3
- Van Rysel RoadR 900
- Smith Squad XL – WINNER GOGGLES
- Giro Blok MTB Goggles
How we tested for the best mountain bike glasses and goggles
Comfort and clarity are key when it comes to mountain bike glasses and goggles, so the frames have to fit well to the face and not move around on rough terrain. They have to fit without fouling against your helmet and offer good protection from debris and insects while also allowing air to circulate for ventilation. Ideally frames should come with replaceable lenses, so you can adapt them to different light conditions, and the lenses should be easy to switch with excellent optical clarity. Some glasses come with adjustable nose bridges and arms to custom tune to your head shape.
Goggles offer much more comprehensive protection, allowing you to really open up your eyes for maximum vision without fear of getting hit by debris. Some have an open frame top and bottom, which allows air to circulate to regulate your temperature and let the lens clear quickly if it fogs up. The downside of these is that debris, water and insects can get inside. The alternative is an enclosed frame, where foam layers top and bottom prevent dust entering the frame, but also restrict airflow. Some goggles use two polycarbonate lenses sealed together like double glazing. This is heavier, but it helps prevent fogging in cold/wet conditions. Most MTB goggles are single lens, which is cheaper and lighter but won’t stay as clear in cold weather. Goggle straps should have a broad elasticated band with silicone strips to prevent it slipping, and be adjustable to different size helmets. Dual density foam gives a more comfortable fit against the face.
With all our glasses and goggles, we tested them in variety of conditions as well as both wooded and open trails, looking to see how all of these performance criteria measured up against optical clarity and contrast enhancement, so that we could ride faster and more confidently.
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Madison Enigma 3-lens glasses
Bargain bike specs
Price: £49.99 | Lens: Cloud Grey, Crystal, Black | Weight: 40g
Pros: 3 lenses and a quality frame for £50 is amazing
Cons: Not a lot of pose value from the Madison logo
Modern styling, huge, wide-screen lens and adjustable frames make the Madison Enigma a smart choice for any rider on a budget. The optics are excellent with sharp, contrast-enhancing properties and two extra lenses in the box. All get an effective ant-fog coating as well, making these a complete bargain.
Great protection and an amazing fit
Price: £185.00/$226 | Weight: 34g
Pros: Top quality lens and impressive coverage
Cons: Styling won’t be to everyone’s taste, and that price tag
Features a large wrap-around lens and extended field of view above the nose. The lens also features Oakley’s patented High Definition Optics, and is pin sharp, with absolutely zero distortion. The frame has interchangeable Switchlock lens technology, so by flipping up the nosepiece, the lower frame swings down and the lens pops out. The arms are also adjustable, which is great for tailoring the fit to or reducing conflict with a low profile helmet.
Wet weather eye protection at a great price
Pros: Great value for money, decent performance
Cons: Not the trendiest brand, fit won’t suit everyone
Using safety glasses has long been a top tip for thrifty mountain bikers and the Toolfreak Spoggles are impressively cheap at less than £20. They come in a carry case with an array of accessories and feel nothing like the disposable items you might find down at your local hardware store. While not the most stable fitting glasses, we can’t argue with the quality and value.
Well shaped eye protection with easy lens swapping
Price: £89.99/$99.99 | Colours: Loads! | Weight: 34g
Pros: Easy to swap lenses, comfy fit
Cons: More suited to wider faces
The Scott Spur has a shape more suited to medium to large faces. Riders with a slim face shape might be better off with another style. But it’s definitely one of the better sets of riding glasses on the market. The easy lens swapping and comfortable fit are two of its plus points, along with an excellent lens tint perfect for mountain biking.
Smith Attack Max
Lens clarity, simple lens changing and comfort
Price: £195.00/$181.30 | Colours: Plenty! | Weight: 23g
Pros: Top quality Chromapop lens
Cons: Very expensive and slightly distracting frame
Quality-if-pricey eyewear that sits perfectly on the head and suits a wide range of head shapes. The clarity of the Chromapop lenses is second to none. They would be perfect if it wasn’t for the slight encroachment of the lens attachment into your peripheral vision.
Protection of goggles with the airflow of glasses
Price: £139.99/$185 | Weight: 28g
Pros: Best of both worlds design
Cons: On the pricey side
The frame may not as wide as some of the other larger eyewear on the market as the lens flares out from underneath but this means it doesn’t feel too wide on the face and keeps out of peripheral vision. The arms have just enough flex to really latch on to your head without feeling too tight.
Decathlon/B’Twin/Van Dysel RoadR 900
Light, comfortable, range of easily swappable lenses
Price: £39.99 | Colours: Grey/grey, white/red, white/blue, Team | Weight: 25g
Pros: Another effective product at an impressive price
Cons: A bit utilitarian
This pair of glasses has changed names over the years (used to go under the B’Twin brand, for example) but it is fundamentally the same Decathlon-exclusive product as ever. No helmet compatibility issues. Simple lens changing process. Excellent price. They fulfil all of a rider’s requirements from eyewear – light, comfortable and with a range of easily swappable lenses that cover the whole gamut of conditions.
Smith Squad XL
Contrast and clarity are first rate
Price: £90.00/$130 | Lens: Contrast Rose Flash, Clear lens and goggle bag inc. | Weight: 119g
Pros: Cinematic riding experience
Cons: Not cheap
The Smith Squad XL is the equivalent of a 70in 4K TV for your face. Boasting pin sharp optical clarity and unhindered panoramic vision, it actually enhances your view of the trail ahead as well as protecting your eyes from insects, flying debris and encroaching vegetation. There’s plenty of airflow to keep you from getting stuffy or misting up, and there’s none of the claustrophobic tunnel vision that comes with some goggles.
Giro Blok MTB Goggle
Wide open views MTB-specific goggle
Price: £79.99/$90 | Lens: Black/grey smoke, Kryptex/smoke, matt lime/grey green, matt vermillion/purple red | Weight: 116g
Pros: Quality option from the helmet kings
Cons: You can spend a lot less
One of the best sets of goggles out at the moment. The Giro Blok give the rider an almost uninterrupted field of view, which is pretty much what you need from your eyewear. Lens clarity is particularly good with the blue tinted mirror lens. Overall an excellent goggle choice for all types of gravity based riding. Bange of vision. Comfort. Easy lens swap.