Athlete: Will Conk
Sport: Mountain Biking
Homebase: Laguna Niguel, CA
Location: Laguna Canyon
Terrain: Exposed, semi arid, and dusty.
Light Conditions: Cloud cover to direct sun.
The Prescription Sunglasses Will Recommends for Mountain Biking:
Lens Tint: Oakley PRIZM Trail or VR28 Black Iridium
For mountain biking, I strongly recommend at least 2 lenses (either with Rx or to use with contacts). Early mornings with fog or late evenings with heavy shadows require a light lens, and Prizm Trail is IDEAL. It shows great contrast between rocks, dirt, branches, and ruts (which we have a lot of) and is perfect for low light conditions. But if you ride mid-day or live in an exposed climate, VR28 Black Iridium (dark rose base with a soblack mirror) is a good versatile lens that brings out needed contrast and is also functional across other activities.
Frame Style: Semi-rimless shield or other interchangeable semi-rimless style
I usually wear a full shield such as the Oakley Radar EV for it’s extended view and coverage. I also recommend the Flak series (I choose the Flak 2.0) for a consistent edge to edge prescription theroughout the lens. lens. Although I love the shields for the coverage, the prescription inserts are not ideal for everyone. I highly recommend the Oakley Flak 2.0,nwhich has an extended view with a taller lens then the previous Flak Jacket models. This is great for mounatin biking since you spend most of your time with your head down and eyes up! Looks sharp too, and fits well under or over helmet straps.
Polarized vs. Non-Polarized Lenses: Polarized lenses are not neccessary for mountain biking, not many ‘glare’ issues while riding.
Mirror vs. Non-Mirro Lenses: Yes, I use mirrors for bright conditions.
Progressive Lenses: No, I prefer single vision for 180 degree trail clarity.