Prescription Mountain Biking Sunglasses Key Features


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Key Features for Mountain Biking Sunglasses

Whether you are looking for your first pair of sunglasses, or are replacing your well-loved shades, mountain biking-specific prescription eyewear can enhance and improve your time on the bike. While we can’t guarantee that the right eyewear will make you faster, it just might just give you a little edge over your friends that don’t take their equipment as seriously as you do.

Instead of attempting to make do with non-functional (yet very stylish) fashion sunglasses, or squinting through rides in your regular, everyday glasses, step into the world of performance prescription sunglasses. Here are a few things to consider about frame style and design before making your purchase.


As a mountain biker, protecting your eyes and ensuring you have the proper vision in all scenarios on your bike may be the difference between an epic ride and an epic wipeout. Regardless of where you ride, it’s important to choose a style with lenses that “wrap” around your face. A wrapped lens design offers protection from debris, wind, and bugs, and minimizes the amount of light that sneaks through the top, bottom, or sides of your glasses, which can be quite distracting.

Shatterproof lenses are also a necessity. Shards of glass (even tempered glass isn’t shatterproof) are bad news in a crash for very obvious reasons. We recommend high-grade Polycarbonate or Trivex lens materials for mountain biking as both are lightweight with great optical clarity, and are also totally shatterproof. These lens materials are used by all of the top mountain biking eyewear brands.

Frame Fit and Design

As tempting as it may be to rock your favorite lifestyle shades for your next mountain biking expedition, your shades likely won’t perform as you want them to when in the saddle. The main difference between mountain biking-specific glasses and casual frames is a good, athletic frame fit.

Your new mountain-biking sunglasses need to provide all day comfort. A large part of comfort when doing any sort of physical activity is not having to keep readjusting your glasses when you sweat. For this reason, mountain-biking specific shades will have rubberized nose pads and temple arms to keep your glasses secured in the same position as when you first put them on.This will make a huge difference when you are bombing down a hill, sweating like crazy, and don’t want to take your hands off the bars to adjust your glasses.

Sweat Management

In a pair of casual or lifestyle sunglasses, sweat tends to pool in the inside corners of the lens and leak into the eyes at the most inopportune moments. A semi-rimless or vented full-rim frame will work wonders for keeping dripping and fogging to a minimum. Oakley’s Racing Jacket is a full-rim style that was designed to actively channel sweat through vents in the frame and away from the eyes. The design of the frame and the way it handles sweat may make the difference between you nailing that steep berm, or nailing a tree in the process.


If you have any other questions about mountain biking specific prescription glasses, give us a shout at 888-507-1230 or and we'll be happy to help.

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