How To Choose Eyewear For Mountain Biking | All You Need To Know

How To Choose Eyewear For Mountain Biking | All You Need To Know

For many mountain bike riders, glasses and goggles are a vital piece of equipment when heading out to ride. They have a number of functions including helping protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, wind, rain, dust and bugs. If you are thinking about getting yourself some riding glasses, (and why wouldn’t you, you only get one pair of eyes and protection is important) then you are in luck.Β Neil talks you through the various types of mountain bike eyewear and features to look for when making your choice.Β 

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50 Comments

  1. Dave MahoneyVG on March 8, 2020 at 12:49 am

    I just wear safety glasses

  2. ΠšΠ˜Π’ΠΠ™ Π’Π•Π›Π˜Πš on March 8, 2020 at 12:49 am

    just like aliexpress glasses with interchangeable lenses I ride in the winter and summer for a year. on 1:18

  3. Nikhil da Nike Bag on March 8, 2020 at 12:52 am

    i have glasses but when i go fast it makes my eyes watery that usually leads to crashes

    What should i do?

  4. Scott Bott on March 8, 2020 at 12:52 am

    Saftey glasses from the hardware store. $18.
    Done.

  5. Dave Nicholson on March 8, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Nice glasses but dunno if I’m gunna sell my liver and one of my kidneys to buy em. Can’t justify spending 500 $ AU.

  6. Global Mountain Bike Network on March 8, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Do you ride with or without eyewear? If so do you use goggles or glasses? Let us know!

  7. nic louw on March 8, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Love my oakleys but find that they cause pain at the temples after a few hours of riding.

  8. expertpoods on March 8, 2020 at 12:58 am

    i just use crossbow glasses with prescription inserts i have from another hobby, works great.

  9. Kenny Williams on March 8, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Which of these 3 are better for protection from fogging? For reference, I own flak jackets and didn’t have trouble with them until riding mountain. A steep climb had them fogged up!

  10. Richard Sleeve on March 8, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Yeah, I ride with some clear racquetball glasses if it’s dense trees or cloudy and my Oakley sunglasses if it’s bright… But I’m mostly cheap.

  11. Cyberdyne Systems: Skynet on March 8, 2020 at 1:04 am

    Just remember, even including R&D and the advertising budget a $200 pair of oakley glasses only costs $30 to make, making them one of the most profitable companies in the world, a fact that Luxxotica is only to happy to brag about at shareholder meetings.

    Now conversely if you buy $100 Bolle or Roka glasses who’s to say they don’t only cost $10 to make and that $20 gas station sunglasses might only cost $0.50 to make, and at that point the Oakleys might still be a better value, but those companies don’t publicly brag about their profits so I dunno.

  12. Russell Krue on March 8, 2020 at 1:05 am

    I was really hoping this would be a parody because there are some hilarious pieces of biking eye wear out there….

  13. lece bokiem888 on March 8, 2020 at 1:06 am

    I am riding enduro and I use Gogles, as u said for more safety and When you ride down the hill it helps a lot for e.g in winter

  14. muppet watcher on March 8, 2020 at 1:07 am

    I bought extremely expensive Oakley prescription glasses a few years back, they fell apart almost immediately and Oakley’s customer service were awful. Would never buy another pair.

  15. Ryan Connor on March 8, 2020 at 1:09 am

    I rather ride with my eyes close, cider view more ventilation

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  17. Riley Sherriff TV on March 8, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Personally I like hardware glasses

  18. The Prospectors on March 8, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Safety Glasses, clear or tinted. Cheap, cheerful and totally appropriate protection

  19. SH Fahim on March 8, 2020 at 1:09 am

    1:27 dirt got in his glasses. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  20. lime green on March 8, 2020 at 1:12 am

    Mountain bikers perspective motocross?

  21. BarelyInfected on March 8, 2020 at 1:12 am

    This is the first video I see where it feels like a really long advertisement. Either way, what do you do if you have glasses yourself? I don’t do any extreme mountain biking. I just have a helmet.

  22. DayLightSensor on March 8, 2020 at 1:13 am

    For everyone who can’t put up with the extra cost of premium glasses, R2 make some really good low-budget options. I got a pair of excellent riding glasses for about 30 quid.

  23. Tom on March 8, 2020 at 1:15 am

    I don’t really use sunglasses on a bike but I always have motocross goggles on my helmet for descending. If I really need sunglasses I have a tactical military model – Swiss Eye Raptor. They can withstand a shot from a shotgun from 8 meters and they cover your eyes perfectly from every angle.

  24. Alradhi Jerichosakti on March 8, 2020 at 1:17 am

    whats the best oakley cycling glasses for prescription eye? i have astigmatism cylindric eye.
    i can’t choose curvy lenses.

  25. Erik Garcia on March 8, 2020 at 1:18 am

    the oakley radar have really good ventalation the sweat trickles on the side of the lenses, if you do happen to get sweat on the lenses it wicks out very quickly. they never seem to fog either good for hot conditions

  26. ollie garbutt on March 8, 2020 at 1:20 am

    cant u do a cheaper brand we don’t all have hundreds of pounds to splash out on glasses

  27. Kev5565 on March 8, 2020 at 1:21 am

    Please do one for those of us who need prescription glasses, yeh these things have nice coatings and look all fancy but not much use to me and many others. I have asked this before and seen others ask the same.

  28. Michael Sparks on March 8, 2020 at 1:22 am

    No mention about those of us that wear spectacles. What are our options?!

  29. Radke32 on March 8, 2020 at 1:23 am

    Oakley Flight Jacket are the best riding glasses I’ve used in 25+ years of mtb. The venting, field of view and clarity are well worth the price.

  30. t00 sp00ky on March 8, 2020 at 1:26 am

    I wear a monocle when I’m on my penny farthing

  31. John Carrington on March 8, 2020 at 1:29 am

    Spending a lot of money on glasses when they are easily broken in a crash or lost does not make sense. Wear cheaper glasses than Oakley’s.

  32. Richard Kaz on March 8, 2020 at 1:30 am

    I don’t bother with expensive branded fashion eye wear. I use Australian Standards approved polycarbonate safety glasses that are wrap around clear or tinted the cost all of $2.00 each when bought in a box of 12.

  33. Oayx on March 8, 2020 at 1:30 am

    I brought my friend mtb with me, it’s his first time. He decided to take a jumpline and he crashed, causing his handlebars to hit him straight in his eye. His vision isn’t blurry anymore and we are both purchasing eyewear

  34. Dale Heffernan on March 8, 2020 at 1:31 am

    #askGMBN are mountain biking glasses impact certified? Last year I landed on my face when attempting a drop. I was wearing a pair of more street style glasses, but made by a mountain biking company (they were Ryders Nelsons to exact). The glasses broke on impact, sending the temple of glasses (where the arm attaches) and the lens into my face. I ended up receiving 5 stitches around my eye. If either the lens or temple had moved over another couple of millimeters it would have punctured my left eye. I have since tried looking for riding glasses that are impact certified but so far haven’t been able to find anything.

  35. JIM GAIRDNER on March 8, 2020 at 1:32 am

    What about people who wear prescription lenses / vision correction? What goggles work with glasses underneath? Does Oakley provide prescription lenses or inserts for prescription lenses?

  36. The_Baker on March 8, 2020 at 1:33 am

    I got Pit Vipers…

  37. S.E.T .T on March 8, 2020 at 1:34 am

    What bike park is this guys?

  38. Dieter Kline on March 8, 2020 at 1:36 am

    I dont think you gave enough time to goggles. I know this is kind of an advert for Oakley but you could have shown the si ballistic goggles, I wear them when I ride road and trail and they work perfectly. Just trying to say there are more options available than those giant bug shields.

  39. 9teen8efore on March 8, 2020 at 1:37 am

    I just use safety glasses from B&Q. Cost about a 5er. And you can get tinted ones.

  40. markypea on March 8, 2020 at 1:37 am

    Couple of pairs of BollΓ© Contour Safety Glasses for Β£8 each, one pair in tint and the other in clear. Light, comfy, dont steam up, and I wont care if they get broken, which they never have. I would never ride without eye protection, having had rogue brambles catch my face, various bugs hit the glasses etc. Even more important on a night mtb race.

  41. DOMINIC ADAMS on March 8, 2020 at 1:38 am

    Yellow tint safety glasses, $8. I save my Oakleys for looking cool in the car park.

  42. FhargaZ on March 8, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Sunny day in England? What kind of magic is this? 🀣

  43. JM VLOGS on March 8, 2020 at 1:39 am

    #100 percent glasses are the best! β™₯️ Like if you’re a 100 % user too πŸ‘πŸ»

  44. Jon The Beast Bowler on March 8, 2020 at 1:40 am

    So this is a vid on Oakley mtb glasses? I thought it would of been variety from cheaper ones up to the expensive ones.! Oakelys are amazing to be fair its just an oakley review

  45. Randy Hale on March 8, 2020 at 1:41 am

    All well and good Neil, but what about people that need prescription eye wear? Maybe you could do a piece on that.

  46. David Boucher on March 8, 2020 at 1:41 am

    For road and Mt I use Oakley Radars with photo grey or some call transition lenses and one lens for all types and conditions.
    Yes you can get prescription lens with most Oakley glasses,

  47. Mmb40 on March 8, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Clear lens in autum/winter/evening, otherwise red lens. Darker lenses don’t work for me in the forest.

  48. Neil Mackie on March 8, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I tend to just wear standard Oakley gigs, namely the Holbrook frames. A yellow tinted lense (even their purple/blue looking lenses are yellow when viewing through them) really helps to pick out details on a casual ride round here and also amongst the gloomy woods/forests we have in the NW of England.

  49. Gianmarco Costanzo on March 8, 2020 at 1:45 am

    Jawbreakers with photochromic lenses is what I use for MTB and road. Sometimes too light for the road but it’s still a good compromise.

  50. Kili Krys on March 8, 2020 at 1:47 am

    I have prizm trail and they are incredibly good I just loved what they did with colour around me πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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