We don't always wear sunglasses, or any kind of eye-wear, when we're out on the bike. However, as summer approaches we should keep an eye on our eyes and wear protection.
Our eyes literally keep us alive on the bike. They are essential for spotting hazards, calculating features and of course taking in the beautiful atmosphere of riding.
As summer comes around, we need to protect our eyes from the sun's rays. However, it's also a good idea to pop on a pair even in low light conditions. Off-road cycling comes with many potentially eye-watering hazards - such as branches, debris and bugs flying through the air. All of these can cause a serious accident if they get in your eye.
Here's our round-up of some of our favourite pairs of stylish and functional MTB sunglasses.
Madison Recon Glasses
Clothing company, Madison, has been in the MTB game for years with unrivalled performance apparel for women. From jackets, shorts and jerseys, Madison Clothing take pride and care into catering for the female market.
Their Recon glasses are a testament to their high-quality standard. With optics by Carl Zeiss, you can be sure you're investing in clarity and UV protection. Anti-fog and Vision Ri-Pel technology ensures protection from the dirt, water and grime we MTBer's can face.
The Polycarbonate lenses are both impact and scratch resistant, and with three lenses to choose from, you'll be covered for every ride condition there is. A dark lens for bright conditions, an amber lens for low light riding and a clear lens for protection from spray and debris on wet and wintery days.
Oakley RPM Squared
Performance and style are the two features Oakley have aimed for with these sunglasses. Designed for active women across cycling, these glasses can easily be passed for casual wear also.
The frame is specifically designed for a flattering female fit with comfort nose and ear pads to minimise irritation on long rides.
The lenses are built to withstand the mud and grim, but also provide sufficient UV protection on those sunny days. Polarized lenses are available at an additional cost, however they provide optimum clarity and definition which is arguably worth the investment.
Colours: multiple fame and lenses colour-ways available
Tifosi Tyrant 2.0
Trading since 2003, Tifosi have earned themselves a reputable brand name in outdoor sports for providing quality and functional eye-wear. Designed for professionals and novices alike, Tifosi's eye-wear range is stylish and affordable
The Tyrant 2.0 are constructed from a particular nylon compound which can withstand incredible bending strength. With this, the frame is also resistant to chemical and UV damage, but its low density frame allows the glasses to weigh just 24g.
Both the ear and nose pads are fully adjustable so you can ensure a comfortable fit throughout your ride. They hydrophilic rubber protects the material from water and sweat damage over time. The lenses have been designed with ventilation to help reduce the risk of fogging.
Colours: Number of colour-way combinations between frames and lenses
SCOTT Leap Full Frame Sunglasses
These lightweight and stylish sunglasses from Scott are designed with performance and style for every type of off-road rider.
The frames are lightweight and abrasion resistant, with ventilation to channel air flow through. This helps to minimise the effects of the lenses fogging up and obstructing vision. These lenses offer 100% UV protection so you can be sure your eyes are safe from harmful rays and glares.
Considering the rough trails and loose debris we riders come across, SCOTT has used their best technology to ensure that cycling lenses exceed the regular standards of safety for impact. Those branches and pebbles won't be a problem for the Leap sunglasses.
Colours: Multiple colour-way options
Ride 100% certainly know a thing or two about style and performance. Their mountain bike goggles are second to none on the scene, and their sunglasses are shaping up the same way too.
With a wide variety of coloured frames, it's easy to find the right colour combination to your kit. There are numerous lens options to choose from which cater for varying trail and light conditions also.
The lightweight frame has air control properties with comfort nose and ear pads to keep them in place. The anti-reflective lenses are also water and oil repellent with their wrap-around design for optimum fit.
Colours: Oh so many!
Uvex Sunsation Glasses
If you're looking for something a little more simple and affordable, but still offer 100% UV protection, then Uvex' Sunsation Glasses are just the ticket.
Available in some stunning colour-ways, these glasses are built for comfort and protection with their simple and elegant style.
The soft rubber nose and ear pieces will keep these glasses firmly in place without pinching or slipping when wet. Their strong frame will keep going long after the riding has stopped.
You need to take care of your eyes when you cycle, especially on sunny days. Finding a good fitting pair may take some time, but it's a worthy investment to avoid any injuries in the future.
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