HOW TO CHOOSE MOUNTAIN BIKE GLASSES / GOGGLES

HOW TO CHOOSE MOUNTAIN BIKE GLASSES / GOGGLES

Wind, sun, ultraviolet, flying debris, tree brunches trying to find their way into your eye sockets… Riding without eye protection can mean a serious injury or at the best scenario less comfortable ride. Also, since the eyes are the primary organs that collect information, a quality mountain bike glasses or goggles won’t only directly protect your eyes but also will increase contrast to help you better see pot holes, rocks, and other road conditions. Whether you will choose usually more popular glasses over goggles, which are often worn for more extreme mountain biking, there’s a few things to look for in order to choose a quality mountain bike glasses:



MOUNTAIN BIKE GLASSES / GOGGLES
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1# WEAR IMPACT RESISTANT LENSES

By far the most important thing when choosing mountain bike glasses. Tree brunches, flying debris, you wanna make sure lenses won’t break into your eye or let any objects through. You simply wanna protect your eyes.



2# WEAR ULTRAVIOLET BLOCKING LENSES

Various eye problems have been associated with overexposure to UV radiation. So to protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation, lenses in your mtb glasses or goggles should block 100 percent of UV rays and also absorb most HEV rays.



3# ENSURE SECURE FIT

Down on the trail you gonna be sweating, taking on big drops, it also is going to be raining. Same as with mtb helmets, you want to make sure you choose mtb glasses or goggles that will stay as secure to your face as possible. Pay attention to facial contour too. You don’t want to get blind from the sunshine coming down from the gaps between your face and the glasses. For example Asians tend to have flatter faces than Europeans or Americans so brands from Europe and America might not fit them very well. Little key elements like rubber on the nose bridge or ear sockets can keep those glasses secure on your face.



4# CHOOSE AN INTERCHANGEABLE LENS DESIGN

A good design will let you easily pop in and out a different lens for different weather conditions. Cloudy, sunny… Versatility can be very useful here without a need to buy a separate pair of mountain bike glasses. You can also opt for photochromatic lens which is designed to change color with the amount of light outside. However it might not give you as adequate option as interchangeable lenses.



5# LOOK FOR HYDROPHOBIC LENS COATING

You also wanna make sure that your mountain bike glasses have an ability to repel sweat, water, mud, and all kinds of debris that are going to collect on your glasses when you are mountain biking. You need to be focus on the trail with little distraction.



6# CHOOSE PRESCRIPTION LENSES WHEN NEEDED

If you wear a prescription, choose the frame that can accommodate your lens. Many of the cycling or mountain bike glasses have special Rx inserts that can be fit behind the lens of the glass, so you can interchange the lenses for various lighting conditions while only purchasing one prescription lens.



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