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Best mountain bike goggles: Keep your sight clear and eyes protected

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Leatt mountain bike goggles
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Eye protection generally comes in two forms: sunglasses or goggles. Sunglasses offer a light and well-ventilated solution to eye protection, but the best mountain bike goggles will ensure the best coverage and protection for your peepers, not to mention a more secure fit.

Strapped around your helmet, the best mountain bike goggles fit snuggly against the face using foam padding with no chance of shaking loose, no matter how rough the rock garden. The trade-off for the added protection is goggles are quite a bit warmer than the best mountain bike sunglasses and aren't something you'll want to wear if you have a massive day of climbing ahead. 

However, more and more of the best mountain bike helmets feature space below the visor that allows for easy goggle storage. With that said, here is Bike Perfect's list of the best mountain bike goggles, whether you're at the downhill park or pedaling enduro laps. 

Unsure what to look for? Skip to the bottom to find out how to choose the best mountain bike goggles.

 Best mountain bike goggles

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

(Image credit: Jim Bland)

Leatt Velocity 6.5

Bulletproof MTB goggles

Lens: Mirrored, Ultra Contrast, Clear | Price: $90 / £99 / AU$129

Supreme build quality
Huge amounts of protection
Impressive lens quality
The generous levels cause some peripheral vision contamination

Leatt claims when you look through the Velocity 6.5's double-pane anti-fog lens, you have an unobstructed 170-degree field of view. The brand also says the injection-molded lenses are literally bulletproof, meeting the US Military Ballistic Impact Standard, while the double lens and anti-fog coating keeps condensation at bay. 

The lenses themselves are tear-off and roll-off ready, and the pop-in-pop-out lens swaps are painless, but make sure you have a clean goggle bag ready because there will be fingerprints. Leatt also includes a removable nose guard for added protection. 

When we reviewed the Leatt Velocity 6.5s, our testers found that the super-wide profile on these goggles offers great protection for long days at the downhill park. 

Koo Edge Goggles

(Image credit: Jim Bland)

Koo Edge

Clear vision with a nose protector

Lens: Blue mirror, Clear, Pink mirror, Red mirror | Price: $152 / £100 / AU$197

Lens quality is truly exceptional
A removable nose guard is an effective addition
Lens removal is a cinch to work with
Expensive compared to other options on the market
The foam used lacks support and compromises comfort
Frequent fogging is a real issue

Koo might be a relatively unknown brand in MTB circles but it is the eyewear branch of protection giants Kask. The lenses were designed in partnership with the optical experts Zeiss to give maximum performance and clarity across a broad range of light conditions that mountain bikers experience. There are multiple tint/color options and all of them are 100 per cent UV protective. 

We found that the Koo Edge goggles offered some seriously impressive quality of vision and it genuinely feels like the HD effect boosts precision and line-choice accuracy on the trail. They are susceptible to fogging, so if you ride in humid conditions, then the channeled venting won't be sufficient to keep the lenses clear.

As can be seen, the Edge features a removable nose piece that adds additional coverage to protect your face from flying trail debris, something which we found beneficial in muddy conditions.

Read our full review of the Koo Edge mountain bike goggles.

Smith Squad Chromapop

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Smith Squad Chromapop

Breezy MTB eyewear

Lens: Chromapop, Clear | Price: $85 / £85 / AU$150

Open venting keeps fog at bay
Chromapop lens is one of the best
Two lenses included 
Open lattice at the bottom can allow dust and mud to creep in

Smith's Squad MTB goggles put ventilation at a premium, scrapping the thin layer of foam that usually covers the vents on the top and bottom of the goggles for maximum airflow. With an open lattice design and a wide nose bridge, the frame is soft and malleable to fit a wide variety of faces comfortably. 

Each colorway comes with a tinted Chromapop lens and a clear lens and the swapping process is one of the easiest we have come across — both feature integrated tear-off posts and are treated with Anti-fog. 

The Chromapop technology filters light at two specific wavelengths (blue and green, and green and red) that causes color confusion. Smith says this allows for better clarity and definition, more natural color to help you spot trail hazards faster.

Giro Blok MTB

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Giro Blok MTB

No tunnel vision here but still plays nicely with most helmets

Lens: Zeiss Vivid, clear | Price: $80 / £80 / AU$100

Simple aesthetic
Zeiss Vivid lens
Anti-fog
Foam lacks some staying power

Lots of goggles have harsh angles and sharp points that make you look like something out of a 1980s futuristic thriller. The Giro Blok, on the other hand, offers a clean aesthetic and a vast field of view. Designed around the brand's Expansion View Technology the frame sits well out of the edges of your vision, and the cylindrical Zeiss Lens is available with the brand's Vivid contrast-enhancing technology.

In the box, you also get a clear lens, both of which have tear-off posts, and Giro even includes a 10-pack to get you started. 

The frame itself is quite big, so if you wear a small helmet, the Blok might be a bit too bug-eyed. The inside of the goggle features triple-layer foam backed with microfleece facing to keep you comfortable for an entire day in the bike park.

Oakley Airbrake MTB

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Oakley Airbrake MTB

Well designed goggles that work well with a range of faces and helmets

Lens: Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Lowlight | Price: $170 / £195 / AU$270

Comprehensive fit
Quality optics
Simple lens changes 
Winged strap mounts allow for lots of helmet compatibility
On the pricier side

No matter the product, anything with a big 'O' on the side is going to cost a solid chunk of change but, in our experience, Oakley gear is well worth the money, and the Airbrake MTB goggles are no exception. 

The O-matter frame is high quality and features a broad nose bridge that should suit schnozzes ranging from honkers down to the button variety. The Airbrake also features a nifty version of the brand's SwitchLock which allows for fingerprint-free lens changes. 

Available in the Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Low Light tints, the lenses are made from Oakley's Plutonite which offers distortion-free vision.

100% Armega

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100% Armega

Best for aggressive riders

Lens: Clear, Mirror, Vented Dual Pane | Price: $120 / £86 / AU$154

Replacement lens affordable
Plays nicely with helmets
Narrow field of view

The 100% Armega is the brand's flagship goggles. While they are actually motocross goggles they happily double up for use on the mountain bike trail. Other than staving off shotgun blasts of roost propelled by a 400cc engine, MX and MTB goggles need to perform basically the same task, and since these are built for higher MX speeds, the lenses are super-strong. 

With outriggers connected to the strap and a bonded, dual-injection frame, the Armega will work with a wide variety of helmets and faces. The injection-molded lens has an impact rating of up to 2mm and it's shatter-resistant, meaning flying pebbles won't ruin your ride. 

100% offers the Armega in 15 different tints, plus replacement lenses are surprisingly affordable, and you get a removable nose protector, too.

POC Ora Clarity

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POC Ora Clarity

Supremely comfortable MTB goggles

Lens: Clarity | Price: $90 / £64 / AU$115

Flexible frame
Foam-free version for trail and enduro
Not many tints available

POC's Ora Goggles are designed to interface with its own helmets with no gaps or pinching around the edge, and the frame offers plenty of flex to conform to your face.

The Ora's actually come in two specs, a DH version complete with pins for tear-offs, and a trail and enduro version with no pins or foam over the vents for max airflow — POC sells replacement lenses with the pins. The Ora is also available with POC’s Clarity contrast increasing lens. 

The padding is a microfiber-backed three-layer foam that is soft against the skin and hugs your face to offer a wide range of view and comfort for all-day riding. 

Scott Prospect

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Scott Prospect

Obstruction-free vision

Lens: Tinted and Clear | Price: $99.95 / £71 / AU$128

Huge range of view
Articulating strap outriggers 
Lens changes aren't easy

Scott has been making goggles, whether it's for snow sports, motorsports or bike sports, for nearly half a century. This experience shows with its latest Prospect goggles. First and foremost, they are huge, measuring 50mm taller than their predecessor, the Hustle.

The strap comes lined with silicon, and the articulating outriggers should make them compatible with just about any helmet out there, both full- and open-face. Scott has also opted for a wide nose bridge with generous padding which makes for a comfortable fit for noses big and small.

In addition to increasing the thickness of the lens, Scott has also updated its Lens Lock system, which uses four locking pins that go through the lens to prevent it from popping out in a crash. Unfortunately, this system works a little too well, and lens swaps aren't easy.

Melon Optics Parker

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Melon Optics Parker

Best value-for-money goggles on the market

Lens: Chrome tint | Price: $50 / £40 / AU$72

Value for money
Customizable
Spares available
Optical clarity not quite as sharp as competitors

You get what you pay for when it comes to choosing the best mountain bike goggles, but there are exceptions to every rule and, in this case, that's the Melon Optics Parker. With the ability to customize the color and design of the frame, strap, and lens, the Parker MTB goggles can be tailored to suit your personal tastes, but also means spare parts are readily available.

The materials used aren't quite as premium as the likes of Oakley or Smith, but in practice, they hold their own with goggles double the price. For how closed the frames look, the ventilation is superb, fogging is a non-issue, and the field of view is pretty well unobstructed.

O'Neal Blur B50

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O'Neal Blur B50

Magnetic lens makes this one of the easiest MTB goggle options to own. They're also super comfortable

Lens: Mirror, Iridium, Clear | Price: $90 / £80 / AU$128

Easy lens swaps
Massive field of view
Replacement lenses are pricey

The near frameless goggle design with a magnetic-based lens change system is extremely popular for ski and snowboard goggles, with at least a dozen brands offering a nearly identical version with their logo on the strap. O'Neal has traded cold smoke for brown pow and brought this design to the dirt with the B-50. 

Instead of the lenses being secured to the frame with notches cut in the edge of the lens, the B-50 sees magnets on both pieces which allow the lens to snap into place. O'Neal makes the lenses in six tints, ranging from a Red reflective to clear. 

Beyond the easy lens swaps, the other reason this design is so popular in the snowsports arena is it allows for a near-180-degree field of view completely unobstructed by the frame.

How to choose the best mountain bike goggles

Do you need goggles for mountain biking?

Not necessarily, however, if you are riding downhill and enduro it is recommended, as the best mountain bike goggles will provide significantly more eye protection than sunglasses. It's particularly beneficial to wear goggles in wet and muddy conditions as they will stop wheel-spray from going in your eyes and potentially causing a crash. 

While goggles are great for gravity sports, they aren't as good for cross-country. The extra face-covering means they can get warm if you are doing a long climb and don't have time to whip them off to stash in a bag or pocket at the bottom.

How much do goggles cost?

You get what you pay for, and goggles are no exception. There is a chasm in quality between a cheap set of goggles from a no-name brand and something from a well-known optical company. More expensive goggles will feature interchangeable lenses and straps, higher quality foam and venting, and the lenses themselves may also have hydrophobic coatings and contrast improving tints.

With that said, goggles take lots of abuse and lenses are going to get scratched, so it's important to weigh the above against the price.

How do you wear goggles on a mountain bike?

Goggles that don't interact well with your helmet or plug your nostrils because the nose bridge is too narrow are going to cause more problems than they solve. We recommend trying goggles on before you buy, and bringing your helmet with you to make sure everything works together. To assure a good fit, you want the strap to securely grip the rear of the helmet whilst not being overly tight on your face, as this will lead to discomfort and lens fogging.

Tunnel vision is the last thing you want bombing down narrow singletrack. When you try on a pair of goggles, take note if you can see the frame in your peripheral vision as this may affect your vision out on the trail.

What color lenses are best for mountain biking?

If you ride in sunny Southern California, a darker lens will leave you more comfortable, but if your trails snake through the trees with a dense overhead canopy, light or even a clear lens will be the go-to.

Lots of companies have their own version of contrast-boosting technology, and they all work to varying degrees.

Depending on the lens, some brands will add hydrophobic and anti-fog coatings to their lenses, and these can be a godsend in wet weather or riding behind your roots-riding mate.

Can you replace goggle lenses?

Most brands offer interchangeable optics. The reality is your lenses are going to get scratched, and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. When you're shopping for goggles, have a look at how much spare lenses cost and factor that into potential costs.

Eye protection generally comes in two forms: sunglasses or goggles. Sunglasses offer a light and well-ventilated solution to eye protection, but the best mountain bike goggles will ensure the best coverage and protection for your peepers, not to mention a more secure fit.

Strapped around your helmet, the best mountain bike goggles fit snuggly against the face using foam padding with no chance of shaking loose, no matter how rough the rock garden. The trade-off for the added protection is goggles are quite a bit warmer than the best mountain bike sunglasses and aren't something you'll want to wear if you have a massive day of climbing ahead. 

However, more and more of the best mountain bike helmets feature space below the visor that allows for easy goggle storage. With that said, here is Bike Perfect's list of the best mountain bike goggles, whether you're at the downhill park or pedaling enduro laps. 

Unsure what to look for? Skip to the bottom to find out how to choose the best mountain bike goggles.

 Best mountain bike goggles

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

(Image credit: Jim Bland)

Leatt Velocity 6.5

Bulletproof MTB goggles

Lens: Mirrored, Ultra Contrast, Clear | Price: $90 / £99 / AU$129

Supreme build quality
Huge amounts of protection
Impressive lens quality
The generous levels cause some peripheral vision contamination

Leatt claims when you look through the Velocity 6.5's double-pane anti-fog lens, you have an unobstructed 170-degree field of view. The brand also says the injection-molded lenses are literally bulletproof, meeting the US Military Ballistic Impact Standard, while the double lens and anti-fog coating keeps condensation at bay. 

The lenses themselves are tear-off and roll-off ready, and the pop-in-pop-out lens swaps are painless, but make sure you have a clean goggle bag ready because there will be fingerprints. Leatt also includes a removable nose guard for added protection. 

When we reviewed the Leatt Velocity 6.5s, our testers found that the super-wide profile on these goggles offers great protection for long days at the downhill park. 

Koo Edge Goggles

(Image credit: Jim Bland)

Koo Edge

Clear vision with a nose protector

Lens: Blue mirror, Clear, Pink mirror, Red mirror | Price: $152 / £100 / AU$197

Lens quality is truly exceptional
A removable nose guard is an effective addition
Lens removal is a cinch to work with
Expensive compared to other options on the market
The foam used lacks support and compromises comfort
Frequent fogging is a real issue

Koo might be a relatively unknown brand in MTB circles but it is the eyewear branch of protection giants Kask. The lenses were designed in partnership with the optical experts Zeiss to give maximum performance and clarity across a broad range of light conditions that mountain bikers experience. There are multiple tint/color options and all of them are 100 per cent UV protective. 

We found that the Koo Edge goggles offered some seriously impressive quality of vision and it genuinely feels like the HD effect boosts precision and line-choice accuracy on the trail. They are susceptible to fogging, so if you ride in humid conditions, then the channeled venting won't be sufficient to keep the lenses clear.

As can be seen, the Edge features a removable nose piece that adds additional coverage to protect your face from flying trail debris, something which we found beneficial in muddy conditions.

Read our full review of the Koo Edge mountain bike goggles.

Smith Squad Chromapop

(Image credit: Courtesy)

Smith Squad Chromapop

Breezy MTB eyewear

Lens: Chromapop, Clear | Price: $85 / £85 / AU$150

Open venting keeps fog at bay
Chromapop lens is one of the best
Two lenses included 
Open lattice at the bottom can allow dust and mud to creep in

Smith's Squad MTB goggles put ventilation at a premium, scrapping the thin layer of foam that usually covers the vents on the top and bottom of the goggles for maximum airflow. With an open lattice design and a wide nose bridge, the frame is soft and malleable to fit a wide variety of faces comfortably. 

Each colorway comes with a tinted Chromapop lens and a clear lens and the swapping process is one of the easiest we have come across — both feature integrated tear-off posts and are treated with Anti-fog. 

The Chromapop technology filters light at two specific wavelengths (blue and green, and green and red) that causes color confusion. Smith says this allows for better clarity and definition, more natural color to help you spot trail hazards faster.

Giro Blok MTB

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Giro Blok MTB

No tunnel vision here but still plays nicely with most helmets

Lens: Zeiss Vivid, clear | Price: $80 / £80 / AU$100

Simple aesthetic
Zeiss Vivid lens
Anti-fog
Foam lacks some staying power

Lots of goggles have harsh angles and sharp points that make you look like something out of a 1980s futuristic thriller. The Giro Blok, on the other hand, offers a clean aesthetic and a vast field of view. Designed around the brand's Expansion View Technology the frame sits well out of the edges of your vision, and the cylindrical Zeiss Lens is available with the brand's Vivid contrast-enhancing technology.

In the box, you also get a clear lens, both of which have tear-off posts, and Giro even includes a 10-pack to get you started. 

The frame itself is quite big, so if you wear a small helmet, the Blok might be a bit too bug-eyed. The inside of the goggle features triple-layer foam backed with microfleece facing to keep you comfortable for an entire day in the bike park.

Oakley Airbrake MTB

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Oakley Airbrake MTB

Well designed goggles that work well with a range of faces and helmets

Lens: Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Lowlight | Price: $170 / £195 / AU$270

Comprehensive fit
Quality optics
Simple lens changes 
Winged strap mounts allow for lots of helmet compatibility
On the pricier side

No matter the product, anything with a big 'O' on the side is going to cost a solid chunk of change but, in our experience, Oakley gear is well worth the money, and the Airbrake MTB goggles are no exception. 

The O-matter frame is high quality and features a broad nose bridge that should suit schnozzes ranging from honkers down to the button variety. The Airbrake also features a nifty version of the brand's SwitchLock which allows for fingerprint-free lens changes. 

Available in the Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Low Light tints, the lenses are made from Oakley's Plutonite which offers distortion-free vision.

100% Armega

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100% Armega

Best for aggressive riders

Lens: Clear, Mirror, Vented Dual Pane | Price: $120 / £86 / AU$154

Replacement lens affordable
Plays nicely with helmets
Narrow field of view

The 100% Armega is the brand's flagship goggles. While they are actually motocross goggles they happily double up for use on the mountain bike trail. Other than staving off shotgun blasts of roost propelled by a 400cc engine, MX and MTB goggles need to perform basically the same task, and since these are built for higher MX speeds, the lenses are super-strong. 

With outriggers connected to the strap and a bonded, dual-injection frame, the Armega will work with a wide variety of helmets and faces. The injection-molded lens has an impact rating of up to 2mm and it's shatter-resistant, meaning flying pebbles won't ruin your ride. 

100% offers the Armega in 15 different tints, plus replacement lenses are surprisingly affordable, and you get a removable nose protector, too.

POC Ora Clarity

(Image credit: Courtesy)

POC Ora Clarity

Supremely comfortable MTB goggles

Lens: Clarity | Price: $90 / £64 / AU$115

Flexible frame
Foam-free version for trail and enduro
Not many tints available

POC's Ora Goggles are designed to interface with its own helmets with no gaps or pinching around the edge, and the frame offers plenty of flex to conform to your face.

The Ora's actually come in two specs, a DH version complete with pins for tear-offs, and a trail and enduro version with no pins or foam over the vents for max airflow — POC sells replacement lenses with the pins. The Ora is also available with POC’s Clarity contrast increasing lens. 

The padding is a microfiber-backed three-layer foam that is soft against the skin and hugs your face to offer a wide range of view and comfort for all-day riding. 

Scott Prospect

(Image credit: Courtesy)

Scott Prospect

Obstruction-free vision

Lens: Tinted and Clear | Price: $99.95 / £71 / AU$128

Huge range of view
Articulating strap outriggers 
Lens changes aren't easy

Scott has been making goggles, whether it's for snow sports, motorsports or bike sports, for nearly half a century. This experience shows with its latest Prospect goggles. First and foremost, they are huge, measuring 50mm taller than their predecessor, the Hustle.

The strap comes lined with silicon, and the articulating outriggers should make them compatible with just about any helmet out there, both full- and open-face. Scott has also opted for a wide nose bridge with generous padding which makes for a comfortable fit for noses big and small.

In addition to increasing the thickness of the lens, Scott has also updated its Lens Lock system, which uses four locking pins that go through the lens to prevent it from popping out in a crash. Unfortunately, this system works a little too well, and lens swaps aren't easy.

Melon Optics Parker

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Melon Optics Parker

Best value-for-money goggles on the market

Lens: Chrome tint | Price: $50 / £40 / AU$72

Value for money
Customizable
Spares available
Optical clarity not quite as sharp as competitors

You get what you pay for when it comes to choosing the best mountain bike goggles, but there are exceptions to every rule and, in this case, that's the Melon Optics Parker. With the ability to customize the color and design of the frame, strap, and lens, the Parker MTB goggles can be tailored to suit your personal tastes, but also means spare parts are readily available.

The materials used aren't quite as premium as the likes of Oakley or Smith, but in practice, they hold their own with goggles double the price. For how closed the frames look, the ventilation is superb, fogging is a non-issue, and the field of view is pretty well unobstructed.

O'Neal Blur B50

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O'Neal Blur B50

Magnetic lens makes this one of the easiest MTB goggle options to own. They're also super comfortable

Lens: Mirror, Iridium, Clear | Price: $90 / £80 / AU$128

Easy lens swaps
Massive field of view
Replacement lenses are pricey

The near frameless goggle design with a magnetic-based lens change system is extremely popular for ski and snowboard goggles, with at least a dozen brands offering a nearly identical version with their logo on the strap. O'Neal has traded cold smoke for brown pow and brought this design to the dirt with the B-50. 

Instead of the lenses being secured to the frame with notches cut in the edge of the lens, the B-50 sees magnets on both pieces which allow the lens to snap into place. O'Neal makes the lenses in six tints, ranging from a Red reflective to clear. 

Beyond the easy lens swaps, the other reason this design is so popular in the snowsports arena is it allows for a near-180-degree field of view completely unobstructed by the frame.

How to choose the best mountain bike goggles

Do you need goggles for mountain biking?

Not necessarily, however, if you are riding downhill and enduro it is recommended, as the best mountain bike goggles will provide significantly more eye protection than sunglasses. It's particularly beneficial to wear goggles in wet and muddy conditions as they will stop wheel-spray from going in your eyes and potentially causing a crash. 

While goggles are great for gravity sports, they aren't as good for cross-country. The extra face-covering means they can get warm if you are doing a long climb and don't have time to whip them off to stash in a bag or pocket at the bottom.

How much do goggles cost?

You get what you pay for, and goggles are no exception. There is a chasm in quality between a cheap set of goggles from a no-name brand and something from a well-known optical company. More expensive goggles will feature interchangeable lenses and straps, higher quality foam and venting, and the lenses themselves may also have hydrophobic coatings and contrast improving tints.

With that said, goggles take lots of abuse and lenses are going to get scratched, so it's important to weigh the above against the price.

How do you wear goggles on a mountain bike?

Goggles that don't interact well with your helmet or plug your nostrils because the nose bridge is too narrow are going to cause more problems than they solve. We recommend trying goggles on before you buy, and bringing your helmet with you to make sure everything works together. To assure a good fit, you want the strap to securely grip the rear of the helmet whilst not being overly tight on your face, as this will lead to discomfort and lens fogging.

Tunnel vision is the last thing you want bombing down narrow singletrack. When you try on a pair of goggles, take note if you can see the frame in your peripheral vision as this may affect your vision out on the trail.

What color lenses are best for mountain biking?

If you ride in sunny Southern California, a darker lens will leave you more comfortable, but if your trails snake through the trees with a dense overhead canopy, light or even a clear lens will be the go-to.

Lots of companies have their own version of contrast-boosting technology, and they all work to varying degrees.

Depending on the lens, some brands will add hydrophobic and anti-fog coatings to their lenses, and these can be a godsend in wet weather or riding behind your roots-riding mate.

Can you replace goggle lenses?

Most brands offer interchangeable optics. The reality is your lenses are going to get scratched, and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. When you're shopping for goggles, have a look at how much spare lenses cost and factor that into potential costs.

Eye protection generally comes in two forms: sunglasses or goggles. Sunglasses offer a light and well-ventilated solution to eye protection, but the best mountain bike goggles will ensure the best coverage and protection for your peepers, not to mention a more secure fit.

Strapped around your helmet, the best mountain bike goggles fit snuggly against the face using foam padding with no chance of shaking loose, no matter how rough the rock garden. The trade-off for the added protection is goggles are quite a bit warmer than the best mountain bike sunglasses and aren't something you'll want to wear if you have a massive day of climbing ahead. 

However, more and more of the best mountain bike helmets feature space below the visor that allows for easy goggle storage. With that said, here is Bike Perfect's list of the best mountain bike goggles, whether you're at the downhill park or pedaling enduro laps. 

Unsure what to look for? Skip to the bottom to find out how to choose the best mountain bike goggles.

 Best mountain bike goggles

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

(Image credit: Jim Bland)

Leatt Velocity 6.5

Bulletproof MTB goggles

Lens: Mirrored, Ultra Contrast, Clear | Price: $90 / £99 / AU$129

Supreme build quality
Huge amounts of protection
Impressive lens quality
The generous levels cause some peripheral vision contamination

Leatt claims when you look through the Velocity 6.5's double-pane anti-fog lens, you have an unobstructed 170-degree field of view. The brand also says the injection-molded lenses are literally bulletproof, meeting the US Military Ballistic Impact Standard, while the double lens and anti-fog coating keeps condensation at bay. 

The lenses themselves are tear-off and roll-off ready, and the pop-in-pop-out lens swaps are painless, but make sure you have a clean goggle bag ready because there will be fingerprints. Leatt also includes a removable nose guard for added protection. 

When we reviewed the Leatt Velocity 6.5s, our testers found that the super-wide profile on these goggles offers great protection for long days at the downhill park. 

Koo Edge Goggles

(Image credit: Jim Bland)

Koo Edge

Clear vision with a nose protector

Lens: Blue mirror, Clear, Pink mirror, Red mirror | Price: $152 / £100 / AU$197

Lens quality is truly exceptional
A removable nose guard is an effective addition
Lens removal is a cinch to work with
Expensive compared to other options on the market
The foam used lacks support and compromises comfort
Frequent fogging is a real issue

Koo might be a relatively unknown brand in MTB circles but it is the eyewear branch of protection giants Kask. The lenses were designed in partnership with the optical experts Zeiss to give maximum performance and clarity across a broad range of light conditions that mountain bikers experience. There are multiple tint/color options and all of them are 100 per cent UV protective. 

We found that the Koo Edge goggles offered some seriously impressive quality of vision and it genuinely feels like the HD effect boosts precision and line-choice accuracy on the trail. They are susceptible to fogging, so if you ride in humid conditions, then the channeled venting won't be sufficient to keep the lenses clear.

As can be seen, the Edge features a removable nose piece that adds additional coverage to protect your face from flying trail debris, something which we found beneficial in muddy conditions.

Read our full review of the Koo Edge mountain bike goggles.

Smith Squad Chromapop

(Image credit: Courtesy)

Smith Squad Chromapop

Breezy MTB eyewear

Lens: Chromapop, Clear | Price: $85 / £85 / AU$150

Open venting keeps fog at bay
Chromapop lens is one of the best
Two lenses included 
Open lattice at the bottom can allow dust and mud to creep in

Smith's Squad MTB goggles put ventilation at a premium, scrapping the thin layer of foam that usually covers the vents on the top and bottom of the goggles for maximum airflow. With an open lattice design and a wide nose bridge, the frame is soft and malleable to fit a wide variety of faces comfortably. 

Each colorway comes with a tinted Chromapop lens and a clear lens and the swapping process is one of the easiest we have come across — both feature integrated tear-off posts and are treated with Anti-fog. 

The Chromapop technology filters light at two specific wavelengths (blue and green, and green and red) that causes color confusion. Smith says this allows for better clarity and definition, more natural color to help you spot trail hazards faster.

Giro Blok MTB

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Giro Blok MTB

No tunnel vision here but still plays nicely with most helmets

Lens: Zeiss Vivid, clear | Price: $80 / £80 / AU$100

Simple aesthetic
Zeiss Vivid lens
Anti-fog
Foam lacks some staying power

Lots of goggles have harsh angles and sharp points that make you look like something out of a 1980s futuristic thriller. The Giro Blok, on the other hand, offers a clean aesthetic and a vast field of view. Designed around the brand's Expansion View Technology the frame sits well out of the edges of your vision, and the cylindrical Zeiss Lens is available with the brand's Vivid contrast-enhancing technology.

In the box, you also get a clear lens, both of which have tear-off posts, and Giro even includes a 10-pack to get you started. 

The frame itself is quite big, so if you wear a small helmet, the Blok might be a bit too bug-eyed. The inside of the goggle features triple-layer foam backed with microfleece facing to keep you comfortable for an entire day in the bike park.

Oakley Airbrake MTB

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Oakley Airbrake MTB

Well designed goggles that work well with a range of faces and helmets

Lens: Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Lowlight | Price: $170 / £195 / AU$270

Comprehensive fit
Quality optics
Simple lens changes 
Winged strap mounts allow for lots of helmet compatibility
On the pricier side

No matter the product, anything with a big 'O' on the side is going to cost a solid chunk of change but, in our experience, Oakley gear is well worth the money, and the Airbrake MTB goggles are no exception. 

The O-matter frame is high quality and features a broad nose bridge that should suit schnozzes ranging from honkers down to the button variety. The Airbrake also features a nifty version of the brand's SwitchLock which allows for fingerprint-free lens changes. 

Available in the Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Low Light tints, the lenses are made from Oakley's Plutonite which offers distortion-free vision.

100% Armega

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100% Armega

Best for aggressive riders

Lens: Clear, Mirror, Vented Dual Pane | Price: $120 / £86 / AU$154

Replacement lens affordable
Plays nicely with helmets
Narrow field of view

The 100% Armega is the brand's flagship goggles. While they are actually motocross goggles they happily double up for use on the mountain bike trail. Other than staving off shotgun blasts of roost propelled by a 400cc engine, MX and MTB goggles need to perform basically the same task, and since these are built for higher MX speeds, the lenses are super-strong. 

With outriggers connected to the strap and a bonded, dual-injection frame, the Armega will work with a wide variety of helmets and faces. The injection-molded lens has an impact rating of up to 2mm and it's shatter-resistant, meaning flying pebbles won't ruin your ride. 

100% offers the Armega in 15 different tints, plus replacement lenses are surprisingly affordable, and you get a removable nose protector, too.

POC Ora Clarity

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POC Ora Clarity

Supremely comfortable MTB goggles

Lens: Clarity | Price: $90 / £64 / AU$115

Flexible frame
Foam-free version for trail and enduro
Not many tints available

POC's Ora Goggles are designed to interface with its own helmets with no gaps or pinching around the edge, and the frame offers plenty of flex to conform to your face.

The Ora's actually come in two specs, a DH version complete with pins for tear-offs, and a trail and enduro version with no pins or foam over the vents for max airflow — POC sells replacement lenses with the pins. The Ora is also available with POC’s Clarity contrast increasing lens. 

The padding is a microfiber-backed three-layer foam that is soft against the skin and hugs your face to offer a wide range of view and comfort for all-day riding. 

Scott Prospect

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Scott Prospect

Obstruction-free vision

Lens: Tinted and Clear | Price: $99.95 / £71 / AU$128

Huge range of view
Articulating strap outriggers 
Lens changes aren't easy

Scott has been making goggles, whether it's for snow sports, motorsports or bike sports, for nearly half a century. This experience shows with its latest Prospect goggles. First and foremost, they are huge, measuring 50mm taller than their predecessor, the Hustle.

The strap comes lined with silicon, and the articulating outriggers should make them compatible with just about any helmet out there, both full- and open-face. Scott has also opted for a wide nose bridge with generous padding which makes for a comfortable fit for noses big and small.

In addition to increasing the thickness of the lens, Scott has also updated its Lens Lock system, which uses four locking pins that go through the lens to prevent it from popping out in a crash. Unfortunately, this system works a little too well, and lens swaps aren't easy.

Melon Optics Parker

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Melon Optics Parker

Best value-for-money goggles on the market

Lens: Chrome tint | Price: $50 / £40 / AU$72

Value for money
Customizable
Spares available
Optical clarity not quite as sharp as competitors

You get what you pay for when it comes to choosing the best mountain bike goggles, but there are exceptions to every rule and, in this case, that's the Melon Optics Parker. With the ability to customize the color and design of the frame, strap, and lens, the Parker MTB goggles can be tailored to suit your personal tastes, but also means spare parts are readily available.

The materials used aren't quite as premium as the likes of Oakley or Smith, but in practice, they hold their own with goggles double the price. For how closed the frames look, the ventilation is superb, fogging is a non-issue, and the field of view is pretty well unobstructed.

O'Neal Blur B50

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O'Neal Blur B50

Magnetic lens makes this one of the easiest MTB goggle options to own. They're also super comfortable

Lens: Mirror, Iridium, Clear | Price: $90 / £80 / AU$128

Easy lens swaps
Massive field of view
Replacement lenses are pricey

The near frameless goggle design with a magnetic-based lens change system is extremely popular for ski and snowboard goggles, with at least a dozen brands offering a nearly identical version with their logo on the strap. O'Neal has traded cold smoke for brown pow and brought this design to the dirt with the B-50. 

Instead of the lenses being secured to the frame with notches cut in the edge of the lens, the B-50 sees magnets on both pieces which allow the lens to snap into place. O'Neal makes the lenses in six tints, ranging from a Red reflective to clear. 

Beyond the easy lens swaps, the other reason this design is so popular in the snowsports arena is it allows for a near-180-degree field of view completely unobstructed by the frame.

How to choose the best mountain bike goggles

Do you need goggles for mountain biking?

Not necessarily, however, if you are riding downhill and enduro it is recommended, as the best mountain bike goggles will provide significantly more eye protection than sunglasses. It's particularly beneficial to wear goggles in wet and muddy conditions as they will stop wheel-spray from going in your eyes and potentially causing a crash. 

While goggles are great for gravity sports, they aren't as good for cross-country. The extra face-covering means they can get warm if you are doing a long climb and don't have time to whip them off to stash in a bag or pocket at the bottom.

How much do goggles cost?

You get what you pay for, and goggles are no exception. There is a chasm in quality between a cheap set of goggles from a no-name brand and something from a well-known optical company. More expensive goggles will feature interchangeable lenses and straps, higher quality foam and venting, and the lenses themselves may also have hydrophobic coatings and contrast improving tints.

With that said, goggles take lots of abuse and lenses are going to get scratched, so it's important to weigh the above against the price.

How do you wear goggles on a mountain bike?

Goggles that don't interact well with your helmet or plug your nostrils because the nose bridge is too narrow are going to cause more problems than they solve. We recommend trying goggles on before you buy, and bringing your helmet with you to make sure everything works together. To assure a good fit, you want the strap to securely grip the rear of the helmet whilst not being overly tight on your face, as this will lead to discomfort and lens fogging.

Tunnel vision is the last thing you want bombing down narrow singletrack. When you try on a pair of goggles, take note if you can see the frame in your peripheral vision as this may affect your vision out on the trail.

What color lenses are best for mountain biking?

If you ride in sunny Southern California, a darker lens will leave you more comfortable, but if your trails snake through the trees with a dense overhead canopy, light or even a clear lens will be the go-to.

Lots of companies have their own version of contrast-boosting technology, and they all work to varying degrees.

Depending on the lens, some brands will add hydrophobic and anti-fog coatings to their lenses, and these can be a godsend in wet weather or riding behind your roots-riding mate.

Can you replace goggle lenses?

Most brands offer interchangeable optics. The reality is your lenses are going to get scratched, and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. When you're shopping for goggles, have a look at how much spare lenses cost and factor that into potential costs.

Eye protection generally comes in two forms: sunglasses or goggles. Sunglasses offer a light and well-ventilated solution to eye protection, but the best mountain bike goggles will ensure the best coverage and protection for your peepers, not to mention a more secure fit.

Strapped around your helmet, the best mountain bike goggles fit snuggly against the face using foam padding with no chance of shaking loose, no matter how rough the rock garden. The trade-off for the added protection is goggles are quite a bit warmer than the best mountain bike sunglasses and aren't something you'll want to wear if you have a massive day of climbing ahead. 

However, more and more of the best mountain bike helmets feature space below the visor that allows for easy goggle storage. With that said, here is Bike Perfect's list of the best mountain bike goggles, whether you're at the downhill park or pedaling enduro laps. 

Unsure what to look for? Skip to the bottom to find out how to choose the best mountain bike goggles.

 Best mountain bike goggles

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

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Leatt Velocity 6.5

Bulletproof MTB goggles

Lens: Mirrored, Ultra Contrast, Clear | Price: $90 / £99 / AU$129

Supreme build quality
Huge amounts of protection
Impressive lens quality
The generous levels cause some peripheral vision contamination

Leatt claims when you look through the Velocity 6.5's double-pane anti-fog lens, you have an unobstructed 170-degree field of view. The brand also says the injection-molded lenses are literally bulletproof, meeting the US Military Ballistic Impact Standard, while the double lens and anti-fog coating keeps condensation at bay. 

The lenses themselves are tear-off and roll-off ready, and the pop-in-pop-out lens swaps are painless, but make sure you have a clean goggle bag ready because there will be fingerprints. Leatt also includes a removable nose guard for added protection. 

When we reviewed the Leatt Velocity 6.5s, our testers found that the super-wide profile on these goggles offers great protection for long days at the downhill park. 

Koo Edge Goggles

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Koo Edge

Clear vision with a nose protector

Lens: Blue mirror, Clear, Pink mirror, Red mirror | Price: $152 / £100 / AU$197

Lens quality is truly exceptional
A removable nose guard is an effective addition
Lens removal is a cinch to work with
Expensive compared to other options on the market
The foam used lacks support and compromises comfort
Frequent fogging is a real issue

Koo might be a relatively unknown brand in MTB circles but it is the eyewear branch of protection giants Kask. The lenses were designed in partnership with the optical experts Zeiss to give maximum performance and clarity across a broad range of light conditions that mountain bikers experience. There are multiple tint/color options and all of them are 100 per cent UV protective. 

We found that the Koo Edge goggles offered some seriously impressive quality of vision and it genuinely feels like the HD effect boosts precision and line-choice accuracy on the trail. They are susceptible to fogging, so if you ride in humid conditions, then the channeled venting won't be sufficient to keep the lenses clear.

As can be seen, the Edge features a removable nose piece that adds additional coverage to protect your face from flying trail debris, something which we found beneficial in muddy conditions.

Read our full review of the Koo Edge mountain bike goggles.

Smith Squad Chromapop

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Smith Squad Chromapop

Breezy MTB eyewear

Lens: Chromapop, Clear | Price: $85 / £85 / AU$150

Open venting keeps fog at bay
Chromapop lens is one of the best
Two lenses included 
Open lattice at the bottom can allow dust and mud to creep in

Smith's Squad MTB goggles put ventilation at a premium, scrapping the thin layer of foam that usually covers the vents on the top and bottom of the goggles for maximum airflow. With an open lattice design and a wide nose bridge, the frame is soft and malleable to fit a wide variety of faces comfortably. 

Each colorway comes with a tinted Chromapop lens and a clear lens and the swapping process is one of the easiest we have come across — both feature integrated tear-off posts and are treated with Anti-fog. 

The Chromapop technology filters light at two specific wavelengths (blue and green, and green and red) that causes color confusion. Smith says this allows for better clarity and definition, more natural color to help you spot trail hazards faster.

Giro Blok MTB

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Giro Blok MTB

No tunnel vision here but still plays nicely with most helmets

Lens: Zeiss Vivid, clear | Price: $80 / £80 / AU$100

Simple aesthetic
Zeiss Vivid lens
Anti-fog
Foam lacks some staying power

Lots of goggles have harsh angles and sharp points that make you look like something out of a 1980s futuristic thriller. The Giro Blok, on the other hand, offers a clean aesthetic and a vast field of view. Designed around the brand's Expansion View Technology the frame sits well out of the edges of your vision, and the cylindrical Zeiss Lens is available with the brand's Vivid contrast-enhancing technology.

In the box, you also get a clear lens, both of which have tear-off posts, and Giro even includes a 10-pack to get you started. 

The frame itself is quite big, so if you wear a small helmet, the Blok might be a bit too bug-eyed. The inside of the goggle features triple-layer foam backed with microfleece facing to keep you comfortable for an entire day in the bike park.

Oakley Airbrake MTB

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Oakley Airbrake MTB

Well designed goggles that work well with a range of faces and helmets

Lens: Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Lowlight | Price: $170 / £195 / AU$270

Comprehensive fit
Quality optics
Simple lens changes 
Winged strap mounts allow for lots of helmet compatibility
On the pricier side

No matter the product, anything with a big 'O' on the side is going to cost a solid chunk of change but, in our experience, Oakley gear is well worth the money, and the Airbrake MTB goggles are no exception. 

The O-matter frame is high quality and features a broad nose bridge that should suit schnozzes ranging from honkers down to the button variety. The Airbrake also features a nifty version of the brand's SwitchLock which allows for fingerprint-free lens changes. 

Available in the Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Low Light tints, the lenses are made from Oakley's Plutonite which offers distortion-free vision.

100% Armega

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100% Armega

Best for aggressive riders

Lens: Clear, Mirror, Vented Dual Pane | Price: $120 / £86 / AU$154

Replacement lens affordable
Plays nicely with helmets
Narrow field of view

The 100% Armega is the brand's flagship goggles. While they are actually motocross goggles they happily double up for use on the mountain bike trail. Other than staving off shotgun blasts of roost propelled by a 400cc engine, MX and MTB goggles need to perform basically the same task, and since these are built for higher MX speeds, the lenses are super-strong. 

With outriggers connected to the strap and a bonded, dual-injection frame, the Armega will work with a wide variety of helmets and faces. The injection-molded lens has an impact rating of up to 2mm and it's shatter-resistant, meaning flying pebbles won't ruin your ride. 

100% offers the Armega in 15 different tints, plus replacement lenses are surprisingly affordable, and you get a removable nose protector, too.

POC Ora Clarity

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POC Ora Clarity

Supremely comfortable MTB goggles

Lens: Clarity | Price: $90 / £64 / AU$115

Flexible frame
Foam-free version for trail and enduro
Not many tints available

POC's Ora Goggles are designed to interface with its own helmets with no gaps or pinching around the edge, and the frame offers plenty of flex to conform to your face.

The Ora's actually come in two specs, a DH version complete with pins for tear-offs, and a trail and enduro version with no pins or foam over the vents for max airflow — POC sells replacement lenses with the pins. The Ora is also available with POC’s Clarity contrast increasing lens. 

The padding is a microfiber-backed three-layer foam that is soft against the skin and hugs your face to offer a wide range of view and comfort for all-day riding. 

Scott Prospect

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Scott Prospect

Obstruction-free vision

Lens: Tinted and Clear | Price: $99.95 / £71 / AU$128

Huge range of view
Articulating strap outriggers 
Lens changes aren't easy

Scott has been making goggles, whether it's for snow sports, motorsports or bike sports, for nearly half a century. This experience shows with its latest Prospect goggles. First and foremost, they are huge, measuring 50mm taller than their predecessor, the Hustle.

The strap comes lined with silicon, and the articulating outriggers should make them compatible with just about any helmet out there, both full- and open-face. Scott has also opted for a wide nose bridge with generous padding which makes for a comfortable fit for noses big and small.

In addition to increasing the thickness of the lens, Scott has also updated its Lens Lock system, which uses four locking pins that go through the lens to prevent it from popping out in a crash. Unfortunately, this system works a little too well, and lens swaps aren't easy.

Melon Optics Parker

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Melon Optics Parker

Best value-for-money goggles on the market

Lens: Chrome tint | Price: $50 / £40 / AU$72

Value for money
Customizable
Spares available
Optical clarity not quite as sharp as competitors

You get what you pay for when it comes to choosing the best mountain bike goggles, but there are exceptions to every rule and, in this case, that's the Melon Optics Parker. With the ability to customize the color and design of the frame, strap, and lens, the Parker MTB goggles can be tailored to suit your personal tastes, but also means spare parts are readily available.

The materials used aren't quite as premium as the likes of Oakley or Smith, but in practice, they hold their own with goggles double the price. For how closed the frames look, the ventilation is superb, fogging is a non-issue, and the field of view is pretty well unobstructed.

O'Neal Blur B50

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O'Neal Blur B50

Magnetic lens makes this one of the easiest MTB goggle options to own. They're also super comfortable

Lens: Mirror, Iridium, Clear | Price: $90 / £80 / AU$128

Easy lens swaps
Massive field of view
Replacement lenses are pricey

The near frameless goggle design with a magnetic-based lens change system is extremely popular for ski and snowboard goggles, with at least a dozen brands offering a nearly identical version with their logo on the strap. O'Neal has traded cold smoke for brown pow and brought this design to the dirt with the B-50. 

Instead of the lenses being secured to the frame with notches cut in the edge of the lens, the B-50 sees magnets on both pieces which allow the lens to snap into place. O'Neal makes the lenses in six tints, ranging from a Red reflective to clear. 

Beyond the easy lens swaps, the other reason this design is so popular in the snowsports arena is it allows for a near-180-degree field of view completely unobstructed by the frame.

How to choose the best mountain bike goggles

Do you need goggles for mountain biking?

Not necessarily, however, if you are riding downhill and enduro it is recommended, as the best mountain bike goggles will provide significantly more eye protection than sunglasses. It's particularly beneficial to wear goggles in wet and muddy conditions as they will stop wheel-spray from going in your eyes and potentially causing a crash. 

While goggles are great for gravity sports, they aren't as good for cross-country. The extra face-covering means they can get warm if you are doing a long climb and don't have time to whip them off to stash in a bag or pocket at the bottom.

How much do goggles cost?

You get what you pay for, and goggles are no exception. There is a chasm in quality between a cheap set of goggles from a no-name brand and something from a well-known optical company. More expensive goggles will feature interchangeable lenses and straps, higher quality foam and venting, and the lenses themselves may also have hydrophobic coatings and contrast improving tints.

With that said, goggles take lots of abuse and lenses are going to get scratched, so it's important to weigh the above against the price.

How do you wear goggles on a mountain bike?

Goggles that don't interact well with your helmet or plug your nostrils because the nose bridge is too narrow are going to cause more problems than they solve. We recommend trying goggles on before you buy, and bringing your helmet with you to make sure everything works together. To assure a good fit, you want the strap to securely grip the rear of the helmet whilst not being overly tight on your face, as this will lead to discomfort and lens fogging.

Tunnel vision is the last thing you want bombing down narrow singletrack. When you try on a pair of goggles, take note if you can see the frame in your peripheral vision as this may affect your vision out on the trail.

What color lenses are best for mountain biking?

If you ride in sunny Southern California, a darker lens will leave you more comfortable, but if your trails snake through the trees with a dense overhead canopy, light or even a clear lens will be the go-to.

Lots of companies have their own version of contrast-boosting technology, and they all work to varying degrees.

Depending on the lens, some brands will add hydrophobic and anti-fog coatings to their lenses, and these can be a godsend in wet weather or riding behind your roots-riding mate.

Can you replace goggle lenses?

Most brands offer interchangeable optics. The reality is your lenses are going to get scratched, and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. When you're shopping for goggles, have a look at how much spare lenses cost and factor that into potential costs.

Eye protection generally comes in two forms: sunglasses or goggles. Sunglasses offer a light and well-ventilated solution to eye protection, but the best mountain bike goggles will ensure the best coverage and protection for your peepers, not to mention a more secure fit.

Strapped around your helmet, the best mountain bike goggles fit snuggly against the face using foam padding with no chance of shaking loose, no matter how rough the rock garden. The trade-off for the added protection is goggles are quite a bit warmer than the best mountain bike sunglasses and aren't something you'll want to wear if you have a massive day of climbing ahead. 

However, more and more of the best mountain bike helmets feature space below the visor that allows for easy goggle storage. With that said, here is Bike Perfect's list of the best mountain bike goggles, whether you're at the downhill park or pedaling enduro laps. 

Unsure what to look for? Skip to the bottom to find out how to choose the best mountain bike goggles.

 Best mountain bike goggles

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

(Image credit: Jim Bland)

Leatt Velocity 6.5

Bulletproof MTB goggles

Lens: Mirrored, Ultra Contrast, Clear | Price: $90 / £99 / AU$129

Supreme build quality
Huge amounts of protection
Impressive lens quality
The generous levels cause some peripheral vision contamination

Leatt claims when you look through the Velocity 6.5's double-pane anti-fog lens, you have an unobstructed 170-degree field of view. The brand also says the injection-molded lenses are literally bulletproof, meeting the US Military Ballistic Impact Standard, while the double lens and anti-fog coating keeps condensation at bay. 

The lenses themselves are tear-off and roll-off ready, and the pop-in-pop-out lens swaps are painless, but make sure you have a clean goggle bag ready because there will be fingerprints. Leatt also includes a removable nose guard for added protection. 

When we reviewed the Leatt Velocity 6.5s, our testers found that the super-wide profile on these goggles offers great protection for long days at the downhill park. 

Koo Edge Goggles

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Koo Edge

Clear vision with a nose protector

Lens: Blue mirror, Clear, Pink mirror, Red mirror | Price: $152 / £100 / AU$197

Lens quality is truly exceptional
A removable nose guard is an effective addition
Lens removal is a cinch to work with
Expensive compared to other options on the market
The foam used lacks support and compromises comfort
Frequent fogging is a real issue

Koo might be a relatively unknown brand in MTB circles but it is the eyewear branch of protection giants Kask. The lenses were designed in partnership with the optical experts Zeiss to give maximum performance and clarity across a broad range of light conditions that mountain bikers experience. There are multiple tint/color options and all of them are 100 per cent UV protective. 

We found that the Koo Edge goggles offered some seriously impressive quality of vision and it genuinely feels like the HD effect boosts precision and line-choice accuracy on the trail. They are susceptible to fogging, so if you ride in humid conditions, then the channeled venting won't be sufficient to keep the lenses clear.

As can be seen, the Edge features a removable nose piece that adds additional coverage to protect your face from flying trail debris, something which we found beneficial in muddy conditions.

Read our full review of the Koo Edge mountain bike goggles.

Smith Squad Chromapop

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Smith Squad Chromapop

Breezy MTB eyewear

Lens: Chromapop, Clear | Price: $85 / £85 / AU$150

Open venting keeps fog at bay
Chromapop lens is one of the best
Two lenses included 
Open lattice at the bottom can allow dust and mud to creep in

Smith's Squad MTB goggles put ventilation at a premium, scrapping the thin layer of foam that usually covers the vents on the top and bottom of the goggles for maximum airflow. With an open lattice design and a wide nose bridge, the frame is soft and malleable to fit a wide variety of faces comfortably. 

Each colorway comes with a tinted Chromapop lens and a clear lens and the swapping process is one of the easiest we have come across — both feature integrated tear-off posts and are treated with Anti-fog. 

The Chromapop technology filters light at two specific wavelengths (blue and green, and green and red) that causes color confusion. Smith says this allows for better clarity and definition, more natural color to help you spot trail hazards faster.

Giro Blok MTB

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Giro Blok MTB

No tunnel vision here but still plays nicely with most helmets

Lens: Zeiss Vivid, clear | Price: $80 / £80 / AU$100

Simple aesthetic
Zeiss Vivid lens
Anti-fog
Foam lacks some staying power

Lots of goggles have harsh angles and sharp points that make you look like something out of a 1980s futuristic thriller. The Giro Blok, on the other hand, offers a clean aesthetic and a vast field of view. Designed around the brand's Expansion View Technology the frame sits well out of the edges of your vision, and the cylindrical Zeiss Lens is available with the brand's Vivid contrast-enhancing technology.

In the box, you also get a clear lens, both of which have tear-off posts, and Giro even includes a 10-pack to get you started. 

The frame itself is quite big, so if you wear a small helmet, the Blok might be a bit too bug-eyed. The inside of the goggle features triple-layer foam backed with microfleece facing to keep you comfortable for an entire day in the bike park.

Oakley Airbrake MTB

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Oakley Airbrake MTB

Well designed goggles that work well with a range of faces and helmets

Lens: Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Lowlight | Price: $170 / £195 / AU$270

Comprehensive fit
Quality optics
Simple lens changes 
Winged strap mounts allow for lots of helmet compatibility
On the pricier side

No matter the product, anything with a big 'O' on the side is going to cost a solid chunk of change but, in our experience, Oakley gear is well worth the money, and the Airbrake MTB goggles are no exception. 

The O-matter frame is high quality and features a broad nose bridge that should suit schnozzes ranging from honkers down to the button variety. The Airbrake also features a nifty version of the brand's SwitchLock which allows for fingerprint-free lens changes. 

Available in the Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Low Light tints, the lenses are made from Oakley's Plutonite which offers distortion-free vision.

100% Armega

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100% Armega

Best for aggressive riders

Lens: Clear, Mirror, Vented Dual Pane | Price: $120 / £86 / AU$154

Replacement lens affordable
Plays nicely with helmets
Narrow field of view

The 100% Armega is the brand's flagship goggles. While they are actually motocross goggles they happily double up for use on the mountain bike trail. Other than staving off shotgun blasts of roost propelled by a 400cc engine, MX and MTB goggles need to perform basically the same task, and since these are built for higher MX speeds, the lenses are super-strong. 

With outriggers connected to the strap and a bonded, dual-injection frame, the Armega will work with a wide variety of helmets and faces. The injection-molded lens has an impact rating of up to 2mm and it's shatter-resistant, meaning flying pebbles won't ruin your ride. 

100% offers the Armega in 15 different tints, plus replacement lenses are surprisingly affordable, and you get a removable nose protector, too.

POC Ora Clarity

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POC Ora Clarity

Supremely comfortable MTB goggles

Lens: Clarity | Price: $90 / £64 / AU$115

Flexible frame
Foam-free version for trail and enduro
Not many tints available

POC's Ora Goggles are designed to interface with its own helmets with no gaps or pinching around the edge, and the frame offers plenty of flex to conform to your face.

The Ora's actually come in two specs, a DH version complete with pins for tear-offs, and a trail and enduro version with no pins or foam over the vents for max airflow — POC sells replacement lenses with the pins. The Ora is also available with POC’s Clarity contrast increasing lens. 

The padding is a microfiber-backed three-layer foam that is soft against the skin and hugs your face to offer a wide range of view and comfort for all-day riding. 

Scott Prospect

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Scott Prospect

Obstruction-free vision

Lens: Tinted and Clear | Price: $99.95 / £71 / AU$128

Huge range of view
Articulating strap outriggers 
Lens changes aren't easy

Scott has been making goggles, whether it's for snow sports, motorsports or bike sports, for nearly half a century. This experience shows with its latest Prospect goggles. First and foremost, they are huge, measuring 50mm taller than their predecessor, the Hustle.

The strap comes lined with silicon, and the articulating outriggers should make them compatible with just about any helmet out there, both full- and open-face. Scott has also opted for a wide nose bridge with generous padding which makes for a comfortable fit for noses big and small.

In addition to increasing the thickness of the lens, Scott has also updated its Lens Lock system, which uses four locking pins that go through the lens to prevent it from popping out in a crash. Unfortunately, this system works a little too well, and lens swaps aren't easy.

Melon Optics Parker

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Melon Optics Parker

Best value-for-money goggles on the market

Lens: Chrome tint | Price: $50 / £40 / AU$72

Value for money
Customizable
Spares available
Optical clarity not quite as sharp as competitors

You get what you pay for when it comes to choosing the best mountain bike goggles, but there are exceptions to every rule and, in this case, that's the Melon Optics Parker. With the ability to customize the color and design of the frame, strap, and lens, the Parker MTB goggles can be tailored to suit your personal tastes, but also means spare parts are readily available.

The materials used aren't quite as premium as the likes of Oakley or Smith, but in practice, they hold their own with goggles double the price. For how closed the frames look, the ventilation is superb, fogging is a non-issue, and the field of view is pretty well unobstructed.

O'Neal Blur B50

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O'Neal Blur B50

Magnetic lens makes this one of the easiest MTB goggle options to own. They're also super comfortable

Lens: Mirror, Iridium, Clear | Price: $90 / £80 / AU$128

Easy lens swaps
Massive field of view
Replacement lenses are pricey

The near frameless goggle design with a magnetic-based lens change system is extremely popular for ski and snowboard goggles, with at least a dozen brands offering a nearly identical version with their logo on the strap. O'Neal has traded cold smoke for brown pow and brought this design to the dirt with the B-50. 

Instead of the lenses being secured to the frame with notches cut in the edge of the lens, the B-50 sees magnets on both pieces which allow the lens to snap into place. O'Neal makes the lenses in six tints, ranging from a Red reflective to clear. 

Beyond the easy lens swaps, the other reason this design is so popular in the snowsports arena is it allows for a near-180-degree field of view completely unobstructed by the frame.

How to choose the best mountain bike goggles

Do you need goggles for mountain biking?

Not necessarily, however, if you are riding downhill and enduro it is recommended, as the best mountain bike goggles will provide significantly more eye protection than sunglasses. It's particularly beneficial to wear goggles in wet and muddy conditions as they will stop wheel-spray from going in your eyes and potentially causing a crash. 

While goggles are great for gravity sports, they aren't as good for cross-country. The extra face-covering means they can get warm if you are doing a long climb and don't have time to whip them off to stash in a bag or pocket at the bottom.

How much do goggles cost?

You get what you pay for, and goggles are no exception. There is a chasm in quality between a cheap set of goggles from a no-name brand and something from a well-known optical company. More expensive goggles will feature interchangeable lenses and straps, higher quality foam and venting, and the lenses themselves may also have hydrophobic coatings and contrast improving tints.

With that said, goggles take lots of abuse and lenses are going to get scratched, so it's important to weigh the above against the price.

How do you wear goggles on a mountain bike?

Goggles that don't interact well with your helmet or plug your nostrils because the nose bridge is too narrow are going to cause more problems than they solve. We recommend trying goggles on before you buy, and bringing your helmet with you to make sure everything works together. To assure a good fit, you want the strap to securely grip the rear of the helmet whilst not being overly tight on your face, as this will lead to discomfort and lens fogging.

Tunnel vision is the last thing you want bombing down narrow singletrack. When you try on a pair of goggles, take note if you can see the frame in your peripheral vision as this may affect your vision out on the trail.

What color lenses are best for mountain biking?

If you ride in sunny Southern California, a darker lens will leave you more comfortable, but if your trails snake through the trees with a dense overhead canopy, light or even a clear lens will be the go-to.

Lots of companies have their own version of contrast-boosting technology, and they all work to varying degrees.

Depending on the lens, some brands will add hydrophobic and anti-fog coatings to their lenses, and these can be a godsend in wet weather or riding behind your roots-riding mate.

Can you replace goggle lenses?

Most brands offer interchangeable optics. The reality is your lenses are going to get scratched, and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. When you're shopping for goggles, have a look at how much spare lenses cost and factor that into potential costs.

Eye protection generally comes in two forms: sunglasses or goggles. Sunglasses offer a light and well-ventilated solution to eye protection, but the best mountain bike goggles will ensure the best coverage and protection for your peepers, not to mention a more secure fit.

Strapped around your helmet, the best mountain bike goggles fit snuggly against the face using foam padding with no chance of shaking loose, no matter how rough the rock garden. The trade-off for the added protection is goggles are quite a bit warmer than the best mountain bike sunglasses and aren't something you'll want to wear if you have a massive day of climbing ahead. 

However, more and more of the best mountain bike helmets feature space below the visor that allows for easy goggle storage. With that said, here is Bike Perfect's list of the best mountain bike goggles, whether you're at the downhill park or pedaling enduro laps. 

Unsure what to look for? Skip to the bottom to find out how to choose the best mountain bike goggles.

 Best mountain bike goggles

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

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Leatt Velocity 6.5

Bulletproof MTB goggles

Lens: Mirrored, Ultra Contrast, Clear | Price: $90 / £99 / AU$129

Supreme build quality
Huge amounts of protection
Impressive lens quality
The generous levels cause some peripheral vision contamination

Leatt claims when you look through the Velocity 6.5's double-pane anti-fog lens, you have an unobstructed 170-degree field of view. The brand also says the injection-molded lenses are literally bulletproof, meeting the US Military Ballistic Impact Standard, while the double lens and anti-fog coating keeps condensation at bay. 

The lenses themselves are tear-off and roll-off ready, and the pop-in-pop-out lens swaps are painless, but make sure you have a clean goggle bag ready because there will be fingerprints. Leatt also includes a removable nose guard for added protection. 

When we reviewed the Leatt Velocity 6.5s, our testers found that the super-wide profile on these goggles offers great protection for long days at the downhill park. 

Koo Edge Goggles

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Koo Edge

Clear vision with a nose protector

Lens: Blue mirror, Clear, Pink mirror, Red mirror | Price: $152 / £100 / AU$197

Lens quality is truly exceptional
A removable nose guard is an effective addition
Lens removal is a cinch to work with
Expensive compared to other options on the market
The foam used lacks support and compromises comfort
Frequent fogging is a real issue

Koo might be a relatively unknown brand in MTB circles but it is the eyewear branch of protection giants Kask. The lenses were designed in partnership with the optical experts Zeiss to give maximum performance and clarity across a broad range of light conditions that mountain bikers experience. There are multiple tint/color options and all of them are 100 per cent UV protective. 

We found that the Koo Edge goggles offered some seriously impressive quality of vision and it genuinely feels like the HD effect boosts precision and line-choice accuracy on the trail. They are susceptible to fogging, so if you ride in humid conditions, then the channeled venting won't be sufficient to keep the lenses clear.

As can be seen, the Edge features a removable nose piece that adds additional coverage to protect your face from flying trail debris, something which we found beneficial in muddy conditions.

Read our full review of the Koo Edge mountain bike goggles.

Smith Squad Chromapop

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Smith Squad Chromapop

Breezy MTB eyewear

Lens: Chromapop, Clear | Price: $85 / £85 / AU$150

Open venting keeps fog at bay
Chromapop lens is one of the best
Two lenses included 
Open lattice at the bottom can allow dust and mud to creep in

Smith's Squad MTB goggles put ventilation at a premium, scrapping the thin layer of foam that usually covers the vents on the top and bottom of the goggles for maximum airflow. With an open lattice design and a wide nose bridge, the frame is soft and malleable to fit a wide variety of faces comfortably. 

Each colorway comes with a tinted Chromapop lens and a clear lens and the swapping process is one of the easiest we have come across — both feature integrated tear-off posts and are treated with Anti-fog. 

The Chromapop technology filters light at two specific wavelengths (blue and green, and green and red) that causes color confusion. Smith says this allows for better clarity and definition, more natural color to help you spot trail hazards faster.

Giro Blok MTB

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Giro Blok MTB

No tunnel vision here but still plays nicely with most helmets

Lens: Zeiss Vivid, clear | Price: $80 / £80 / AU$100

Simple aesthetic
Zeiss Vivid lens
Anti-fog
Foam lacks some staying power

Lots of goggles have harsh angles and sharp points that make you look like something out of a 1980s futuristic thriller. The Giro Blok, on the other hand, offers a clean aesthetic and a vast field of view. Designed around the brand's Expansion View Technology the frame sits well out of the edges of your vision, and the cylindrical Zeiss Lens is available with the brand's Vivid contrast-enhancing technology.

In the box, you also get a clear lens, both of which have tear-off posts, and Giro even includes a 10-pack to get you started. 

The frame itself is quite big, so if you wear a small helmet, the Blok might be a bit too bug-eyed. The inside of the goggle features triple-layer foam backed with microfleece facing to keep you comfortable for an entire day in the bike park.

Oakley Airbrake MTB

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Oakley Airbrake MTB

Well designed goggles that work well with a range of faces and helmets

Lens: Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Lowlight | Price: $170 / £195 / AU$270

Comprehensive fit
Quality optics
Simple lens changes 
Winged strap mounts allow for lots of helmet compatibility
On the pricier side

No matter the product, anything with a big 'O' on the side is going to cost a solid chunk of change but, in our experience, Oakley gear is well worth the money, and the Airbrake MTB goggles are no exception. 

The O-matter frame is high quality and features a broad nose bridge that should suit schnozzes ranging from honkers down to the button variety. The Airbrake also features a nifty version of the brand's SwitchLock which allows for fingerprint-free lens changes. 

Available in the Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Low Light tints, the lenses are made from Oakley's Plutonite which offers distortion-free vision.

100% Armega

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100% Armega

Best for aggressive riders

Lens: Clear, Mirror, Vented Dual Pane | Price: $120 / £86 / AU$154

Replacement lens affordable
Plays nicely with helmets
Narrow field of view

The 100% Armega is the brand's flagship goggles. While they are actually motocross goggles they happily double up for use on the mountain bike trail. Other than staving off shotgun blasts of roost propelled by a 400cc engine, MX and MTB goggles need to perform basically the same task, and since these are built for higher MX speeds, the lenses are super-strong. 

With outriggers connected to the strap and a bonded, dual-injection frame, the Armega will work with a wide variety of helmets and faces. The injection-molded lens has an impact rating of up to 2mm and it's shatter-resistant, meaning flying pebbles won't ruin your ride. 

100% offers the Armega in 15 different tints, plus replacement lenses are surprisingly affordable, and you get a removable nose protector, too.

POC Ora Clarity

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POC Ora Clarity

Supremely comfortable MTB goggles

Lens: Clarity | Price: $90 / £64 / AU$115

Flexible frame
Foam-free version for trail and enduro
Not many tints available

POC's Ora Goggles are designed to interface with its own helmets with no gaps or pinching around the edge, and the frame offers plenty of flex to conform to your face.

The Ora's actually come in two specs, a DH version complete with pins for tear-offs, and a trail and enduro version with no pins or foam over the vents for max airflow — POC sells replacement lenses with the pins. The Ora is also available with POC’s Clarity contrast increasing lens. 

The padding is a microfiber-backed three-layer foam that is soft against the skin and hugs your face to offer a wide range of view and comfort for all-day riding. 

Scott Prospect

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Scott Prospect

Obstruction-free vision

Lens: Tinted and Clear | Price: $99.95 / £71 / AU$128

Huge range of view
Articulating strap outriggers 
Lens changes aren't easy

Scott has been making goggles, whether it's for snow sports, motorsports or bike sports, for nearly half a century. This experience shows with its latest Prospect goggles. First and foremost, they are huge, measuring 50mm taller than their predecessor, the Hustle.

The strap comes lined with silicon, and the articulating outriggers should make them compatible with just about any helmet out there, both full- and open-face. Scott has also opted for a wide nose bridge with generous padding which makes for a comfortable fit for noses big and small.

In addition to increasing the thickness of the lens, Scott has also updated its Lens Lock system, which uses four locking pins that go through the lens to prevent it from popping out in a crash. Unfortunately, this system works a little too well, and lens swaps aren't easy.

Melon Optics Parker

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Melon Optics Parker

Best value-for-money goggles on the market

Lens: Chrome tint | Price: $50 / £40 / AU$72

Value for money
Customizable
Spares available
Optical clarity not quite as sharp as competitors

You get what you pay for when it comes to choosing the best mountain bike goggles, but there are exceptions to every rule and, in this case, that's the Melon Optics Parker. With the ability to customize the color and design of the frame, strap, and lens, the Parker MTB goggles can be tailored to suit your personal tastes, but also means spare parts are readily available.

The materials used aren't quite as premium as the likes of Oakley or Smith, but in practice, they hold their own with goggles double the price. For how closed the frames look, the ventilation is superb, fogging is a non-issue, and the field of view is pretty well unobstructed.

O'Neal Blur B50

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O'Neal Blur B50

Magnetic lens makes this one of the easiest MTB goggle options to own. They're also super comfortable

Lens: Mirror, Iridium, Clear | Price: $90 / £80 / AU$128

Easy lens swaps
Massive field of view
Replacement lenses are pricey

The near frameless goggle design with a magnetic-based lens change system is extremely popular for ski and snowboard goggles, with at least a dozen brands offering a nearly identical version with their logo on the strap. O'Neal has traded cold smoke for brown pow and brought this design to the dirt with the B-50. 

Instead of the lenses being secured to the frame with notches cut in the edge of the lens, the B-50 sees magnets on both pieces which allow the lens to snap into place. O'Neal makes the lenses in six tints, ranging from a Red reflective to clear. 

Beyond the easy lens swaps, the other reason this design is so popular in the snowsports arena is it allows for a near-180-degree field of view completely unobstructed by the frame.

How to choose the best mountain bike goggles

Do you need goggles for mountain biking?

Not necessarily, however, if you are riding downhill and enduro it is recommended, as the best mountain bike goggles will provide significantly more eye protection than sunglasses. It's particularly beneficial to wear goggles in wet and muddy conditions as they will stop wheel-spray from going in your eyes and potentially causing a crash. 

While goggles are great for gravity sports, they aren't as good for cross-country. The extra face-covering means they can get warm if you are doing a long climb and don't have time to whip them off to stash in a bag or pocket at the bottom.

How much do goggles cost?

You get what you pay for, and goggles are no exception. There is a chasm in quality between a cheap set of goggles from a no-name brand and something from a well-known optical company. More expensive goggles will feature interchangeable lenses and straps, higher quality foam and venting, and the lenses themselves may also have hydrophobic coatings and contrast improving tints.

With that said, goggles take lots of abuse and lenses are going to get scratched, so it's important to weigh the above against the price.

How do you wear goggles on a mountain bike?

Goggles that don't interact well with your helmet or plug your nostrils because the nose bridge is too narrow are going to cause more problems than they solve. We recommend trying goggles on before you buy, and bringing your helmet with you to make sure everything works together. To assure a good fit, you want the strap to securely grip the rear of the helmet whilst not being overly tight on your face, as this will lead to discomfort and lens fogging.

Tunnel vision is the last thing you want bombing down narrow singletrack. When you try on a pair of goggles, take note if you can see the frame in your peripheral vision as this may affect your vision out on the trail.

What color lenses are best for mountain biking?

If you ride in sunny Southern California, a darker lens will leave you more comfortable, but if your trails snake through the trees with a dense overhead canopy, light or even a clear lens will be the go-to.

Lots of companies have their own version of contrast-boosting technology, and they all work to varying degrees.

Depending on the lens, some brands will add hydrophobic and anti-fog coatings to their lenses, and these can be a godsend in wet weather or riding behind your roots-riding mate.

Can you replace goggle lenses?

Most brands offer interchangeable optics. The reality is your lenses are going to get scratched, and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. When you're shopping for goggles, have a look at how much spare lenses cost and factor that into potential costs.

Eye protection generally comes in two forms: sunglasses or goggles. Sunglasses offer a light and well-ventilated solution to eye protection, but the best mountain bike goggles will ensure the best coverage and protection for your peepers, not to mention a more secure fit.

Strapped around your helmet, the best mountain bike goggles fit snuggly against the face using foam padding with no chance of shaking loose, no matter how rough the rock garden. The trade-off for the added protection is goggles are quite a bit warmer than the best mountain bike sunglasses and aren't something you'll want to wear if you have a massive day of climbing ahead. 

However, more and more of the best mountain bike helmets feature space below the visor that allows for easy goggle storage. With that said, here is Bike Perfect's list of the best mountain bike goggles, whether you're at the downhill park or pedaling enduro laps. 

Unsure what to look for? Skip to the bottom to find out how to choose the best mountain bike goggles.

 Best mountain bike goggles

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

(Image credit: Jim Bland)

Leatt Velocity 6.5

Bulletproof MTB goggles

Lens: Mirrored, Ultra Contrast, Clear | Price: $90 / £99 / AU$129

Supreme build quality
Huge amounts of protection
Impressive lens quality
The generous levels cause some peripheral vision contamination

Leatt claims when you look through the Velocity 6.5's double-pane anti-fog lens, you have an unobstructed 170-degree field of view. The brand also says the injection-molded lenses are literally bulletproof, meeting the US Military Ballistic Impact Standard, while the double lens and anti-fog coating keeps condensation at bay. 

The lenses themselves are tear-off and roll-off ready, and the pop-in-pop-out lens swaps are painless, but make sure you have a clean goggle bag ready because there will be fingerprints. Leatt also includes a removable nose guard for added protection. 

When we reviewed the Leatt Velocity 6.5s, our testers found that the super-wide profile on these goggles offers great protection for long days at the downhill park. 

Koo Edge Goggles

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Koo Edge

Clear vision with a nose protector

Lens: Blue mirror, Clear, Pink mirror, Red mirror | Price: $152 / £100 / AU$197

Lens quality is truly exceptional
A removable nose guard is an effective addition
Lens removal is a cinch to work with
Expensive compared to other options on the market
The foam used lacks support and compromises comfort
Frequent fogging is a real issue

Koo might be a relatively unknown brand in MTB circles but it is the eyewear branch of protection giants Kask. The lenses were designed in partnership with the optical experts Zeiss to give maximum performance and clarity across a broad range of light conditions that mountain bikers experience. There are multiple tint/color options and all of them are 100 per cent UV protective. 

We found that the Koo Edge goggles offered some seriously impressive quality of vision and it genuinely feels like the HD effect boosts precision and line-choice accuracy on the trail. They are susceptible to fogging, so if you ride in humid conditions, then the channeled venting won't be sufficient to keep the lenses clear.

As can be seen, the Edge features a removable nose piece that adds additional coverage to protect your face from flying trail debris, something which we found beneficial in muddy conditions.

Read our full review of the Koo Edge mountain bike goggles.

Smith Squad Chromapop

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Smith Squad Chromapop

Breezy MTB eyewear

Lens: Chromapop, Clear | Price: $85 / £85 / AU$150

Open venting keeps fog at bay
Chromapop lens is one of the best
Two lenses included 
Open lattice at the bottom can allow dust and mud to creep in

Smith's Squad MTB goggles put ventilation at a premium, scrapping the thin layer of foam that usually covers the vents on the top and bottom of the goggles for maximum airflow. With an open lattice design and a wide nose bridge, the frame is soft and malleable to fit a wide variety of faces comfortably. 

Each colorway comes with a tinted Chromapop lens and a clear lens and the swapping process is one of the easiest we have come across — both feature integrated tear-off posts and are treated with Anti-fog. 

The Chromapop technology filters light at two specific wavelengths (blue and green, and green and red) that causes color confusion. Smith says this allows for better clarity and definition, more natural color to help you spot trail hazards faster.

Giro Blok MTB

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Giro Blok MTB

No tunnel vision here but still plays nicely with most helmets

Lens: Zeiss Vivid, clear | Price: $80 / £80 / AU$100

Simple aesthetic
Zeiss Vivid lens
Anti-fog
Foam lacks some staying power

Lots of goggles have harsh angles and sharp points that make you look like something out of a 1980s futuristic thriller. The Giro Blok, on the other hand, offers a clean aesthetic and a vast field of view. Designed around the brand's Expansion View Technology the frame sits well out of the edges of your vision, and the cylindrical Zeiss Lens is available with the brand's Vivid contrast-enhancing technology.

In the box, you also get a clear lens, both of which have tear-off posts, and Giro even includes a 10-pack to get you started. 

The frame itself is quite big, so if you wear a small helmet, the Blok might be a bit too bug-eyed. The inside of the goggle features triple-layer foam backed with microfleece facing to keep you comfortable for an entire day in the bike park.

Oakley Airbrake MTB

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Oakley Airbrake MTB

Well designed goggles that work well with a range of faces and helmets

Lens: Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Lowlight | Price: $170 / £195 / AU$270

Comprehensive fit
Quality optics
Simple lens changes 
Winged strap mounts allow for lots of helmet compatibility
On the pricier side

No matter the product, anything with a big 'O' on the side is going to cost a solid chunk of change but, in our experience, Oakley gear is well worth the money, and the Airbrake MTB goggles are no exception. 

The O-matter frame is high quality and features a broad nose bridge that should suit schnozzes ranging from honkers down to the button variety. The Airbrake also features a nifty version of the brand's SwitchLock which allows for fingerprint-free lens changes. 

Available in the Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Low Light tints, the lenses are made from Oakley's Plutonite which offers distortion-free vision.

100% Armega

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100% Armega

Best for aggressive riders

Lens: Clear, Mirror, Vented Dual Pane | Price: $120 / £86 / AU$154

Replacement lens affordable
Plays nicely with helmets
Narrow field of view

The 100% Armega is the brand's flagship goggles. While they are actually motocross goggles they happily double up for use on the mountain bike trail. Other than staving off shotgun blasts of roost propelled by a 400cc engine, MX and MTB goggles need to perform basically the same task, and since these are built for higher MX speeds, the lenses are super-strong. 

With outriggers connected to the strap and a bonded, dual-injection frame, the Armega will work with a wide variety of helmets and faces. The injection-molded lens has an impact rating of up to 2mm and it's shatter-resistant, meaning flying pebbles won't ruin your ride. 

100% offers the Armega in 15 different tints, plus replacement lenses are surprisingly affordable, and you get a removable nose protector, too.

POC Ora Clarity

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POC Ora Clarity

Supremely comfortable MTB goggles

Lens: Clarity | Price: $90 / £64 / AU$115

Flexible frame
Foam-free version for trail and enduro
Not many tints available

POC's Ora Goggles are designed to interface with its own helmets with no gaps or pinching around the edge, and the frame offers plenty of flex to conform to your face.

The Ora's actually come in two specs, a DH version complete with pins for tear-offs, and a trail and enduro version with no pins or foam over the vents for max airflow — POC sells replacement lenses with the pins. The Ora is also available with POC’s Clarity contrast increasing lens. 

The padding is a microfiber-backed three-layer foam that is soft against the skin and hugs your face to offer a wide range of view and comfort for all-day riding. 

Scott Prospect

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Scott Prospect

Obstruction-free vision

Lens: Tinted and Clear | Price: $99.95 / £71 / AU$128

Huge range of view
Articulating strap outriggers 
Lens changes aren't easy

Scott has been making goggles, whether it's for snow sports, motorsports or bike sports, for nearly half a century. This experience shows with its latest Prospect goggles. First and foremost, they are huge, measuring 50mm taller than their predecessor, the Hustle.

The strap comes lined with silicon, and the articulating outriggers should make them compatible with just about any helmet out there, both full- and open-face. Scott has also opted for a wide nose bridge with generous padding which makes for a comfortable fit for noses big and small.

In addition to increasing the thickness of the lens, Scott has also updated its Lens Lock system, which uses four locking pins that go through the lens to prevent it from popping out in a crash. Unfortunately, this system works a little too well, and lens swaps aren't easy.

Melon Optics Parker

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Melon Optics Parker

Best value-for-money goggles on the market

Lens: Chrome tint | Price: $50 / £40 / AU$72

Value for money
Customizable
Spares available
Optical clarity not quite as sharp as competitors

You get what you pay for when it comes to choosing the best mountain bike goggles, but there are exceptions to every rule and, in this case, that's the Melon Optics Parker. With the ability to customize the color and design of the frame, strap, and lens, the Parker MTB goggles can be tailored to suit your personal tastes, but also means spare parts are readily available.

The materials used aren't quite as premium as the likes of Oakley or Smith, but in practice, they hold their own with goggles double the price. For how closed the frames look, the ventilation is superb, fogging is a non-issue, and the field of view is pretty well unobstructed.

O'Neal Blur B50

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O'Neal Blur B50

Magnetic lens makes this one of the easiest MTB goggle options to own. They're also super comfortable

Lens: Mirror, Iridium, Clear | Price: $90 / £80 / AU$128

Easy lens swaps
Massive field of view
Replacement lenses are pricey

The near frameless goggle design with a magnetic-based lens change system is extremely popular for ski and snowboard goggles, with at least a dozen brands offering a nearly identical version with their logo on the strap. O'Neal has traded cold smoke for brown pow and brought this design to the dirt with the B-50. 

Instead of the lenses being secured to the frame with notches cut in the edge of the lens, the B-50 sees magnets on both pieces which allow the lens to snap into place. O'Neal makes the lenses in six tints, ranging from a Red reflective to clear. 

Beyond the easy lens swaps, the other reason this design is so popular in the snowsports arena is it allows for a near-180-degree field of view completely unobstructed by the frame.

How to choose the best mountain bike goggles

Do you need goggles for mountain biking?

Not necessarily, however, if you are riding downhill and enduro it is recommended, as the best mountain bike goggles will provide significantly more eye protection than sunglasses. It's particularly beneficial to wear goggles in wet and muddy conditions as they will stop wheel-spray from going in your eyes and potentially causing a crash. 

While goggles are great for gravity sports, they aren't as good for cross-country. The extra face-covering means they can get warm if you are doing a long climb and don't have time to whip them off to stash in a bag or pocket at the bottom.

How much do goggles cost?

You get what you pay for, and goggles are no exception. There is a chasm in quality between a cheap set of goggles from a no-name brand and something from a well-known optical company. More expensive goggles will feature interchangeable lenses and straps, higher quality foam and venting, and the lenses themselves may also have hydrophobic coatings and contrast improving tints.

With that said, goggles take lots of abuse and lenses are going to get scratched, so it's important to weigh the above against the price.

How do you wear goggles on a mountain bike?

Goggles that don't interact well with your helmet or plug your nostrils because the nose bridge is too narrow are going to cause more problems than they solve. We recommend trying goggles on before you buy, and bringing your helmet with you to make sure everything works together. To assure a good fit, you want the strap to securely grip the rear of the helmet whilst not being overly tight on your face, as this will lead to discomfort and lens fogging.

Tunnel vision is the last thing you want bombing down narrow singletrack. When you try on a pair of goggles, take note if you can see the frame in your peripheral vision as this may affect your vision out on the trail.

What color lenses are best for mountain biking?

If you ride in sunny Southern California, a darker lens will leave you more comfortable, but if your trails snake through the trees with a dense overhead canopy, light or even a clear lens will be the go-to.

Lots of companies have their own version of contrast-boosting technology, and they all work to varying degrees.

Depending on the lens, some brands will add hydrophobic and anti-fog coatings to their lenses, and these can be a godsend in wet weather or riding behind your roots-riding mate.

Can you replace goggle lenses?

Most brands offer interchangeable optics. The reality is your lenses are going to get scratched, and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. When you're shopping for goggles, have a look at how much spare lenses cost and factor that into potential costs.

Eye protection generally comes in two forms: sunglasses or goggles. Sunglasses offer a light and well-ventilated solution to eye protection, but the best mountain bike goggles will ensure the best coverage and protection for your peepers, not to mention a more secure fit.

Strapped around your helmet, the best mountain bike goggles fit snuggly against the face using foam padding with no chance of shaking loose, no matter how rough the rock garden. The trade-off for the added protection is goggles are quite a bit warmer than the best mountain bike sunglasses and aren't something you'll want to wear if you have a massive day of climbing ahead. 

However, more and more of the best mountain bike helmets feature space below the visor that allows for easy goggle storage. With that said, here is Bike Perfect's list of the best mountain bike goggles, whether you're at the downhill park or pedaling enduro laps. 

Unsure what to look for? Skip to the bottom to find out how to choose the best mountain bike goggles.

 Best mountain bike goggles

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

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Leatt Velocity 6.5

Bulletproof MTB goggles

Lens: Mirrored, Ultra Contrast, Clear | Price: $90 / £99 / AU$129

Supreme build quality
Huge amounts of protection
Impressive lens quality
The generous levels cause some peripheral vision contamination

Leatt claims when you look through the Velocity 6.5's double-pane anti-fog lens, you have an unobstructed 170-degree field of view. The brand also says the injection-molded lenses are literally bulletproof, meeting the US Military Ballistic Impact Standard, while the double lens and anti-fog coating keeps condensation at bay. 

The lenses themselves are tear-off and roll-off ready, and the pop-in-pop-out lens swaps are painless, but make sure you have a clean goggle bag ready because there will be fingerprints. Leatt also includes a removable nose guard for added protection. 

When we reviewed the Leatt Velocity 6.5s, our testers found that the super-wide profile on these goggles offers great protection for long days at the downhill park. 

Koo Edge Goggles

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Koo Edge

Clear vision with a nose protector

Lens: Blue mirror, Clear, Pink mirror, Red mirror | Price: $152 / £100 / AU$197

Lens quality is truly exceptional
A removable nose guard is an effective addition
Lens removal is a cinch to work with
Expensive compared to other options on the market
The foam used lacks support and compromises comfort
Frequent fogging is a real issue

Koo might be a relatively unknown brand in MTB circles but it is the eyewear branch of protection giants Kask. The lenses were designed in partnership with the optical experts Zeiss to give maximum performance and clarity across a broad range of light conditions that mountain bikers experience. There are multiple tint/color options and all of them are 100 per cent UV protective. 

We found that the Koo Edge goggles offered some seriously impressive quality of vision and it genuinely feels like the HD effect boosts precision and line-choice accuracy on the trail. They are susceptible to fogging, so if you ride in humid conditions, then the channeled venting won't be sufficient to keep the lenses clear.

As can be seen, the Edge features a removable nose piece that adds additional coverage to protect your face from flying trail debris, something which we found beneficial in muddy conditions.

Read our full review of the Koo Edge mountain bike goggles.

Smith Squad Chromapop

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Smith Squad Chromapop

Breezy MTB eyewear

Lens: Chromapop, Clear | Price: $85 / £85 / AU$150

Open venting keeps fog at bay
Chromapop lens is one of the best
Two lenses included 
Open lattice at the bottom can allow dust and mud to creep in

Smith's Squad MTB goggles put ventilation at a premium, scrapping the thin layer of foam that usually covers the vents on the top and bottom of the goggles for maximum airflow. With an open lattice design and a wide nose bridge, the frame is soft and malleable to fit a wide variety of faces comfortably. 

Each colorway comes with a tinted Chromapop lens and a clear lens and the swapping process is one of the easiest we have come across — both feature integrated tear-off posts and are treated with Anti-fog. 

The Chromapop technology filters light at two specific wavelengths (blue and green, and green and red) that causes color confusion. Smith says this allows for better clarity and definition, more natural color to help you spot trail hazards faster.

Giro Blok MTB

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Giro Blok MTB

No tunnel vision here but still plays nicely with most helmets

Lens: Zeiss Vivid, clear | Price: $80 / £80 / AU$100

Simple aesthetic
Zeiss Vivid lens
Anti-fog
Foam lacks some staying power

Lots of goggles have harsh angles and sharp points that make you look like something out of a 1980s futuristic thriller. The Giro Blok, on the other hand, offers a clean aesthetic and a vast field of view. Designed around the brand's Expansion View Technology the frame sits well out of the edges of your vision, and the cylindrical Zeiss Lens is available with the brand's Vivid contrast-enhancing technology.

In the box, you also get a clear lens, both of which have tear-off posts, and Giro even includes a 10-pack to get you started. 

The frame itself is quite big, so if you wear a small helmet, the Blok might be a bit too bug-eyed. The inside of the goggle features triple-layer foam backed with microfleece facing to keep you comfortable for an entire day in the bike park.

Oakley Airbrake MTB

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Oakley Airbrake MTB

Well designed goggles that work well with a range of faces and helmets

Lens: Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Lowlight | Price: $170 / £195 / AU$270

Comprehensive fit
Quality optics
Simple lens changes 
Winged strap mounts allow for lots of helmet compatibility
On the pricier side

No matter the product, anything with a big 'O' on the side is going to cost a solid chunk of change but, in our experience, Oakley gear is well worth the money, and the Airbrake MTB goggles are no exception. 

The O-matter frame is high quality and features a broad nose bridge that should suit schnozzes ranging from honkers down to the button variety. The Airbrake also features a nifty version of the brand's SwitchLock which allows for fingerprint-free lens changes. 

Available in the Prizm Trail Torch, Prizm Low Light tints, the lenses are made from Oakley's Plutonite which offers distortion-free vision.

100% Armega

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100% Armega

Best for aggressive riders

Lens: Clear, Mirror, Vented Dual Pane | Price: $120 / £86 / AU$154

Replacement lens affordable
Plays nicely with helmets
Narrow field of view

The 100% Armega is the brand's flagship goggles. While they are actually motocross goggles they happily double up for use on the mountain bike trail. Other than staving off shotgun blasts of roost propelled by a 400cc engine, MX and MTB goggles need to perform basically the same task, and since these are built for higher MX speeds, the lenses are super-strong. 

With outriggers connected to the strap and a bonded, dual-injection frame, the Armega will work with a wide variety of helmets and faces. The injection-molded lens has an impact rating of up to 2mm and it's shatter-resistant, meaning flying pebbles won't ruin your ride. 

100% offers the Armega in 15 different tints, plus replacement lenses are surprisingly affordable, and you get a removable nose protector, too.

POC Ora Clarity

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POC Ora Clarity

Supremely comfortable MTB goggles

Lens: Clarity | Price: $90 / £64 / AU$115

Flexible frame
Foam-free version for trail and enduro
Not many tints available

POC's Ora Goggles are designed to interface with its own helmets with no gaps or pinching around the edge, and the frame offers plenty of flex to conform to your face.

The Ora's actually come in two specs, a DH version complete with pins for tear-offs, and a trail and enduro version with no pins or foam over the vents for max airflow — POC sells replacement lenses with the pins. The Ora is also available with POC’s Clarity contrast increasing lens. 

The padding is a microfiber-backed three-layer foam that is soft against the skin and hugs your face to offer a wide range of view and comfort for all-day riding. 

Scott Prospect

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Scott Prospect

Obstruction-free vision

Lens: Tinted and Clear | Price: $99.95 / £71 / AU$128

Huge range of view
Articulating strap outriggers 
Lens changes aren't easy

Scott has been making goggles, whether it's for snow sports, motorsports or bike sports, for nearly half a century. This experience shows with its latest Prospect goggles. First and foremost, they are huge, measuring 50mm taller than their predecessor, the Hustle.

The strap comes lined with silicon, and the articulating outriggers should make them compatible with just about any helmet out there, both full- and open-face. Scott has also opted for a wide nose bridge with generous padding which makes for a comfortable fit for noses big and small.

In addition to increasing the thickness of the lens, Scott has also updated its Lens Lock system, which uses four locking pins that go through the lens to prevent it from popping out in a crash. Unfortunately, this system works a little too well, and lens swaps aren't easy.

Melon Optics Parker

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Melon Optics Parker

Best value-for-money goggles on the market

Lens: Chrome tint | Price: $50 / £40 / AU$72

Value for money
Customizable
Spares available
Optical clarity not quite as sharp as competitors

You get what you pay for when it comes to choosing the best mountain bike goggles, but there are exceptions to every rule and, in this case, that's the Melon Optics Parker. With the ability to customize the color and design of the frame, strap, and lens, the Parker MTB goggles can be tailored to suit your personal tastes, but also means spare parts are readily available.

The materials used aren't quite as premium as the likes of Oakley or Smith, but in practice, they hold their own with goggles double the price. For how closed the frames look, the ventilation is superb, fogging is a non-issue, and the field of view is pretty well unobstructed.

O'Neal Blur B50

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O'Neal Blur B50

Magnetic lens makes this one of the easiest MTB goggle options to own. They're also super comfortable

Lens: Mirror, Iridium, Clear | Price: $90 / £80 / AU$128

Easy lens swaps
Massive field of view
Replacement lenses are pricey

The near frameless goggle design with a magnetic-based lens change system is extremely popular for ski and snowboard goggles, with at least a dozen brands offering a nearly identical version with their logo on the strap. O'Neal has traded cold smoke for brown pow and brought this design to the dirt with the B-50. 

Instead of the lenses being secured to the frame with notches cut in the edge of the lens, the B-50 sees magnets on both pieces which allow the lens to snap into place. O'Neal makes the lenses in six tints, ranging from a Red reflective to clear. 

Beyond the easy lens swaps, the other reason this design is so popular in the snowsports arena is it allows for a near-180-degree field of view completely unobstructed by the frame.

How to choose the best mountain bike goggles

Do you need goggles for mountain biking?

Not necessarily, however, if you are riding downhill and enduro it is recommended, as the best mountain bike goggles will provide significantly more eye protection than sunglasses. It's particularly beneficial to wear goggles in wet and muddy conditions as they will stop wheel-spray from going in your eyes and potentially causing a crash. 

While goggles are great for gravity sports, they aren't as good for cross-country. The extra face-covering means they can get warm if you are doing a long climb and don't have time to whip them off to stash in a bag or pocket at the bottom.

How much do goggles cost?

You get what you pay for, and goggles are no exception. There is a chasm in quality between a cheap set of goggles from a no-name brand and something from a well-known optical company. More expensive goggles will feature interchangeable lenses and straps, higher quality foam and venting, and the lenses themselves may also have hydrophobic coatings and contrast improving tints.

With that said, goggles take lots of abuse and lenses are going to get scratched, so it's important to weigh the above against the price.

How do you wear goggles on a mountain bike?

Goggles that don't interact well with your helmet or plug your nostrils because the nose bridge is too narrow are going to cause more problems than they solve. We recommend trying goggles on before you buy, and bringing your helmet with you to make sure everything works together. To assure a good fit, you want the strap to securely grip the rear of the helmet whilst not being overly tight on your face, as this will lead to discomfort and lens fogging.

Tunnel vision is the last thing you want bombing down narrow singletrack. When you try on a pair of goggles, take note if you can see the frame in your peripheral vision as this may affect your vision out on the trail.

What color lenses are best for mountain biking?

If you ride in sunny Southern California, a darker lens will leave you more comfortable, but if your trails snake through the trees with a dense overhead canopy, light or even a clear lens will be the go-to.

Lots of companies have their own version of contrast-boosting technology, and they all work to varying degrees.

Depending on the lens, some brands will add hydrophobic and anti-fog coatings to their lenses, and these can be a godsend in wet weather or riding behind your roots-riding mate.

Can you replace goggle lenses?

Most brands offer interchangeable optics. The reality is your lenses are going to get scratched, and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. When you're shopping for goggles, have a look at how much spare lenses cost and factor that into potential costs.