Which mountain bike goggles do the best job protecting your eyes from dirt, dust and more, and keep your vision clear and unfogged? We put six to the test to find out.
Smith Squad MTB ChromaPop
- £85 / $85 / AU$150
So good: These are the priciest goggles on test, but they’re worth it. Fit, comfort and field of view are all excellent. They’re a touch narrower than some, but there’s nothing distracting in your peripheral vision and they sync well with a wide range of lids.
The ChromaPop lens offers HD-like clarity in bright conditions, while the included clear lens is ideal for darker days. Best of all, the quality lenses and open-vented frame keep fog at bay better than anything else here. Replacement clear lenses cost just £9 / $15.
No good: At speed and on chilly days they can feel slightly draughty — a small price to pay for the fog-busting design.
- £60 / $65 / AU$110
So good: The small frame works well with almost any helmet, open or full-face. Good ventilation means the lens rarely fogs up, even on muggy days. Clear and tinted versions are included, along with 20 tear-offs for muddy racing.
Replacement lenses can be found easily, from £8 / $10. All this makes the RRP price good value. I liked the fit for the most part, although the frame is a bit narrow.
No good: I found the Racecrafts pinched my nose just a little. The field of view isn’t the best — the tear-off tabs can be seen in your peripheral vision — although I didn’t find this much of an issue when riding.
- £75 / $90
So good: If you don’t like the retro look, these come in other colours too. The field of view is the best on test, with nothing to distract you on the trail. I liked the fit and comfort — there’s plush foam and a generous nose groove.
A deep strap and wide outriggers hold the goggles neatly in place on full-face helmets, though the frame is too bulky to fit snugly under some open-face lids. Tinted and clear lenses are included. Both have proven impressively scratch-resistant and generally stay fog-free.
No good: Replacement lenses aren’t easy to come by online and are pricey (£20 standard, £30 light sensitive).
Fox Air Defence
- £65 / $105 / From AU$130
So good: I reckon these are the nicest looking goggles here, and a wide field of view means they’re nice to look out of too. They stay in place well and work great with open-face lids. Generous padding makes them particularly comfy, and there’s no pinching of the nose. The pre-curved lens has minimal distortion.
No good: They’re not the best ventilated, so they can get a tad sweaty and the clear lens fogs up easier than most on muggy rides and at slow speeds, despite its anti-fog coating. Only one lens is included and replacements are fairly expensive (£16 / $19.95 clear, £23 / $19.95 tinted).
- £70 / $81
So good: TSG’s tinted lens works great in bright conditions, and a clear one is also included. Glare is minimal even in dappled light. The lenses aren’t bad at resisting fog, though not quite as good as Scott, 100% or Smith’s.
I found the fit spot on, with comfy foam and no pinching around the nose. The field of view is ample too, and the narrow profile worked with all the helmets I tried.
No good: My lenses got scratched up pretty quickly and replacements are hard to find and not cheap (£19.99 clear, £22.99 tinted). You wouldn’t know these goggles cost £70 / $81 to look at them.
Giro Blok MTB
- £70 / $100 / AU$100
So good: These are the tallest goggles on test and they offer an unobstructed field of view. The fit is comfy and roomy, and the double silicone strip on the strap means you don’t need to crank it up tight to make them stay in place on your lid. Clear and tinted lenses are included.
No good: The tall frame fouls some helmets (such as Troy Lee’s A2). Replacement clear lenses cost a hefty £29.99 / $60, and I found the tinted version too dark for most UK conditions. They fog up more easily than others here, and the optics aren’t great — I could see the nose guard reflected in the lens.