What are the best goggles for mountain biking? We brought together five pairs from 100%, Dragon Alliance, Julbo POC, Scott, and put them in the hands of our goggle aficionado and all-round jumpy rider, Rob Mitchell, to see which ones we’d recommend for UK mountain bikers. Over to Rob for the full review!
An aggressive name for a pretty aggressive looking pair of goggles. These are the MXV Max goggles from Dragon Alliance. Possibly more well known for its snow orientated goggle selection and range of sunglasses, Dragon also make goggles for motocross and MTB.
Onto the goggles then, and a completely new design in the MXV Max. The MXV name is something we’ve seen before in the Dragon line up, with the standard MXV, the MXV Sand, Hydro and RRS versions. The MXV Max is not only a new shape for this year, but a completely new model, and with that, a step up from the standard model in both features, and price.
Spec Talk For The MXV Max Goggles
We’ve got the MXV Max in the ‘Podium’ (or black as far as we’re concerned) colour way, which comes with the lumalens red ionised lens along with a clear lens in the box. There are many a punchy colour to choose from though if you don’t want to be a stealth shredder.
Out of the box then, and upon initial inspection, the shape of the goggle is aggressive, with an angular silhouette, a punchy strap, the very distinct nosepiece and the outrigger frame design feature. On this new style goggle from Dragon, the MXV Max uses a thinner frame to make the model more lightweight and comfortable. Dragon also goes on to say ‘the MXV Max has been engineered to maximize peripheral vision and enable superior ventilation’.
A few more features to note; the MXV Max are compatible with tear-off lenses, and will hold up to 28 laminated tear-offs, which is grand if you’re hitting laps at the bike park or plan on racing this season. Please make sure you pick up your plastic rubbish off the trail afterwards though.
The Lumalens Red Ionized lens on these goggles has 100% UV protection, with Dragon’s Super Anti-Fog coating that is apparently twice as strong on these goggles than before. The removable ‘rock guard’ (nose piece) and a chunky 1.5in silicone backed strap offer plenty of security for your face and make sure these bad boys stay in place when riding.
Out of all the goggles within the test, the Dragon MXV Max goggles sit in the middle in terms of size and shape, along with price positioning. At £70 they aren’t the cheapest, but do offer plenty of promise for the price, from initial inspection.
In the box, you get a spare clear lens as well as a microfibre bag – winner. The MXV Max sit on the scales at a tidy weight of 134g.
On The Trail
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|Tested:||by Rob Mitchell for 3 Months|