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!
As a maker of sunglasses, goggles and helmets for all types of outdoor adventures, Julbo is a brand we’ve got to know well over the last few years.
Julbo makes a wide range of goggles, with the majority aimed at the snow market. However, the Bang NXT goggles on test here are specifically designed for mountain biking.
Spec Talk for the Julbo Bang NXT Goggles
Green is the talk of the day, with a nice split colour way, using two shades of green on the strap and frame, and black throughout. A matte finish on the frame gives a stealth vibe to these high ticket goggles from the French vision wizards.
The shape of the frame isn’t drastic, or statement. Instead it boasts neat lines and a small overall size. In comparison to the rest of the goggles on test, these are the smallest by far. The frame itself is pretty clever too. Julbo call it the anatomic frame, which uses cuts throughout the frame to increase flexibility of the goggles. Sounds cool.
Onto more technical features, the Bang NXT goggles use a Julbo Reactiv Zebra Light photochromic lens which goes from CAT1 (practically clear) to CAT3 (standard dark sunglasses) to adapt to the ever-changing light conditions we may encounter on the trails. This lens has a VLT (Visible Light Transmission) between 17-75%. A clear lens is typically around 90%, so this lens is very near fully clear. The lens inner surface has additional anti-fog coating, to make sure vision doesn’t become impaired on the trails.
Julbo has a new lens for this year, which goes from clear to CAT3, which is pretty much ‘like black magic’ according to the team. This is only available in the sunglasses range at the moment, with the hope of it passing down to the goggle range at some point in the near future.
The NXT goggles also use a two-layer foam for ultimate comfort as well as shock absorption through your face. A silicone strap keeps these goggles in position. There is no spare lens with the Julbos, which for the generous £120 asking price is a bit of a down point for me, but you do get a lovely black microfibre bag.
Weight for the Bang NXTs is 118g.
On The Trail
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|From:||Lyon Outdoor, lyon.co.uk|
|Tested:||by Rob Mitchell for 3 months|