Prescription Mountain Biking Sunglass Athlete Review with Ben Cook

Ben Cook is an acclaimed local Salt Lake City mountain biker that competes in both the Cyclocross and Downhill circuits.  With over 9+ year of competitive mountain biking this guy knows a thing or two about the sport and the equipment needed to excel.  Below Ben gives the insider scoop on what to look for when selecting either prescription sunglasses or non-prescription sunglasses for mountain biking according to the terrain and light conditions you are riding and competing in.

 

Athlete: Ben Cook

Sport: Mountain Biking, Cyclocross

Homebase: Salt Lake City, Utah

Loctaion: Wasatch Mountains and Southern Utah Desert

Mountain Terrain: Single track, rugged terrain, river crossings, steep inclines, mud

Light Conditions: Conditions vary from bright to medium light while in and out of shadows to low light

Desert Terrain: Single track, dusty trails, sand, and slick rock

Light Conditions: Bright, intense sunlight

 

Ben’s Mountain Biking and Cyclocross Eyewear recommendations:

 

Mountain Terrain:  I typically wear a high contrast lens when I bike in the mountains as it increases definition between objects, improves depth perception and allows more light to come in as you are moving in and out of shadows.

Lens Tints: Rose, bronze, brown, or orange/persimmon (persimmon for low light conditions)

Mirror Lenses: I always wear a lens with a mirror coating on it as helps to improve contrast, reduce glare, and is stable on the eyes.

Polarized: Polarized lenses are not necessary for mountain biking.  There is such little glare that occures in mountain biking conditions that the mirror coating eliminates the need for the polarized filter.

               

Dessert Terrain:  I typically wear a high contrast lens when I bike in the mountains as it increases definition between objects, improves depth perception and allows more light to come in as you are moving in and out of shadows.

Lens Tints: Rose, bronze, brown, or orange/persimmon (persimmon for low light conditions)

Mirror Lenses: I always wear a lens with a mirror coating on it as helps to improve contrast, reduce glare, and is stable on the eyes.

Polarized: Polarized lenses are not necessary for mountain biking.  There is such little glare that occures in mountain biking conditions that the mirror coating eliminates the need for the polarized filter.

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