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Cycling sunglasses are an essential part of any rider's gear. The perfect set of frames and lenses can make your ride more enjoyable and elevate your performance on the bike. And let's be real, having the coolest frames out there can make you look fast even if you aren't breaking records. With designs changing year after year and even more frames to choose from, we saw a need to break down some of our top picks to help you make your decision.

Table of Contents

1. What to Look for in Cycling Sunglasses
2. The Best Cycling Sunglasses 2019
2.1. Oakley
2.2. 100%
2.3. Smith
2.4. Nike
2.5. Rudy
2.6. Tifosi
3. The Best Cycling Sunglasses of 2018

 

What to Look for in Cycling Sunglasses

Frame Technology

There are many frame features to take into consideration when choosing a pair of cycling sunglasses. Having the right fit with grip where you need it will keep the frames optically aligned and allow you to wear them for extended periods at a time. A sunglass with maximum coverage ensures that you stay protected from the elements and make the most of your field of view.

Lens Technology

Choosing the right frame is only half of the decision-making process. Without the right lenses, you could have a sunglass that will fit right but won't maximize your on-bike experience. High-contrast lenses will help you to pick up on every little detail on the road so you can have a safer and more enjoyable riding experience. The type of weather you ride in will also be a major factor in your lens choice. Check out our list of sunglasses below to see some prime examples of frame design meant to improve your cycling experience.

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The Best Cycling Sunglasses 2019

Oakley

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Matte Grey Smoke with PRIZM Road Lenses

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The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is a tried and true frame and considered one of the best cycling sunglasses on the market—in fact, they're so good they're making this list two years in a row. A few key updates are included on this model that improve it from the already great Flak Jacket XLJ. Oakley's O-Matter frame material gives it a super lightweight and comfortable feel. The three-point fit system relieves pressure points caused by most frames by evening out the fit across the nose bridge and temples. The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL has the same frame dimensions as the original but features extended lens coverage and cutouts around your cheeks to avoid cheek-to-lens contact. Get yourself a pair of these Oakley Flak 2.0 XL to see why they are a favorite frame of many cyclists.


Oakley Radar EV Path

Oakley Radar EV Path Oakley Radar EV Path in Arctic Surf with PRIZM Ruby lenses

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The Oakley Radar EV Path is a futuristic design available in the present. The "EV" in the name stands for "extended view," which is exactly what you'll get with these wrap sunglasses. Improvements to upper peripheral vision, the ventilation system, and taller lens design characterize these sunglasses. The frame is Oakley's signature lightweight, impact-resistant O-Matter material and features earsocks and nosebombs made of Unobtanium, designed to intensify grip the more you sweat. Try these with PRIZM lenses to further enhance your cycling experience.


Oakley Jawbreaker

Oakley Jawbreaker PRIZM Road, Oakley PRIZM Road Oakley Jawbreaker featured in Polished White PRIZM Road

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Comfort, coverage, and durability make the Oakley Jawbreaker another choice for this list two years running. The vented shield lens gives you an expansive view and protection without fogging up. And if you do break a sweat, you don't have to worry about the frames slipping with Unobtanium grip on the nose pads and temples. Oakley's patented O-Matter frame construction give it a lightweight feel without compromising durability. The Jawbreaker has been around for years, yet remains a top contender in both this year's and last year's selections for the top cycling sunglasses.


100%

100% Speedcoupe

100% Speedcoupe Prescription Sunglasses 100% Speedcoupe in Cherry Palace and Hiper Sport Silver Mirror

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100% Speedcoupe cycling sunglasses are designed to elevate your performance to its maximum potential. These shades have a semi-rimless design to ensure they stay in place even during your most intense rides. There are also integrated air scoops to prevent fogging and increase airflow to your face. These cycling sunglasses will truly let you unlock 100% of your potential.


100% Speedcraft

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Another favorite from last year, the Speedcraft catapulted 100% onto the cycling scene. It is a favorite of world-champion cyclist Peter Sagan, which has really helped to put it on the map. The classic 100% cylindrical lens makes for a more wider view in the riding position. Ultra-grip rubber on the temple tips and nose pad provide comfort on those longer rides. Lower air scoops are built into the lens to reduce moisture and keep your face cool. If Peter Sagan wears it, you know it's built for performance.


100% S2

100% s2 100% S2 in Matte Black with Flash Gold

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Following in the Speedcraft's footsteps, the 100% S2 is another choice from last year but takes it up a notch with a futuristic frame design. This frame is made for everyday sports performance—a full cylindrical shield provides you an unobstructed view and enhanced peripheral sight, while the laser-etched edging gives the S2 a full frame appearance but is actually rimless on the bottom of the lens. The lens itself is protected with HYDROILO to repel oil and water. Ultra-grip keeps the frames from moving around on your face and makes for a comfortable fit.


Smith Attack Max

smith attack max Smith Attack Max in Matte Black with Chromapop Platinum

Shop Smith Attack Max

The Smith Attack Max bring in a feature that not many of the other sunglasses in this guide provide. This model comes with two sets of lenses—a dark and light lens so you can have optimal versatility for changing conditions. Smith MAG interchangeable technology works with magnets that help the temple arms snap into place. The Attack Max takes full advantage of the larger lens coverage and includes a two-position nose piece and Megol temples for a secure fit.


Nike Rabid 2

NIKE Rabid 2 Nike Rabid 2 in Matte Dark Gray

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The Nike Rabid 2 is a more lightweight version of another Nike frame. The slimmer temple and sport wrap ensure maximum coverage while still keeping you moving as swiftly as possible. If your face is on the smaller side, these cycling sunglasses are worth checking out to help you stay at the top of your game.


Rudy Project Rydon

Rudy Project Rydon Stealth Matte Black Prescription Military Eyewear Rudy Project Rydon in Stealth Matte Black

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The Rudy Project Rydon is another pair of cycling sunglasses that stand out due to their fit compatibility. A flexible fit is achieved through the fully adjustable nose pad and temples. Although these frames are super lightweight, grilamid frame construction ensures their durability. A quick and easy interchangeable lens system gives you the option to swap lenses on the go, increasing its versatility. The Rydon delivers the performance you would expect from a top-rated cycling frame.


Tifosi Synapse

synapse_red Synapse in Race Red with Clarion Red

Shop Tifosi Synapse

Wrapping up this year's list is another feature from last year, the Tifosi Synapse. It is one of the best-valued frames on this list because of the packed features you get without breaking the bank. It almost seems too good to be true, but it's not. Let's start with the TR-90 frame construction which makes it highly durable and extremely lightweight. And if you are using them in extreme situations, the hydrophilic rubber on the temples and nosepad will hold them snug against your face. Adjustable nose and ear pieces accommodate a wider range of head shapes and facial features, so you know these will fit you.

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Best Cycling Sunglasses 2018

We brought in cycling superstar and UCLA athlete of the year, Evan Christianson, to sit down with our very own Sunglass Rob to discuss the top cycling sunglasses of 2018. Check out the video and information below to find out which frames made it on the list!

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The Best Cycling Sunglasses of 2018

Many cycling sunglasses have similar features but they are all unique in fit and performance capabilities. When it comes to cycling glasses, there are certain features to look for. We briefly recap on what those are below but we also have a more in-depth cycling sunglasses buyer's guide if you would like to know more about what features you should keep an eye out for!


100% S2

100% s2 100% S2 in Matte Black with Flash Gold

Shop 100% S2

Kicking things off is the 100% S2, cycling sunglasses with a futuristic frame design. This frame is made for everyday sports performance—a full cylindrical shield provides you an unobstructed view and enhanced peripheral sight, while the laser-etched edging gives the S2 a full frame appearance but is actually rimless on the bottom of the lens. The lens itself is protected with HYDROILO to repel oil and water. Ultra-grip keeps the frames from moving around on your face and makes for a comfortable fit.


100% Speedcraft

100% Speedcraft Prescription Sunglasses 100% Speedcraft Prescription Sunglasses Orange Shield

Shop 100% Speedcraft

The Speedcraft catapulted 100% onto the cycling scene. It is a favorite of world-champion cyclist Peter Sagan, which has really helped to put it on the map. The classic 100% cylindrical lens makes for a more wider view in the riding position. Ultra-grip rubber on the temple tips and nose pad provide comfort on those longer rides. Lower air scoops are built into the lens to reduce moisture and keep your face cool. If Peter Sagan wears it, you know it's built for performance.


Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Matte Grey Smoke with PRIZM Road Lenses

Shop Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is a tried and true frame and considered one of the best cycling sunglasses on the market. A few key updates are included on this model that improve it from the already great Flak Jacket XLJ. Oakley's O-Matter frame material gives it a super lightweight and comfortable feel. The three-point fit system relieves pressure points caused by most frames by evening out the fit across the nose bridge and temples. The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL has the same frame dimensions as the original but features extended lens coverage and cutouts around your cheeks to avoid cheek-to-lens contact. Get yourself a pair of these Oakley Flak 2.0 XL to see why they are a favorite frame of many cyclists.


Oakley Crossrange

 

Oakley Crossrange Oakley Crossrange in Black Ink with PRIZM Road

Shop Oakley Crossrange

The Oakley Crossrange is a pair of sunglasses great for both casual wear and cycling. The frame's large coverage means it still blocks out a good percentage of wind, while having all the same features of Oakley sports frames such as the lightweight O-Matter frame and PRIZM lenses to let you see well regardless of light conditions. If you're looking for sunglasses you can wear on the road and while chilling at a cafe, these are the frames for you.


Oakley Radar EV Pitch

radar ev pitch prizm road

Oakley Radar EV Pitch in Polished White with PRIZM Road

Shop Oakley Radar EV Pitch

The "EV" stands for "extended view," which is exactly what you get with these frames. The Oakley Radar EV Pitch is a go-to pick for many cyclists because of the coverage provided by the extended brow line. When you are in the drops or in an aero position you will still be able to see out of the top of the lens rather than having to look over it. Ventilation gaps along the top of the lens keep you cool and prevents fogging. Oakley Unobtanium on the nose bridge and temple gets stickier and tackier the more you sweat, keeping the frames perfectly in place even on your most grueling rides. Try these in PRIZM Road to further enhance your cycling experience!


Oakley Jawbreaker

Oakley Jawbreaker PRIZM Road, Oakley PRIZM Road Oakley Jawbreaker featured in Polished White PRIZM Road

Shop Oakley Jawbreaker

Comfort, coverage, and durability make the Oakley Jawbreaker an obvious choice for this list. The vented shield lens gives you an expansive view and protection without fogging up. And if you do break a sweat, you don't have to worry about the frames slipping with Unobtanium grip on the nose pads and temples. Oakley's patented O-Matter frame construction give it a lightweight feel without compromising durability. The Jawbreaker has been around for years, yet remains a top contender in this year's selection for the top cycling sunglasses.


Smith Attack Max

 

smith attack max Smith Attack Max in Matte Black with Chromapop Platinum

Shop Smith Attack Max

The Smith Attack Max bring in a feature that not many of the other sunglasses in this guide provide. This model comes with two sets of lenses—a dark and light lens so you can have optimal versatility for changing conditions. Smith MAG interchangeable technology works with magnets that help the temple arms snap into place. The Attack Max takes full advantage of the larger lens coverage and includes a two-position nose piece and Megol temples for a secure fit.


Bolle 6th Sense

 

 

bolle 6th sense Bolle 6th Sense in shiny Black/Grey with Modulator Rose Gun Oleo

 

The Bolle 6th Sense is all about fit compatibility. Does your nose have a hard time fitting the mold of most frames? Well, that's not an issue with the 6th Sense because it has adjustable nose pads. The angle and shape of the pad is ultra-adjustable making for a truly customized fit. Thermogrip on the nose pads and temple tips have moisture-absorbing properties so the frames stay aligned. All of those features plus a vented lens and extended brow make the 6th Sense a very worthy contender in our top cycling list.

Note: This product is no longer available.


Rudy Project Rydon

Rudy Project Rydon Stealth Matte Black Prescription Military Eyewear Rudy Project Rydon in Stealth Matte Black

Shop Rudy Project Rydon

The Rudy Project Rydon is another pair of cycling sunglasses that stand out due to their fit compatibility. A flexible fit is achieved through the fully adjustable nose pad and temples. Although these frames are super lightweight, grilamid frame construction ensures their durability. A quick and easy interchangeable lens system gives you the option to swap lenses on the go, increasing its versatility. The Rydon delivers the performance you would expect from a top-rated cycling frame.


Tifosi Synapse

synapse_red Synapse in Race Red with Clarion Red

Shop Tifosi Synapse

The Tifosi Synapse is one of the best-valued frames on this list because of the packed features you get without breaking the bank. It almost seems too good to be true, but it's not. Let's start with the TR-90 frame construction which makes it highly durable and extremely lightweight. And if you are using them in extreme situations, the hydrophilic rubber on the temples and nosepad will hold them snug against your face. Adjustable nose and ear pieces accommodate a wider range of head shapes and facial features, so you know these will fit you.


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