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Cycling sunglasses are an essential part of any riders 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 so many frames to choose from, we saw a need to break down some of our top picks to help you make your decision.
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!
Table of Contents
1. What to Look for in Cycling Sunglasses
2. The Best Cycling Sunglasses of 2018
Oakley Radar EV Pitch
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
Smith Pivlock Attack Max
Bolle 6th Sense
Rudy Project Rydon
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 be looking for!
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.
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.
We will kick things off with the Oakley Radar EV Pitch. The 'EV' in Radar EV stands for 'extended view' which is exactly what you get with these frames. The Radar EV Pitch is a go-to pick for many cyclists because of the extended brow line and coverage that it provides. 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!
The Oakley Flak 2.0 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 Flak 2.0 is also offered in an XL version which 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 it is a favorite frame of many cyclists.
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 and remains a top contender in this years selection for the top cycling sunglasses.
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 its built for performance.
Following in the Speedcraft's footsteps, the S2 takes it up a notch with a futuristic frame design. This frame is made for everyday sports performance. A full cylindrical shield gives you an unobstructed view and enhanced peripheral sight. 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 make for a comfortable fit.
The Smith Pivlock 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 are included so you can have optimal versatility for changing conditions. Smith MAG interchangeable technology works by 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.
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 an adjustable nosepiece. 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.
The Rudy Project Rydon is another pair of cycling sunglasses that stands out due to its fit compatibility. A flexible fit is achieved through the fully adjustable nose pad and temples. Although these frames are super lightweight, Grilamid frame construction will hold up to any abuse you can throw at it. 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.
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 to good to be true. But it's not. Lets 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
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Now that we have concluded our guide to the best cycling glasses, you may have an idea of what you want but still have questions about what to look for when buying cycling sunglasses. And like always, we are here for you! We have certified opticians on the phones 7 days a week. Contact us if you have any questions about the frames listed above or more cycling sunglasses. We specialize in prescription cycling glasses so if you need them in prescription, there is no better place to get them.