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. Stick around to discover our top 7 picks for men’s cycling sunglasses in 2020.
Top 7 Men’s Cycling Sunglasses
What to Look for in Men’s Cycling Sunglasses
1. Frame Technology
2. Lens Technology
Top 7 Men’s Cycling Sunglasses of 2020
1. 100% Racetrap
2. 100% Sportcoupe
3. Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
4. Oakley Sutro
5. Oakley Mainlink
6. Rudy Project Rydon
7. SMITH Pathway
The Best Cycling Sunglasses of 2019
There are many things to take into consideration when choosing a pair of cycling sunglasses, but for this list we’ve shortened it to two key components: frame technology and lens technology. You can check out our cycling sunglasses buyer’s guide for more information on what to look out for when you’re shopping for your next pair. And don’t neglect your personal style, either. Maybe you don’t care about the latest fashion trends, but men’s cycling sunglasses are the perfect way to express yourself.
First off, 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 of time. Also, a sunglass with maximum coverage ensures that you stay protected from the elements and make the most of your field of vision.
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 (such as a rose or light copper tint) will help you to pick up on every little detail on the road so you can have a safer and more enjoyable riding experience, but the type of weather you ride in will be more of a factor in your lens choice. Check out our list of sunglasses below to see some prime examples of lens design meant to improve your cycling experience.
Without further ado, check out our list of men’s frames hand-selected by our expert opticians.
100% crafts the ultimate cycling sunglasses – and the Racetrap tops them all! From a frame that’s both flexible and solid, to an interchangeable shield lens with every lens coating you could want, these sunglasses are a cyclist’s dream.
Key 100% Racetrap Features
- Shatterproof & impact-resistant Ultra HD lenses
- Durable & lightweight TR90 frames
- Scratch-resistant, hydrophobic, & oleophobic lens coatings to repel water, dirt, & oil
- 6-base, interchangeable shield lens
100% Sportcoupe is the culmination of style and performance. Compete with confidence knowing you look awesome and have sport features like an 8-base frame, rubber temple tips and nose pad, and the contrast-enhancing HiPER lens on your side.
Key 100% Sportcoupe Features:
- 8-base wrap for ultimate protection & side coverage
- Ultra-grip rubber nose pad & temple tips for a comfortable, secure fit
- HYDROILO lens coating to repel water & oil
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. Finally, it has the same frame dimensions as the original but features extended lens coverage and cutouts around your cheeks to avoid cheek-to-lens contact.
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Matte Grey Smoke with PRIZM Road Lenses
Key Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Features:
- Lightweight O Matter frames
- High wrap for added protection & side coverage
- Unobtainium earsocks & nose pad for a comfortable, non-slip fit
- Color & contrast-enhancing PRIZM lenses
Bold in looks and performance, Oakley Sutro features a PRIZM shield lens in a high wrap frame for unparalleled optics. They offer ample protection and are constructed with all-day wear in mind, making them a top choice for men’s cycling sunglasses.
Key Oakley Sutro Features:
- O Matter frames for durability & long-lasting wear
- Unobtainium nose pad for increased grip and comfort
- High wrap for added protection and expansive peripheral view
The Oakley Mainlink features a versatile look that easily transitions on and off the bike. But don’t let the men’s lifestyle look fool you! They’re equipped with performance features fit for a cyclist, like a protective wrap frame and rubber grip to keep them optically aligned when you sweat.
Key Oakley Mainlink Features:
- Three-Point Fit system for a customized fit
- Unobtainium earsocks & nose pad for increased grip even as you sweat
- Lightweight & durable O Matter frame
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.
Key Rudy Project Rydon Features:
- Adjustable nosepiece & temples for a comfortable, custom fit
- Quick lens swapping system
- Flexible & durable Grilamid frames
When it comes to cycling sunglasses for men, SMITH Pathway is a strong contender. In addition to the revolutionary contrast-enhancing ChromaPop lens technology, they’ve got megol rubber to keep them in place while you’re riding even the roughest roads. And they’re lightweight so you don’t feel a heavy frame on your face.
Key SMITH Pathway Features:
- 8-base frame for a wrapped fit & added protection
- Hydrophilic megol temples & nose pad for a comfortable, non-slip fit
- Anti-reflective & hydroleophobic lens coatings to repel water & dirt
- ChromaPop lenses for color & contrast enhancement
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!
Join Sunglass Rob and pro mountain biker Stephane Roch as they break down the top picks of 2019 to help you make your decision.
If you’re still not quite sure which cycling sunglasses are your perfect fit, check out our best picks of 2019.
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
Kicking off this list is the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL, a tried and true frame and considered to be 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, and 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 the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL to see why they are a favorite frame of many cyclists.
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 gives the Jawbreaker 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.
Oakley Radar EV Path
The EV in the name stands for “extended view,” which is exactly what you get with the Oakley Radar EV Path. By raising the brow line, these classic cycling sunglasses stay out of your field of vision, plus the semi-rimless design and improved ventilation system keep them from fogging up even on the most intense rides. Can’t decide whether you love these more in PRIZM Road or Road Black? Get them both thanks to interchangeable lens technology!
SMITH Tempo Max
The SMITH Tempo Max lets you perform at max potential. Featuring a slightly taller lens than the Tempo, the Tempo Max has full coverage and interchangeable ChromaPop lenses to give you the best versatility in any condition. Filter out light, enhance color, and leave your competition in the dust.
SMITH Attack Max
The SMITH Attack Max comes with two sets of lenses, one dark and one light to give you optimal versatility for changing conditions. SMITH’s MAG interchangeable lens technology works with magnets that help the temple arms snap into place—no more fiddling with breakable plastic clasps. The Attack Max takes full advantage of its larger lens coverage and includes a two-position nose pad and Megol temples for a secure fit.
Note: This frame is not Rx-able.
An updated version of the S2, the S3 takes it up another notch by combining the best of the S2 and the Speedcraft. It’s lightweight despite its large size and the slightly taller shield rests comfortably over your face. Hydrophobic and oleophobic lens coatings also ensure you won’t lose time wiping sweat out of your eyes. With the choices of an Ultra HD, HiPER, or photochromic lens, you’ll get the most coverage, the most options, and the most contrast with the S3.
Note: This frame is not Rx-able.
A favorite of world champion cyclist Peter Sagan and a winner of our 2018 REXY Awards, the Speedcraft catapulted 100% onto the cycling scene. The classic 100% cylindrical lens makes for a wider view in the riding position. Ultra-grip rubber on the temple tips and nose pads provide comfort on those longer rides, and air scoops built into the lower lens reduce moisture and keep your face cool. If Peter Sagan wears it, you know it’s built for performance.
Note: This frame is not Rx-able.
Last but not least of the 100% choices, the Speedcoupe, cycling sunglasses designed to elevate your performance to its maximum potential. These shades have a semi-rimless design and temple grips to ensure they stay in place. There are also integrated air scoops to prevent fogging and increase airflow to your face.
Nike Skylon Ace XV
The Nike Skylon Ace XV has a sleek wrap frame but loses no quality thanks to Nike’s Max Optics technology that delivers precise visual information at any angle. The slim temples with rubber grip make these a snug fit under a helmet, plus the adjustable and ventilated nose bridge will keep these sunglasses perfectly centered as you pedal your hardest.
Nike Show X2
A versatile frame that can be used in many sports, the Nike Show X2 features a semi-rimless wrap design with a comfortable and secure fit. The nylon frame is durable and flexible with adjustable temples and nose pads for a guaranteed fit. The nose pads are also ventilated for when you really break that sweat—cross the finish line in style with the Nike Show X2. Available with Rx insert.
Another feature from last year is the Tifosi Synapse. It is one of the best-valued frames on this list because of all the features you get without breaking the bank. Almost seems too good to be true? It’s not! The TR-90 frame construction makes these sunglasses highly durable and extremely lightweight. If you are using them in extreme situations, the hydrophilic rubber on the temples and nose pads will hold them snug against your face. Adjustable nose pads and temples accommodate a wide range of head shapes and facial features, so you know these will fit you.
Rudy Project Horus
The Rudy Project Horus offers superior customization between its 360° adjustable temples and interchangeable lenses to adjust to any lighting condition. The Grilamid frame combined with an Ergo3Max nose pad gives these cycling sunglasses both comfort and durability—get a cutting-edge style with unparalleled fit to achieve your best performance. Just need replacement bezels? Find them here.
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