A Guide to the Best Cycling Sunglasses of 2018
Sunglasses are an essential part of any cyclists 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!
Many cycling sunglasses have similar features but they are all unique in fit and performance capabilities. When it comes to cycling glasses, there are three main categories you want to consider in making your selection. They are as follows:
Fit– The final part to a great pair of cycling sunglasses is fit. If the fit is off, no amount of grip or coverage can make up for it. The two key elements to fit are how the sunglasses fit your face, and how they fit under your helmet. Most cycling sunglasses are designed with straight back temples so they are easy to put on or remove once your helmet is already on. You may want to consider a frame with an adjustable nosepad or adjustable temples for the most precise fit.
Grip– Grip is of utmost importance in any cycling frame to help keep the frames on your face. Most cycling frames are designed with rubber grip on the nose piece and temples. Not having one or the other means more of a chance for slippage which is never good when you are at top speed! Grip is especially important in prescription glasses since the lenses need to be optically aligned for the lenses to function as they should.
Coverage– Many of the frames on this list have a wraparound frame style which gives you great coverage. This is preferred because it blocks the wind out, while also protecting your eyes from the sun and debris. Having a curved frame will also eliminate unwanted backside glare from hitting off the inside of the lens. And if the wraparound look isn’t for you, there are flatter cycling frames out there. The thing to look for with flatter cycling frames is larger lenses so you still get protection from the sun and wind.
11 Best Cycling Sunglasses of 2018
Oakley Radar EV Pitch
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!
Stay on trend with a pair of glasses that have all of the sport features that you love with a more casual feel. The Crossrange is designed to meet all of your cycling needs without looking overly sporty. Whether you are sweating it out on a long ride or meeting up with friends, the versatility of the Crossrange will keep you looking cool. Oakley’s three-point fit system has the right amount of tip-to-tip retention to alleviate pressure points for all day comfort. The lightweight O-Matter frame construction increases durability to meet any of your cycling demands. So if you’re going for a casual look on your bike, try out the Oakley Crossrange.
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.
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
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.
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 SR-1 is designed for cyclists who are looking for optimal performance from their sunglasses. It all starts with the titanium core wires in the temple tips that actually allow you to adjust the temples for a custom fit. The core wire is wrapped in the patented GEKO technology for mega grip and comfort. GEKO can also be found on the nose piece for ultimate retention. Quick and easy lens interchangeability make it ideal for on-the-go changes as needed. The SR-1 has put Roka on this list for all of these reasons.
Smith Pivlock Attack and Attack Max
The Smith Pivlock Attack and Pivlock Attack Max bring in a feature that not many of the other sunglasses in this guide provide. Both models come 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 main difference between the two models is the size and lens shape. The Attack is smaller and has a lowered brow to increase ventilation and the Attack Max is larger and has a raised brow for increased coverage. The frames have a two-position nose piece and Megol temples for a secure fit.
Bolle 6th Sense
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.
Rudy Project Rydon
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
Prescription Cycling Sunglasses at SportRx!
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. 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.