Living out your passion for cycling while trying to cope with prescription needs isn't always an easy task. At SportRx, we get it. That's why our team of Sports Opticians and fellow cyclists put sports frames to the test and curated a list of the best prescription cycling glasses. These five frames are ideal for those who excel in the sport but need a boost in the vision department. Join SportRx as we reveal the best prescription cycling sunglasses that enhance your ride and your vision!
Prescription Cycling Glasses
A. How to Choose Prescription Cycling Glasses
1. Frame Technology
2. Lens Technology
B. Best Prescription Cycling Glasses
1. Nike Rabid 22
2. Oakley Plazma
3. 100% Centric
4. Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
5. Rudy Project Rydon
Bonus Frame: SportRx Huckson
C. Shop Prescription Cycling Glasses Online at SportRx
D. Prescription Cycling Sunglasses FAQs
Choosing the best prescription sunglasses for cycling is a hard task. In addition to finding frames that are Rx-able, you need to ensure you're getting the best frame for your ride. For in-depth information on how to choose prescription cycling glasses, visit our Cycling Glasses Buyer's Guide. Otherwise, here is a brief overview of the two most important aspects to consider in your cycling glasses.
Another solution is to go with a flatter frame. Flatter frames typically have 4-base or 6-base lens designs. While they can hold stronger Rx lenses, they don't give the same coverage and wind protection as fully wrapped cycling glasses. With that said, you can still get sufficient coverage with a flatter frame if you pick the correct size. Our Sunglasses Size Guide will help you understand and determine the perfect fit!
Finally, having lightweight cycling sunglasses is essential for high prescription cyclists. The lenses will add a decent amount of weight on their own, so you'll want the frame to be as light and aerodynamic as possible. A few of our favorite frame materials are Grilamid TR90, Oakley's O Matter™, and nylon.
But hope is not lost — polycarbonate and Trivex lenses are shatterproof and the best choice for sports lenses. Nowadays, polycarbonate lenses give a comparable optical clarity to glass, and feature anti-scratch protection to prevent them from getting banged up.
As far as lens colors go, you'll want to choose a rose or copper base tint. Having a dark grey lens on the road can be dangerous because of the amount of gray present. Rose and copper tints enhance contrast to allow you to spot all the little details on the road and gain the edge over your opponents — you'll see better than ever.
For specific lens color recommendations, visit our guide on the Best Lens Colors for Cycling Sunglasses.
Discover our top picks for cyclists who need top-notch sunglasses that can handle prescription lenses and speed.
Earning its spot on our list is a collaboration between SportRx and Nike Vision – the Nike Rabid 22! The 8-base wrapped frame design provides ample eye protection and coverage, while frame ventilation wicks away sweat and moisture. Grips on the temple tips and nose pad help secure these Rx cycling sunglasses and keep the Rabid 22 optically aligned. An oleophobic lens coating protects against fingerprint smudging and facial oils, and an anti-reflective coating blocks out glare. Enjoy taking this versatile rectangular frame from the bike to the brewery.
- Integrated ventilation reduces lens fogging for clear visibility
- Comfortable rubberized grips make the frame secure
- Oleophobic lens coating repels oils and minimizes smudging
- SFW 130 (What is SFW?): Men's S-M, Women's M
For a unique frame that provides sport functionality, the Oakley Plazma is ready for a day of cycling! Inspired by the brand’s popular Racing Jacket, the Plazma features a wrapped design and Unobtainium® grips that get tackier the more you sweat. The lightweight O Matter™ material is comfortable and durable, making it easy to wear for an intense race or casual ride. Available with PRIZM™ lenses, you’ll receive unmatched contrast and color definition, so you can spot any uneven surface or crack in the pavement.
- Unobtainium® grips provide a non-slip fit
- PRIZM™ lenses increase vividness and enhance contrast
- Frame ventilation increases airflow and minimizes fogging
- SFW 132: Men's M, Women's M to L
Next up, the 100% Centric brings versatility in design and style. Whether you need high contrast, photochromic, or something for bright light conditions, it is customizable to your riding environment. The 6-base wrap and square lenses make these cycling glasses great for downhill riding and relaxing at the beach. The Ultra HD lenses provide superior optics and feature a hydrophobic and oleophobic lens treatment that repels water, dirt, and oil.
- 6-base design for versatility from cycling to casual wear
- TR90 frame is durable and lightweight for all-day wear
- Rubber nose and temple tips provide a secure fit
- SFW 134: Men's M, Women's L
The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is an all-around great sports frame available with PRIZM™ Road lenses for cycling and high Rx compatibility. The Flak 2.0 XL has a full wrap design made of O Matter™ and is as lightweight and durable as they come. Unobtainium® nose pads and temples increase grip the more you sweat, so your cycling glasses stay in place even during a vigorous race. The Flak 2.0 XL is one of our most multifaceted prescription cycling sunglasses because it can handle a range of prescriptions and sports with ease.
- Enhanced lens coverage for maximum UV protection
- Lightweight and durable O Matter™ frame construction
- Unobtainium® earsocks and nose pads keep the frames secure
- Interchangeable contrast-enhancing PRIZM™ lenses
- SFW 135: Men's M, Women's L
Rounding out our list of the best prescription cycling glasses is the Rudy Project Rydon. This semi-rimless, 8-base frame offers unobstructed visibility and unparalleled coverage. Rubber grips on the nose pad and temples comfortably secure the sunglasses, while their adjustable capability allows for a customized fit. With interchangeable lenses, you receive a fine-tuned optical experience by seamlessly swapping out lenses depending on the weather or lighting conditions. Available with a Rx dock, the Rydon can accommodate high prescriptions while maintaining a highly wrapped frame.
- Wrapped design blocks peripheral light, wind, and airborne irritants
- Interchangeable lenses capability allows for refined vision
- Equipped with sweat management system to wick away moisture
- Available in Slim for smaller sizing
- SFW 138: Men's L, Women's L-XL
We've got one final frame to put on your radar and we couldn't be more stoked to share it. Introducing the SportRx Huckson, a versatile performance frame designed for active lifestyles and created by our very own Sports Opticians. The Huckson is a prescription-friendly frame that serves casual looks with serious performance. Oversized square lenses block harsh UV rays and hold a range of prescriptions with ease, while rubber nose pads keep your frames optically aligned. They also add comfort on bumpy rides and give you just the right amount of grip during a summer sweat.
As for lens colors, there is no shortage of options with our SportRx Sport Optimized Lenses. Choose the perfect lens color for your typical riding environment and personal style.
- Designed by Sports Opticians for athletes & active lifestyles
- Eco-friendly, lightweight, & durable frame
- Rubber nose pads & temple tips for secure, comfortable grip
- Gradient, mirrored, polarized, & Transitions® lens options
- SFW 136: Men's M-L, Women's L
Don't let your prescription needs hinder your love of riding. Need prescription cycling sunglasses? Done. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tool tips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. The answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, contact us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians who can help you build your Rx cycling sunglasses.
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