Living out your passion for cycling while trying to cope with your high prescription needs isn’t always an easy task. We totally get that. But we strive to find a solution for everyone. That’s why we’ve created a list of some of our favorite pairs of high prescription cycling sunglasses. This list has some of the best frames for those of you who may excel in the sport, but not quite in the seeing department. Take a look at our top picks!
Top 7 High Prescription Cycling Sunglasses
1. What to Look for in Cycling Sunglasses
1.1. Frame Technology
1.2. Lens Technology
2. Top 7 High Prescription Cycling Sunglasses of 2020
2.1. Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
2.2. Rudy Project Rydon Slim
2.3. 100% Centric
2.4. Nike Brazen Boost
2.5. Oakley Mainlink
2.6. SMITH Outlier 2
2.7. Rudy Project Exception
3. The Best High Prescription Cycling Sunglasses of 2019
Getting cycling sunglasses for a difficult prescription is a hard task on its own, and you also have to ensure you’re getting the best frame for your needs. We briefly go over the two most important aspects, frame technology and lens technology, and you can check out our cycling sunglasses buyer’s guide for more info on both of these and other tips to score the best cycling sunglasses.
Due to the high-speed nature of cycling, it’s best to get a wrap frame. However, this gets more challenging the higher your prescription is thanks to a “fishbowl effect” causing distortion at the outer edges of your vision. To mitigate this effect, some wrap sunglasses come with inserts that clip to the inside of the frame, but inserts have their own limitations. To some cyclists, they make the glasses bulky and don’t give as good peripheral vision. The pro of inserts, though, is that they can handle most any prescription no matter how difficult, and still let you wear the wrap design you want.
Another solution is to go with a flatter frame. Flatter frames are easier to put thicker lenses in, but they don’t give quite the same coverage and wind protection as a fully wrapped sunglass. You can still get pretty decent coverage with a flatter frame, as long as you pick one that’s the right size for your face. You’ll need to consider how affected you are by wind while cycling.
Having lightweight cycling sunglasses are essential for high prescription cyclists as well. The lenses will add a decent amount of weight on their own, so you want the frame to be as light as possible since you don’t necessarily have the advantage of lightweight lenses.
For cycling sunglasses, the two most important things to consider for lenses are the material and getting something contrast-enhancing. For material, definitely leave the glass and plastic lenses behind. Those work great for your everyday sunglasses, but they’re not a good option for cycling because of how easily they can shatter. It only takes one fall to leave a scar.
But hope is not lost—polycarbonate and Trivex lenses are shatterproof and the best choice for sports lenses. Nowadays, polycarbonate lenses are quality enough to give optical clarity almost as good as glass, and coated with anti-scratch protection to prevent them from getting banged up.
And as far as lens colors go, you 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 grey already present in cycling. Rose and copper tints enhance contrast to let you spot all the little details on the road and gain the edge over your opponents. You’ll feel like you’re seeing better than ever.
Discover our top 7 picks, hand-selected by our expert opticians, for cyclists who need kickass sunglasses that can handle both a high Rx and a need for speed.
The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is an all-around great sport sunglass made complete with PRIZM Road lenses for cycling and a pretty high Rx compatibility. The Flak 2.0 XL has a tall lens, full wrap design, and frame made of O-Matter to be as lightweight and durable as they come. Unobtanium nose pads and temples increases grip the more you sweat, as well as keeps these in place even during an intense race. Because the Flak 2.0 XL is such a versatile frame and able to handle a wide variety of prescriptions, you can’t go wrong with it.
Key Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Features:
- Enhanced lens coverage
- Lightweight & durable O Matter frames
- Unobtainium earsocks & nosepads for a comfortable, non-slip fit
- PRIZM, prescription-ready lenses for color & contrast enhancement
A high wrap frame is no longer a deal breaker for high prescription wearers. Rudy Project Slim + Rx Dock allows you to experience the 8-base wrap that hugs your face for an ultra-secure fit and added coverage on the sides. They’re equipped for comfortable, all-day wear for those extra long rides and the semi-rimless lenses give you an awesome field of view.
Key Rudy Project Rydon Slim Features:
- 8-base frame for a secure wrapped fit & added coverage
- Semi-rimless lenses unobstructed field of view
- Adjustable rubber nosepads & temples for a comfortable, custom fit
The ultimate style and function combo, 100% Centric has all the performance features you need to succeed, in a lifestyle look you can sport anywhere. They’re extremely durable and equipped with lens coatings to keep them smooth and clear no matter what comes your way.
Key 100% Centric Features:
- Impact-resistant & lightweight lenses & shatterproof Grilamid TR90 frames
- Scratch- resistant & HYDROILO kens coatings to repel water, dirt, & oil
- Ultra-grip TPE rubber nose pad & temples for a comfortable, non-slip fit
- HiPER, prescription-ready lenses
Designed by athletes for athletes, Nike Brazen Boost is a versatile frame that is comfortable enough for long-lasting wear, and sporty enough to handle any activity. They’ve got flexible temples to adjust to your specific need, and soft rubber on the temples and nose pad for a comfortable fit.
Key Nike Brazen Boost Features:
- Soft rubber nose pads & temples for comfortable, long-lasting wear
- Flexible temple arms for a custom fit
- Lightweight & durable nylon frames
- Max Optics, prescription-ready lenses for precise vision
Oakley Mainlink is a frame that’s quickly become a favorite for many reasons. These versatile, high prescription cycling sunglasses are built with a deeper lens. This design not only provides more coverage and ample wind protection, but it also allows more room for a range of high Rx needs. The Mainlink is stylish enough to be an everyday pair of shades, while still holding the performance features necessary for secure alignment on the bike. A truly great pair of high prescription cycling sunglasses that don’t compromise a thing.
Key Oakley Mainlink Features:
- Unobtainium earsocks & nosepads for a non-slip grip & comfortable fit
- Three-Point-Fit system for a customized fit & optical alignment
- Lightweight & durable O Matter frames
Hidden within the lifestyle look of SMITH Outlier 2 are performance features that equip them for sports and an active lifestyle. From the trails to happy hour, the innovative frame and lens technology enhance every experience with a comfortable fit and color optimizing vision.
Key SMITH Outlier 2 Features:
- Eco-friendly frame material
- Rubber nose pad & temples for a comfortable, non-slip fit
- Anti-reflective lens coating & ChromaPop color-enhancing lenses
Rudy Project is one of our favorite brands for high prescription cycling sunglasses, and the Exception is no…exception. We even teamed up with them to develop exclusive lens kit combinations that are ideal for every sport environment. Whether you need high contrast, photochromic, or something for bright light conditions, we’ve thought of everything.
Key Rudy Project Exception Features:
- Flip Up interchangeable lenses
- Prescription lens built directly into the frame
- Adjustable rubber nosepad & temples for a custom, non-slip fit
- Exclusive lens kit combos for every sport
Want to look even further? Check out our 2019 selection of the best prescription cycling sunglasses.
Rudy Project Exception
Rudy Project Intuition
Though these are eyeglasses, they make a great case for cycling if you get dark lenses in them. The Rudy Project Intuition has rubber temple tips and nose pads for grip and comfort, plus straight-back temples for helmet compatibility and easy adjusting. Wear the Intuition on and off the bike and look great all the time.
Rudy Project Spinair 57
Another frame that works both for sports and everyday use, the Rudy Project Spinair 57 features a large, square lens shape to give good wind coverage. The double bridge and large temple logo are there to make one heck of a statement if standing out from the crowd is what you want. The flatter lens means the Spinair 57 is very Rx-friendly while still giving the nose and temple grips you need for cycling. Looking for something a bit different? Check out the Spinair 56 and Spinair 58 for the same great look with slight twists on the design.
The 100% Blake has a classic teacup lens shape filled to the brim with 100%’s best technology. The flatter frame shape makes these more Rx-able but still with good coverage, and TPE ultra grip on the nose pads and temple tips provides all-day comfort and performance. The matte finish provides additional comfort for a sleek fit.
Nike Mercurial 6.0
The Nike Mercurial 6.0 sunglasses are essential for a cyclist with a difficult Rx. These cycling sunglasses are the epitome of versatility and functionality with its solid frame design and sport-performance features. The Mercurial 6.0’s lightweight build is coupled with soft rubber inlay nose pads to deliver all-day comfort. Despite your prescription, experience visual clarity like never before when wearing a pair of Nike Mercurial 6.0 sunglasses on (and off) the bike.
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
Oakley Crosslink Fit
Another eyeglass that works great for cycling if you add dark lenses. The Oakley Crosslink Fit features interchangeable nose pads, perfect if you want to look classy on and off the bike. It’s also got a better wrap than standard eyeglasses. Wear these to dominate the game without compromising your vision.
Note: This frame no longer comes with an extra set of temples.
High Prescription Cycling Sunglasses at SportRx
Don’t let your prescription needs hinder your love for riding. Need prescription cycling sunglasses? Done. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tooltips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. An 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 prescription cycling sunglasses.
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