Whether you’re looking to upgrade your style on the bike or need a new pair of shades to protect your eyes from the sun on those long rides, we’ve got the lowdown on the best cycling sunglasses available in 2018.
With a wide lens to increase the field of vision and a nose piece that adjusts front to back, the Bolle B-Rock fits very well and is easy to forget about on the road. The oleophobic layer on the lens helps prevent oil and dirt from accumulating during your ride and resists fogging during hot, humid summer weather. The B-Rock also comes in a variety of tints making it easy to match an option to your daily environment.
Perhaps the best overall value on this list, the Alliant is a high-performance option at a very reasonable price point. The wide, vented lens fits well and improves airflow, while the stylish looks and variety of color options complement almost any kit. The Grilamid TR-90 lens material is also extremely strong and has a high bending strength for improved durability.
KASK KOO OPEN
Other than the unique arm design that swings down instead of in to fold near the lens, the Koo is a highly adjustable pair of sunglasses that are secure and sturdy. We also like them for the size options, which are available in a wide- and narrow-option for the nose piece and a small- and medium-sized lens for better visibility.
While not quite as wide as other options, the Vortex works well for slightly smaller face shapes and for anyone looking for a medium-sized lens at a more affordable price point. Interchangeable lenses make it easier to switch depending on the conditions, and the thermogrip temple and nose tips help to keep them in place while you ride. Prescription lenses are also available.
OAKLEY FLIGHT JACKET
Like the popular Jawbreaker, the Flight Jacket is a maximum-coverage lens from Oakley. The main difference here is the lack of frame at the top for reduced weight and a unique nosepiece design, which can be flipped open to create space between the lens and frame. This helps to prevent fogging and increase airflow on climbs or particularly hot days. It also comes with interchangeable temples in a variety of lengths for compatibility with any helmet.
SMITH PARALLEL D MAX
While the growing trend of full-coverage sunglasses might benefit you on the bike, they can be pretty awkward looking if you’re planning to wear them around town. The Parallel D falls somewhere in between, being large enough to provide a good field of vision but with simple styling that won’t make them seem out of place for any of your other daily activities.
Lightweight, strong and durable, these casually styled sunglasses from Shimano are a good buy if you’re on a budget. The anti-fog and scratch treatments are a plus, and because of the smaller lens they’ll fit most face shapes well. The rugged Grillamid frame material that encloses the lens is also a nice feature if you’re the type of person who’s a little too rough for delicate shades.
With a comfortable fit and excellent stability, the UA Rival is a versatile option that’s suitable for almost any sport. Though the frame is thick and sturdy, it’s also extremely light. ArmourSight lenses are 10-times stronger than polycarbonate lenses and deliver 20% more undistorted peripheral vision, which can come in handy in high-traffic areas.
UA IGNITER 2.0
Built for the brightest summer conditions, the Igniter 2.0 uses polarized Storm lens technology to reduce glare and eliminate oil and salt buildup during your ride. The titanium and Grilamid blend used for the frames provides a good balance of flexibility and strength. The low-profile, classic design will never go out of trend and looks good no matter where you wear them.
These good-looking glasses from Julbo are designed as a top performance option for women. This improves fit and comfort over unisex designs, while the coverage, ventilation and field of vision are on par with the top options on the market. Reactiv lenses get darker or lighter depending on the conditions, ensuring you’ll always have the perfect amount of shade for your eyes while you’re out on the road.