If you’re riding any significant distance, then the chances are you’re going to need a pair of sunglasses. Cycling sunglasses protect your eyes from dirt, rain bugs, and dust. They protect your eyes from UV rays. They help to increase vision and clarity while making us look like the coolest people on the planet.
So there’s plenty of good reasons to wear cycling sunglasses.
When it comes to choice, the best cycling sunglasses also needn’t put too big a hole in your wallet. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list including affordable as well as premium sunglasses. Hopefully, there’ll be something amongst them that’s suitable for you.
So, let’s get to it and take a closer look, starting with the…
- 1 10 Best Cycling Sunglasses You Should Buy Reviews
- 1.1 1 Tifosi Alliant Sunglasses – Best Mid Range Cycling Sunglasses
- 1.2 2 Oakley Radar EV Path OO9208 Sunglasses For Men+BUNDLE with Oakley Accessory Leash Kit – Coolest Cycling Sunglasses
- 1.3 3 Smith Optics Attack Max ChromaPop Sunglasses – Best Premium Cycling Sunglasses
- 1.4 4 Bertoni Sports Polarized Sunglasses Antifog Photochromic Cycling Ski Running Golf mod. 180 – Best Fashion Sunglasses for Non-Cyclists
- 1.5 5 TOPTETN Polarized Sports Sunglasses with Interchangeable Lenes Men Women Cycling Glasses – Best Value for the Money Cycling Sunglasses
- 1.6 6 Oakley Men’s Oo9401 Flight Jacket Shield Sunglasses Rectangular – Best Classic Cycling Sunglasses
- 1.7 7 Kask Koo Open Cube Cycling Sunglasses – Best Adjustable Cycling Sunglasses
- 1.8 8 Rudy Project Propulse Sports Sunglasses – Best Field of View Cycling Sunglasses
- 1.9 9 ForceFlex FF500 Sunglasses for Men or Women, Black
- 1.10 10 goodr Super Fly Sunglasses (no slip, no bounce, all polarized)
- 2 Best Cycling Sunglasses Buying Guide
- 3 Looking for more great cycling accessories?
- 4 So, what are the Best Cycling Sunglasses?
10 Best Cycling Sunglasses You Should Buy Reviews
1 Tifosi Alliant Sunglasses – Best Mid Range Cycling Sunglasses
Tifosi is Italian for superfan. The company was founded by two American cyclists with their focus very much on racing. The love and enthusiasm are apparent for all to see in the beauty and design language of their products.
There’s no doubt that these are stylish sunglasses focused firmly on the road racing scene. The color choice, though not extensive, is fun and exciting. It’s all very much in keeping with the chosen demographic.
Superb quality for the price…
The Tifosi Alliant Sunglasses are mid-priced glasses. However, in terms of quality and value for money, you get a lot in comparison to the more established brands. When you take a closer look at the lens, ear pads, frames, and the rubber nose, the level of quality it’s truly surprising.
The Tifosi Alliant Sunglasses have three different sets of lenses. You get a pair of non-polarized lenses together with a pair of tainted and a pair of clear lenses. Swapping them out is easy and takes a matter of seconds.
Come rain, come shine…
Once in position, they feel comfortable thanks to the rubber nose pads and earpieces. These keep the glasses firmly in place and prevent them from slipping, even in the rain, or when you start to work up a sweat.
Another great feature is the air vents cut into the lenses. These are at the top and the bottom of the lenses. They do a great job of stopping them from fogging, and they look cool in the process.
- Three different lenses are included.
- Quality materials are used.
- Effective anti-fogging vents.
- The nose piece may obstruct your view.
2 Oakley Radar EV Path OO9208 Sunglasses For Men+BUNDLE with Oakley Accessory Leash Kit – Coolest Cycling Sunglasses
Oakley is currently the most common sunglasses brand amongst pro-riders. Their Radar EV Path sunglasses are not the most popular model in their extensive range. However, over recent events and races, they’ve begun to find a lot of love amongst amateurs and pros alike.
The Sunglasses look super-cool, and we can understand why they’re starting to become a familiar sight on the cycling scene. As well as looking cool, they also come in an extensive range of colors. With a choice of 17 vibrant and lively colors, there’s almost certainly going to be something you like.
What’s in the box?
The glasses come with a bunch of accessories. These include an Oakley Accessory Leash Kit and an iWear Care Kit. The truth is that these are relatively expensive glasses, hardly surprising given their premium quality, so it’s good to get a little something to add to their value.
The sunglasses have some of the best quality lenses in the business. Oakley is renowned for its lenses, and it’s a big reason for its popularity amongst men and women across a broad range of sports. Oakley only uses the best High Definition Optics, and the result is a sharp and super clear image at all times.
As well as great lenses, they also have an excellent hydrophobic coating. They repel water, as well as dirt and grease, brilliantly. These are exactly the kinds of qualities that cyclists look for.
During long rides, the nose pads and temple arms are comfortable. They don’t irritate your nose or squeeze your head. At times you’ll even forget that you’re wearing them!
Built for the road…
Finally, the glasses come in a beautiful case that’s every bit as good as the glasses. You also get a two years warranty that means something and will be honored. Though quite honestly, it’s highly doubtful that you’ll ever need it.
- High-quality frames and lenses.
- Hydrophobic lens coating.
- Superb lens clarity.
- Two years warranty.
- Only one set of lenses is included.
3 Smith Optics Attack Max ChromaPop Sunglasses – Best Premium Cycling Sunglasses
The Smith Optics Attack Max ChromaPop Sunglasses use ChromaPop lens technology that can be found across most of their range. The special lens filters two wavelengths of light. Filtering out these wavelengths reduces color confusion. The upshot is better clarity and definition while improving natural color.
These are big sunglasses. The frames are very well suited for cyclists with wider heads. They measure 125mm at the widest point, and the temple arms measure 120mm.
A perfect fit…
Although they are comfortable for people with large heads, they may be too large for some. If you need something smaller, Smith makes a medium-sized frame that should provide a tighter fit.
The Attack Max range is extensive. There are 13 combinations of colors and lenses to choose from. Like the Oakley Radar sunglasses we’ve just reviewed, finding the right pair of Attack Max sunglasses for your style shouldn’t be too difficult.
Adjust for comfort…
We’re sure you’ll all agree that comfort is equally, if not more important than style. Happily, the Smith Attack Max delivers on both counts. To get the best-fit, the nose pads can move into two different positions. Additionally, the flywheel on the nose can move the glasses to the perfect spot to your brow to prevent fogging.
The glasses have a hydrophobic coating to repel water and dirt and help you see more clearly ahead. They also have an impact-resistant coating and have 100% UV protection.
Swop out the lenses…
The lenses are interchangeable. They can be switched out easily in seconds. You get an extra pair of lenses included in the price. No additional lenses are included though you can buy supplementary lenses by separate purchase.
- ChromaPop lenses.
- Hydrophobic coating.
- Impact-resistant coating.
- Wide range of colors.
- Good fit for wider faces.
- Not a good fit if you have a small nose.
4 Bertoni Sports Polarized Sunglasses Antifog Photochromic Cycling Ski Running Golf mod. 180 – Best Fashion Sunglasses for Non-Cyclists
The Bertoni Sports Polarized Sunglasses are not cycling-specific. And because they’re not designed with cycling in mind, they do have a few shortcomings. The biggest is the fact that there’s simply too much frame. Cycling requires you to have an uninterrupted wide view. This is something you won’t get if you wear a pair of Bertoni Sports Polarized Sunglasses.
What you do get is an eye full of frame when you move your eyes from straight in front. The nose piece also further obscures your view.
Another issue is that the anti-fogging measures are not sufficient. Although they have an anti-fog coating, they lack any vents for when conditions get tough. Again, they’re excellent as multi-purpose sunglasses but not for cycling sunglasses.
Let’s now take a look at a few of the positives…
The quality is high, and considering their low price-point, they offer excellent value for the money. The lenses and frames are made from highly durable and strong materials. In the event of an accident, we have every confidence that the glasses will survive and, more importantly, will protect your eyes.
They are supplied with just a single pair of fast-acting photochromic polarized lenses. The quality is so good that you’re unlikely to need another pair of lenses. This is just as well since they’re not available for separate purchase.
The sunglasses will fit most people with medium to large faces. They wear comfortably without squeezing and leaving unwanted marks on the side of your temples. The nose pads also help to get a great fit, as they can be pulled in and out to accommodate the smallest and largest of noses.
Finally, we want to talk about styling…
The sunglasses have Italian flare in abundance. Strolling down the beach promenade, or walking through the park, we can’t think of anything we’d rather wear. However, we’re cyclists, not models. We have our own style and our own thing going on, and these are undoubtedly not it.
They’re great sunglasses but…
- Fast-acting photochromic lenses.
- Shatterproof lenses.
- Highly adjustable nose piece.
- Good value.
- Obstructed view.
- No lens vents.
5 TOPTETN Polarized Sports Sunglasses with Interchangeable Lenes Men Women Cycling Glasses – Best Value for the Money Cycling Sunglasses
TOPTETN Polarized Sports Sunglasses are an affordable multi-sport sunglasses option.
One thing that sets them apart from the Bertoni sunglasses we’ve just reviewed is that although these are multi-purpose sunglasses, they look very much like something a cyclist would wear. Even the three exciting colorways are likely to have a strong appeal.
They have very lightweight frames and large lenses that help to offer a broad and uninterrupted field of view. These are precisely the kinds of things that we cyclists like. Additionally, the TOPTETN sunglasses have vents on the front of the glasses to prevent fogging.
It’s all a good start for such inexpensive glasses…
Other features we appreciate include the soft and easily adjustable silicone nose pads. Combined with the wide frames, it makes them comfortable to wear on even long rides. However, for people with smaller noses and faces, this may not be the case. These are quite large glasses, so they are most suited to people with larger heads.
The value for money you get with these glasses is impressive. Not only are they inexpensive, but you also get a selection of three lenses. You get a polarized lens, a clear lens, and a colored lens. You also get a soft case, a hard case, and a cleaning cloth.
A few corners had to be cut…
Due to their low price, a few features are missing that you readily find on the best cycling sunglasses. Unsurprisingly the lenses have no hydrophobic or anti-fogging coating, and they’ve no impact resistant coating either.
It’s all as we’d expect but still doesn’t sway us from our view that they’re an excellent choice for the budget-conscious cyclist. We like these sunglasses a lot.
- Comfortable fit.
- Three lenses are included.
- Large lenses.
- They have vents.
- They look like cycling sunglasses.
- Excellent value for money.
- They have no lens coatings.
6 Oakley Men’s Oo9401 Flight Jacket Shield Sunglasses Rectangular – Best Classic Cycling Sunglasses
Flight Jacket Shield sunglasses are a popular choice amongst professional as well as amateur riders. They’re almost as iconic as Jawbreakers and have a lot of the same classic design cues.
Flight Jacket Shield Sunglasses are out and out cycling sunglasses. They have huge lenses and superfine frames at the top, so as not to interfere with the view; this is what it’s all about. At a glance, you could easily mistake them for a pair of Jawbreakers. In fact, other than the lack of a thicker frame at the top of the lenses, they’re almost identical.
A bit of bling…
If you’re looking to make a fashion statement, then you’ve come to the right place. The choice of colors is spectacular. We cyclists love a bit of flash and bling, and thankfully Oakley has fully indulged us.
Moving on to the lenses, you get some of the best quality currently available. The HDO optics are fantastic. You get crystal clear vision along with beautifully enhanced colors and detail thanks to the Prizm lens.
Quick as a flash…
In the real world, the overall optical quality helps you to identify any textural or detail changes quickly. This helps you to see objects and hazards quickly and that otherwise might be missed. Who wouldn’t want that?
The glasses have an anti-fogging and a hydrophobic coating to stop the glasses from steaming up or obscuring your view with water droplets. They also have an impact-resistant coating to prevent damage to the lenses and potential to your eyes.
Nose pad switch…
The sunglasses are also comfortable. They’re lightweight and have nose pads and ear socks made from unobtainium to improve your comfort further and stop the sunglasses from slipping around.
One additional useful feature is the nose pad switch. This allows you to push the frames further from your face instantly. It works as a rapid anti-fogging measure if the anti-fogging coating on the lenses isn’t quite enough. A great feature, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Quality comes at a cost…
Frankly, there’s not much we have to moan about. We accept that they’re expensive, but come on, guys. These are a premium product. We think the cost is justified. So, no moan there, really.
The only very minor niggle is that the frames, like the Jawbreakers, are thick at the bottom. It does obscure your view slightly when you look down, but it’s only minimal. The fact that this is all we can pull them up on should tell you how good they are.
- Excellent lens quality.
- Beautiful Prizm color enhancement.
- Quality lens coatings.
- Anti-fogging nose pad switch
- Extensive color choice.
- Thick frames may slightly obstruct the view when looking down.
7 Kask Koo Open Cube Cycling Sunglasses – Best Adjustable Cycling Sunglasses
These are a quality pair of sunglasses from a brand that you’ve probably never heard of. Or have you? Actually, you probably have heard of them, but you’re struggling to put the name in context. If we just say ‘KASK,’ that will probably do it.
We’re sure you’ve got it now. The leading makers of cycling helmets have now thrown their hat in the ring and started making cycling sunglasses. The association is so hard to make because there’s close to zero crossovers between helmets and sunglasses from the same manufacturer.
So, has KASK done a good job with Kask Koo?
KASK are the current helmet suppliers for the world-leading Team Ineos and the now-defunct Team Sky. It’s, therefore, no surprise to see sunglasses of equally exceptional quality. KASK didn’t mess around; they went straight to one of the biggest names in lens technology, Zeiss, to provide them with the basis for the Kask Koo.
The results are lenses that have every bit of the same quality as their helmets. The lenses are super clear and are as good as anything you’ll find from Oakley. Now that’s high praise indeed.
These Italian made glasses come in a range of different sizes that should fit every size of heads and faces. They come in a range of just six colors that is a little disappointing when put up against the choice you get with Oakley’s Flight Jackets and Jawbreakers.
Kask Koo’s lack of color choice goes firmly into our moans and niggles section.
Things we like include the lightweight design, the easily removable lenses, plus the inclusion of a clear lens for cloudier rainy days. We also like the unique ‘Airflow Active System,’ which allows you to tilt the lenses away from your face in three different positions. It’s perfect as an instant anti-fogging measure or as a means to find a better fit.
So, should you buy these glasses?
On quality alone, they are a strong choice. They’re a great alternative to all the leading cycling sunglasses brands like Oakleys, Smith. POC and Tifosi. If you can find the right colorway, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
- Carl Zeiss lenses.
- Easily interchangeable lenses.
- Airflow Active System.
- Poor color choice.
8 Rudy Project Propulse Sports Sunglasses – Best Field of View Cycling Sunglasses
Rudy Project Propulse continues the trend for large and wide glasses. These are now very much the preferred style of all cyclists. They offer an excellent field of vision, which is so critical amongst cyclists.
Rudy is another lesser-known cycling sunglasses brand. Nevertheless, they still make excellent cycling sunglasses of high quality. If the guys from Bahrain Merida are choosing to use them, they must have something going for them.
So, let’s see what all the fuss is about?
The first thing that hits you is all the holes. These have more holes in them than a piece of Swiss cheese. There are plenty of sunglasses with holes in the lenses, but Rudy has gone crazy. They don’t only have holes in the lenses, but they’ve got holes in the frames and between the frames and the lenses.
No wonder they weigh just 26g…
All the vents do translate into epic anti-fogging qualities. The fact is these are possibly the best anti-fogging cycling sunglasses that money can buy. It’s no wonder that so many cyclocross riders love them so much.
The frames and lenses are made from a composite material, and the lenses are impact resistant. Another feature likely to appeal to cyclocross riders, though, is a useful feature for all cyclists.
Safe and secure…
The frames are a wrap-around design. They provide excellent geometry to help maintain a good fit but without placing an unnecessary amount of pressure on your head. The nose pad also does a superb job of keeping the glasses in place.
The secure level of fit is one of the reasons that these sunglasses also find a lot of love amongst runners. There’s no arguing with the fact that these stay in place brilliantly and are super-comfortable to boot.
Quality through and through…
The Rudy Project Propulse Sports Sunglasses come with high-quality polarized lenses. They’re interchangeable, though, but unfortunately, you don’t get any additional lenses as standard.
Considering the high price point, that’s a definite negative.
- Class-leading anti-fogging.
- Very wide field of view.
- High clarity.
- Super comfortable.
- Only one pair of lenses included.
9 ForceFlex FF500 Sunglasses for Men or Women, Black
At first sight, these look nothing like a pair of cycling glasses. Trust your judgment because they’re not. These are everyday sunglasses that you’re most likely to wear whilst driving or walking down to the shops.
So, are they any good for cycling?
We don’t think so.
Firstly, venting and anti-fogging are non-existent. The frames and the lenses have no vents. Additionally, there are no gaps between the lenses and the frames. Plus, the frames sit so close to your face that they almost invite fogging.
Secondly, the lenses have no anti-fogging coating.
In short, these sunglasses are mist magnets…
The other major issue we have is that there’s far too much frame and not enough lens. Cyclists demand a wide field of view and rightly so. If you buy a pair of ForceFlex FF500 Sunglasses, this is precisely what you’re not going to get.
A final, and a less critical niggle, is that we think they’re not comfortable enough for longer rides. The nose pad isn’t adjustable, and the temple arms can feel tight on the side of the head.
OK, that was harsh, we know.
So, what about the good stuff?
More positively, these glasses are close to indestructible. You can bend them, stand on them, and throw them on the floor, but they’ll keep coming back for more. If you like throwing yourself on the floor all the time, you should buy them. It’s unlikely they’ll ever need to go to see the sunglasses doctor or need admitting to sunglasses hospital.
But strength aside, and the fact that they’re cool and trendy (we know this because ForceFlex tells us), they haven’t got a lot going for them as cycling sunglasses. Inexpensive, durable, 100% UV protected, and apparently cool. That’s your lot.
Go with the TOPTETN instead…
If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for a good pair of cycling sunglasses, we have no hesitation in recommending the TOPTETN Polarized Sports Sunglasses as a much better alternative.
- Bendable and strong.
- No vents.
- Lacks an anti-fog coating.
- No wide view.
10 goodr Super Fly Sunglasses (no slip, no bounce, all polarized)
The final pair of sunglasses on our list is another pair of fashion sunglasses.
The advertising shows people using their computers and drinking coffee whilst wearing them. This is what we think they’re most suitable for. Like the previous pair of ForceFlex FF500 Sunglasses, the Super Fly sunglasses also have too many flaws to make a good pair of cycling sunglasses.
Not for your favorite ride…
The field of vision is better than the ForceFlex FF500 sunglasses but is still not up to the standard of any of the best cycling sunglasses. The frames are poorly shaped, positioned, and are too thick in the wrong places.
Venting is also weak. They have a small vent above the nose piece, but it’s more of a fashion add on than a functional vent. No marks here either.
Not up to standard…
There are also no marks for any other form of anti-fogging measures. With no special anti-fog coating on the lens, when the temperatures change, they get cloudy far too readily. Put simply; they’re not good enough.
We’d like to start with some positives now and tell you how good the anti-scratch coating is. Unfortunately, although it has one, it’s a bit cheap and does a poor job.
So, are there any positives?
It’s true that they don’t slip or bounce. Although even with this, it comes with the price of them feeling a little too tight. So we’re left with them looking cool, having 100% UV protection, and being inexpensive.
We don’t think this is enough and again, would urge you to look at the TOPTETN Polarized Sports Sunglasses if you’re in the market for a pair of inexpensive cycling sunglasses.
- Large lenses.
- Poor venting.
Best Cycling Sunglasses Buying Guide
Size is important. There’s a reason that cyclists wear big glasses with very little in the way of a frame. It’s not a fashion statement, OK it might be a little, it’s all about the view. Put simply, bigger sunglasses mean a wider field of view.
During cycling’s more challenging and technical moments, there’s a heavy reliance on having a wide field of view. What you don’t want is your vision being obscured by sunglasses frames.
Big is good. If you want something high-end, the…
…are our top choice. Or for something very affordable, you can’t go far wrong with the…
The three different lens types are standard, polarized, and photochromic.
Standard lenses are the most popular choice among cyclists. If you opt for a standard lens, you can choose from a wide range of different colors. You can also carefully select the right lens for the riding conditions on the day. Since the best cycling sunglasses all have easily interchangeable lenses, it’s now easier than ever to fine-tune this choice.
Although a standard lens does not offer the same level of anti-glare properties as a polarized lens, high-quality modern standard lenses have anti-reflective coatings. It goes a long way toward reducing the need for riding in polarized sunglasses.
If you want to go all out for reducing glare on your rides, then you might still decide that you need to get the superior anti-glare properties, from sunglasses fitted with polarized lenses.
Polarized lenses work by filtering out the horizontal waves of light that cause glare. This, in turn, reduces the incidence of distorted vision. You can experience glare from wet roads, signs, and any watery surface.
Be aware that if you’re using a bike computer with an LCD screen, you may find it hard to read. This is because the horizontal lines for an LCD screen are filtered out. Pilots don’t wear polarized glasses for this reason.
Polarized glasses are one of the things that people tend to love or hate. If you’re a believer, you should check out the…
Photochromic lenses are perfect for when lighting conditions are likely to vary during your ride.
Modern photochromic lenses have come a long way over recent years. They’re now able to offer almost instantaneous adaptability to changing light. However, they still have their limitations. Namely that in very bright or very dark conditions, they can’t adapt sufficiently in comparison to a dedicated lens.
If you’re cycling in very bright or dark conditions, we wouldn’t recommend them. Though otherwise, they’re fine. And the…
…are a good bet if you want to go photochromic.
Finally, one thing to keep in mind is that you don’t necessarily have to choose just one lens type. Most cycling sunglasses offer easily interchangeable lenses in all three lens types. This means, when it comes to cycling sunglasses, you really can have it all.
Scratch Resistant Coating
We’re sure you’ve all been there, getting a scratch on your new sunglasses, it sucks! Most of us can’t prevent our sunglasses from potentially getting scratched. We undoubtedly need scratch protection.
Most sunglasses offer some kind of scratch protection, but if you want something that’s going to be effective, you’ll need to turn to brands like Oakley, KASK, Smith, Rudy, and Tifosi. All have good levels of scratch protection, though, for most of these glasses, you’ll need to pay a premium to get it.
Anti-fogging Lens Coating
An anti-fog coating will make a difference.
Although well-designed lenses and frames, with plenty of vents, can significantly reduce misting, anti-fog coatings still play a big part. However, these kinds of coatings are relatively expensive, so you have to go to the usual quality sunglass manufacturers to find something suitable.
It’s a technology that you pay for at checkout, but one we think is well worth it.
Hydrophobic Lens Coating
It’s great to see where you’re going in the rain, yes, really! And a hydrophobic coating can undoubtedly help you with that. A hydrophobic coating on your lens repels water fast. This means fewer water droplets on your lenses and a better view ahead.
Sunglasses from Oakley, Smith, KASK, and Rudy all have exceptional levels of a hydrophobic coating.
Impact Resistant Lens Coating
In the event of a stone being thrown up off the road, you’ll be grateful for an impact-resistant lens. An impact-resistant coating can genuinely protect your eyes in the event of an unlikely incident. Oakley gets our vote on this one. The strength of their lenses is legendary.
Oakley lenses are proven over millions of cycling miles, and that’s good enough for us.
Adjustable nose pads are a must for any serious cyclist. Without them, you can’t alter your sunglasses to either improve comfort or reduce fogging. All the high-end cycling glasses feature them, but we are especially impressed with the…
These also include the same feature at an incredibly affordable price.
It’s also worth mentioning the…
These use the unique ‘Airflow Active System’ system that allows you to instantly angle the lenses away from your face in three different positions.
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So, what are the Best Cycling Sunglasses?
There we have it, ten of the best sunglasses for cycling currently for sale. And our list features a wide selection of choices to cater to every budget.
We hope we’ve shown that you don’t need to break the bank to get yourself a good pair of cycling sunglasses. We think the…
….are a great example of this and are solid cycling sunglasses at a very affordable price. However, as much as we like them, our top pick has to go to something altogether more premium.
If your budget can stretch to it, we’d recommend taking a closer look at the…
These are stylish and comfortable cycling sunglasses. We love the quality and the color definition that CromaPop technology delivers. We also love the comfort they offer, the wide-view, plus the anti-fog and hydrophobic lens coatings.
Enjoy your bikes, and enjoy your rides.