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As cyclists, we wear cycling sunglasses for a variety of reasons.
We wear them to protect our eyes from the rain, dirt, dust, and bugs. We wear them to protect our eyes from harmful UV rays. And we wear them to improve visibility. And yes, we wear them to look cool too!
Whether you’re looking for an entry-level pair of sunglasses or the very best cycling sunglasses you can buy…
Our list should hopefully have something suitable and within your budget. So, let’s get to it, reviewing the top options, and see if we can find the ideal cycling sunglasses for you.
- Top 12 Best Cycling Sunglasses On The Market 2021 Reviews
- 1 Tifosi Alliant Sunglasses
- 2 Smith Pivlock Arena Max ChromaPop Sunglasses
- 3 Oakley Radar EV Path OO9208 Sunglasses For Men
- 4 Bolle Vortex (Photo Clear Gray, Shiny Black)
- 5 Smith Optics Attack Max ChromaPop Sunglasses
- 6 Bertoni Sports Polarized Sunglasses Antifog Photochromic Cycling
- 7 Sunglasses with 3 Interchangeable Lense
- 8 TOPTETN Polarized Sports Sunglasses with Interchangeable Lenes
- 9 Tifosi Tyrant 2.0 1120504955 Polarized Wrap Sunglasses
- 10 HTTOAR Cycling Glasses Sports Sunglasses with 3 Interchangeable Lenes
- 11 ROKA SL-1x APEX Advanced Sports Performance Sunglasses
- 12 Oakley mens Oo9401 Flight Jacket Shield Sunglasses Rectangular Sunglasses
- Best Cycling Sunglasses Buying Guide
- Before We Announce Our Top Pick
- Final Thoughts On The Best Cycling Sunglasses
Top 12 Best Cycling Sunglasses On The Market 2021 Reviews
1 Tifosi Alliant Sunglasses
Tifosi was started by a couple of enthusiastic American cyclists. The name Tifosi means ‘superfan’ in Italian. This seems very apt as you can see a high level of enthusiasm and love for our sport in their designs.
Compared to premium and well-established cycling brands, you get a lot for your money. If you’re concerned that the lower price means lower quality, we can assure you that this is not the case. The composite lens, rubber nose, and ear pads, composite plastic frame, and build quality are all excellent.
The glasses measure 130mm between temples, so they are suitable for larger heads. They’re also very flexible to allow for a comfortable fit. As we’re sure you’ll all agree, it’s no fun going on a long ride wearing a tight-fitting set of sunglasses.
We love the classic design, and we love the color range too. Although we’d have liked to see a wider range of colors, what is available is fun and inspiring.
The glasses have interchangeable lenses so you can change your lenses according to weather and light conditions. Best of all, you get three lenses with each set of frames. This particular set of frames comes with smoke, all conditions red, and clear lenses.
The air vents on the lenses look seriously cool and do a great job preventing fogging. These are non-polarized lenses. Polarized lenses in this line are not an option, unfortunately.
- Suitable for larger heads.
- Three Interchangeable lenses.
- Effective vents.
- The nose piece may block your view.
2 Smith Pivlock Arena Max ChromaPop Sunglasses
Smith is a strong brand that has been in existence since 1965. This American company is becoming increasingly popular and is now starting to attract a lot of attention from the peloton.
The Smith Pivlock Arena Max ChromaPop Sunglasses are non-polarized lenses. They feature both ChromaPop, which is Smith’s proprietary lens technology, plus a Hydroleophobic lens coating.
The ChromaPop lens should not be confused with a Photochromic lens as a ChromaPop lens does nothing to darken or lighten according to light intensity. What it does do is filter two specific light wavelengths that can cause color confusion. The result is a lens that can deliver more natural color, greater definition, and excellent clarity.
The Smith Pivlock also has a permanent 20 microns of Hydroleophobic lens coating. This works well to repel water, grease, and grime, even in the most extreme conditions.
The glasses come in a mid and max variant. They have a 7×4 Toric lens curvature, and the model we’re looking at has a wider and taller lens than the medium fit. This works well to give you just about the widest field of vision possible.
The lenses are interchangeable, and each set of glasses comes with an extra lens. In years gone by, they used to come with a third clear lens. Sadly, this is no longer the case.
The sunglasses have removable temple tips but, even better, they also feature adjustable nose pads. These can be adjusted to two positions to create maximum comfort.
- ChromaPop technology.
- Hydroleophobic lens coating.
- Adjustable nose pads.
- Provide wide field of vision.
- Only two lenses provided.
3 Oakley Radar EV Path OO9208 Sunglasses For Men
In today’s peloton, Oakley is Top Dog.
The sheer range of Oakley cycling sunglasses is staggering. While the Oakley Radar EV Path sunglasses may not be the most popular model, they are certainly gaining an increasing amount of traction.
Firstly, when you buy any pair of Oakley lenses, you’ll be getting the very best in lens quality. Oakley uses the very finest High Definition Optics to achieve the sharpest and clearest image possible. Secondly, the level and quality of the hydrophobic coating is incredible. Their water, dirt, and grease repellant properties are legendary.
Oakley’s research and development, commitment to quality, and style are also industry-leading. All easy to see in their Oakley Radar EV Path sunglasses. These sunglasses are pure class.
They come in an amazing choice of different colors and are part of a bundle that includes the iWear Care Kit and the Oakley Accessory Leash Kit. The fact is that these aren’t cheap glasses, so it does make sense to keep them clean, and also have the means to make sure you don’t easily lose them.
The premium design of the glasses will ensure your comfort during long rides. You’ll keep your eyes protected, see clearly where you’re going, and throw looking super cool into the bargain.
They come with a high-quality, durable case and with an all-important two years manufacturer’s warranty. It’s a guarantee that you can both believe in, and trust that you’ll almost certainly never need.
- High-quality lens.
- Excellent hydrophobic coating.
- Strong and durable.
- 2-Years warranty.
- Only one lens included.
4 Bolle Vortex (Photo Clear Gray, Shiny Black)
These are a mid-priced pair of cycling sunglasses.
They have a photochromic lens, so you do not need to worry about having to switch out different lenses for different light conditions. The Bolle Vortex Photo Clear lens will do all of that for you. They change the amount of light they block out almost instantly.
The lenses have a hydrophobic coating to repel water and dirt. Additionally, they have an oleophobic layer, as you find on smartphones, to repel marks and smudges from dirty fingers. Also, they have a couple of small vents at the end of the lens to prevent fogging.
We’re already impressed, but the Bolle Vortex goes yet one step further by adding a Carboglas coating. This acts as an armor plating to prevent scratching.
However, despite the millions of different lens coatings, the Bolle Vortex is very light. The truth is, these are some of the lightest cycling sunglasses you can buy. Even the arms have holes cut in them to shave off a couple of extra grams. We have to say it also makes them look pretty cool in the process.
With an adjustable nose pad too, plenty is going on with these glasses for not a lot of money. It would have been nice if Bolle had provided a wide range of different colors, but this is just a minor niggle.
- Photochromic lenses.
- Carboglas Coating.
- Hydrophobic and Oleophobic lens coating.
- Poor color choice.
5 Smith Optics Attack Max ChromaPop Sunglasses
Here’s another great pair of bike sunglasses from Smith.
We’re sure you’ll agree that it’s good to see them use the same ChromaPop lens technology on their Attack Max sunglasses. If you didn’t read the earlier review for the Smith Pivlock Arena Max, ChromaPop lenses filter two specific wavelengths of light that can lead to color confusion.
The lens has special coatings that give maximum impact protection, assist in water and dirt resistance, and deliver a full 100% UV protection.
The Attack Max has interchangeable lenses. The lens can be removed in seconds, thanks to their easy removal system. The sunglasses already come with an additional lens, though you can purchase other lenses separately.
Smith has an impressive range of 15 stylish frames and lens color combos. Unfortunately, a clear lens is not included in any of the options. One can, however, be purchased separately.
They measure 125mm wide and have a 120mm temple length. If you have a wider head, they’ll fit no problem. If these are going to be too wide, you could always choose the medium-framed option.
To achieve a comfortable fit, the nose pads can be adjusted through two different positions. This is great for getting a good fit. What’s more, you can also adjust the nose flywheel, to an optimum point from your brow, to prevent fogging.
- ChromaPop lens.
- Easy to remove lens.
- Excellent choice of color/styles.
- Perfect for wider faces.
- Poor fit for small noses.
6 Bertoni Sports Polarized Sunglasses Antifog Photochromic Cycling
Let’s start by talking about the good stuff.
First of all, there’s no doubt that these are stylish. They have to be because a handsome young man with a man bun is modeling them. Now you can’t argue with that!
As far as quality is concerned, we are perfectly happy. They are made of durable and shatterproof materials. We do not doubt that these cycling sunglasses are going to be strong enough to survive pretty much anything you can throw at them.
More good news is that they feature quality photochromic polarized lenses. This means that in most conditions, you’ll only ever need to use the one standard lens. Which is just as well really, since although they’re removable for cleaning, there are no other lens options.
The Bertoni Sports Polarized Sunglasses have an adjustable nose pad to help you get the perfect fit, and also as a further aid to prevent fogging. These are suitable for medium to larger faces and are big enough to wrap around the face to afford good levels of protection.
We don’t think these are great for cycling.
Firstly, the styling. Come on, guys, no serious cyclist is ever going to wear a pair of these. We’re not man-bun kind of people. We’re all bright Lycra – we’re all about loud and brash colors. These sunglasses are all beaches and convertible cars.
One of the key components of the very best cycling sunglasses is less frame and more lens. This is because we need an optimal view, through all of the angles, all of the time. The center of the Bolle glasses, around the nose, is the worst offender for restricting your view.
These are not a great design for cycling.
- Photochromic lenses.
- Shatterproof lenses.
- Adjustable nose pad.
- No cycling style cues.
- Thick frames prevent optimal view.
7 Sunglasses with 3 Interchangeable Lense
These glasses are at the affordable range of the market.
They are multi-sport sunglasses like the Bertoni Sports Polarized Sunglasses we’ve just reviewed. However, unlike Bertoni glasses, these X-Tiger sunglasses are more suitable for cycling.
The design and style are much more in keeping with what cyclists generally wear. Furthermore, the shape and size of the lenses give you a fully unobstructed view whilst you’re on your bike. The frames in no way impede your peripheral vision.
The X-Tiger sunglasses have tough TR90 frames. They’re flexible and lightweight. In fact, these glasses weigh less than 20g. They’re comfortable too and will fit a wide variety of different sized heads. It should be noted, though, that the nose piece is quite large, so they may not be suitable for people with very small noses. Also, at 5.7” wide and 2.26” high, they may be too large if you have a smaller face.
The sunglasses have interchangeable lenses and come with three different lenses. You get a polarized lens, a Revo lens, and a clear lens. You also get a case and a spare pair of temple arms. Not bad.
For not a lot of money, X-Tiger has come up with a well-designed and good-looking pair of sunglasses. They come in a choice of six vibrant and interesting colors.
- Interchangeable lenses.
- Three lenses included.
- Tough TR90 frames.
- Nice selection of colors.
- No special lens coatings.
8 TOPTETN Polarized Sports Sunglasses with Interchangeable Lenes
TOPTETN Polarized Sports Sunglasses are another affordable pair of multi-sport sunglasses.
The overall quality is very similar to X-Tiger sunglasses. The design is also similar, though there are enough differences to tell them apart. Plus, the color choices are very different.
What remains the same is that although they are marketed as multi-sports sunglasses, they wouldn’t look at all out of place if worn by a cyclist. They’re the right size and shape. Furthermore, they offer excellent visibility and face coverage.
You get a colorful Revo lens, a polarized lens, and a clear lens. These sunglasses also come with a case and cleaning cloth.
Like all the better cycling sunglasses, they are also lightweight and are adjustable on the nose. The soft silicone nose pads ensure a comfortable and secure fit. However, like X-Tiger sunglasses, cyclists with small faces or small noses may struggle to get a good fit.
You get a pair of durable, lightweight, and nicely made glasses for not a bad price. Unfortunately, though, this does mean you don’t get the treatments and coatings on the lenses you find on higher grade cycling sunglasses.
There are no hydrophobic, oleophobic, or any other kind of special coatings.
- Good value.
- Enable good visibility.
- Good face coverage.
- Interchangeable lenses.
- Three lenses provided.
- No special lens coatings.
9 Tifosi Tyrant 2.0 1120504955 Polarized Wrap Sunglasses
These are another great pair of Tifosi sunglasses.
Like the Alliant sunglasses, the Tyrant 2.0 has all the same high-quality inbuilt features. The main differences being the styling and the inclusion of a polarized lens.
The frames are well made, flexible, lightweight, and comfortable. The frames and lenses are smaller than some of the complete wrap-around designs we’re so familiar with. However, they’re still big enough to offer protection to the eyes and afford high levels of visibility.
The lenses are made from high-quality material that reduces unwanted distortion and magnification. Additionally, they’re strong and shatterproof. Plus, the sides of the lens have a cutout channel to improve ventilation and decrease fogging—a useful and stylish feature.
The frames have adjustable rubber pads. It makes the glasses easy to manipulate into the perfect position. The earpieces are also highly malleable to achieve a secure fit.
The model we’re reviewing has a blue polarized lens. If that’s not your style, there’s a brown lens with a Mocha frame combo available. The lenses are interchangeable but, on this model, no other lenses are provided. However, Tifosi makes a large selection of lenses, available by separate purchase, for these specific frames.
The glasses have interchangeable lenses so that you can change your lenses according to the weather and light conditions. Best of all, you get three lenses with each set of frames. This particular set of frames comes with smoke, all conditions red, and clear lenses.
- Great value.
- Polarized lenses.
- Interchangeable lenses.
- Adjustable nose pads and earpieces.
- Not suitable for larger faces.
10 HTTOAR Cycling Glasses Sports Sunglasses with 3 Interchangeable Lenes
These are big boys.
They are 140mm wide and 57mm high. Unless you’ve got a medium to large-sized face, we couldn’t recommend them. Also, since the nose pad is not adjustable, though it is non-slip, the sunglasses will not suit anyone with a delicate nose.
Like a lot of sunglasses we’ve reviewed, the frames of these HTTOAR Cycling Glasses are made from flexible and lightweight TR90 nylon. The frames look pretty cool and have some nice branding on the side.
The lenses are made from durable and shatterproof TAC material. You get a total of three lenses with each pair of frames. This includes a black lens for general use, a yellow lens for nighttime driving or riding, and a colorful lens to do with whatever takes your fancy.
The Revo lenses have a coating to ensure high levels of visual contrast and clarity. They effectively eliminate scattered and reflected light to give you enhanced levels of visibility.
One thing we would have liked to see is a vent or an anti-fogging coating. They are large glasses, and in more extreme conditions, would benefit from some kind of anti-fogging application. Never the less, under normal conditions they’re fine.
The HTTOAR Cycling Glasses come in a choice of only four colors. However, the limited choice of available colors is still interesting and fun. We can’t fault them there.
- Good budget option.
- Three lenses provided.
- Shatterproof TAC lenses.
- Good clarity.
- No anti-fog coating or vents.
- Not suitable for small faces or noses.
11 ROKA SL-1x APEX Advanced Sports Performance Sunglasses
These look every inch the same as the HTTOAR and X-Tiger sunglasses. But boy oh boy, sometimes appearances can be deceptive.
On the outside, they don’t look like anything too remarkable. So, you can see they’re well finished and well put together. Because of course, they are. But once you take a look at the lens quality, you can fully understand why these are a high-end and high-priced pair of sunglasses.
This is a quality lens that is guaranteed to give you an excellent clear, and crisp definition. It’s been treated with a series of coatings to enhance your riding experience further. These include an anti-fog coating, an anti-scratch coating, and an anti-reflective coating. As if that’s not enough, it also has hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to repel water and dirty finger marks.
The frames have an inner titanium core to cut down on weight and increase strength. They weigh just 23g, which is not a lot for such a big pair of glasses. Furthermore, they’re flexible and will fit just about anyone.
The nose pads and temple pads are made from their proprietary elastomer. They’ve rather cleverly called these their Gecko pads. The good news is that once you put these glasses on, they genuinely don’t slip off. You can wear these with confidence, even on the toughest and bumpiest of rides.
- High-quality lenses.
- Multiple lens coatings enhance performance.
- Excellent grip.
- Only one lens included.
12 Oakley mens Oo9401 Flight Jacket Shield Sunglasses Rectangular Sunglasses
These are popular cycling sunglasses amongst professionals and amateurs alike. They’re very similar to the all conquer Jawbreakers. The main difference is that the Flight Jackets have the frame at the top missing, and also have a slightly beefed-up frame at the bottom.
So, it’s fair to say the quality is excellent. The HDO optics are superb. They deliver crystal clear vision together with a high level of impact resistance.
The Prizm lens enhances color and detail. When riding, they help you to identify small changes in texture and detail. This can assist in seeing hazards on the road you might otherwise miss.
Flight Jackets come in a great choice of different frame and lens colors. There are also multiple choices for a polarized version of the Prizm lens if that’s your thing.
The sunglasses have unobtanium ear socks as well as nose pads. These are non-slip and help to keep the glasses firmly in place all of the time.
The frames also have a switch that can be used to push the nose pads and glasses further from your face. These are used to prevent fogging when conditions get tough.
There’s very little to criticize about these beautifully made, high-quality and lightweight sunglasses. However, there is one small niggle that we have to mention. Despite them allowing for excellent all-round visibility, because of the bulky frames at the bottom of the glasses, they do slightly block your view when you’re looking down and changing gear.
- Superb lens quality and clarity.
- High impact resistance.
- Excellent Prizm lens color enhancement.
- Extensive range of colors.
- Anti-fogging vent system.
- Obscure view slightly when changing gear.
Best Cycling Sunglasses Buying Guide
The great advantage of a standard lens over a photochromic lens is the ability to be able to tailor your lens to the specific conditions you’re riding in. If you’re riding in very stable light conditions, they are perfect.
Being able to use colored lenses, such as yellow and red, to enhance low light, is also very useful. It’s kind of cool-looking too. However, on longer rides with variable conditions, a pair of photochromic lenses may be more suitable.
Standard lenses tend to be better in darker conditions than both polarized and photochromic lenses. What’s more, good standard sunglass lenses treated with a quality anti-reflective coat, like the ROKA sunglasses, can be equally as effective at reducing glare, as a polarized lens.
Polarised lenses work by filtering horizontal light waves that cause glare. This has the effect of blocking reflected light that can cause distorted vision. You can experience glare from water, road surfaces, signs, and such.
Wearing sunglasses with a polarized lens can make it more comfortable for your eyes. You should, however, be aware that only vertical light waves reach your eyes. This means if you’re using LCD bike computer displays, you’re likely to find these hard to read.
Check out the Bertoni or Tifosi Tyrant sunglasses if you’re after something polarized.
There’s a strong argument for only ever using photochromic lenses. After all, they can block out and let in light according to light conditions. Also, the speed they can do this is almost instantaneous.
The fact is that modern-day photochromic lenses are much faster than in the past…
Whilst photochromic lenses are great in the majority of circumstances, they do have their weakness. They are only able to vary the light transmission from 20% on sunny days to 70% in conditions of poor light.
Though this is fine for the majority of the time, in times of very bright sunshine or at night, they will be found wanting. This is where a standard lens, interchangeable for specific light conditions, will win out every time.
We love a lens that has a hydrophobic coating. Who wouldn’t? A hydrophobic coating helps to repel water dirt and grime. Perfect for maintaining a clear view ahead.
The high-end and best professional cycling sunglasses, like those from Smith, Roka, Oakley, and Bolle, all use a hydrophobic coating.
Not as popular is the Oleophobic coating. This is the same kind of coating you find on your mobile phone. It helps prevent your cycling sunglasses from smudging with fingerprints when you take them off.
When we tell you that the more expensive and higher-end cycling sunglasses have an anti-fogging lens coating, the trend is clear. Along with the clarity and quality of the lens, higher-end cycling sunglasses differentiate themselves by the extra technology, including lens coatings, that go into their manufacture.
The high price of some cycling sunglasses is not all about being trendy and good marketing…
Back to anti-fogging!
If you’ve ever been on a ride when your sunglasses start to fog, you’ll know how important having an anti-fogging coating on your lens is. As well as anti-fogging coating, a lot of sunglasses will have a physical vent or vents to achieve the same goal.
If the cycling sunglasses have vents, they’ll usually be found either where the frames join the lens, or around the nose piece.
To keep your eyes safe, a lot of cycling sunglasses use shatterproof, toughened, and impact-resistant lenses. Oakley is exceptional in this respect. However, Boole Vortex, which uses a Carboglas coating, can certainly give Oakley a run for their money.
Having the ability to change your lens on a single frame makes practical and economic sense. It allows you to ride in a variety of conditions using just one set of frames.
You are, of course, also free to buy as many extra lenses as you wish…
Surprisingly, the less expensive cycling sunglasses are the most consistent in providing the best selection of lenses as standard. Take a look at HTTOAR, X-TIGER, and TOPTETN sunglasses, if you want affordable cycling sunglasses with three lenses included in the price.
When we’re riding our bikes, we don’t want our sunglasses slipping and sliding all over our faces. To keep cycling sunglasses in place, most manufacturers will use a variety of different compounds on the nose pads and temples. Oakley, Bolle, and Smith all score well in this regard. However, the proprietary Gecko pads found on the Roka cycling sunglasses deserve a special mention for their non-slip quality.
Before We Announce Our Top Pick
For other great reviews on cycling accessories that can genuinely improve your performance, take a look at the Best Cycling Shoes, the Best Bicycle Seats, the Best Bike Brake Pads, and the Best Flat Pedals. Then, for the best way to track and measure performance, check out our reviews of the Best Cycling Heart Rate Monitors, and the Best Bike Computers currently available.
Back to cycling sunglasses…
Final Thoughts On The Best Cycling Sunglasses
So, there we have it.
All of the 12 best cycling sunglasses we’ve reviewed will do a great job of keeping your eyes safe and helping you to clearly see where you’re going. We featured a wide mix of sunglasses at very different price points. But, what we hope we’ve shown is that you don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune to get a good pair of cycling glasses.
However, if you’re looking for a better quality of dedicated cycling sunglasses, and you want to splash the cash a little, we’d recommend taking a look again at our top pick, the…Smith Pivlock Arena Max ChromaPop Sunglasses.
We like them because the quality of their lenses is up there with the very best. Though, their pricing sits significantly below the top-tiered cycling sunglasses. The ChromaPop technology and array of lens coatings are superb. They are also super comfortable, give you a first-class field of vision, stay in place, and have adjustable nose pads.
Plus, if all of that’s not enough for you, we think they’re the most stylish cycling sunglasses of the bunch.
Enjoy your bikes, and enjoy your rides.