Cut the glare and protect your eyes while you’re on the road with our pick of the four best cycling sunglasses of 2016.
Serious pro-level equipment, these are used by the Cannondale-Garmin pro team. Their opinion-dividing style aside, the depth of the lens and total eye coverage afforded by these lightweight sunnies is unparalleled in this test.
A mouldable nose bridge allows a perfectly snug fit on the face, while the Carl Zeiss lenses are formulated to give high contrast vision so you can spot road imperfections quicker. They also have an anti-fog treatment and rain drops simply bead off the one-piece lens. But they’re very pricey.
POC DO Blade Raceday – OUR SCORE: 4.7/5.0
Particularly lightweight and well thought out, these Oakleys are also at the more acceptable end of the brand’s price range. They’re not worn by countless professional cyclists for nothing. An exceptional field of vision is combined with a clear optical experience to create a product worth saving your pennies for. We’ve worn these in all conditions and they are resistant to fogging, rain and the glare of the bright Spanish sun, where we tested.
Oakley Radar EV – OUR SCORE: 4.8/5.0
This mid-price offering from the Belgian firm is ideal for riders with smaller faces. Venting in the top of the lens keeps misting at bay except when panting at a standstill at traffic lights. They sit quite high up on the face, meaning vision isn’t impaired when riding on the drops, although some draught made it in below the lens.
Sadly, they’re let down by a flimsy nose bridge, akin to a heavy-duty paperclip holding the adjustable rubber nosepiece in place.
Lazer Solid State 1– OUR SCORE: 4.5/5.0
These British-made and affordable sunnies have a similarly close fit to the dhb pair we also tested. They are relatively lightweight and provide ample protection from wind and grit. They come with four lenses, graded from 0 to 3 depending on the strength of light conditions you’re riding in.
The individual lenses are clipped in simply enough, although you’ll need to be careful not to smudge them with fingerprints as it takes a little force to get them seated securely. A sound choice for the money.