Oakley Flak 2.0
If you struggle with contact lenses and/or wear regular specs when riding, a pair of prescription cycling glasses could be well worth considering. Shop supplied us with prescription versions of Oakley’s mountain bike specific XL PRIZM Trail lens for testing, fitted in a half-rim Flak 2.0 frame. The prescription lenses are almost indiscernible from regular ones, just very slightly thicker, with a subtle change in depth around the edges so they fit in the frame.
Out on the trail, the combination of PRIZM lens treatment and prescription was immediately impressive. Details really pop, especially in reduced light. While the lenses aren’t vented and don’t have an anti-fog coating, when the glasses do get a little steamed up it doesn’t take much airflow to clear them again. Despite almost daily use throughout a long, wet winter and spring and being cleaned regularly, our test glasses are holding up extremely well, with only the very slightest of scratches so far.
The price may seem high and is more than double the cost of the nonprescription version (£140). But if you compare it to two years’ worth of daily contact lenses (setting you back roughly £360) it doesn’t seem so bad.