Best Sunglasses??

matt_wright Posts: 27
edited April 2011 in Road buying advice
I am going to splash out and buy some new sunnies. I will probably buy a pair of Oakleys. I was just wodnering which oakleys people feel are the best.

I obviously want a pair that are great for riding, but they will also be used for driving and just general use.

Any ones to avoid? Any ones i should definatly buy?




  • Uchiga
    Uchiga Posts: 230
    I have a set of Oakley Jawbones, probably just about the best thing i could have bought sunglasses wise! Interchangeable lens's don't steam up all that much due to the vented lens's as well!
  • that_guy
    that_guy Posts: 19
    I have Oakley Radars, and they're really great for cycling, with different shaped lenses as well as different colours. Although Radars and Jawbones are the best for cycling, I think they look a bit strange off the bike.
  • Uchiga
    Uchiga Posts: 230
    The split Jackets are the smaller brother to the jawbones, so they might be a good compromise, i'd agree Jawbones don't generally look that good off the bike though i think i pull it off :P
  • pbt150
    pbt150 Posts: 316
    Any of the Oakley active/sport range will be good. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes though so my advice is to try on as many pairs as you can to get the best fit around your eyes, and to get a pair that look decent.

    I worked out yesterday that Jawbones do not suit my face at all, so I'm narrowing down my options.
  • brh77
    brh77 Posts: 242
    +1 for Jawbones- best I've ever had........
  • Embee83
    Embee83 Posts: 9
    I'm torn between M Frames and Jawbones.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,551
    depends on the shape of your face

    for me, radar path

    but for you, could be something very different, try a few, see what gives coverage without pressing into your cheeks

    for lenses, the positive red iridium polarised is good, neutral tint, dark enough for any uk sun, but still ok in winter/dark, the polarisation cuts glare
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  • Supergoose
    Supergoose Posts: 1,089
    Radar's here too. I did try Jawbones but because lens in encased entirely they restricted my peripheral veiw. Worth mentioning, no blind spots with Radar's.
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  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    Jawbones here, too. :wink:
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  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Radars are best for cycling but you look odd off the bike in them. Jawbones mist up more as they are enclosed at the bottom of the lens. Half jackets are a good combination - work well on the bike and look good in normal life too if you don't go mad with lens colours.
  • winton
    winton Posts: 165
    Jawbones here too. They do mist up a little though, especially when you stop.
  • TMR
    TMR Posts: 3,986
    Winton wrote:
    Jawbones here too. They do mist up a little though, especially when you stop.

    To be fair, a lot of sunglasses do this. It's not an issue unique to Oakley.
  • bigpikle
    bigpikle Posts: 1,690
    I quite fancy these, but am damned if I can find anywhere stocking them yet....

    I have some Oakley M frames I've had for years and somehow they just dont quite seem comfortable enough, and the idea of photochromic lenses appeals.
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  • leedsmjh
    leedsmjh Posts: 196
    Recently got Radars with VR28 black iridium lenses and have been very impressed with them. Comfortable, great clarity, good in different light conditions and the hydrophobic coating is fantastic. The insides don't junk up with sweat too much and you can just wipe away rain or mud with no smearing. I was forever stopping and cleaning my previous pair of glasses (Specialized) so think Oakley are worth it for the hydrophobic coating alone.
  • flanners1
    flanners1 Posts: 916
    Embee83 wrote:
    I'm torn between M Frames and Jawbones.

    Get 'em both! M Frames can just about be worn off bike whereas Jawbones don't look that chic sans bicyclette IMO.

    M Frames I have gold, red, blue and black iridium ( depending on sun situation,lens prices relatively low (comparitive to Jawbones and even better value when bought off here!)

    Jawbones I have red polarized and the amber jobbies.

    Not sure any of then really suit me tbh.
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  • rjh299
    rjh299 Posts: 721
    Winton wrote:
    Jawbones here too. They do mist up a little though, especially when you stop.

    To be fair, a lot of sunglasses do this. It's not an issue unique to Oakley.

    My Radars don't steam up at all. Think Radars look better on and off the bike but Jawbones do look very 'pro'.[/img]
  • dawebbo
    dawebbo Posts: 456
    +1 for Jawbones
  • JRooke
    JRooke Posts: 243
    it's all about the jawbones... awesome specs!
  • moonshine
    moonshine Posts: 1,021
    ive got Oakley Half jackets with VR50 transitons photochromatic lenses and they are perfect for the bike - they workk from low light full to full alpine sunshine...
  • c0ugars
    c0ugars Posts: 202
    Jawbones are great but if you want different lenses things can start to become pricey.
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    Jawbones didn't sit right on me so plumped for Radar Paths which are perfect.

    Have a look here
  • twoodley
    twoodley Posts: 80
    Flak Jackets with photochromic lenses for me.
    Perfect on and off the bike.
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  • jrduquemin
    jrduquemin Posts: 791
    brh77 wrote:
    +1 for Jawbones- best I've ever had........

    +1 for the Jawbones for me also. I also have a pair of E-wires and a set of M frames with prescription lenses..
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  • rozzer32
    rozzer32 Posts: 3,830
    another +1 for jawbones.

    Great sunglasses but it is worth trying lots of different pairs on because you will be pretty pi**ed off if you spend a lot of money to find out they don't fit.
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