Cycling glasses recommendation

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  • SunGod pacebreakers.

    http://sungod.to/eL3xZF6N

    Excellent quality, great optics, customisable.

    URL not linking so will need to cut and paste it into the browser.

    These are good, and under £100 with really nice polarised lenses.
  • BigMitch41 wrote:
    Oakleys every time for me, ive got Radars and Jawbreakers both are excellent, I paid £105 for the jawbreakers on Wiggle recently.

    What is the difference between Radar and Jawbreakers?

    Sorry for the question but I know very little about this
  • Majster wrote:
    BigMitch41 wrote:
    Oakleys every time for me, ive got Radars and Jawbreakers both are excellent, I paid £105 for the jawbreakers on Wiggle recently.

    What is the difference between Radar and Jawbreakers?

    Sorry for the question but I know very little about this

    Radar have no frame under the lens, Jawbreaker have a frame all the day round. Jawbreaker lens can be bigger. Radar come in different lens size and shapes.

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    SunGod pacebreakers pretty much same shape as Oakley and, if you don't go polarised, only £60
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  • svetty
    svetty Posts: 1,904
    Just to throw another brand into the discussion - I've found Rudy Project to be excellent. I use transition prescription lenses in mine but several friends just have the plain lenses and recommend them too.
    FFS! Harden up and grow a pair :D
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,505
    Majster wrote:
    BigMitch41 wrote:
    Oakleys every time for me, ive got Radars and Jawbreakers both are excellent, I paid £105 for the jawbreakers on Wiggle recently.

    What is the difference between Radar and Jawbreakers?

    Sorry for the question but I know very little about this

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  • I was in the very fortunate position of having lots of free sunglasses (two different brands, one "budget" extreme sports and one high end) handed to me for many years because of accomplishments in another sport so for years wore those for everything. It was only when a good friend got a deal with Oakley because of her sporting exploits that I started wearing a pair of her cast-offs (a pair of Radar) and I was instantly reminded of how good they really are. I now pay for them, very occasionally, and don't regret it any time. I do tend to use the outlet shop at Gunwharf, Portsmouth though to make sure I get good deals.
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  • Agreed on resale value too. For some reason the Wind Jacket 2.0s were cheaper than dedicated cycling glasses - I picked them up from an authorised retailer (warranty etc) for under £90 including delivery. Just searched them online and a few retailers have them <£80.

    (They're just like Jawbreakers, but bigger).

    The point above about them being a great investment is a sound one - resale is good, and you'll wear them just about all the time. Unless I decide to sell them I'll wear them on all but the darkest rides for the next 4 or 5 years.
  • cgfw201
    cgfw201 Posts: 674
    Another vote for Oakley.

    Got some jawbreakers and the Prizm lens makes everything look bloody beautiful. They don’t fog up, the fit is brilliant (and adjustable) and they’re nice and sturdy. And they look awesome.

    I’ve also got some POC Half Blades which look cool but lens nowhere near as good. Also had a few pairs of £30ish glasses before which were a complete false economy. Looked pants and no performance.
  • I use Tifosi Duro's with photochromic lenses, never really liked the Oakley styling.
    I've been very happy with the Duro's, very good in the wind & they never steam up.....the chromic lenses are excellent.
  • kirkee
    kirkee Posts: 369
    Dirt cheapo skate here recommending Arco Reefs in clear, £3. They do whats required and I dont have to bother with M frame faff anymore. Will try the smoke versions in summer, for £3, I'm prepared to risk it...
    Caveat - I buy and ride cheap, however, I reserve the right to advise on expensive kit that I have never actually used and possibly never will
  • Radarlocks and Jawbreakers.

    Took a while to find Jawbreakers I was happy with but I`m glad I did eventually get a pair. Supremely comfy on the road.
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  • navrig2
    navrig2 Posts: 1,832
    I got (bought) a pair of Oakley Radarlocks for my 50th (when I was 49) and they are still great. Lots of riders I know buy the Joakleys at £20 from FleaBay and claim that to be better value. They probably go through a pair a year because they are brittle and break. The Oakleys don't break, they flex and fit brilliantly.

    After 6 years I'll be ahead in terms of cost. I'll have spent the same money as 6 pares of fakes but I'll still have a pair of the genuine article.

    I also have a pair of Specialised Arc glasses. I really like the fit, comfort and look but they sit very close to my face and steam up very badly. You would only get these 2nd hand now tho'.

    The Radarlocks rarely steam.
  • majster
    majster Posts: 66
    Ok I think I’m sold on the Oakley

    So now the question is which model would is best?

    Radar EV and jawbreaker are both well regarded

    Any advice or pointers on how or which to select?
  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,549
    Majster wrote:
    Ok I think I’m sold on the Oakley

    So now the question is which model would is best?

    Radar EV and jawbreaker are both well regarded

    Any advice or pointers on how or which to select?

    Go to a shop that stock both. Try them on and see which look best on you. The Jawbreakers don't suit everyone.

    Worth trying the EV Zeros too.
  • bendertherobot
    bendertherobot Posts: 11,684
    Majster wrote:
    Ok I think I’m sold on the Oakley

    So now the question is which model would is best?

    Radar EV and jawbreaker are both well regarded

    Any advice or pointers on how or which to select?

    Yes, the sungod pacebreaker is best.
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  • mamil314
    mamil314 Posts: 1,103
    Is safety a concern with rimless glasses like Radar EV and linked Sungods? It seems to me there is a danger (highly unlikely, i know) of getting cheeks sliced if face comes in contact during crash?
    I still rock old Radarlock Path with photochrome lenses and the vents work great against fogging, but considering changing to a fully rimmed model.
  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,549
    mamil314 wrote:
    Is safety a concern with rimless glasses like Radar EV and linked Sungods? It seems to me there is a danger (highly unlikely, i know) of getting cheeks sliced if face comes in contact during crash?
    I still rock old Radarlock Path with photochrome lenses and the vents work great against fogging, but considering changing to a fully rimmed model.

    I suspect we'd have heard by now if there was any risk of that happening, just like all the stories of limbs being sliced off by disc brake rotors!
  • bendertherobot
    bendertherobot Posts: 11,684
    mamil314 wrote:
    Is safety a concern with rimless glasses like Radar EV and linked Sungods? It seems to me there is a danger (highly unlikely, i know) of getting cheeks sliced if face comes in contact during crash?
    I still rock old Radarlock Path with photochrome lenses and the vents work great against fogging, but considering changing to a fully rimmed model.

    That would require the frame to absorb the huge impact that would cause a lens to break in half and give a sharp edge, which is highly unlikely given that it's a tiny bit of plastic and the lenses are engineered to avoid that happening.
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  • ayjaycee
    ayjaycee Posts: 1,277
    MrB123 wrote:
    ...............The Jawbreakers don't suit everyone.

    or anyone?
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  • ayjaycee
    ayjaycee Posts: 1,277
    mamil314 wrote:
    Is safety a concern with rimless glasses like Radar EV and linked Sungods? It seems to me there is a danger (highly unlikely, i know) of getting cheeks sliced if face comes in contact during crash?
    I still rock old Radarlock Path with photochrome lenses and the vents work great against fogging, but considering changing to a fully rimmed model.

    That would require the frame to absorb the huge impact that would cause a lens to break in half and give a sharp edge, which is highly unlikely given that it's a tiny bit of plastic and the lenses are engineered to avoid that happening.

    I suspect that Bender is right here. If your face hits the ground that hard, 'cheeks sliced' might be the least of your worries or, indeed, visible injuries.

    He's also correct earlier when he said that that Sungod Pacebreakers were the answer. As I said before, IMHO, they look better, are just a good optically and, even better, are not Oakleys.
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  • g00se
    g00se Posts: 2,221
    If it's not too late, another brand to consider is Ekoi. The versions Quickstep use (Perso Evo 5 & 6) are decent and a fraction of the price of Oakleys.

    www.ekoi.com
  • Have you made a decision? I have had a Pair of Photochromic Jaw breakers for 2 years, worn every day I cycle, (Most) I cant fault them, I also still have a pair of Maddison wishbones from the 90's along with every other pair I have brought, the Jawbones have been an excellent buy and have cost about the same as all the other pairs I have brought over the last 5 years and put away as they don' t do everything I want in one package, Summer and winter, night and day, they just work for me
  • kingstonian
    kingstonian Posts: 2,847
    Whatever frame you choose, get a photochromic lens. Absolutely brilliant, I’ve worn mine night and day, through all degrees of light, in the sun and rain and snow, just perfect.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Navrig2 wrote:
    I got (bought) a pair of Oakley Radarlocks for my 50th (when I was 49) and they are still great. Lots of riders I know buy the Joakleys at £20 from FleaBay and claim that to be better value. They probably go through a pair a year because they are brittle and break. The Oakleys don't break, they flex and fit brilliantly.

    After 6 years I'll be ahead in terms of cost. I'll have spent the same money as 6 pares of fakes but I'll still have a pair of the genuine article.

    I also have a pair of Specialised Arc glasses. I really like the fit, comfort and look but they sit very close to my face and steam up very badly. You would only get these 2nd hand now tho'.

    The Radarlocks rarely steam.

    For the love of God don't get fake Oakleys. They won't pass any safety tests. If their lens shatters when a stone chipping hits it - then that's an eye lost.
    Check out the tests that Oakley put theirs through. I'm sure it's the same as the other brands but counterfeit glasses aren't going to be tested.
  • StillGoing
    StillGoing Posts: 5,211
    Salice 016 are around £70 and come with 3 lens. Also break down to have either a bottom rim or remove the bottom rim. They will also take prescription glasses. I've just picked up a pair when replacing my helmet and find them better than my Rudy Project Genetyks for fit under a helmet.
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  • navrig2
    navrig2 Posts: 1,832
    cougie wrote:
    Navrig2 wrote:
    I got (bought) a pair of Oakley Radarlocks for my 50th (when I was 49) and they are still great. Lots of riders I know buy the Joakleys at £20 from FleaBay and claim that to be better value. They probably go through a pair a year because they are brittle and break. The Oakleys don't break, they flex and fit brilliantly.

    After 6 years I'll be ahead in terms of cost. I'll have spent the same money as 6 pares of fakes but I'll still have a pair of the genuine article.

    I also have a pair of Specialised Arc glasses. I really like the fit, comfort and look but they sit very close to my face and steam up very badly. You would only get these 2nd hand now tho'.

    The Radarlocks rarely steam.

    For the love of God don't get fake Oakleys. They won't pass any safety tests. If their lens shatters when a stone chipping hits it - then that's an eye lost.
    Check out the tests that Oakley put theirs through. I'm sure it's the same as the other brands but counterfeit glasses aren't going to be tested.

    Agreed. That's why I don't have any fakes.
  • You don't need to buy fake Oakleys but you also don't need to buy genuine ones and pay£100+. I wear genuine Oakley polarized for when i'm out in boat as need top end lenses then but cycling I wear tinted safety glasses, ideal, safe and cheap. Plus if they get scratched, lost etc then cheap and easy to replace.
  • meanredspider
    meanredspider Posts: 12,337
    joe2008 wrote:
    Assos Zegho's are by far the best glasses I've ever used.

    The Carl Zeiss lenses are superb, they don't fog up, and they are huge so you get full frame free vision.

    They don't put pressure on the side of your head, but also don't slip, in fact they are so comfortable that it's easy to forget you are wearing them, especially the clear ones.

    Totally this. They look utterly ridiculous, but then you’re (probably) a (middle-aged) man, in a polystyrene hat, wearing heat-to-foot lycra, riding a bicycle so the glasses, frankly, aren’t going to make a difference.

    In true Assos style, they’ve just designed what makes engineering sense and they’ve utterly nailed it. In particular, where many other cycling glasses are compromised, is the view when your head is down. Like Dennis Taylor’s (the snookerist) specs, the vision is just brilliant.

    And, yes, I forget I’m wearing them too.
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  • haydenm
    haydenm Posts: 2,997
    kingdav wrote:
    I buy homage/randomly branded similes from aliexpress, they work fine but its not a choice everyone is comfortable with. POC style, jawbreaker or radar EV clones are good for wind blocking and all round visibility. Jawbones I find obscure the view a bit.

    I've always been tempted but the website always looks a bit dodgy. Presumably it's fine?
  • fenix
    fenix Posts: 5,437
    I think card theft is the least of your worries if you're buying knockoff shades for cycling.... It only takes a stonechipping..