We think sunglasses are a necessary part of any cyclist's apparel, whether racing, commuting or just enjoying the simple pleasure of a relaxing ride. We've looked at a fair few cycling sunglasses in our time, and we've realised just how much value there is in eye protection, whether in glaring sunlight or close darkness. That's right, we've realised that even in the blackness of night-time, sunglasses have a place.
That's where technology like Oakley's Switchlock comes into play - at night, you can easily swap out the anti-glare lenses for equally tough, clear lenses. That means that you're protected from any debris that flies up towards your eyes - and Oakley's got a lot more besides. Hydrophobic lenses actively form water on the lenses into beads, which are forced to run off, and your vision isn't impaired one bit. That's what we call useful.
Take the Radarlock Path for instance; this frame is all about performance. With all of Oakley's High Definition Optics (HDO), we know that our vision is unimpeded at all times. Colour enhancing and scratch-resistant, these really are a pair to rely on at all times, effortlessly swapping out the lenses whenever the need strikes.
But we know that not all of you are going to be bothered about 'ultimate performance', Oakley's aim. We know that some of you just want some stylish numbers to protect your eyes, and we think Maui Jim's got you sorted. It's easy to forget just how much technology is packed into these frames, and we can't say we're not impressed at the huge range of styles they have to offer: from Aviators to their own innovations, these guys certainly know how to make sunglasses.
One frame that really caught our eye from Maui Jim is the Banzai. They've kept it simple yet effective, with an attractive silhouette and thin frames showing subtle character, and masking the wealth of Maui Jim technology beneath the chic exterior. We love the simplicity, because it doesn't scream to be noticed - it just does its job, well.
Lightweight, protective (and not bad looking either), these shades are perfect for any type of riding: as casual - or intense - as you like.
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