Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Cycling Sunglasses

Spy Cutter

86

2014

Spy Cutter

The frame of the Spy Cutter sunglasses marries lightweight performance and pure style, a refreshing change from the norm in the performance sunglass arena. 

Rudy Project Proflow

88

2014

Rudy Project Proflow

Packed with performance-enhancing features, including defining optics, a lightweight carbon chassis, and full adjustability, the Rudy Project Proflow is the most performance-minded shade I tested. 

POC DO Flow

87

2014

POC DO Flow

Engineered with lightweight performance and pure style in mind, the POC DO Flow was a strong contender in this test. I liked that these shades are a simple multi-sport sunglass that works well for running, cycling, or hiking. 

Oakley Radarlock Path

86

2014

Oakley Radarlock Path

Oakley Radarlock Path offers excellent optics in a lightweight package. With an aggressive wrapped profile, interchangeable lens system, and a lightweight design, the multi-sport Radarlock Path was one of the most performance-minded shades in this test.

Costa del Mar Harpoon

85

2014

Costa del Mar Harpoon

The Costa del Mar Harpoon is a comfortable sunglass offers excellent optics in a lightweight performance package. 

Adidas Tycane Pro

86

2014

Adidas Tycane Pro

With hydrophobic lenses, a lightweight design, and a head strap with a float, this sunglass offers solid performance on the water. 

Switch Vision Tenaya Extreme

85

2014

Switch Vision Tenaya Extreme

The Switch Vision Tenaya Extreme is a lightweight wrap sunglass designed with a unique magnetic interchangeable lens system that enables simple and fast lens swapping.

Spy Daft

88

2014

Spy Daft

The Daft is a lightweight, rimless performance sunglass from SPY Optic that has a wrapped shield lens design.

Smith Optics Approach Max

85

2014

Smith Optics Approach Max

The Smith Optics Approach Max is a lightweight wrap sunglass designed with an enlarged lens profile for deeper and broader coverage.

Oakley Tour de France Radarlock XL Straight Stem

86

2014

Oakley Tour de France Radarlock XL Straight Stem

The Oakley Tour de France Radarlock XL Straight Stem delivered on-the-bike performance and comfort that’s just right for cyclists, but the stiffer frame material was a bit unforgiving.

Native Eyewear Lynx

86

2014

Native Eyewear Lynx

The Native Eyewear Lynx is a lightweight performance sunglass with a wraparound shield design.

Nike Vision Road Machine

92

2013

Nike Vision Road Machine

We feel the Nike Vision Road Machine is the best in its class for sub-$150 sunglasses, with very good optics, comfort, and venting, and a lot of smart features typically found on higher-end shades.

Native Zodiac

87

2013

Native Zodiac

The Native Zodiac is a solid performance sunglass with high-quality optics, low weight, noticeable comfort, and a rubberized gripping system, although it has fewer bells and whistles than comparable shades.

Bolle Cervin

87

2013

Bolle Cervin

Compared to other sunglasses in its class, the Bolle Cervin is a great choice for people with smaller face shapes looking for solid value. Its standout features are its crisp optics and a comfortable fit.

Cébé Wild

79

2013

Cébé Wild

The Cébé Wild is a good multi-sport performance sunglass with a number of strong features, including a notably low weight and photochromic lenses that adjust automatically to varying light conditions. While a good value, the optics are average.

Optic Nerve Neurotoxin 2.0

78

2013

Optic Nerve Neurotoxin 2.0

The Optic Nerve Neurotoxin 2.0 packs in a lot of bang for the buck, though its overall optics  ranked lower than others in its class. For the very reasonable price, though, it comes with a number of useful features.

Native Trango Polarized

92

2012

Native Trango Polarized

A lightweight performance sunglass designed for muti-sport use featuring high-quality optics with polarization.

Nike Show X2 with MAX Transitions Lens

89

2012

Nike Show X2 with MAX Transitions Lens

The Nike MAX features Transitions photochromic lenses, which automatically change tint to meet the needs of varying light.

Bolle Python Polarized

89

2012

Bolle Python Polarized

The Bolle Python is a performance sunglass with an aggressive style engineered for muti-sport use.

Oakley RadarLock

85

2012

Oakley RadarLock

The Oakley RadarLock is a high-tech performance wrap sunglass with an easy-to-operate lens changing system designed for muti-sport use.

Smith Pivlock V90

92

2012

Smith Pivlock V90

The Pivlock V90 from Smith Optics is a rimless sunglass designed for multi-sport use with a focus on cycling and running.

Julbo Dirt with Zebra Lens

88

2012

Julbo Dirt with Zebra Lens

Engineered for mountain biking, the Julbo Dirt features a helmet-friendly design.

Rudy Project Gozen

93

2012

Rudy Project Gozen

A high-tech performance wrap sunglass designed for more serious athletes, gear heads, and mere mortals who appreciate the finer things in life.

Uvex SGL 202 Vario sunglasses

90

2012

Uvex SGL 202 Vario sunglasses

Down with smudges: Cycling-specific, frameless shades with quick-changing photochromic lenses...and at just 0.8 ounces.

Zeal Equinox

89

2012

Zeal Equinox

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Zeal Equinox.

Kaenon Soft Kore

94

2012

Kaenon Soft Kore

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Kaenon Soft Kore.

Nike Vomero12

94

2012

Nike Vomero12

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Nike Vomero12.

Rudy Project Hypermask Performance

95

2012

Rudy Project Hypermask Performance

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Rudy Project Hypermask Performance.

Adidas Evil Eye Half Rim Pro

89

2012

Adidas Evil Eye Half Rim Pro

Thinking about dropping $200-plus on a pair of performance cycling shades? GI Sunglasses expert Erinn Morgan finds one that will give you your money's worth.