Updated: Endura Marlin glasses £49.99

Cheap light-sensing specs

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Endura may be based in wet and wild Scotland but the reputation of their sunglasses is growing year on year, and rightly so.

The lightweight (around 20g) Marlin is aimed at road riders and features a frameless lens that covers the entire field of view. This means no visual intrusion – even when in an aero tuck – and excellent protection from whatever debris may be flung your way.

Worn on their own these glasses look odd, but over a helmet the shape makes sense. The large lens provides excellent protection from the sun while sitting far enough from your face to avoid those awkward eyelash clashes.

The fairly narrow range of tints given by the photochromic lens limits use of the Marlins to the sunnier end of the weather spectrum, but reaction time is fast enough to always track changing conditions. Optical quality is fine, with no obvious distortion across the sweep in use.

Soft-touch temple overlays and rubber nose piece keep them in place over potholes and cobbles, and they come with a hard carry case and microfibre bag. The frame is flexible enough that they’ll suit a wide variety of different face shapes and sizes without either pinching or being too loose.

The flip side to this frameless freedom is the amount the glasses bent and twisted under even the slightest stress, making adjustments on the fly too fiddly. Overall, though, they perform well at a fraction of the price of the big-name brands. They’re available in the white/green pictured here or black.

Also consider: If you need a light-enhancing yellow or orange lens, or a completely clear one, Endura's fixed-tint Spectrum specs are only £14.99.

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