Oakley sunglasses are a popular go-to option for cyclists, and with good reason. While often more expensive than some of the competition, there’s no denying that its shades are well-designed, high-quality and, at times, unmistakably distinctive.
The current collection of cycling-specific shades features a wide range of frame styles to suit all tastes and face shapes – from the traditional to the truly out there, there’s something for everyone.
That choice has been added to by Oakley’s new custom sunglass programme. This lets you choose your own frame parts and lens for 14 different models, offering up to a claimed 40-million different combinations. Oakley often has special editions too, like last year’s Tour de France glasses and the Evzero Path Kokoro we’ve featured.
Oakley Prizm lens tech explained
Oakley’s cycling sunglasses are also defined by the brand’s Prizm lens technology. Oakley says it took 15 years to develop, with each lens’s tint designed to optimise visibility and contrast in different light conditions and sports.
For example, a specific tint is used to enhance the clarity of road surfaces, helping to reveal potholes, which can often be hidden by glare. These may sound like bold claims, but our expert testing team is united in its agreement that Prizm really does make a difference.
Oakley frames are donned by a huge number of cyclists around the world. So if you’re looking for a list of the best Oakley sunglasses available then you’ve come to the right place. All the sunglasses in this article have been road-tested and rated by BikeRadar’s expert testers.
The best Oakley cycling sunglasses 2021 – as rated by BikeRadar’s expert testers
- Jawbreaker: £178 / $216
- RadarLock: £195 / $240
- EVZero: £143 / $176
- Sutro: £135 / $166
- Flight Jacket: £187 / $226
- Wind Jacket 2.0: £120 / $148
Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm glasses
- Distortion-free Prizm lens with tint specific to roads
- Unobtanium grippers at temples and nose keep glasses in place
Our highest-rated pair of Oakley sunglasses for cyclists, we found the Jawbreaker to offer crystal-clear optics. Its distortion-free Prizm lens and road-specific tint clarifies road surface while its 53mm tall lens gives unobstructed visibility, even when riding in the drops.
The 131mm width wraps around your face with scalloped lower sections to fit comfortably around cheekbones. For added comfort, the nosepiece is adjustable and so are the earpieces.
Oakley’s signature ‘Unobtanium’ rubber grippers keep each section from slipping, even on a sweat-slickened face. The channels that hold the lens in place also have little rubber bumpers for a secure fit.
Oakley RadarLock XL sunglasses
- XL RadarLock lens for ‘frameless’ style visibility
- Easy to switch lenses thanks to quick-change system
This bigger-lensed alternative to the standard RadarLock offers a broadened field of view and, according to Oakley, around 25 per cent of Oakley’s sponsored riders opt for the larger version.
The Hydrophobic coating on the lens exterior is outstanding for keeping rain and road spray from obscuring your vision, but we would have loved to see that coating used on the inside to prevent sweat from dripping down.
Both polarised and photochromatic lens tints are available, and the quick-change lens system makes the process much easier for switching.
Fit and stability are also outstanding. Throughout testing the glasses didn’t have to be repositioned at all. They’re not a cheap option but the performance justifies the cost.
Oakley sunglasses to also consider
The following sunglasses scored fewer than four stars out of five when reviewed by BikeRadar.
Oakley EVZero sunglasses
- Frameless construction for broad field of view
- Good protective coverage
If you’re looking for some lightweight frameless cycling glasses and don’t mind being locked into one lens, Oakley’s EVZero sunglasses claim to be “the lightest performance glasses in history”.
An obvious plus to these is the unobstructed aspect thanks to their frameless construction, and there was no noticeable distortion towards the edges.
Two lens shapes are available: Path and the slightly larger Range. Both come with Oakley’s ‘O-Matter’ ear socks and ‘Unobtainium’ rubber on the nosepiece and temple tips, which keep them firmly in place.
If you’re looking to do a lot of mixed-surface riding, the Prizm road lens is not the best choice. Luckily, the EVZero series is available in non Prizm lens options.
Oakley Sutro sunglasses
- Well-sprung arms keep glasses securely in place
- Good ventilation for minimal fogging
As the brand’s take on the modern-retro styling made popular by 100% and Peter Sagan, we can see these being popular with both urban cyclists and style conscious roadies.
You get massive coverage with the Sutro’s tinted Prizm lenses being 58mm deep and they offer absolute clarity. Plus, its square-section frame prevents fogging by holding them away from your face.
The arms don’t feature Oakley’s usual rubber tips, but are well-sprung so fit snugly despite this.
Oakley has recently added the Sutro Lite to its range. It’s got the same extra-large lens as the original Sutro, but a more open frame without the lower rim around the lens.
Oakley Flight Jacket sunglasses
- Broad range of Oakley Prizm lens options
- Advancer switch for airflow
Similar in design to the Oakley Jawbreakers, but with the top section of frame removed, the Flight Jacket model is a futuristic-looking upgrade that features a range of Oakley’s high-performance tinted Prizm lenses.
Variants include Prizm Road, Prizm Low Light and Prizm Trail, dialled to enhance visibility in their specified area.
While the upper edges offer a great field of vision when in aggressive riding positions, the chunky lower frame does hinder visibility when looking down towards gears or when turning to look behind at blind spots.
These glasses feature an Advancer switch on the nose which alters the angle to allow for greater airflow – great for defogging, but perhaps an unnecessary gadget.
Oakley Wind Jacket 2.0 sunglasses
- Broad eye coverage
- Optional strap and triple-layer face foam
Verging on the edge of being goggles, the Oakley Wind Jacket 2.0 sunglasses measure 80mm from the top of the frame to the bottom – that’s nearly double the 53mm of the Jawbreaker and similarly-sized POC Do Blade. And they sit well outside your field of view.
The optional strap and removable strip of triple-layer face foam mean the ‘goggle’ label does make sense. Although you might want to remove this for riding because it became far too hot during testing.
Once removed, there are decent sized vents at the top of the lens and small channels in the bottom corners for ventilation. We didn’t have any trouble with fogging.
The design is likely to polarise riders, but the Wind Jacket 2.0s are worth a look.