Oakley has a highly deserved reputation for its quality of cycling glasses, so when you understand these are touted as its lightest sports performance offerings, it sets you up to expect something special — and it’s safe to say I wasn't disappointed.
Out of the case they’re incredibly light (weighing in at around 25g), which on the bike translates into a barely-there feel but what’s instantly noticeable is the uninterrupted sight line.
The frameless lens sits high on the nose so that when you dip your head and look slightly up — as you do on a bike — there’s no line cutting across your field of vision.
The sticky rubber on the arms and nosepiece, which goes by the name Unobtainium, holds the glasses securely in place, even if things gets sweaty (in fact, it gets grippier) and that’s not just a good thing when you’re riding hard — these are so light that at certain angles the wind can get behind the lenses and you feel them ‘float’ slightly off your face. They never go anywhere, but it is testament to their impressively lightweight performance.
The lens quality is superb and distortion-free but best of all — and probably the game-changer — is that, quite simply, these glasses don’t steam up.
Combine that with the improved field of vision and can-hardly-feel-them-on-your-face performance and that makes them an investment worth making.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.