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It’s possible to spend a lot of money on cycling sunglasses if you want to, but as this guide proves, you really don’t need to. We’ve picked out a range of cycling sunglasses priced from just £3.99 up to £37.

> If you want to spend more and learn about key things to look for when buying cycling glasses, like fit and lenses, head over to our Best Cycling Sunglasses buyer’s guide.

B'Twin Arenberg — £3.99

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B'TWIN ARENBERG CYCLING SUNGLASSES.jpg

For a mere four quid, it's hard to see how you can go wrong with these bargain glasses from sports superstore chain Decathlon. And it turns out they're really good: light and comfortable as well as costing less than a coffee and slice of cake. If you can put up with the inevitable 'safety glasses, aren't they?' jibes, you're quids in over the eye-candy brigade.

The same price also gets you the Arenbergs in yellow for overcast days and with clear lenses for when it's dark.

Read our review of the B'Twin Arenberg glasses

Polaris Aspect — £9.49

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At just under a tenner, it's hard to see how you can go wrong with these smoke-tinted eye shields, and they're well-regarded by plenty of happy CRC purchasers.

Northwave Predator glasses — £12.57

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Northwave Predator Sunglasses (1).jpg

These are good value glasses with clear, scratch-resistant lenses. The ergonomic shape provides a particularly wrapped feel. The lenses have been treated to make them perfectly smooth to allow any water to slide off, leaving the important area free any obstruction to your view.

Read our review of the Northwave Predator glasses
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Lazer Xenon X1 glasses — £24

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Best known for its helmets, Belgian company Lazer produces a wide range of glasses and these Xenon X1 glasses feature a Grilamid TR-90 full frame design with Ultragrip nosepiece and temples to stop them slipping. They weigh just 28g so you barely notice them, and they look different to most of the other sunglasses in this guide.

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Madison D’Arcs triple glasses set — £29.99

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Madison DArcs Triple Glasses Set.jpg

A really popular model, the D’Arcs sunglasses have a classic half-frame wraparound design. They're supplied with three lenses to suit different conditions, using a single lens design for maximum protection. The frame is coated with a rubberised material to provide a comfortable non-slip fit.

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Endura Shark glasses — £32.29

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Scottish clothing company Endura offers a large range of cycling sunglasses, these are very traditional wraparound style glasses. The frame is made is lightweight and the vented nosepiece boosts comfort. Endura includes three UV lenses to suit different light conditions

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Northwave Team Sunglasses — £18.36-£25.48

Northwave Team Sunglasses

Northwave Team Sunglasses

These lightweight glasses offer good eye protection and you get a choice of clear, orange and darker reflective lenses so they're suitable for a variety of light conditions. They come in a good protective case that is filled with foam to keep your glasses safe when you're not wearing them. You also get a carry bag and two extra sets of lenses.

Read our review of the Northwave Team Sunglasses
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dhb PhotoChromatic Half Frame  — £33.58

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Glasses that change shade in response to the intensity of light are usually quite spendy, so a little over £30 is a very good deal for these own-brand shades from Wiggle

Lazer Waymaker 1 Way1 — £34.99

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Lazer Waymaker 1 WAY1 Glasses Front.jpg

Want something that doesn't scream 'sport geek' when you're off the bike? The Lazer Waymaker 1 Way1 glasses are perfect for casual riding around town, and look good on and off the bike. They're not designed for head-down, fast-as-you-can sprinting or long endurance rides, but if you're cycling to the shops (or walking!), these do the job well at a great price.

Read our review of the Lazer Waymaker 1 Way1
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Bianchi Falco glasses — £37

Bianchi Falco glasses

Bianchi Falco glasses

These Euro-styled glasses are light and offer good three-lens value, but they're possibly just for Bianchi lovers. The frames of the Falcos are made from Grilamid TR90, and the have a narrow wrap-around shape that sits close to the face. All of the lenses offer 100% UV protection and optical quality is good.

Read our review of the Bianchi Falco glasses

[This article was last updated on August 3, 2017]

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Simon E [3154 posts] 2 years ago
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Bollé Contour - around £8 from ebay or workwear stores like Screwfix or Safety Supplies.

After the second set of £35 dhb frames broke in the same place despite very careful use I won't buy them again.

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Ad Hynkel [162 posts] 2 years ago
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+1 for the D'Arcs. Been using them for over 2 years now and have managed to run over them once and sit on them a few times which makes them disintegrate... but you put the pieces back together again. Nice bendy plastic for the frame. Most other sunglasses I have owned have died prematurely with this type of treatment.

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Tjuice [243 posts] 2 years ago
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I would also recommend a look at the Decathlon ones.  Great glasses, often with multiple lenses, for not much money.  I would almost certainly buy them over many of the above, although I did buy myself a pair of BBBs that I rather liked twice (one pair got "lifted" when I accidentally left them by the side of the road in Richmond Park for ~15-20 mins after having stopped to fix something - grrr)

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gthornton101 [158 posts] 1 year ago
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If you're going to keep posting the same sunglasses review every few months at least check it is still valid.

A couple of those pairs (at least) are no longer available and have long been superseded... even when this was first post in October last year!

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KiwiMike [1324 posts] 1 year ago
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<doesn't mention the £3 pair from Aldi that have been worn for last two years with no probs at all>

 

smiley - Literally.

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allgearnoidea [58 posts] 1 year ago
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Simon E wrote:

Bollé Contour - around £8 from ebay or workwear stores like Screwfix or Safety Supplies.

I got a few pairs of these and find the curve of the lens distorts your view (kind of magnifies) and takes a few mins to get used to once on the bike.

Just treat myself to a pair of POC do blades smiley with carl Ziess polarized lenses..... for a tenner of aliexpress!

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HLaB [159 posts] 1 year ago
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KiwiMike wrote:

<doesn't mention the £3 pair from Aldi that have been worn for last two years with no probs at all>

 

smiley - Literally.

My pairs steam up quite a bit but for the price the're great.  My pairs are 7 years old and they might have improved their ventilation.

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Bobbinogs [254 posts] 7 months ago
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allgearnoidea wrote:
Simon E wrote:

Bollé Contour - around £8 from ebay or workwear stores like Screwfix or Safety Supplies.

I got a few pairs of these and find the curve of the lens distorts your view (kind of magnifies) and takes a few mins to get used to once on the bike.

Just treat myself to a pair of POC do blades smiley with carl Ziess polarized lenses..... for a tenner of aliexpress!

...but the point is that Bolles are proper safety glasses. Every now and then when riding I have had a stone flick up from a passing car and the odd one has harmlessly bounced off the Bolles. I suspect that the experience with your snide copies would not be the same.

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drosco [416 posts] 7 months ago
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I've got the Bolle's too. I thought it was just me. Really like them.

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cdean [23 posts] 7 months ago
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Does anyone know whether it's possible to get prescription "sports" sunglasses without the insert things, and if so, any recommendations? I have some prescription "casual" sunglasses, but can see how something that wraps around might be more of an advantage. Or am I better off just getting contacts and using non-prescription sunglasses?

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MandaiMetric [131 posts] 7 months ago
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cdean wrote:

Does anyone know whether it's possible to get prescription "sports" sunglasses without the insert things, and if so, any recommendations? I have some prescription "casual" sunglasses, but can see how something that wraps around might be more of an advantage. Or am I better off just getting contacts and using non-prescription sunglasses?

Depends on your prescription. Specifically, high power prescriptions are not compatible with the significant curvature you see in many cycling sunglasses.

Some websites (sportrx.com maybe) let you plug in your prescription, which will then filter out sunglasses which cannot accommodate the prescription.

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hsiaolc [367 posts] 7 months ago
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Sport RX is great.  I used them once and great service. 

Highly recommended. 

But for the frame it is best to try it out first somewhere before you commit. 

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Morat [280 posts] 7 months ago
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Sunwise: Mid price - but really good quality British sunglasses. I'd never heard of them until I was given some as a freebie. They quickly became my favorite glasses and I've just replaced them with a new set of the same after losing the original pair.

 

https://shop.sunwise.co.uk/collections/cycling

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macbob [40 posts] 4 months ago
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I once asked an optician what I should look for in a pair of sunglasses.

He told me that they are all made to the same ISO standard, frames and lenses, but to check for 100% UVA/UVB filtering, check they give good coverage to the eyes all around (oversize/wraparound) and polarised lenses are useful to reduce glare and reflections.

Based on this I bought a pair of RockBros glasses with 5 interchangeable lenses which covered all the bases above and cost £6.

Not sure how durable they'll be as I've only had them 8 years and only sat on them twice !

Like personalised numberplates, expensive sunglasses are a perfect barometer of having more money than sense.