I wear contact lenses so always wear cycling glasses when riding my bike, to stop stray objects like grit or bugs finding their way into my eyes. They also stop your eyes watering so much as well, and reduce eye tiredness on longer rides. These Uvex Sportstyle 104 glasses are comfortable with a very good fit and the three lenses (clear, yellow and tinted) cover the full spectrum of riding conditions.
I've been using the clear lenses most recently, as the majority of my rides either see me starting before sunrise or riding into the dark of the evening. When it comes to riding in daylight, the contrast-boosting yellow lens is ideal for gloomy cloudy days. And if the sun makes an appearance, the tinted lens is a good option, cutting out just enough of the brightness without making things too dark.
Changing lenses involves pulling a small flap above the nose bridge out, which releases the lens from the frame. The instructions don't make it very clear and I initially struggled to remove the lens, simply because it wasn't clear how to operate the release mechanism. Once you're familiar with it removing lenses is at least easier than many glasses that involve twisting and flexing the frame and/or lens.
The lenses are coated with Uvex's own 'supravision' treatment, which prevents moisture from building up on the lenses. Small holes, or vents, at the top of the lens helps prevent them steaming up. They also provide 100% UV protection.
You get a hard case to keep the glasses in, and there's a soft bag in there that doubles as lens cleaner. There's also an optional brow sweat pad that can be clipped to the top of the frame, but I found this just added unnecessary bulk and weight, and didn't really prove that effective at keeping sweat from running down the lens anyway.
On the face the glasses fit really well. The soft nose piece can be adjusted to suit nose sizes. The glasses look good with a rather generic design similar to many other cycling-specific glasses.
Different colours are available. I tested the green ones which didn't match any of my cycling kit, but that aside I rather liked them.
Uvex sponsor Team Giant-Shimano this season and you'll see the team using these shades and many of the other styles in their range, along with their helmets too.
Smart and comfortable cycling glasses with interchangeable lenses to suit different conditions.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Uvex Sportstyle 104 Glasses
Size tested: black mat green
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Scratchproof outer lens, fog-free inner lens – That is supravision® by uvex. It even gets better: With its flexible soft earpiece ends and nose pads, uvex sportsstyle 104 offers a non-slip fit, pressure-free hold and, most importantly, perfect fit. To guarantee a fog-free vision, it comes along with draft-free lens ventilation. 100% UV-protection guaranteed.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
interchangeable lens construction
direct frame ventilation
adjustable. cold formable
adaptable soft nose pads
removable sweat blocker
optional optical insert
Really good performance, doing everything you'd expect from a pair of cycling glasses. The three lenses caters for most light conditions.
They have a sturdy, well built feel.
You don't notice them on your face after a few minutes, the shape is good, there isn't too much pressure from the arms, and the nose piece is adjustable.
There are cheaper glasses with three lens options available, it's certainly a competitive market and there's a lot of choices to suit all budgets.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Ideal for year-round cycling.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good coverage and protection from the lenses, and comfortable on the head.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Instructions lack clarity for removing lenses, once you know how to do that though it's just fine.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
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.