The crossover between on and off the bike cycling kit has grown into quite a market, and the Lazer Waymaker 2 Way2 Glasses are one such example. So are the Way2s cycling glasses or just glasses that happen to be made by a cycling company? I reckon it's more the latter, and even Lazer admits that that the Waymaker range is designed for the city cyclist so they can wear one pair of glasses throughout the day, on and off the bike.
First up, I'll take a look at their on-the-bike performance. Most impressive is the clarity of the lenses; everything is beautifully clear, with crisp edges to everything. This is important if you're scything your way through the rush hour traffic. The thin frames give you plenty of sideways vision too.
On the Lazer website it states that the Way2s have photochromic lenses, where they change from dark to light depending on lighting conditions. It must be very subtle, as I didn't notice any change.
The Way2s are quite small in size, with a width of 140mm and a height of 45mm, which means coverage isn't all that great unless you have quite a small or thin face. I found that wind whips in around the sides of the frame at anything above 10mph, which isn't ideal for hayfever sufferers trying to keep the pollen out of their eyes.
The frame doesn't have a nose grip or rubber for the ears, but the Way2s do stay put and feel very secure when you're on the bike. Turning your head, looking down or hitting bumps in the road isn't going to make them jump off your face.
For normal day to day use they are pretty good, and offer quite good value against high street rivals. They seem well built, too, with aluminium bars screwed to the nylon frame, and the setup is designed to be flexible just in case you sit on them or tread on them. I've done both of these things and let the kids do their worst, but no damage so far.
Overall, if they suited my face shape I'd happily buy them because they look cool and the lenses are really good – plus, secretly, as cyclists we all like to wear something cycling related even when we aren't on the bike, don't we? They come in other frame colours and lens tints too.
Decent value sunglasses for non-biking activities – and on the bike if you don't mind the wind in your eyes
road.cc test report
Make and model: Lazer Waymaker 2 Way2 Glasses
Size tested: Gloss White,
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?
Lazer says, "The Waymaker series are the podium eyewear from Lazer. The more fashionable style make them less suiting for long rides, but perfect for city riding.
"It features a lightweight and shatterproof frame with polycarbonate lenses, giving you the safety and comfort of a sports frame with a cool and casual style."
I'd say the Waymaker 2 Way2 glasses are okay for gentle cruising around town but they are more glasses made by a cycling company rather than cycling glasses.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Shatterproof nylon frame
Photochromic polycarbonate lenses
Width - 140mm Height - 45mm
Colours - Matte Tortoise, Gloss black/yellow flash, Matt Crystal White, Gloss White and Matte Brass
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Better for walking than riding, to be honest, as a lot of wind whips in behind the lenses.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? No, didn't suit my head/face shape.
Would you consider buying the product? No, for the above reason.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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These are a decent pair of glasses but they aren't, by Lazer's own admission, for cycling other than bimbling around town. If you aren't a fan of having the wind in your eyes then I wouldn't even use them for that.
Off the bike ,though, they are pretty good if they fit your face, with really good lens clarity – plus they'll take some breaking.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Mason Definition
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: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.