These inexpensive RSP Membrane glasses offer very good optics ideal for low light autumn/winter cycling and even a spot of cyclo-cross riding, only slightly let down for me by their fit.
You can spend a small fortune on cycling-specific eyewear. These Membranes prove you really don't need to. They're a simple design with a half frame construction, a one-piece curved lens and a soft rubber nose piece attached directly to the lens.
The arms have soft flexible end sections, but despite this they exerted just a bit too much pressure. After a couple of hours left me a little sore. Those with a big head might want to check the fit first. However, their tight grip does ensure they don't shift about on your face, they cling firmly to your head even on rough roads or bumpy trails on the cyclo-cross bike.
I had some compatibility issues with the Giro helmet I was testing them with, but trying a few other helmet brands reveals it seems to be an isolated issue. It's not a big concern, I'm just really fussy about how well glasses fit and interact with helmet straps and retention systems.
As a contact lens wearer, I always don cycling eyewear when cycling. At this time of year, with very low light levels common and early morning and late evening rides rendering nearly all lens tints useless, the clear lens has been a huge bonus.
You don't get a hard case to keep them in, just the clear plastic packaging they're sold in. At this price such an omission can be excused.
Inexpensive eyewear with a clear lens ideal for night-time and low light cycling.
road.cc test report
Make and model: RSP Membrane clear Lens Glasses
Size tested: xx
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?
Designed for UK winters, the Membrane provides the defensive layer you need to avoid the grit and dirt of the winter roads and lanes.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
RSP Premium Innovative Design.
Very good construction.
The fit isn't quite perfect, but that aside the optics are very good with decent coverage, an ideal choice for low light and night-time riding.
They're not supplied with a hardcase so you have to look after them carefully, on the bike durability has been just fine so far.
Yes they're very light.
The arms apply a little too much pressure to my head and on longer riders left me a bit sore.
Despite their not-quite-perfect fit, the clear lens has seen them getting a lot of use at this time of year, and because they don't cost much, you're not worried about scratching them.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The fit needs a bit of improvement, otherwise they're an excellent choice for those people who can't leave the house without some sort of eyewear.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The clear lens is fantastic for early morning and late evening rides, where even the lightest tinted lenses are too dark.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The arms proved a bit too small for me.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes mostly.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe.
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.