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 £40.
Not very long ago inexpensive sunglasses were best avoided, with poor optical quality and designs that made you look like an extra from a bad low-budget sci-fi film.
Those days are gone. Eyewear manufacturers have raised their game for both quality and style, and enforcement of the relevant standards means you can now rely on even the cheapest sunnies to protect your eyes from potentially damaging ultra-violet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Evans. They have a hydrophobic coating and come with a yellow lens for overcast weather.
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.
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.
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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.