Rapha unveil new City Glasses collection

The new range of shades are designed to be functional on the bike and stylish off it

Rapha's latest eyewear range has all the features of highly technical sports sunglasses, but they look like a pair of high fashion shades. 

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Rapha say the City Glasses are "styled for everyday living while possessing the technical functionality required of sports eyewear". The Italian-made shades weigh just 30g, which is lighter than most sports-specific pairs, and have a two-position locking hinge system to keep them secure on the move.

Manufactured in Italy, the lenses from Carl Zeiss are scratch-resistant, hydrophobic and oleophobic for visual clarity. The brown lens version offer the least light transmission at under 10%, and the green transmit just 12.81%.   

The Rapha City glasses in tortoiseshell colours

The arms are made with tough stainless steel, with a cotton-based material on the temple grips so the shape can be customised to the rider's head. The frames are made from Mazzucchelli Italian acetate that is both lightweight and durable.  

The City Glasses are available in five different colours, and the lenses are prescription ready. They're retailing at £160 on Rapha's website. 


After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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