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Magicshine Windbreaker Classic Sunglasses

9
£38.99

VERDICT:

9
10
Stylish, effective, light and comfortable, they punch far above their weight for the price
Comfortable
Adjustable nose-pad
Good optical clarity
Rugged semi-hard case
Very light
Great value for money
Nose-piece is just about visible in wear
Weight: 
30g
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Nicely shaped, comfortable, ultra-light and offering good levels of protection, the Magicshine Windbreaker Classic Sunglasses are excellent cycling-specific sunnies at a great price. The only minor irritation I had was the nose-piece being just about visible when wearing them.

These are excellent, but you might want to check out our guide to the best cycling sunglasses for more options.

The first thing you notice about these shades – after the low price – is just how light they are. They're 30g on the road.cc Scales of Truth (1g more than claimed), and very low bulk.

This Classic model, with wraparound style polycarbonate lens, has a mirrored Revo coating on the outside for reduced glare, enhanced contrast and clarity, and an OAR coating on the inside to reduce reflected glare.

There are also photochromic (£49.99) and polarized versions (£61.99) available.

They come in a choice of five combinations of frame colour and lens, and are nicely unisex, neither too large nor too small. The large wraparound lens means they should work with most face shapes.

Comfort-wise, they're excellent, with no pressure on the temples, with or without a helmet on. The adjustable nose-piece makes it easy to get a good fit, and the glasses stayed stable and secure when riding, with no sliding or bouncing.

Clarity of vision was very good indeed – far better than you might expect for the price. The lens stayed clear of misting, not just thanks to the vents at the bottom but also the quite open shape of the lens – they don't sit over-neatly in the eye sockets, which can make fogging-up more likely.

2022 Magicshine Windbreaker Classic Sunglasses - inside.jpg

I found the tint of the lens restful on the eye and well suited to conditions ranging from changeable to out-and-out bright.

Peripheral vision was also excellent, with no impediment at all, and the depth of the lens meant I had no issues with seeing the road or brightness under the bottom edge, as I have with some sunglasses.

I did have one slight niggle with the adjustable nose-piece being just visible when wearing the glasses. It wasn't too intrusive, just a little, and might well have been made worse by the fact that I was testing the orange shades; some of the other four colour options might be less... obvious. It's far from a deal-breaker, though, and the glasses punch well above their weight for the price.

As cycling-specific sunglasses go, the price is outrageously low for what you're getting in terms of style and performance – and you get a semi-rigid zipped case with soft drawstring bag and cleaning cloth.

2022 Magicshine Windbreaker Classic Sunglasses - in case.jpg

They're not the only glasses we've tested around this price that deliver real performance – the Madison Stealth sunnies at £39.99 (tested at £34.99, and currently available for £19.99) – but most cost more, mostly a lot more.

The Galibier Regale Ultra Optics at £46 are also close in terms of style, performance and value, while the Goodr Look Ma No Hands tested on off.road.cc adopt the popular more-is-more outsize lens styling and solid performance at £45.

But these all look great value compared with others: the Sungod Airas that Hollis tested, for example, are now £140, the Koo Supernovas that Nick tested last year are £170, and Poc's Propels, as tested recently by Ben, are £230.

Conclusion

Overall, I was genuinely impressed by the style, comfort and performance that these glasses offer for the price. As a lifelong Oakley devotee, I'm now finding it hard to justify the massive jump in price that requires when faced with superb value sunnies such as these. They might not last a couple of decades as my Oakleys have, but perhaps I just treat those better because of the price... These fit well, don't budge, and protect the eyes nicely. If the nose-piece wasn't visible from inside, they'd be pretty close to perfect.

Verdict

Stylish, effective, light and comfortable, they punch far above their weight for the price

road.cc test report

Make and model: Magicshine Windbreaker Classic Sunglasses

Size tested: One Size

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?

Magicshine says:

"WINDBREAKER, MAGICSHINE's first professional cycling sunglasses series with extraordinary optical clarity, is tailored for professional cycling and daily commuting activities."

Spot on for dedicated cycling.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

From Magicshine:

Wraparound PC Lens: Provides complete eye protection.

UV400 Protection: Impact-resistant lenses for 100% UV protection.

TR90 Frame: Ultralight and elastic frames made of TR90 and TPR materials.

Ventilation Design: Quickly enhance air circulation to avoid fogging and reduce wind resistance

Anti-Slip Temple Tips

Adjustable Nosepiece

Smudge-Resistant Coating: Keeps dirt and oil off your lenses

Front REVO Coating: Restore the original color, enhance contrast and provide visual clarity.

Back OAR Coating: Optimum anti-glare experience.

IN THE BOX

WINDBREAKER * 1

Hard case * 1

Carrying pouch * 1

Cleaning cloth * 1

User manual * 1

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Reasonably sturdy for the light weight. Optical clarity of lens is very good.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Very comfortable and effective at keeping glare and wind and debris out while still allowing good all-round vision.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Early days, but no reason to suspect they won't last.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10

Really light.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
9/10

Very comfortable and secure to wear, and restful on the eyes too.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

They offer performance far beyond what you'd expect for the price.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well indeed.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Style, comfort, light weight, lens clarity, value for money.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Just a slight niggle with being just about able to glimpse the nose-piece when wearing them.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

They're not the only sunglasses we've tested that come in around this price – the Madison Stealth glasses are now £39.99 (up from £34.99 when we tested them), and Galibier's Regale Ultra Optics at £46 are close in terms of style and performance – but you can pay a lot more for this kind of style and performance. The Sungod Airas that Hollis tested, for example, are now £140, the Koo Supernovas that Nick tested last year are £170, and Poc's Propels, as tested recently by Ben, are £230.

Did you enjoy using the product? Very much.

Would you consider buying the product? Definitely

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely

Use this box to explain your overall score

They're excellent. Well designed, light, and great value for money for the style and performance they deliver.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 48  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 77kg

I usually ride: Liv Invite  My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling. 

Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other. 

She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting. 

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cyclist65 | 9 months ago
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I m looking for the 4KAAD Pulse glasses, A firend of mine recommends it , but does somebody has feedback on the new cycling glasses? www.4kaad.com . Is it a British brand ?https://www.4kaad.com/eyewear

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