If you want to own some of the most hi-tech shades on the market and pay homeage to Le Tour (and happen to have £400 burning a hole in your pocket) then the limited edition Tour de France Radar Pace from Oakley could be for you.
Released to "celebrate the history and legacy of the iconic competition", they have the voice-activated coaching system and app connectivity of the standard Radar Pace, but with bespoke Tour-themed features including an iridium lens designed to look like a map, a Tour logo etched on the side and a yellow Tour de France carry pouch/cleaning cloth.
Promotional video for the original Radar Pace, that were unveiled last year
The spec list on the Radar Pace is impressive, using Intel technology to connect plenty of real-time data including power output, HR, cadence and speed. You can also use the touch pad on the temples to control functions such as volume, music and calls from a paired phone. They're water resistant up to IPX5 (totally shower-proof) and lenses are interchangeable, plus you also get spares and accessories included for your 400 notes such as a hard case, 2 ear booms, a clear lens for low light and a micro USB cable for charging.
Do you need them... does anyone need them? Most likely not, but for the cyclist and Tour fanatic/lottery winner who has everything they're a pretty mean pair of shades...
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