Why Choose Oakley?
When it comes to finding the right cycling glasses, a lot of aspects need to be put into consideration so the athlete can perform to the best of their abilities. The fit needs to be good, so the glasses don’t slide down the face during a ride, the lenses need to be sturdy and protect from UV rays, and debris which could be harmful to he eyes. Another aspect to consider is the style of the glasses. While this may not be overly crucial to the success of the ride, it helps add that personal touch.
On the top of the charts for best cycling glasses, Oakley reigns supreme for its top-quality products. Oakley tends to be on the higher end of the price range for cycling glasses, but from the giant fanbase and raving reviews, these glasses are worth the investment. The following are the best Oakley cycling glasses.
If you want to see a full list of the best cycling glasses, check out our post about them to learn more.
Oakley Radar EV
These glasses have a snug fit with plenty of ventilation which prevents fogging. The lenses are infused with Oakley's Patented High Definition Optics for superior clarity and impact resistance.
This model has a very aggressive shape, and the lens sits higher on the face for more protection from debris. Has a secure, tight fit. On the higher end of the price spectrum, but very high quality glasses.
Oakley Flak Jacket 2.0
A versatile pair of glasses with higher and wider lenses than previous models Flak Jacket models. They are also available in prescription lenses for cyclists who don't want to wear contacts while riding.
Oakley Racing Jacket
This model is a more aggressive, edgy look and features interchangeable, fog resistant lenses. They are designed to take a beating and would be great for mountain biking.
Oakley Crossrange XL Prizm
The most customizable glasses on this list, and were designed with multiple purposes in mind. These glasses are available in prescription lenses if needed and work great on and off the bike.
The Oakley Radar EV Cycling glasses originally made their debut in 2015, but with the release of their Prizm Technology and along with its customizable features, the Oakley Radar EV Cycling glasses have remained a fan favorite since their initial release.
The Radar EV features a snug fit, that hold on even tighter in the presence of sweat, so the glasses stay secure, and also have plenty of ventilation in the lenses, allowing airflow in and out and preventing the lenses from fogging up to provide optimal visual clarity. The lenses also are infused with High Definition Optics, which according to the Oakley website, “is a collection of patented technologies that allow Oakley eyewear to meet or exceed the testing standards of the American National Standards Institute for optical clarity, visual fidelity, and impact resistance.”
The glasses received many five-star reviews from customers, and are said to be durable and last a long time.
The Oakley Radar EV cycling glasses have excellent anti-fog capabilities. If you want to see the full list of the best anti-fog glasses, you can click here to learn more.
Mark Cavendish, the world’s fastest cyclist sprinter, wasn’t a fan of the limited view cycling glasses gave him during races, and voiced his concern to designers at Oakley. With his help, the ‘Oakley Jawbreaker Cycling Sunglasses’ was created.
This model by Oakley is on the higher end of the price spectrum, but that does not deter its loyal followers from putting their hard-earned money toward these premium quality cycling glasses. The Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses appear multiple time in lists of the top cycling sunglasses to invest in and for good reason. The Jawbreaker model has a more ‘aggressive’ shape than other Oakley models and the lens sit higher on the face allowing more coverage from debris, glare, and allowing a wider visual experience. And like all cycling sunglasses designed by Oakley, the Jawbreaker model also has a secure, tight fit, that stays in place no matter how much perspiration is created during a workout.
The ‘Oakley Jawbreaker’ model also has interchangeable lenses that are very simple to switch in and out and comes in a variety of colors for any weather condition.
The ‘Oakley Flak Jacket 2.0 XL’ was designed to fix the few, but constant, criticisms of their previous ‘Flak Jacket XLJ’ model. This meant giving the ‘Flak Jacket 2.0 XL’ a higher and wider lens, to increase the wearers view. It also incorporated the brands new “Prizm” technology on the lenses, and while some customer thought that it was just a gimmick to sell more glasses, the same critics now rave about how much better the lenses of the 2.0 compared to the XLJ are.
Another great thing about the ‘Flak Jacket 2.0 XL’ is that the lenses are available in prescriptions, so those who wear prescription glasses can invest in a high quality cycling pair of sunglasses without worry of compromising their vision.
The ‘Flak Jacket 2.0 XL’ also is able to have the lenses switched out to better suit the ever-changing weather and has an assortment to choose from.
The’ Oakley Racing Jacket’ Model, like many of Oakley’s other top selling models, also features the ‘Prizm’ technology and interchangeable lenses, suitable for all weather needs. This model also features a more aggressive, edgy look, and allows adequate ventilation so the lenses stay fog free during a ride.
This particular model is best suited for harder workouts, such as mountain biking, and other rougher rides. The Oakley Racing Jacket model makes sure the glasses stay in place during these tougher expeditions by adding a bit more plastic on the bottom of the lenses to really grip onto the skin and prevent slippage, and a tight yet comfortable fit around the face for extra security.
The Lenses are also impact protected, to ensure that any sort of mishap that could befall the glasses will not destroy them and cause little damage. Which is good considering, like the ‘Oakley Jawbreaker’, the Racing Jacket model comes with a hefty price tag. But is it worth it? Athletes say yes.
The most versatile and customizable of this list would be the ‘Oakley Crossrange XL’ series. These glasses were designed with multi purposes in mind, and allows the wearer to wear the glasses snot only during a workout but added a trendy design so the glasses can go from a cycling race to a day at the beach with friends.
What sets this pair apart from the other is its unique design. Stepping away from traditional sports shapes, this thicker rounder frame wouldn’t look out of place without a bike and helmet accompanying it.
Also coated in Oakley’s Prizm technology, the’ Crossrange XL’ glasses also include switchable nose pieces and temple pieces, so the glasses can suit anyone’s personality and needs. The ‘Crossrange XL Prizm’s are also available to order with prescription lenses as well.
Other things that people enjoy about this unique model is how comfortable they are. They do have some bigger lenses than a lot of other Oakley models, but there are many positive reviews discussing the comfort and overall great fit of the ‘Crossrange XL’ model.