We chose these sunglasses as the best options for cyclists because they check so many ‘essential features’ boxes. And while no single pair of sunglasses can be all things to all riders, the common denominator among these frames is their unflappable, road-worthy performance.
Few eyewear makers can match Oakley feature for feature when it comes to noteworthy performance in sunglasses made for rigorous sports like cycling. We give the Oakley Flight Jacket top honors for best-all-around performance because of them: Not only do these futuristic shades look sporty, they’re made in Oakley’s proprietary O Matter, a lightweight but durable material made to take a beating and keep on going, mile after mile. They feature nose pads and temples in Oakley’s grippy Unobtanium, engineered to keep the sunglasses in place when you sweat, and the perfect alignment in the Three-Point Fit eliminates pressure points for impressive comfort during long hours of wear. Finally, the Flight Jacket features an uncluttered rimless top design that won’t interfere with your cycling helmet.
Known for their technically advanced eyewear created for life on the water, Maui Jim’s polarized lenses and lightweight design make for some of the best cycling sunglasses available today. The Maui Jim Switchbacks-523 combines a wraparound, half-rim frame with lightweight, flexible Grilamid construction, and PolarizedPlus2 lenses to make a pair of cycling sunglasses that enhance your vision, and is light, durable, and UV-protective. With unparalleled polarized lens tech and a shape that works well for road cycling, gravel, and mountain biking, the Maui Jim Switchbacks-523 gets our vote for the best polarized cycling sunglasses this year.
The cyclist who logs serious miles will want to consider the Oakley Radar EV Path with Transitions® lenses, our top choice for best photochromic sunglasses. The lenses in these shades automatically adjust to the light conditions outdoors, so you can focus on powering up that hill—not on the failing power of lesser sunglasses. And these frames include Oakley’s other proprietary features: lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter in the frames; Unobtainium ear socks and nose pads for grippy performance; and the Oakley Three-Point Fit for stability and comfort on the pavement or trail.
Wiley X has supplied ballistics-rated protective eyewear to the United States Armed Forces since the 1980s—your eyes can enjoy the same superior protection in cycling sunglasses. Top honors in this category go to the Wiley X Saber Advanced. And while you probably won’t need to navigate a minefield on your route, you might encounter road grit or other debris: The Saber Advanced meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1 high-velocity and high-mass impact standards. These shades offer 100% UV protection, and their wraparound shape promises additional protection from sunlight and debris at the periphery. Bonus points: These cycling sunglasses come with interchangeable lenses so you can optimize them for specific light conditions.
Spy Optics was one of the originators of action sports eyewear, so it would make sense that frames like the Dirty Mo are designed to perform. But the Dirty Mo doesn’t get our vote for the Most Stylish Cycling Sunglasses because their wraparound frames are made with shatter-resistant Grilamid, or because their temples are designed to grip and hold even when you’re hitting top speeds on asphalt or catching air on dirt. No, the Dirty Mo is the most stylish pair of cycling sunglasses this year because it’s a look you can take anywhere, on or off the saddle.
The Nike Windshield Elite is not only the best pair of women’s cycling sunglasses we’ve seen this year but likely the best multi-sport sunglasses. So if you’re a triathlete or cross-training in a few sports, look to the Windshield Elite to give you the comfort and performance you demand. With a semi-rimless, wraparound frame and No Bridge design, these cycling sunglasses are sleek and with a smaller size than most wraparound sports sunglasses, these frames fit most women’s faces perfectly and hold when the road gets rough and sweaty.
Explore more sunglasses for cycling and find a multitude of options with the performance features you need when you’re in the saddle: Look for exceptional protective attributes, special lens coatings, proprietary materials, and sport-driven technical designs. FramesDirect carries the widest selection of cycling sunglasses online from the makers you trust, at the best prices, guaranteed.