Best cycling glasses 2024: top models reviewed across all price points

What should you be looking for when buying the best cycling glasses or sunglasses, how much should you pay, and should you go for one of the big brands?

Male cyclist riding in the mountains, wearing a pair of the best cycling glasses for cycling
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The best cycling glasses seem to be getting bigger and bigger every season, with plenty of amusing memes floating around online where the lenses clearly threaten to engulf the entire face of the rider beneath.

But the best cycling glasses are not all about fashion - they are an essential item for riders throughout the year. 

Much like the best road bike helmets or the best cycling shoes, cycling glasses need to be fit for purpose for the day or type of riding you're about to undertake.

To help you choose the right pair of glasses for you we've reviewed over a dozen pairs of today's best cycling glasses. We've put them through their paces, logging up many miles to determine their pros and cons across a range of considerations, including level of protection, field of vision and comfort.

The quick list

Best frameless cycling sunglasses

Oakley Encoder cycling sunglasses.

Oakley Encoder glasses give you the frameless pro look

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Best frameless cycling glasses

Specifications

Lens: Prizm Road
Frame type: Frameless
Modularity: Replaceable nose pads
Weight: 31 grams
Colors: Nine

Reasons to buy

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Stylish
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Comfortable fit
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Great quality lenses

Reasons to avoid

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Lenses aren't interchangeable

If the futuristic look is for you, the Oakley Encoders offer a high quality feel and secure fit thanks to the frameless design and jaunty cut of the lens which plays nicely with helmets and high cheekbones. 

Although the Prizm lens cannot be changed on this model, the wraparound coverage also delivers incredible contrast and excellent clarity, ensuring improved vision to help clearly navigate road surface changes and objects within the surrounding environment. 

Read more: Oakley Encoder sunglasses full review

Best aero cycling sunglasses

Poc Propel cycling sunglasses on a wooden table

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Best for aerodynamic 'marginal gains'

Specifications

Lens: 'Clarity' and clear lenses included
Frame type: Half frame
Modularity: Adjustable side arms, three nose bridge sizes, clear lens includes
Weight: 33g
Colors: Six

Reasons to buy

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Massive field of vision
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Excellent lens clarity
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Size adjustable
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Modelled aerodynamic efficiency

Reasons to avoid

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Cost
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Liable to steam up
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Improvement in aerodynamics is very modest

Poc's Propel sunglasses were first spotted upon the faces of EF team racing at the 2023 Tour Down Under. It's not just the aesthetics that make them look fast, Poc has designed these glasses to improve aerodynamics around the sides of a rider's face. The actual gain in watts isn't that clear and - even by Poc's claims - likely to be extremely modest but every little helps, aye? 

Away from the aerodynamics, the Propels provide an absolutely outstanding view of the road. The massive lens allows a huge uninterrupted field and the Clarity lens really does what it's named to do. As the Propel has such good close coverage then they do tend to fog so they're not ideal for moist days or sweaty riders. You can adjust the fit of the Propels though, with a choice of three nose bridges and sliding arms - something that isn't seen on many cycling glasses. 

At $275 / £230 they're not going to work out well on any cost per watt ratio, but we were very impressed with the fit and their adjustability means that this should be the case for pretty much everyone.

Read more: Poc Propel sunglasses full review

Best budget frameless sunglasses

Tifosi Rail cycling sunglasses

The Tifosi Rail boasts a frameless design for improved vision and lower weight

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Best budget frameless sunglasses

Specifications

Lens: Clarion Fototec phtotchromatic
Frame type: Frameless
Modularity: Removable sidearms, nosepiece
Weight: 32g (claimed)
Colors: Nine

Reasons to buy

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Photochromatic lens at a lower price
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Good light transmission range
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Good fit without slip or fogging

Reasons to avoid

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Not quite the transmission range of some options

The Tifosi Rail is a large lens rimless design with good wraparound protection. We reviewed the Clarion Fototec lens version with a light-sensitive lens with between 14% and 74% light transmission, so it will handle the full range of daytime conditions.

The fit is good, with no tendency to slip when riding and there's little misting. The Rail is a good alternative to pricier photochromatic glasses from other brands, even if the response to changes in light conditions isn't quite as fast as it don't go quite as clear as some.

Read more: Tifosi Rail Clarion Fototec cycling sunglasses full review

Best budget photochromic sunglasses

dhb Vector Photochromatic cycling sunglasses

The dhb Vector glasses are a budget photochromatic option

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Best budget photochromatic sunglasses

Specifications

Lens: Photochromatic
Frame type: Full frame
Modularity: Replacement nose pads
Weight: 37 grams

Reasons to buy

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Great clarity
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Very trendy
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Excellent field of vision
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Cheaper than rivals

Reasons to avoid

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Bit heavy on the nose

The photochromatic version of dhb's Vectors are roughly half the price of the Oakley EV Zero Blades, and the outcome is just as good. Depending on your preference, you might even say the Vectors are more beautiful too - they certainly are more in-touch with today’s full-face trend. 

dhb have produced a series of oversized sunglasses that are not only stylish but offer excellent clarity, brilliant ventilation and a rigid, sturdy frame that never looks like it will snap and break. The way the lens adapted to the changing light conditions was truly impressive.

The added weight did cause a bit of pressure on the nose at times, but the soft nose pad and extendable arm all add up to a pair of glasses that are designed to ensure a secure, comforting fit.

Read more: dhb Vector photochromatic lens full review

Best photochromic sunglasses

Oakley EV Zero Blades photochromic sunglasses

A photochromic lens ups the versatility of the Oakley EV Zero Blades

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Best photochromic sunglasses

Specifications

Lens: Photocromatic
Frame type: Half frame
Modularity: Replacement nose pads
Weight: 29 grams
Colors: Six

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding clarity
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No fogging up
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Very lightweight
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Secure and comfortable fit

Reasons to avoid

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No replacement lens
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More expensive than other models that are a similar spec

There’s very little to be critical of with the Oakley EV Zero Blades. The photochromic version -  there are six colourways in total - is an excellent shoulder season and winter pair of sunglasses that not only keep the dust and grit out of your eyes, but offer unobstructed viewing, and clarity that is so good it took us a while to really believe it.

It didn’t matter if we were riding on a bumpy or smooth piece of road, the glasses stayed in place. Neither was it a concern that they would steam or fog up, ensuring that perfect clarity and vision was guaranteed at all times.

They’re not the cheapest on the market - this is Oakley, after all - but they are a guarantee of excellent fit, vision and a big tick in the stylishness box.

Read more: Oakley EV Zero Blades photochromic full review

Best retro look

Salice 022 cycling sunglasses

Salice offers Italian chic without the cost

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Best retro look

Specifications

Lens: RW lens
Frame type: Full frame
Modularity: Interchangeable lens
Weight: 34 grams
Colors: 24

Reasons to buy

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Great fit
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Quality optics 
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Effective design 
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Lightweight option
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Bold looks

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of adjustability 

The Salice 022 sunglasses go large with the retro visor look, allowing them to rival many of the highly desirable brands for looks and, thanks to their simple yet effective design, performance.

The minimal wraparound lens coverage helps keep weight low and, with their forward-angled design, they’re better at keeping the lenses free of sweat streaks than glasses that sit closer to your face.

With the fact that they’re made in Italy and of course that they have the bold looks of the Oakley Sutro, the Salice 022 sunglasses are a great lower-cost alternative to the premium cycling sunglasses brands.

Read more: Salice 022 sunglasses full review

Best for aesthetics

Rapha Pro Team Full Frame cycling sunglasses

High performance from Rapha without a huge price tag

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Best for aesthetics

Specifications

Lens: Rider Optimised Surface Enhancement lens (ROSE)
Frame type: Full frame
Modularity: Interchangeable lens,
Weight: 30 grams
Colors: Six

Reasons to