The Oakley Radar EV Path sunglasses are super popular, but are these luxury shades worth the high price?
The Oakley Radar EV is one of the most popular designs of cycling sunglasses out there, worn by professionals and amateurs the world over. It has become a permanent fixture in the pro peloton and remains a highly desirable item. If you would like more information on what to look for in cycling-specific sunglasses, you can click here for our useful buyer’s guide.
Let’s face facts – if you’re in the market for a new pair of sunglasses the first box you want ticked is aesthetics. They have to look cool. The Oakley Radar EV without doubt ticks this box. The larger and full-framed Oakley Jawbreaker can be a little overwhelming, especially if you have a smaller face. However, the Radar is a little more understated and generally looks good on anyone.
It is not just style and no substance, either. The Oakley Radar EV scores a solid 10/10 for functionality and this is a key area where it outdoes a lot of rival brands. When testing products I often to look for ‘zero distraction.’ When I am using a product, if I am able to forget it is there then it’s doing its job. With regard to sunglasses, bad designs will move or slip down your nose when sprinting. I have also encountered the opposite where they are too tight, causing headaches around the temples. Some are just too heavy on your face and some steam up too readily.
You forget you are wearing the Oakley Radar EV. It fits well, without digging, and remains firmly in place even when doing your best and most ferocious John Degenkolb nodding-dog impression. The ‘zero distraction’ is also helped by the low weight, with the Oakley Radars (in standard size) hitting our scales at 29g.
The lenses are also very good, with several options available. The least expensive is Oakley’s standard HDO lens, which comes in several colours including the blue pictured. This is a great option and often worn by Team Sky. For £10 more Oakley offers its road cycling-specific Prizm lens, which is my favourite. It provides excellent clarity and helps make the world look slightly more vivid – useful when trying to spot pot holes. For £185 Oakley also offers polarised lenses which are great at filtering out reflective glare. However, as said, I have found the Prizm Road lens optimal.
Oakley sunglasses are expensive and are without doubt a luxury item. That said, the quality, performance and aesthetics are all excellent. Furthermore, they are also considerably less expensive and superior to rival products from Assos and POC which I have also tested. They last too, with contact points such as the nose pieces and arm sleeves replaceable.
The Oakley Radar EVs are the best cycling sunglasses on the market. A perfect blend of form and function.