Optilabs plan to up its game and compete in the sports sun glasses market with the new Max sunnies. On style alone it looks like it is living up to its promise already

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Optilabs Max glasses



  • Styling
  • reaction lenses


  • Wind protection is limited


Optilabs Max glasses


Price as reviewed:


Optilabs may not have been the frontrunner in eyewear for the style conscious cyclist, with the company failing to produce a looker (sic) in the past. Though with the new offering named Max, the South London based optician appears to have broken that trend.

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These incredibly lightweight thermoplastic glasses remain comfortable, to the point of being almost unnoticeable while riding.

The photochromic lenses react to different light conditions quickly and give good eye coverage without any peripheral obstruction. However, we did find the wind could be a problem causing some slight irritation.


With prescription options and prices starting at £89.95, increasing as you add vision inserts, Optilabs have made a great step forward.


  • Steve

    I have just bought a pair of these. I have to wear glasses when cycling otherwise I can’t see where I am going. My normal daily glassses are not suitable for cycling so have been wearing wrap around style prescription sunglasses, these are fine in the sun, but become awkward in the Tea shop or when the light starts to fade, they don’t really offer as full protection as cycling specific sunglasses either.
    I ordered my new Optilabs max sunglasses with prescription insert late on a Friday and with standard delivery they arrived the following Thursday morning, wow what a revelation. I can’t praise these enough, for someone who has to wear glasses all of the time these are perfect for cycling, they respond well to light and dark, the rain runs off them quickly. I have never been able to see better when cycling. In the tea shop they switch back to clear so you can read the descriptions of the cake on offer.
    I can’t recommend these highly enough to anyone that requires a prescription lens and cycles.