Good news Rapha fans, you're now one step closer to being able to fully kit yourself out from head to toe in your favourite brand, as the company has just launched its first performance cycling sunglasses, the Rapha Pro Team Flyweight sunglasses. All that's needed now is a Rapha helmet and the look will be complete.
But back to those sunglasses. As you can guess from the name they have a minimalist, frameless look that is designed to make sure that they trouble the scales as little as possible. In fact, Rapha claims that they weigh just 25g, which would put them among the very lightest sunglasses currently on the market.
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There is also no expense spared with the lens that comes from German optical experts Carl Zeiss, with a bronze mirror lens coming as standard, which has a hydrophobic and oleophobic coating, a mirrored finish to reduce glare, and is also claimed to be impact resistance. There are also four different lens options which are available to buy seperately.
As for the price, the Rapha Pro Team Flyweight sunglasses will set you back £140, with additional lenses priced at £80 each. Now, of course that's a lot of money, but when we got the press release, we have to admit that we were expecting worse, maybe something along the lines of the £290 shades that Assos launched a few years back. Instead these sunglasses are actually cheaper than the Radar EVs and Jawbreakers that sit at the top of the Oakley range.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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