How do cheap sunglasses stack up against those rocking three-figure price tags? We explain the key differences

Not only does a set of cycling sunglasses shade your eyes, they provide a mini shield against bugs and debris. Many cyclists won't go out without them – but are expensive models really any better?

Image shows a cyclist wearing sunglasses.
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You can make a strong argument for an effective pair of sunglasses being an essential piece of kit. True, you can cycle without them but unless it's pouring down with rain chances are you’ll be far better off with them than without. Not only do they shield your eyes from the glare of the sun, they also protect you from incoming insects and other debris. Both make for a more enjoyable, and safer, ride.

Today, the best cycling sunglasses come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, with lenses available in various tints for specific light conditions as well as different ‘treatments’ that promise to make smearing, fogging and scratching a thing of the past. 

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.