Oakley Chainlink Sunglasses review

We test out Oakley's new Chainlink sunglasses range.

Oakley Chainlinks
Cycling Weekly Verdict

An excellent pair of shades for on and off the bike.

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    Versatile and comfortable

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    Price

It’s a testament to the depth of Oakley’s range of shades that they’re able to create a pair that aren’t quite made purely for riding, but aren’t just for casual use. The chainlinks seem to sit quite happily between, and we managed to appreciate their use on the bike through commuting and on gentle rides, while they also felt casual enough to be worn as a normal day-to-day pair of shades.

Comfortable and lightweight, the Chainlinks keep to the consistent high quality that Oakley seems to put out with most, if not all of their sunglasses. There were no points while riding that we had to make any of the adjustments to the fit and that coupled with the clarity of the lenses almost made you forget you had them on.

The fairly wide shape of the chainlinks will probably suit those with medium to large faces more, but the majority will probably get along with the shape and the fit of the glasses.

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Available from Shadestation for £117, like most Oakleys, the price will be a sticking point for some. But if you don’t want to invest in one pair of glasses on the bike and another for off, the chainlinks are definitely a good choice for those after a versatile pair of shades for all occasions.

For more information on Shade Station’s collection visit www.shadestation.co.uk and for their Oakley range visit www.shadestation.co.uk/Oakley-Sunglasses.

For a chance to win a cusomised Charge bike courtesy of Shade Station visit www.cyclingactive.com/competition.

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.


An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).