Oakley Radar Pace review

The latest smart glasses to hit the market, Oakley Radar Pace use inbuilt headphones and an intel processor to coach you and deliver an incredible number of features. I spent the last month riding with it, to find out if it is any good...

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Headphones and cycling is divisive. If you are comfortable riding with headphones Oakley Radar Pace maybe a product for you, but before you invest, if you don't own a power meter, buy one of those first.

Reasons to buy
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    Road Prizm lens is great

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    Well made hardware

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    Cost effective coach that adapts to you

Reasons to avoid
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    Headphones not conducive to cycling

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    Slow at relaying info

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    Doesn't replace a dedicated bike computer

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    Some connectivity issues to phone

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    Requires other sensors to get most out of product

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Oakley’s Radar Pace are smart glasses, born out of a collaboration of Intel and Oakley. Rather than opt for the heads up display or mini screens of previous smart glasses, such as Recon Jet and Google Glass, Pace has no display and gives you information through headphones, via a slightly robotic, female, American voice.

Personally, I am waiting for the update where you can change the voice to Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator barking commands such as "do it, do it now" and "get to the chopper" would be a great motivator.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.