Optilabs Max glasses review

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

Cycling Weekly Verdict

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

Reasons to buy
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    Styling

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    reaction lenses

Reasons to avoid
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    Wind protection is limited

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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.

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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.