Roka CP-1 custom sunglasses review

Texas-based sports equipment brand has broken into the cycling sunglasses market, offering its own unique twist with the customisable Roka CP-1 model

Roka CP-1
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A simple and stylish aesthetic meets a comfortable and reliable fit with the Rokas. The customisable colours also make these a great choice for anyone looking to match their shades to their kit, but the price tag hits the wallet a little to hard when compared with other high-end riding glasses.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable fit

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Reasons to avoid
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    Lens misting

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Sunglasses are an essential part of any riders kit bag, with style and functionality often carrying equal weight when picking your new set of lenses.

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Texas-based sports equipment brand Roka has broken into the cycling sunglasses market, offering its own unique twist with the customisable Roka CP-1 model.

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The first thing that struck me about the Roka CP-1's is the look - a simple, stylish design that doesn't go overboard on lens style while still offering a visor-like aesthetic.

With two sizes of the CP series - 52mm with the Roka CP-1 or 56mm with the CP-1X - mean you also get a choice of more coverage if a bigger lens is your thing.

One minor detail that could be fixed is the removable lens, with the corners sticking slightly above the frame at the corners. It's not noticeable from a distance, but it does slightly spoil the sleek lines of the frames.

But the real hook of the Roka CP-1's is the customisation, which gives you the opportunity to choose the colour of your frame, lenses, rocker and arms.

Roka CP-1

Nice stylish glasses from Roka

With a choice of 13 lens colours and more for your frames, you can design your glasses around your team-kit, favourite colours, or even just as a way of standing out.

The CP-1s have been also been designed with performance in mind and the glasses are ultra-lightweight at 27 grams.

Reducing the weight does come with a sacrifice, and the Roka glasses feel more flimsy than their biggest rivals on the market like the Oakley Flight Jackets.

The wraparound lenses offer great peripheral vision and the frames stay well out of view regardless of position.

Roka's patented Geko retention system - inspired by the sticky feet of the gecko - involves serrated rubber on the nose pad and arms.

The system works, as the CP-1s comfortably grip your head without causing discomfort, staying in place on rough terrain and regardless of how you hang your head when suffering on the bike.

Roka CP-1

A nice pair of sunnies but they are expensive

But the close fit of the glasses does compromise vision on occasion, as Roka's offering is prone to lens misting.

While other brands have opted to improve airflow to keep air flowing behind the lens to prevent steaming up when you're giving it gas, the Roka's did tend to suffer from blurring vision when the temperature rose.

At £225 for the standard colourways, the Rokas are also expensive and cost considerably more than rivals like the Flight Jackets, which retail at £185.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.