Picking the right cycling sunglasses isn’t about choosing the most expensive ones. It’s about choosing the ones that meet your needs. Going for a short ride? Training for a cycling race or triathlon? Going camping or on holidays and plan to take your bike? 

There are various factors to consider when buying cycling sunglasses. We have reviewed six cycling sunglasses based on the most important categories. There’s the best overall ones, beginner sunglasses, the best budget shades, low light ones and the best lightweight sunnies.

Best Cycling Sunglasses Reviewed

Best Overall

Have you found it hard to find a pair of shades that are half sunglasses and half goggles? Look no further than POC Devour Sunglasses. They've got the shield of goggles and the workability of sunglasses. They provide the same field of vision as a mask, with excellent field of vision and functional protection. Adjustable nose pads and temples for length and grip make sure they stay comfortably in place. 

The clarity technology lenses provide clear vision, especially on trails. They’re coated with a RiPel coating that stops dust and scratches. An extra transparent screen can be added if light conditions change. 

Reviewer Aaron Borrill said, "In terms of functionality and lens attributes the sunglasses are in a league of their own. They’re super-stylish and incredibly well designed, offering advanced eye protection and special clarity."

James Huang wrote, "The way the lens is held in the frame is somewhat novel, being clipped into place at just six points around the periphery while lending the outward appearance (at least when using a mirrored lens) of a frameless design. At first glance, the frame design seems like it would cut off peripheral vision when viewed head-on, but it’s cleverly curved so that there isn’t any negative impact in reality."

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Pros

  • Half goggles and half sunglasses
  • Excellent field of vision
  • Adjustable nose pads and temples
  • Clarity technology
  • RiPel coating, stops scratches and dust
  • Extra transparent screen

Cons

  • Very big sunglasses
  • Price
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Best Budget Option

Did you know Floyds of Leadville professional cyclists wore these in the 2019 season? Garneau sunglasses are developed to perform in style.

The Grilamid TR-90 nylon feature means they have outstanding transparency and weathering stability. The Garneau Litewall's have an adjustable polymer nose bridge. There's strong support, especially during mountain biking.

Garneau Litewall customer Luka M said, "These exceeded my expectations in terms of lens quality, comfort and style."

Another customer, Maude D, said, "The fit is great and they reduce exposure to wind and flies in the eyes during long bike rides. Worn for 80km and no discomfort."

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Pros

  • Worn by professional cyclists
  • Weathering stability
  • Great for mountain biking
  • Price is ideal for beginners
  • Positive customer reviews

Cons

  • Not big enough for small faces
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Most Stylish Pair

Pit Viper reminisced, “Hyped up on two different energy drinks, we created the Monster Bull.” The sunglasses feature a black frame with neon green splatter. The Monster’s are the darkest polarized mirror lens and the look-through colour is blue.

A majority of customer reviews state that the glasses are designed for a small face, making them popular with kids and women.

Monster Bull owner Alicia L said, "Perfect fit for a small face. The colour is more beautiful than the photos on the site." We agree with Alicia - The Monster Bull rocks!

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Pros

  • Size perfect for kids and women
  • Affordable price
  • Sturdy and tough

Cons

  • No sunglass case
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Best Lightweight

Oakley’s Prizm lenses are designed to manipulate light and boost contrast, making your viewing environment more vivid and colourful. The semi-rimless frame helps with ventilation and provides a better area of vision. 

The O Matter frame is tough and durable and will keep up with your fast-paced urban life. Unobtainium technology is used for temple tips and nose pads. It means it will keep the frame in place without slipping.

The base lens colour is pink and the light condition is medium to light.

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Pros

  • Prizm lens technology
  • Great for urban cyclists
  • Tough and durable frame
  • Unobtainium technology, prevents slipping
  • Super lightweight

Cons

  • Price
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Best for Low light

Are your current sunglasses way too dark when cycling in low light? We have found the perfect sunglasses for low light - Oakley's Flak 2.0 XL.

They feature High Definition Optics technology. According to Oakley, "...the single point of light only creates the single image. Therefore the brain works less and reduces eye fatigue. Thus reducing eye fatigue, allowing the wearer to perform better in their sport, like cycling."  

The Flak 2.0 includes enhanced lens coverage and XYZ Optics technology. This means there's zero distortion and perfect clarity. The durable-yet-ultralight design means you'll always need to pack them in your messenger bag.

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Pros

  • Tough and sturdy
  • High Definition Optics
  • Unobtanium for grip
  • Very light
  • XYZ Optics technology

Cons

  • Price
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Best for Smaller Faces

Although the POC Devours won our pick for best overall sunglasses, they're very big for small faces. For people who have small faces, it's hard to find sunglasses that fit. Oakley's Radar EV Path features a revolutionary design with a bigger lens that widens the superior visual field.

Radar's key feature is the O Matter frame, which is 25% lighter and two times stronger than usual. The material is more heat and cold-resistant, stopping the frame from becoming hard to break. 

The strong grip is perfect for a small face. This prevents the sunglasses from sliding down your face. Unlike traditional lenses, the shape of the lens doesn't touch the cheeks.

Radar's advantage is the Prizm feature that adjusts vision for different environments. The Unobtainium pads and tips increase in grip with wetness, so you'll be fine when it rains or when you sweat.

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Pros

  • Lenses are spotless, excellent vision
  • High Definition Optics
  • Frame designed to keep you cool
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • O Matter frame is light and strong

Cons

  • Price
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BUYING GUIDE: WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING CYCLING SUNGLASSES


First, you need to identify the type of cycling you’ll be participating in. It can be track, BMX, mountain biking or road cycling. Then it comes down to the size of the sunglasses, helmet compatibility and the lens.

Size

It is obviously best to look for sunglasses in a range of different sizes. 

Small

Oakley’s Radar EV Path Sunglasses feature a strong grip, perfect for a small face. The Pit Viper Monster Bull Polarized sunglasses come in the original size (5.43″ width) or double wides (5.86″ width). Customers have complained that the Monster Bull’s are for a small head, so go double wides if you’re an adult male. 

One size

There’s only one size for POC Devour and the sunglasses tend to be on the large size. There’s also only one size for Garneau Litewall shades and Oakley Sutro Lite Sunglasses – Matte Black.  

Large

For those with a large head, go for Oakley’s Flak 2.0 extra-large size.

Helmet Compatibility

POC Devour sunglasses are best paired with POC Kortal Helmets. Garneau Litewall sunglasses are compatible with the P-09 helmet.

Helmet compatibility is often a personal choice, however, based on the size of your head. Often the helmet pushes the sunglasses too far down the nose. Therefore, when trying on new helmets – take your sunglasses with you.

Lenses

Lens quality is one of the most important features of cycling sunglasses. The advantages of polarised cycling sunglasses are that they avoid flashes of light and blinding reflections. They also relieve eye fatigue and are good for seeing natural colours. But some cycling purists believe polarised lenses should only be purchased if you have problems with glare and excessive light.

Cyclists are exposed to a lot of sunlight and light reflected from a different range of surfaces, so it’s best to use a darker lens. Also, if you’re most likely to cycle during summer, pick a dark lens for high luminosity. If you’ll be cycling in winter most of the time or overcast days, go for a yellow or clear lens, ideal for low light conditions.

FAQ

Do I need to think about impact resistance sunglasses?

Top cycling sunglasses have thicker lenses (about 2mm thick). They offer better impact resistance than regular plastic lenses.

What is the benefit of wrap-around sunglasses?

Sunglasses that wrap around your face cover more area. This prevents more sunlight, wind and debris from entering your eyes.

Final Thoughts

There you have it – the best cycling sunglasses in 2021. Focus on choosing a pair of sunglasses that meets your budget, size, lens, technology and your preferred style of cycling. For us at Altitude Sports, our top pick POC Devour Sunglasses – Unisex performed exceptionally well in every category that we tested. Now it’s time for you to order your next pair of cycling shades. See you on the bike!