Product review: Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses

In my quest to find the perfect sunglasses for cycling, I jumped at the chance to review these little beauties from Oakley. The arrival of my new Radarlock Sunglasses coincided with the sudden — and very welcome — arrival of the hottest British summer since 2006, so I've been wearing them pretty consistently for the past six or so weeks. Here's a brief rundown of what I think of them.


What I like about Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses

  • They look good — and very sporty. The model I tested had white frames but they come in other colours too, including black, red and blue, so you can choose whatever takes your fancy.
  • They fit snugly — there's no slippage at all, even in the sweatiest of conditions.
  • They are incredibly lightweight, so you almost forget that you are wearing them. Admittedly, I've not worn them longer than 45 minutes at a time, but in the past I've worn other types of glasses that have left red angry marks on the bridge of my nose and created pressure point pain on my ears in that amount of time, but that's definitely not the case with these glasses.
  • The lenses can be interchanged. My model came with green lenses (as pictured) and clear yellow lenses. The green lenses are perfect for bright, blinding conditions, particularly when I'm cycling to work and catch the sun as it rises, and again on the journey home when the sun is low in the sky. I haven't been in a position to wear the yellow lenses (yet) but I expect they are very good for low-light conditions, particularly if you simply need eye protection rather than avoiding sun glare.
  • Oakley's registered trademark "Plutonite lenses" offer perfect vision and filter out 100 per cent UVA/UVB/UVC light and other harmful light. And because they wrap around the face they also offer side protection against sun and wind.
  • The sunglasses and interchangeable lenses come in a lightweight but sturdy case, complete with lens cloth and material bag. I've found the material bag comes in very handy, particularly as I don't always have the space in my bike bag to carry the case.

What I don't like about Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses

  • The instructions for interchanging the lenses are not easy to follow. I had to get someone else to help me, but once I'd mastered the system — you flick a "switch", push in the nose bridge, then walk out the lens — it was very quick and easy to do. And the lenses really do "lock" in, so there's no risk of them falling out or moving around once they're in place.
  • Wearing the green lenses on my daily commute makes it difficult to make eye contact with drivers — they simply can't see your eyes behind those mirrored lenses!

Overall opinion

Quite frankly, these are the best sunglasses I've ever worn — but then they are also the most expensive sunglasses I've ever worn. But you get what you pay for: they look good, feel great and offer superb all-round vision and eye protection. I particularly love that you can switch the lenses — once you've mastered the technique — to suit the conditions.

Where can you buy?

You can order Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses from the Sunglasses Shop. There is currently a Tour de France special edition frame available priced at £174.25.

My sunglasses were supplied to me for review purposes by Sunglasses Shop.