Sunglasses are, as any cyclist or runner knows, far more than a fashion accessory. Okay, so there are glasses that look great and glasses that don’t, but fundamentally what is required is a windscreen for your face that will tackle varying light levels and angles and are comfortable enough to wear through long hours of training or racing. The fact is that the Oakley Radarlock Pitch manage to perfectly combine both aesthetic desirability and outstanding performance…
Whilst tech spec and performance were no great surprise to TriGear – we’ll come on to specifics in a moment – the sleek looks did catch us off guard. For such top end sunglasses with matching price tags, Oakleys can – often do – look monumentally ugly to us. Their Jawbone and Racing Jacket models in particular always struck us as aggressively angular and frankly bulky, but with the stripped back Radorlock Pitch, Oakley have streamlined things considerably.
Despite still using their bespoke ‘Switchlock Technology’, which makes swapping lenses effortless and ridiculously quick, the Radarlock Pitch – unlike both the Jawbones and Racing Jackets – are frameless below the lens, making them both lighter and less intimidating-looking.
The reduced weight – a mere 30g – of course makes the Radarlock Pitch more comfortable too. There are no pressure points around the ears as, instead of hooking the ear, they merely rest above them gripping the sides of the head with the rubberised sleeves that cover the rear half of the arms. As a side note this rubberised material is something that Oakley have chosen to call ‘Unobtainium’ – which in itself is kind of brilliant in a Harry Potter way.
Back on track: Comfort is a personal perspective, but for us the glasses fitted perfectly, stayed put and remained comfortable for extended periods. However, despite plenty of options for tweaking the fit (including changeable nose pads), it’s still important to try before you buy – Oakleys of all stripe are an expensive investment.
The lenses – The Radarlock Pitch ship with two standard lenses, in the case of the ones we were testing Jade Iridium and VR28; the former for medium to bright light with a neutral lens tint for truer colour perception and an Iridium coating to reduce glare and the latter for less harsh conditions and when greater contrast is required. Both were vented options – a double vent to the top, outer edge), which worked well in preventing fogging and keeping everything clear as a bell. Despite the large wrap of the single piece lenses (lens, then?) there wasn’t even a hint of distortion even at the very periphery of vision. We expected nothing less from Oakley and it goes without saying that they filter out 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays…
Price? Well this is Oakley so the Radarlock Pitch will set you back a hefty £195, but there’s a huge degree of quality thrown in and, for once, great looks too. Tough as nails and, so long as you don’t leave them at transition, these are going to aid your running and cycling for a long time to come.
Further details of the Oakley Radarlock Pitch at uk.oakley.com