Review: Oakley Tour de France Special Edition Sunglasses

Eyewear is an essential piece of gear for any rider. While their main purpose is protection from debris and the sun, it can be stated that style on the bike plays a huge role in which pair of glasses we pick.

The new Oakley RadarLock Mark Cavendish Signature Series sits at the top of the list in all categories. The technology, fit and style are top notch, setting the standard for all other glasses in its category. Here's why.

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Overview

Matching the Manx Missile's bid for another green jersey in this years centennial edition of the Tour de France, Oakley has made a very good looking pair of Jade Iridium lenses to match Cavendish's unique style. Along with the Jade lenses (for bright light), the glasses also come with a G40 set of lenses for lower light and cloudy conditions.

Along with the special edition lens (with a Mark Cavendish logo etched in), the set comes with a hard case, a custom cycling cap made by Rapha for Oakley, and a soft case with a Cavendish print that can be used for cleaning.

 

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Best Features

The quality of the lens is what sets Oakley apart from the rest. The optical clarity in these glasses is nothing short of magnificent, and that includes how clear they stay when things get hot on climbs (no fogging at all). In fact, they are so clear and so light that I had to check to make sure they were still on my face after a few hours of riding.

The style here is also hard to argue with. The green edition glasses are some of the coolest I've seen, and if you don't like the color there are plenty of other options to match your favorite kit.

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Marc Lindsay

Marc Lindsay is the Cycling Editor at Active.com. When he's not at work, you can find him riding his bike. That is seriously all he does.
Marc Lindsay is the Cycling Editor at Active.com. When he's not at work, you can find him riding his bike. That is seriously all he does.

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