RxSport Staff Summer Picks

It’s getting towards the middle of summer (apparently!). We asked the team to choose their favourite frames of this season!

Here’s what we chose!

Fil (aka Optical Man) – Office Manager:

Favourite frame – 100% Type S

The Type-S looks and feels great both on and off the bike. I really feel it bridges the gap between style and performance. It’s a classically styled frame which is packed full of technical features including their HiPER lens technology. The full-wrap design provides protection from light and reduces movement on your face, while the rubber coated nose pads and temple arms offer great fit and comfort!

100% Type-S Sunglasses
100% Type-S Sunglasses – Soft Tact Slate / Grey PeakPolar

Stacey – Sales Assistant Extraordinaire:

Favourite frameRed Bull SPECT Wing 3

I love how versatile the frame is – at first glance, they’re a really nice casual frame and you could get away with wearing them as an everyday pair. On the other hand, they are extremely lightweight yet sturdy and the Dual Temple system “wing” make them perfect for running or cycling. The ultimate sports-lifestyle frame!

Red Bull Wing 3 Sunglasses
Red Bull Wing 3 Sunglasses – Matte Black / Smoke Polarised

Johnny – Cycles a bit and writes these blogs:

Favourite frameRudy Project Spinair 59

One of the most underrated active-lifestyle frames out there! They’re so cool and I love the double bridge, it adds a bit of spice to my life! Rudy Project lenses are amazing too, the clarity is excellent and the Navy/Red combination works so well.

Rudy Project Spinair 59 Sunglasses
Rudy Project Spinair 59 Sunglasses – Matte Navy Blue / Multilaser Red

Paige – Dispatch/Marketing whizz:

Favourite frameDragon Hype

They are the perfect everyday pair of sunglasses. I have them in prescription, they are super lightweight and comfortable to wear. The clarity of the lenses is amazing! I usually suck with keeping glasses in one piece, so these are perfect as they are sturdy and fashionable!

Dragon Hype Sunglasses
Dragon Hype Sunglasses – Tortoise / Lumalens G15 Gradient

Zoe – Dispensing Optician/Problem Solver:

Favourite frameRay-Ban Erika

The Erika is a timeless style and because it is so light, I sometimes forget I’m wearing it! Perfectly compatible with prescription lenses to so it is very versatile. Ray-Ban lenses are beautiful and some of the new colour combinations are so stylish! 

Ray-Ban RB4171 Erika Sunglasses
Ray-Ban RB4171 Erika Sunglasses – Gloss Black / Light Brown w/Gold Mirror

Mark – The web guy (not spider-man):

Favourite frameOakley Flak Draft

I’m always trying to get out and about after work and at the weekends and I find the Flak Draft is the perfect frame for my activities! I use them for golf and for running and they’ve never let me down; a perfect frame for sports in my opinion!

Oakley Flak Draft Sunglasses
Oakley Flak Draft Sunglasses – Matte Black / Prizm Daily Polarised

Callum – The eyewear guru:

Favourite frameRay-Ban RB4228

Who can go wrong with Ray-Ban? They’re very lightweight so perfect for those long laid back days in the garden. Ray-Ban’s polarised lenses work a treat and in my opinion are among the best around!

Ray-Ban RB4228 Sunglasses
Ray-Ban RB4228 Sunglasses – Black / Green Polarised

Take a look at the entire range of Sunglasses

Road Testing the Red Bull SPECT Pace

Recently we teamed up with Red Bull SPECT Eyewear to give away a pair of their brand new performance sunglasses. Luckily, we also got our hands on a pair to test out!

Here’s what we got up to!

We tested the Red Bull SPECT Pace – Matte Black / Bronze Mirror (Pace-003). They come with an awesome zip-up case, microfibre bag and a replacement clear lens for low light days or night riding.

Pace Accessories
Accessories include a zip-up case, bonus lens and a microfibre bag

The first thing you notice about the Pace is the weight. They weigh in at only 30 grams so they give a featherweight feel on your face. Being able to adjust the temples and nosepiece really helps you to customise the fit, especially with a helmet on.

Their party piece is the Patented Floating Lens System which works like a treat on rough country lanes!

“By detaching the lens from the frame, the effect of a free-floating lens is created. The flexible properties of the frame allow the lens to bounce up and down freely when subjected to shocks. The technology thus takes weight off the wearer’s nose for ultimate comfort.” – Red Bull SPECT

Floating Lens
The Floating Lens System makes a huge difference on rougher terrain

With a big nose like mine, this new tech is hugely appreciated! It made a massive difference when riding over rougher tarmac and through potholes. My feeling would be it is a perfect choice for cyclocross or gravel rides!

Lenses

The clarity of the lenses on the Pace is excellent and really rivals that of some of the hard hitting brands of the sports eyewear world. This comes from SPECT eyewear. Working with a brand with over 40 years experience in design and manufacture of lenses, you can really feel the attention to detail.

I used the Red Bull SPECT Pace on a bright sunny day in early May and they did not disappoint. The bronze mirror on the pair I tried gives a slight contrast boost which was most welcome when riding through shadows. The lens is dark enough to give great protection on a bright sunny day and also offers enough contrast for when the sun gets lower.

Bike-sun
Rides in the early summer sun!

Our Opinion?

If you’re after a new pair of cycling sunglasses then they are a great choice! All of the tech has slightly flown under the radar but it really comes into its own when you have them on your face. Not many performance frames come packed full of tech for this price and even less come with a big case and a replacement low-light lens!

There are some drawbacks, Red Bull SPECT isn’t the most fashionable brand out there and we don’t yet have optimised lenses but if you can get past that then there’s a new kid on the block that’s waiting to be explored!

With prices starting at only £111.99 for the Pace and Flow models, you’d be hard pushed to find a performance frame with this spec for less!

Take a look at the entire range of Red Bull SPECT Sunglasses

Oakley Prescription Lenses Reviewed

Grant Williams has very kindly reviewed his Oakley Prescription sunglasses. Here’s what he had to say about his prescription Oakley Field Jackets!

For more than a decade I have combined various Oakley glasses with contact lenses for cycling driving and skiing. I thought this was the optimum combination, until deciding to try a prescription lens, initially for road cycling.

 

Road Cycling
The weather called for socially distant rides!

My positive experience of Oakley eyewear prompted a desire to buy into their prescription lenses. By uploading my prescription details into RxSport’s website, I received confirmation that my prescription requirements could be achieved from an Oakley lens.

 

Oakley create prescription lenses (with various performance traits) for many of their frames designed for sport. Although I already owned frames that prescription lenses are available for, I wanted to experience new design features, which they did not include. I chose to pair my new lenses with the Oakley Field Jacket.

 

Field Jacket
Oakley Field Jacket Prescription Sunglasses

On placing an order with Rx Sport UK, an email confirmation dropped into my inbox shortly after, and my new Oakley glasses arrived within the quoted delivery period. (Rx Sport UK were really helpful in doing everything possible to achieve delivery in time for a cycling holiday).

 

The Oakley prescription lens provides me with excellent visual clarity. This performance is complemented by the stability of the Field Jacket, which remains constant over rough road surfaces, sections of which are barely paved.

 

Road cycling
Transitions lenses are ideal for brighter days too

Given the ease of use and performance of these glasses, I decided to seek out something specifically for use in lower light conditions and riding at night. On reviewing my options, and talking these through with Rx Sport UK, I chose the Oakley prescription Brown Transitions lens.

For me, the Oakley Transition lens, with a brown tint is a fantastic option to have alongside the Black Iridium (or Prizm Black) lens. The visual clarity is excellent, and the transition from brown tint to clear, makes it suitable for a broad range of light levels.

 

Having used the Transitions for several months, these are the ones I reach for when the conditions are predominantly cloudy or for riding into late evening. Given the versatility of the Transition lens, I also decided to try it whilst riding my mountain bike.

 

MTB
Contrast enhancing prescription Transitions lenses are perfectly suited for shaded woodland trails

Part of the feedback provided by RxSport UK, confirmed a feature of the brown tint is the potential to add definition to surface texture. This certainly corresponds with my experiences whilst riding, as the lens performance assists being able to counter subtle pitting in macadam surfaces, or to interpret an intricate root matrix weaving across an off-camber, narrow trail.

 

MTB Image 2
And even better when the tight trails open up!

So, would I want to completely commit to using the prescription lenses I now have, for all the riding I do? For the road, yes. However, for mountain biking, personally, I will use the Transition lens with brown tint for virtually all the off-road riding I do. When conditions are really wet and muddy, I will switch to non-prescription glasses with contact lenses. This is simply because the Transitions are vital for my road cycling, and I wish to reduce the chance of the wear and tear that harsher, off-road conditions may cause.

 

For that reason, I will add an Oakley Flight Jacket Prizm Trail to my collection…..Plus they look pretty cool too!

 

Flight Jacket
He’s not wrong, they do look pretty cool!

Take a look at the entire range of Oakley Prescription Sunglasses

Introducing the 100% Hypercraft

100% Hypercraft. Feel Nothing. See Everything

Introducing the 100% Hypercraft, the next evolution of sports eyewear. A unique UltraCarbon frame for incredible strength at a remarkably light weight. A laser-cut cylindrical shield lens delivers a wide field of vision and the eye protection of shatterproof polycarbonate. Superior ventilation channels have been aerodynamically positioned into the lens to allow ultimate airflow and help stop fogging up while riding.

UltraLight. UltraPerformance. UltraCarbon. Featuring UltraCarbon technology, the frameless 100% Hypercraft sunglass is lighter, stronger and more dynamic than any performance shield on the market.

Hypercraft UltraCarbon

 

The Hypercraft’s frame is made from UltraCarbon – an interwoven mix of carbon fibre and nylon – to create the lightest and strongest construction. The result is a pair of sunglasses weighing an incredible 23 grams, offering barely-there feel paired with unbeatable performance.

100% HiPER Lens Technology

HiPER is a proprietary high-definition lens technology designed to ramp up contrast, amp up colour and enhance detail so you miss nothing on your ride.

The human eye perceives three primary colours – red, green and blue. But vision can begin to distort where these three colors overlap. 100% HiPER Lenses filter out these crossovers, resulting in greater contrast and even more vibrant colours. By ramping up the contrast, riders can experience depth-defining vision with unmatched perception to feel every detail of terrain before commanding past it.

Other features:

  • Designed in California – handcrafted in Italy with French optics
  • Streamlined Laser Cut Rimless Shield – with superior ventilation positioned with aerodynamic angles
  • Hydrophobic & Oleophobic Lens treatment – repels water, dirt, and oil
  • Scratch-resistant Lens coating – of the highest quality
  • Complete full-spectrum UV Protection – incl. UVA, UVB & UV400 wavelengths
  • Ultra-grip Rubber Nose and Temple Tips – to provide a secure fit
  • Ultra lightweight of 23 grams– offers ultimate performance with minimal weight
  • 5.5–Base Cylindrical Shield Lens– for increased peripheral view and protection
1005 Hypercraft Matte Metallic Into the Fade

Take a look at our entire range of 100% Sunglasses

Where Sport Meets Fashion

Sport and fashion is the name of the game here at RxSport & Tortoise+Black.

Have you visited our sister site, Tortoise+Black yet? If so, maybe you’ll have seen this weeks showcase of some sports lifestyle crossovers on their social media channels.

It’s a well known fact that we like our big oversized sports frames here at RxSport but the T+B team have raised us their Gucci’s and Stella McCartney frames as excellent alternatives!

The Crossover

Big oversized sports frames have an awful lot of similarities with some of the frames developed from the worlds leading fashion houses. Recent fashion trends have really shown this and some of our favourite sports frames have been worn by some of the biggest names in fashion.

Here you’ll find some of our picks for frames that look as good off the bike as they do on it. People want to stand out so what better way to do so than with a bold statement from your eyewear!

The Oakley Sutro has been one of the best selling frames of 2020 and for good reason! It is one of our favourite sports frames but it has more in common with the Gucci GG067S than we might think!

RxSport’s Top Picks

As selected by the guys in the office, here’s our picks of sports lifestyle crossover frames for this season from our huge range of sports brands!

 

100% Glendale – Shop Now

Oakley EVZero Blades – Shop Now
Smith Wildcat – Shop Now

Tortoise+Black’s Top Picks

The hot debate rages on, the T+B team have had their input and this is what they have come up with from some of the leading names in fashion!

 

Gucci GG0663S – Shop Now

Versace VE2140 – Shop Now

Stella McCartney SC0196S – Shop Now

Take a look at our entire range of sunglasses on both of our sites – RxSport & Tortoise+Black 

Oakley Field Jacket and Flight Jacket Product Insight

Whether it is online, or in print, I love to read and research about what is new and happening in the world of cycling, especially when it comes to kit!

During 2018, I started to see images and snippets of information about the Oakley Field Jacket and Flight Jacket. The pre-release photos confirmed both forthcoming glasses were large in format and striking in appearance. This is something I really like from both an aesthetics and performance perspective. Combine this with a long-standing positive experience of Oakley glasses, and my interest was already sky high!

After a little more product research, I learned that the design of the new glasses had been influenced by Oakley’s study of rider’s eye movement. This identified a potential improvement in uninterrupted view if the upper area of the frame was moved from its usual position.

It was not long before I was trying them both for fit and checking out the features. Visually, the two are quite different, both having their own individual, contemporary style. The Field Jacket has a full frame, and the Flight Jacket has a half frame, positioned at the base of the lens.

Oakley have also incorporated a slick way ventilate the glasses. At the front of the nose bridge there is small lever or switch (Oakley call this the “Advancer”); flick this down, and the frame is drawn forward. This enables the rider to switch additional airflow on and off, to control cooling and/or ventilation.

The arms of both the Field and Flight Jacket can be adjusted in length. This is achieved by switching sections of the arm to suit your fit. These are supplied with the glasses.

I have a medium to large face, and the fit and feel of both the Field and Flight Jacket felt very good and secure, with no need for me to fine tune. The Advancer is easy to locate, and after a few attempts, locating and switching is no problem,

So which did I go for? My heart, and the more flamboyant side of me said Flight Jacket, but the pure versatility of the Field Jacket won on the day…..well at least for now!

For me, the Field Jacket is close to the Flight Jacket for uninterrupted vision, plus it has a prescription lenses option. Changing lenses is relatively quick and easy.

To purchase the Oakley Field Jacket in a prescription lenses option, I initially contacted RxSport UK by telephone, and talked through my product choice, ordering and anticipated time to delivery.

Placing an order via their website was also extremely easy, and my prescription details are now saved to make future ordering even easier (details can be updated any time, if necessary).

My glasses arrived just in time for a week-long trip of cycling in Wales. The Field Jackets with prescription lenses (Black Iridium Polarised) performed perfectly, and almost one year on, my experience remains the same.

I have recently bought another set of Field Jackets, incorporating Oakley Transition prescription lenses. It is early days, but my initial impression is, they are excellent.

In my next article, I will give a more detailed insight in to my two sets of Field Jackets, as well as deliberate whether I should add a set of Oakley Racing Jacket’s to my collection?

Take a look at the entire range of Oakley Prescription Sunglasses

RedBull SPECT Enters Cycling Market

One of the most iconic and recognisable brands on the planet has joined forces with a premium eyewear manufacturer to create some ground-breaking new sunglasses fit for their time. Red Bull SPECT was born through a collaboration with Austrian eyewear brand SPECT and the iconic Red Bull brand.

Partner this exceptional combination with the release of a brand-new sports-specific frame and you’re onto a winner!

 

By detaching the lens from the frame, the effect of a free-floating lens is created. The flexible properties of the frame allow the lens to bounce up and down freely when subjected to shocks. The technology thus takes weight off the wearer’s nose for ultimate comfort. This shock-absorbing technology is as innovative as it is effective!

A perfect vision is key to great achievements. V°MAX optimizes airflow and reduces fogging. The air intake slots allow for air passage behind the shield to prevent fogging. The air outlets on the temples guarantees a constant circulation.

The ventilated lenses are easily interchangeable due to Red Bull SPECT’s S°LOCK quick change system. Adapt to changing weather conditions by swapping the lens in the split of a second. Select models of the Flow & Pace come with an additional clear lens for low light conditions.

To ensure an even more comfortable fit, the frame is highly customizable. The nose pads can easily be moved into the desired position, so the frame will leave no traces on the nose even after hours of hard workout. The temples of the frames can also be adjusted to the optimal position to fit comfortably under your helmet.

Take a look at our entire range of Red Bull SPECT Sunglasses

New Collection – Dragon Sunglasses

Illuminate Your Life

It’s a new decade so a new era for RxSport & Dragon. This season we are stocking a brand-new range of Dragon sunglasses that are packed full of tech and look as smart as they perform. This new range features models such as the ultra-stylish Baile which has been designed in conjunction with World Champion surfer, Mick Fanning, a pretty good combination if you ask us!

Plant Based Resin

It isn’t just new styles where Dragon have excelled this year. With a greater impetus on renewable materials and saving the planet; Dragon have developed their very own Plant Based Resin.

“Plant-based resin is a natural bio-based plastic, a smarter and much cleaner alternative to standard petroleum-based plastics. The material we use comes from castor bean oil, a highly resilient and renewable plant resource. It creates plastics that are strong, light, and durable while reducing our carbon footprint and ultimately, our impact on the planet. “

Dragon XP Collection

Featuring 3 all new collections specifically developed to help you in some of the toughest environments found on earth.

Hydra Collection

The Hydra Collection is built to adapt. Created using a lightweight low-density thermoplastic frame and featuring a detachable floating leash as standard on all XP Hydra models, this range of sunglasses float! Don’t think that because they are built using a lightweight material that they aren’t hard wearing! The Hydra collection includes performance polarised lenses to cut through glare while on the water and a unique recessed lens design that helps to prevent lens scratching from salt water.

Dragon Equinox X Sunglasses – Shop Now
Dragon Mariner X Sunglasses – Shop Now

Terra Collection

Adapt to your environment with the Terra collection. All XP Terra frames come as standard with replacement lenses for low and medium light conditions. Don’t get caught out, the Terra frames have a quick-change lens system so you can replace lenses on the fly. Also featured on this range is an ergonomic fit system that includes adjustable and ventilated nosepieces as well as full adjustable wire-core temples.

Dragon Ridge X Sunglasses – Shop Now
Dragon Tracer X Sunglasses – Shop Now

Glacia Collection

One of the harshest environments on the planet requires a superior product. The XP Glacia collection includes detachable sun shields for extra peripheral protection against the brightest sunlight as well as interchangeable cable temples for an even more secure fit when the treks get tough. With ventilated nose-pads & temple tips for better security and grip, this collection is packed full of technology to support your adventurous side.

Dragon Latitude X Sunglasses – Shop Now

Lumalens Technology

With Lumalens Technology standard across the board with this new range of Dragon Sunglasses, the great outdoors never looked so good. These high-quality lenses, paired with Dragon’s eye catching new styles offers a new approach to sports and lifestyle frames and we love it here at RxSport!

  • Precise Depth Perception – Lumalens technology filters out light that is attributed to haze & glare, improving your depth perception
  • Reduced Eye Fatigue – Improving visual definition across the full visible light spectrum helps your eyes adapt and sharpens your vision
  • Colour Optimisation – Incredible colour dimensions are added to your visual field, like seeing in HD
  • Clarity – Illuminate your life with Lumalens; it amplifies light that intensifies clarity and provides a smoother visual experience.

Take a look at our entire range of Dragon Sunglasses

Staff Picks Winter 2019/20 – Laura

It’s that time of year again, winter has well and truly arrived at RxSport and we’re kicking off the season with some of our teams top picks! Up first is Laura!

Roxy Loden Helmet – Lightweight ladies helmet with active venting and a soft removable and washable liner. At a great price too!

Dragon X2S Goggles Scaled down goggle suited to smaller faces but still with great tech. Armoured venting, fab Lumalens lenses and swift lock for quick lens changing on the go. And you get two lenses as standard!

Atomic Savor GT Amid Helmet – Tri-Brid Construction, AMID and HOLO Core technology to keep you protected from all angles. A super tough and safe helmet with great tech and at a fab price!

Julbo Camino Sunglasses – A great all-rounder for a range of winter sports and perfect for small to medium faces. A nice wrapped frame with removable side shields. Also available in prescription with Julbo authentic lenses.

Salomon Cosmic Goggles – A super light weight and low profile goggle for glasses wearers. The Cosmic fits over glasses without causing any pressure points and it comes with the fab Sigma lens technology to offer you great views of the mountains.

Check back soon for even more of our teams top picks!

Egan Bernal – What Sunglasses Does He Wear?

At just 22 he’s one of the youngest ever winners of the Tour de France and also the first Colombian ever to win the race.

With his own team Geraint Thomas saying he could easily become one of the greatest ever cyclists over the next few years’, there has certainly been a lot of attention on him over the last few weeks.

One question we’ve been asked a lot is, what sunglasses is he wearing? This is a question we’re more than happy to answer.

Much like Geraint Thomas and his Oakley Racing Jackets (now discontinued), Egan Bernal is never seen without his bold style of eyewear. The Oakley Sutro.

New to RxSport in 2019 it’s a frame that has really impressed road cyclists on both the professional circuit, but also at an amateur level. Drawing inspiration from modern lifestyle shapes, the Oakley Sutro sunglasses flaunt sport performance that dares to be different with a striking shield lens looking great on and off the bike.

Discover the Oakley Sutro collection at RxSport