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 

The Oakley Sutro arrives at RxSport. Oakley’s Visor-Style sunglasses designed for urban riders

For summer 2019 Oakley have launched their hotly anticipated Sutro sunglasses. A single lens shield design that is bang on trend with other brands such as 100% and Smith Optics.

They’ve certainly not skimped on the technology either, with Prizm technology in their lens for colour and clarity enhancing. A frame made of durable, yet lightweight O Matter paired with Unobtanium nosepads makes for a solid frame.

The shield design provides great coverage and protection and both sunlight and whatever weather and debris is thrown your way.

Take a look at the Oakley Sutro collection.

Retro Sports Frames Are In!

As many of you will probably know, in 2016 we launched a second website, with it’s main focus on the fashion and luxury side of eyewear and prescription eyewear – www.tortoiseandblack.com.

We’ve noticed a distinct trend for Spring Summer 2019 and wanted to share it with our RxSport readers. With brands that include Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent all producing frames that are inspired by that retro sports style, it’s something to feel all nostalgic about. Whether you’re taken by one of our favourites, the Gucci GG0462S that looks as if it’s ready for a bit of après-ski time…

Here’s several other frame styles from Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and Saint Laurent that could certainly earn themselves a place in your sunglasses collection.

If you really want something that makes a statement, why not check out the Tom Ford Atticus. A full wrapped, trio lensed statement piece.

Why not head over to www.tortoiseandblack.com and take a look at our second site, it’s something we’re really proud of.

Introducing The Latest Bolle Sunglasses

Introducing the latest styles from Bolle for this season.

Ada

New to the Bolle collection for 2019 the Ada is a perfect versatile frame for all occasions. The feminine design and colour availabilities offer a stylish frame for ladies whilst still being strong and sturdy to support an active lifestyle.

• Lightweight & optically precise Polycarbonate lenses
• Carbo Glass coating for extra protection
• Hydrophobic & Oleophobic lens treatment
• Anti-Reflection coating to help eliminate glare

Shop Bolle Ada

Frank

Brand new for Bolle in 2019, the Frank is a perfect mix of bold lines and sharp angles to offer a modern lifestyle frame. Available in a range of colourways and lens options so you can find your perfect pair to suit your lifestyle.

  • Lightweight & optically precise Polycarbonate lenses
  • Carbo Glass coating for extra protection
  • Hydrophobic & Oleophobic lens treatment
  • Anti-Reflection coating to help eliminate glare

Shop Bolle Frank

Cobalt

True mountain heritage combines with a modern shape to create Cobalt. With removable injected side shields and available with Phantom lenses for a true hybrid product. From peaks to streets, Cobalt is your best ally.

  • Hybrid frame perfect for mountain sports and lifestyle use
  • Vented side shields offer your eyes ultimate protection and can be removed easily when needed
  • Anti Fog treated lenses finished with an anti reflective coating offer you crystal clear views
  • Hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings keep the lens free of dirt, grease and water spots

Shop Bolle Cobalt

Shifter

Inspired from the famous Bollé Chronoshield model, the Shifter is packed with simple yet progressive features to enjoy the ride. Curved temples, vented lens & Phantom lenses have made Shifter the natural choice for the AG2R La Mondiale pro cycle team.

  • Shield lens design with full-rim protection, designed for cycling
  • Anti Fog treated and vented lenses ensure to offer perfect vision.
  • S-Curved temples provide ultimate comfort and perfect helmet integration.
  • Hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings keep the lens free of dirt, grease and water spots

Shop Bolle Shifter

Brecken Floatable

One of Bolle’s latest active lifestyle frames is now floatable. The Brecken’s imposing rectangular design not only looks tough, but performs excellently by using sports-grade materials, including polycarbonate lenses.

  • Rectangular-shaped active lifestyle frame by Bolle
  • Floatable frame perfect for water activities
  • Fitted with lightweight, impact resistant, sports-grade polycarbonate lenses
  • Flexible yet durable injected nylon frame material provides superior fitting comfort

Shop Bolle Brecken Floatable

 


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Introducing The Latest Oakley Sunglasses

Introducing the latest styles from Oakley for this season.

Forager

Forager is a lifestyle sunglass loaded with performance features designed to keep up with the adventures of the day. – Oakley

Oakley Forager

  • Wrapped active lifestyle frame with stylish round lenses and double bridge
  • Lightweight O Matter frame material delivers all-day comfort and durability
  • Unobtainium nosepads provide a comfortable and secure no-slip fit even when wet
  • Premium impact-resistant Plutonite lenses block 100% of harmful UV
  • Suits a medium to large adult fit, includes microfibre bag

Our View: Oakley Forager sunglasses make the difference for active lifestyle enthusiasts in search of a frame that will take them everywhere in style. An eye-catching round lens shape is crafted from lightweight durable O Matter material with no-slip nosepads for a comfortable fit without compromise.

Shop Oakley Forager

Frogskins Mix

Frogskins Mix takes a fresh approach to the brand’s most iconic lifestyle sunglass, Frogskins, with the added sophistication of stainless steel temples. – Oakley

Oakley Frogskins Mix Sunglasses

  • Redesign of the Frogskins frame featuring stainless steel temples for a sleek edge
  • Lightweight, flexible and durable O Matter frame front keeps the fit comfortable
  • Softened square lenses create an easygoing look suiting any face shape
  • Unobtainium-coated temple tips give a secure, no-slip fit even when wet
  • Suits a medium to large adult fit, includes microfibre bag

Our View: Taking a style icon back to the drawing board, Oakley’s Frogskins Mix sunglasses amp up sophistication with sleek stainless steel temples giving an edgy finish to this timelessly fresh design.

Shop Oakley Frogskins Mix

Latch Alpha

Latch Alpha presents a bold lens shape and double bridge architecture crafted by blending die-cast aluminium with high density Unobtainium in a frame that clips to your shirt, raising the bar of style. – Oakley

Oakley Latch Alpha Sunglasses

  • Premium metal frame crafted from die-cast aluminium, featuring rugged square shaped lenses
  • Features the Latch mechanism to clip the frame onto a shirt when not worn
  • Durable high-density Unobtainium coating on the temples provides a unique finish and no-slip fit
  • Premium Plutonite lenses give complete UV protection and essential impact resistance
  • Suits a medium to large adult fit, includes microfibre bag

Our View: Latch Alpha is Oakley’s latest iteration of a popular design. Die-cast aluminium is sculpted into a daring masculine shape, featuring the iconic Latch mechanism to clip the frame onto your shirt to raise the bar of style.

Shop Oakley Latch Alpha

Mercenary

Designed to stand out, Oakley Mercenary has upped the sport-performance eyewear game with a sleek, double-bridge architecture and a larger, rounded lens shape merged with innovations built to perform. – Oakley

Oakley Mercenary Sunglasses

  • Wrapped sports performance frame featuring halfrim lenses and stylish double bridge
  • Sleek frame architecture crafted from lightweight yet durable O Matter frame material
  • No-slip Unobtainium nosepads deliver a secure, comfortable fit even when wet
  • Large premium Plutonite lenses provide excellent lens coverage and impact protection
  • Suits a medium to large adult fit, includes microfibre bag

Our View: For athletes looking to push their limits in style, Oakley Mercenary sunglasses come to the fore with a wrapped shape and large half-rim lenses featuring an aggressive cut for a uniquely rugged edge.

Shop Oakley Mercenary

Sutro

Designed with performance in mind, Sutro gives cyclists a bold and versatile look that they can confidently wear on and off the bike. – Oakley

Oakley Sutro Sunglasses

  • Lifestyle-inspired shield sunglasses suitable for a wide range of sports
  • Oversized Plutonite shield lens provides complete UV protection and impact resistance
  • Lightweight yet tough O Matter frame material delivers form-fitting comfortable wear
  • Unobtainium nosepads increase grip with sweat to keep the fit secure even during exertion
  • Suits a medium to large adult fit, includes microfibre bag

Our View: Drawing inspiration from modern lifestyle shapes, Oakley Sutro sunglasses flaunt sport performance that dares to be different with a striking shield lens looking great on and off the bike.

Shop Oakley Sutro

 


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Brand In Focus 2018 – Anon

Anon

From progressive design concepts to technical executions, Anon ensures that every product meets the demands of the top snowboarders in the world while delivering an unparalleled riding experience and style statement.

Helmets

Anon helmets pick up the baton from RED – keeping standards as high as you’d expect from the Burton Snowboard family. Innovative blended helmet constructions, plus collaborations with BOA fit systems and MIPS technology, show that Anon mean business. Technical expertise has been blended with Anon’s renowned artwork, allowing riders to express their individual style.

Raven and Highwire

One for Hardshell enthusiasts.

“The men’s Anon Highwire helmet features Endura-Shell construction for long-lasting durability and strength. The sleek, low-profile design with a classic brimmed look incorporates venting throughout to keep goggles clear and maintain comfort all day long.” – Anon

Like many brands, Anon create a women’s specific version of their helmets. Therefore the Raven is born from the Highwire. So what makes the Raven different? Not only do they come in a unique colour range,

Auburn and Invert

After a helmet that’s lightweight and has a modern design – that’s exactly what you get with the Invert from Anon.

Looking for a women’s specific helmet? You’re in luck. Anon have taken the Invert and created a women’s specific version – the Auburn. What makes it different? More feminine colour options, fleece lined ear pads and inner lining.

“The women’s Anon Auburn helmet features MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) for the safest protection against angled impacts. In-Mold shell construction offers the best in comfort with a sleek, low-profile fit and performance. Multiple vents throughout keep goggles clear and maintain comfort all day long.” – anon.

 

View the full collection of Anon helmets available at RxSport

Goggles

For over a decade, Anon has challenged the competition by pushing the limits of design, style and technical execution. Art and design is incorporated into every component. By fusing proven performance with progressive aesthetics, Anon take it further to give riders what they need.

M4 Toric Goggles

Utilising the latest in lens technology, Anon’s M4 Toric features a new lens curvature which is optimised for ventilation, peripheral vision and helmet compatibility. Paired with the outstanding optics offered by Zeiss’ Sonar lens technology – the M4 Toric goggles are one of the outstanding designs of this winter.

“The Anon M4 goggle offers the most precise helmet-to-goggle fit with maximum field of vision, SONAR by ZEISS clarity, powerful magnetic lens retention, and the unprecedented versatility to switch between toric and cylindrical lenses. Toric lens technology mimics the curvature of the eye for superior optics, enhanced peripheral vision, and maximized venting for fog-free vision.” – Anon.

Did you know, all M4 Toric Goggles also come with a magnetic facemask (as shown below).

M4 With Face Mask

 

Although at present we only offer the M4 Goggle with a Toric lens out of the box, we stock both the Toric and Cylindrical lenses as spare lenses.

View the full range of Anon Goggles available at RxSport


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