OAK­LEY SLIVER XL PO­LAR­IZED

£ 140 uk.oak­ley.com

Urban Cyclist - - Gear Group Test -

Oak­ley is ar­guably nu­mero uno when it comes to sports op­tics, and while the Sliver XLs aren’t strictly a per­for­mance shade, they do in­cor­po­rate the su­perb Plu­tonite lenses that are 100% pro­tec­tive against UV A, B and C, as well as harm­ful blue light up to 400nm. The over­sized frame and deep lenses pro­vide unim­peded (by the frame) vi­sion on the bike, and the grip of the arms and nose shape pro­vide com­fort­able clamp­ing. They also don’t bounce over the rough stuff, even though they hit the scales at a fly­weight 24.1g, mak­ing th­ese one of the best pairs on test, es­pe­cially for larger heads. The only down­side is the paucity of ac­ces­sories – they come only with a soft clean­ing bag and an el­e­vated price.

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