GEAR GROUPTEST

“Sum­mer’s here and the rid­ing is easyyyyy…” Yes, it’s that time of year when it’s time to roam the ur­ban jun­gle adorned with stylish sun pro­tec­tors

Urban Cyclist - - Contents - Words: War­ren Ros­siter Pho­tog­ra­phy: Jesse Wild

Eight pairs of cycling sun­glasses for sum­mer style and pro­tec­tion, from as lit­tle as £30

The Ti­fosi Ha­gen XL Bronze Po­lar­ized Clar­ion XL is sim­i­larly shaped to Oak­ley’s Sliver XL, with a semi-Way­farer look that’s slightly squared off. The frame fin­ish is pre-worn and a good match to the pre-aged brown-bronze frame. Clar­ity is su­perb and, de­spite fea­tur­ing ba­si­cally flat lenses, they’re qual­ity on the bike, shield­ing both sun and wind pro­fi­ciently and not fog­ging too se­verely when work­ing hard. The 27.5g weight com­bined with proper sprung metal hinges are qual­ity touches, and they stay put on the most er­ratic ter­rain. In­cluded in the price is a hard­case and soft clean­ing bag-come-pouch, mak­ing th­ese one of the best-value pairs of sun­glasses on test.

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