One of the most important components of sunglasses is a pair’s ability to make it feel like they’re not even there. The same is not true of all the other riders, who will naturally be jealous of your eye protection selection.
New designs from Scicon, Smith and Rudy Project all promise to deliver the peak of performance for cyclists of all stripes, along with head-turning detail that is sure to wow the crowd.
Scicon Aeroshade Kunken
Among the latest sunglasses to hit the market (they just launched Thursday) is Scicon’s new Aeroshade Kunken.
These sunglasses feature a fully customizable Flexfit nose pad and ventilation gaps in the lens that will keep a rider cool and ensure fog doesn’t accumulate.
If these look familiar, it’s likely because you’ve seen them draped over the face of Tadej Pogacar, a cyclist of some renown. He wore the shades during his win at Il Lombardia last year.
If that isn’t enough flash, the lenses of the new Aeroshade Kunken add a bit more.
In either red or black, the Kunken has a monogram lens that features an exterior Scicon logo pattern that is completely invisible to the wearer, but prominent to everyone else.
The sunglasses make definitely make a statement and are available in four frame colors and seven lens colors for MSRP $220.
Smith Optics Bobcat
Smith Optics’ newest full-coverage frame, the Bobcat, is designed for things like enduro, gravel grinding, or tackling snowy conditions in the backcountry.
It’s not entirely dissimilar to Smith’s Wildcat, but it features a smaller fit and more lightweight feel that still brings solid coverage and good airflow.
The Bobcat’s lenses are made with ChromaPop to sharpen details across varying terrain. They also have a bonus clear lens and a no-slip fit to keep them in place when things get chunky.
The bobcat comes in six color options, along with an additional six lens colors. They are available for MSRP $209 to $229.
Rudy Project Tralyx+
Rudy Project’s Tralyx+ and Tralyx Slim+ features a more streamlined frame compared to the wider footprints of the Bobcat and Aeroshade Kunken, but it still meets all of the performance criteria.
With two models of slightly different sizes, the Tralyx+ and Tralyx Slim+ will fit well on a wide range of face shapes.
The ear stems are made with an extended moldable inner wire to get a custom fit for added comfort, along with an adjustable nose piece to get things even more dialed.
For those with prescriptions frames, both models come with an optical insert.
The Tralyx+ comes in 10 colors for an MSRP of $210. The Tralyx Slim + is the same price but only comes in seven colors.