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I often read product reviews and am constantly annoyed as you always have to scroll through pages and pages of the review to figure out what the reviewers verdict is of the product. I'm not going to do that.

VERDICT: The Oakley EVZero Path Prizm Road sunglasses are the best sports sunglasses I've ever owned. Buy them.

PROS:

  • Lightweight
  • Unobstructed view - rimless design offers wide field of view; no top-frame gets in the way of lines of sight
  • Crystal clear vision - vibrant colours amplified to create clear, bright image

CONS

  • Fragile - downside of no frame and lightweight is they feel very fragile
  • No interchangeable lens

Let's Take a Closer Look

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In my humble opinion, the EVZero Road are the ultimate triathlon glasses I have been looking for.  The EVZero incorporates Oakley's lightest sport performance frame, with a beautifully absent top-rim that creates a clear, unobstructed range of view across the entire lens.

Features include (source: Oakley):

  • PRIZM™ is a revolutionary lens technology that fine-tunes vision for specific sports and environments. See what you’ve been missing. Click here to learn more about Prizm Lens Technology.
  • Three-Point Fit holds lenses in precise optical alignment while eliminating pressure points
  • Unobtainium® earsocks and nosepads increase grip with perspiration for a no slip grip
  • Plutonite® Lenses offer top UV Protection filtering 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm
  • O Matter™ stress-resistant frame material is both lightweight and durable for all-day comfort and protection
  • O Matter™ stress-resistant frame material is both lightweight and durable for all-day comfort and protection

No more kinked necks!!!

Well, at least as a result of your sunglasses.  I'm not sure about you folks, but rimmed sunglasses always had me lifting my neck up a bit when I was riding low or in the aero position. The reason: my frame created an obstruction that reduced my vision.  Annoying and not to mention potentially dangerous.

With the EVZero this problem disappears.  In the past few weeks riding with these sunglasses, I've noticed reduced soreness on my shoulders and neck when riding for longer periods of time and increasing comfort in the aero position.  Not to mention, the security of feeling a little more safe not having to worry about something being blocked by my frame on the glasses. With a huge field of vision, everything is clearly in front of you no matter what position you're riding in.

IMG_0968 (2)Comfort & Fit

Oakley's lightest sports frame? I can't speak to the accuracy of the claim itself, but I have no trouble believing it. These frames are ridiculously light, to the point where you often forget that you're wearing sunglasses at all. Again, thanks to the rimless design, the only thing adding any weight other than the lens is the arms holding the glasses to your face. And while we all thought the Morpheous sunglasses from the Matrix were bad ass, I'll take the added weight for the security of them staying glued to my head. Maybe some day I can be more like Morpheous....

That being said, there are a few downsides of the rimless design. The glasses do feel flimsy. I find myself being very careful with them as I maneuver them out of the case and onto my head as well as when I clean the lens.  I haven't had any issues yet, but I'm being pretty darn cautious. It also means no interchangeable lenses ... not a deal breaker for me but could be for some.

One last comment on fit. I love how the lens wraps around and hugs my face. It creates an incredible field of vision and protects against the wind from creeping up into the lens and drying out my eyes (an issue for me, a contact wearer). You can really feel the wind wrapping around the glasses at higher speeds, something I've noticed helps keep my vision clearer (compared to my other sunglasses), in particular when going down hills.

Vision

There isn't much to say here except - exactly as advertised. You can read about Oakely's Prizm Lens Technology hereFrom my experience, when Oakley says that the "lens enhance your vision in both bright light and shadows, helping riders spot changes in the texture of the road surfaces", they are telling you the truth. It is hard to explain or demonstrate it, but the lenses do make the scenery "pop", giving you a much better view of the path you're travelling.

Recommendation

If you're in the market for new sunglasses, definitely give these ones a shot. Great for running and cycling combined, they hopefully won't disappoint; they certainly have impressed me.

 

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