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Besides your helmet, a great pair of motorcycle sunglasses are absolutely necessary for a safe ride. Who better than the original Motocross grip company to trust your eyes with? Here are our top picks for the best Oakley sunglasses for motorcycle riding, in no particular order:
Oakley Gascan With PRIZM Polarized Lenses
The Gascan is a full wraparound frame with lenses cut from the same shield, giving you excellent all-around vision. Broad temples on the sides provide excellent protection from wind and debris that can fly up at high speeds.
Be sure to choose polarized lenses to help cut down on glare – no one needs an accident because you’re blinded by the midday sun reflecting off the road or shiny objects. PRIZM black lenses (pictured) work well for more visual contrast. Made from Oakley’s O Matter™ material, this pair is a workhorse that’s both durable and lightweight.
If you have a large head, consider the Fuel Cell, which is basically a roomier version of the Gascan.
Oakley Standard Issue Ballistic Shocktube
Finding a frame that doesn’t put pressure on the sides of your head can be a real challenge at times. If that’s you, consider the Shocktube, one of Oakley’s SI-division frames that meets ANSI and military standards for impact protection.
The ergonomic design features Oakley’s 3-point-fit, where the frame only touches your head at the bridge and behind both ears, preventing unnecessary pressure points. Grippy Unobtanium™ nose pads prevent slipping from sweat or rain, and Oakley’s top-tier Plutonite® lenses ensure 100% UV-protection from all the sun’s rays including blue light.
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL With PRIZM Road Black Lenses
A streamlined half-rim, the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is a great cycling frame, but works great for motorcycle riding too. The real edge with this pair are the PRIZM road black lenses, which create more visual contrast on pavement.
Unlike a straight up gray lens, the rose-colored base of the PRIZM road lenses makes everything more vivid, reducing glare and making objects “pop”. It is the darkest lens, with visible light transmission (VLT) of 11%, making it ideal for very bright conditions. For variable light conditions, you can also get it in a PRIZM road jade lens (15% VLT).
Oakley Jawbreaker With PRIZM Road Black Lenses
Another cycling frame that works quite well for riding your hog, the Jawbreaker is a super comfortable pair with adjustable temple arms that you can make longer or shorter to fit your head. The thin arms fit easily under helmets and the large shield design gives you full, unrestricted vision.
It’s excellent at blocking out wind, with just the right amount of airflow through the vents to prevent any fogging. There’s also a good size nosepiece with their Unobtanium™ material, keeping them snug and secure on your face. It’s nearly indestructible with it’s O’Matter™ plastic material and it’s easy to switch out and replace the lens if necessary.