15 Jun Oakley EVZero Path Prizm Review
Oakley EVZero Path Prizm Review
Firstly, to put our cards on the table, we’re not big sunglasses users here at Cyclespeed, often preferring unrestricted vision and an unencumbered head.
But eyes can dry out, insects are out there to get you, and let’s face it, they look cool.
Oakley has long been the manufacturer of choice for cyclists; excellent lenses, resilient and hard to break, cutting edge looks. But up until now they have not had minimalist, lightweight cycling glasses that still echo the cool look of Jawbreakers, et al. So step up the new Oakley EVZero Paths, which could be just what we’re looking for.
Very light, (24g) and frameless, these have cyclist written all over them. Down low in a tuck, you cannot see any frame and the fit is nice and tight to the face. Secure, too – these will not rattle off on your next Paris – Roubaix outing. Oakley do EVZero Paths and Ranges. The latter has a larger lens, that echoes some of latest glasses from Assos and Rapha, and not really to our taste. The Prizm is their top of the range lens, specifically designed for the road, that should help pick out surface detail.
So how do they work?
The fit is nice and snug and secure, no issues here. Comfortable too, although we haven’t yet used them for more than a 2 hour ride. There is a distinct colour change when you look through these; a bit darker, obviously, but also more depth to colours and easier to pick out detail, especially in bright light. Oakley also do a non-Prizm lens which presumably have a bit less definition. These are Prizm Road which are optimised for, yep, the road, as opposed to their ‘Golf’ Prizms, which are optimised, for grass! The idea seems to be that you can spot that pothole, or pile of gravel that bit sooner.
So all in all, an excellent set of glasses; light, fit and forget, and definitely adding a little something to your vision whilst cycling.
Price isn’t too bad either for Oakley’s. The RRP is competitive and we managed to get ours for significantly less. Beware though, at time of writing, stock seems to be very limited. Another problem is that if you want Prizm lenses you’re pretty much stuck with this red and white colour, so you may have to budget for a new helmet too……!
You can see all the different colours and prices here.