Cheap vs expensive cycling glasses: what’s the difference?

A pair of 100% sunglasses on the left, and dhb on the right
(Image credit: Courtesy)

However much or little you spend on your cycling sunglasses, they’re all going to do much the same thing: keep your eyes protected from bugs and dust and, depending on the lens tint you choose, provide appropriate shading for the conditions.

All cycling sunglasses will also have to meet the same minimum standards, including UV protection and shatter resistance too, assuming they’re sold legally where you live. Likewise, there’s no reason to spend on flashy features if you don't need them, for example, if you always ride in daylight the option to swap out to a clear nighttime lens may not be that important to you.

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Paul has been on two wheels since he was in his teens and he's spent much of the time since writing about bikes and the associated tech. He's a road cyclist at heart but his adventurous curiosity means Paul has been riding gravel since well before it was cool, adapting his cyclo-cross bike to ride all-day off-road epics and putting road kit to the ultimate test along the way. Paul has contributed to Cyclingnews' tech coverage for a few years, helping to maintain the freshness of our buying guides and deals content, as well as writing a number of our voucher code pages.