Oakley Kato sunglasses review

With Oakley’s Prizm Road tech and a unique mono-lens design are they any good, or just a bold style statement?

A red pair of glasses sits on a laptop. The lens colour shifts over the nosepiece
(Image: © Will Jones)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Excellent optics, bold style, but a little breezy


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    Excellent lens optics

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    Secure fit

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    Adjustable with multiple nose pieces

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    Brilliant peripheral vision


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    Sweaty nose

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    Air gets behind the lens at speed

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    Arms don't play well with helmets

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Sunglasses are becoming ever-bolder in their designs in recent years. Long gone are the days of riders wearing diminutive two-lens options (unless your name starts with G and ends with -eraint Thomas). Shield-style glasses are de rigueur at the moment, thanks to both their ability to create a bold style statement, and the performance benefits of a bigger field of view and added shielding from the elements. 

Although big shades have been around since the 80’s with the Oakley Eyeshades they fell out of favour until, in my view, Oakley released the Jawbreaker in collaboration with Mark Cavendish. Now Cav has again teamed up with Oakley to develop an even more visually striking pair of cycling glasses, with a unique lens that covers the nose. 

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Will Jones
Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. There are very few types of cycling he's not dabbled in, and he has a particular affection for older bikes and long lasting components. Road riding was his first love, before graduating to racing CX in Yorkshire. He's been touring on a vintage tandem all the way through to fixed gear gravel riding and MTB too. When he's not out riding one of his many bikes he can usually be found in the garage tinkering with another of them, or getting obsessive about tyres. Also, as he doesn't use Zwift, he's our go-to guy for bad weather testing... bless him.

Rides: Custom Zetland Audax, Bowman Palace:R, Peugeot Grand Tourisme Tandem, Falcon Explorer Tracklocross, Fairlight Secan & Strael