Oakley’s latest Sphaera glasses leave a little to be desired ahead of the Tour de France and Olympics

Excellent optics, but poor fit, discomfort, and cheap feel let them down

Oakley Sphaera
(Image: © Will Jones)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The usual amazing Oakley optics but in a package that doesn't match the brand's usually high standards


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    Brilliantly clear, distortion free lenses

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    Absolutely unshakeable retention


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    Poor build quality

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    Arms uncomfortable on long rides

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    Some occasional fogging issues

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Oakley has a pretty exhausting product launch frequency. It seems every year we are either treated to a new model, or a limited edition (usually a more vented sub-model) in the run-up to the Tour de France. Olympic years are even bigger for the sports eyewear giant, with its products gracing not just the faces of cyclists, but rowers, runners, sprinters, jumpers, throwers… anyone, really. It’s latest model, the Sphaera, is not simply taking aim at the top spot of the list of the best cycling glasses, but it also has to be a good multisport offering too.

I’ve had a set of Sphaeras on the go for a while now, in a Tour de France edition colourway (more on that later). As a pair of cycling glasses, it certainly has its perks, but my view is that, especially at full price, there are better options for the cyclist in the range of Oakley cycling glasses, or from other brands. Still, if you are curious, read on to find out all the highs and lows. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aesthetics I'm not a huge fan of the looks, and the build quality leaves a lot to be desired, I'll accept that looks are subjective though.6/10
Field of visionDecent, but the upper frame is sometimes in view and the lower lens stops too high7/10
Lens performanceThe lens itself is excellent. Clear, useable across a huge variety of light conditions, and distortion free10/10
Comfort and retentionIncredible retention, second to none, but at the expense of comfort on long rides7/10
Value for moneyFor the price these don't offer what many cheaper glasses, even from Oakley, offer5/10
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 70%

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.