POC Propel Sunglasses review: Great visuals, and some free watts too

POC is the first to aero optimise your sunglasses, seemingly without any real drawbacks

POC Propel
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Aero optimisation is the headline but doesn't actually matter when wearing them. The actual experience of wearing the POC Propel sunglasses comes down to an excellent lens, adjustable fit, and great looks. You might notice some internal reflections though you’ll want to steer clear of the Fluorescent Pink/Uranium Black Education First colourway.


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    Clarity lens is fantastic for contrast

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    Customizable arm length

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    Multiple nose pad sizes included

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    Dirt/grease Repellent coating is one of the best

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    Clear lens included


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    Badly designed case

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    Internal reflections are sometimes visible

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    Bottom of frame is visible while riding

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When Will Jones wrote about the best cycling sunglasses, he started by talking about how important the fashion aspect is. It's a sentiment I couldn't agree with more. The right glasses tie your whole look together. Keep reading though and Will also talked about how the best glasses have to be more; honestly, that last part is something I've struggled with a bit. 

Tech Specs: POC Propel Sunglasses

Price: €249 / $250

Weight: 29g total, 11g for frame only

Colour options: Frame options are Uranium Black w/Violet Silver Mirror CAT 3, Hydrogen White w/Violet Silver Mirror CAT 3, Purple Quartz Translucent w/Violet Silver Mirror CAT 3, Fluorescent Orange Translucent w/Violet Gold Mirror CAT 3, Fluorescent Pink Uranium Black Translucent w/Violet Gold Mirror CAT 3, Grey Translucent w/Violet Silver Mirror CAT 3 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aestheticsI’m a fan of aero informed design aesthetics.10/10
Optical clarityOne of the best on the market but the lower bit of the frame can sometimes be distracting and there’s an occasional reflection from the back.9/10
Comfort and fitIf you have a larger face these might not work but they fit perfectly and I love that you can adjust the length of the arms.10/10
Lens changing procedureNo one seems to have created the perfect solution here but I’d call this about par for the course.8/10
ValueNot at all a budget option but top shelf models from every brand cost about the same. The lenses are pretty expensive though and Scicon has the free replacement system for damage that POC does not.7/10
OverallRow 5 - Cell 1 88%

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx