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Review: Oakley Radarlock Path sunglasses

Ultra-quick lens swaps added to top-quality clarity and comfort – a boon for everyone who rides and runs in variable conditions

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
£175
Oakley Radarlock Path sunglasses

When shopping for sports sunglasses, Oakley Radars will be on most people’s shortlist due to the optical clarity, comfort and performance they’re justly renowned for.

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However, with other models in the Oakley range already sporting lockable lenses, it was only a matter of time before the Radar got a similar upgrade. Step forward then the Radarlocks, featuring a small catch on the inside of the left arm that uncouples the frame and allows the lens to be quickly removed and replaced.

The technique inevitably takes a few goes to get the hang of, but once mastered – we found some good explainers on YouTube to supplement the supplied instructions – it becomes almost effortless. Two lenses are included as standard – one for low-light conditions, the other for bright light. Our pair came with some very effective ‘Ice Iridium’ lenses for sunny conditions, along with a clear lens.

The Radarlocks come in three varying shapes – the XL, the Pitch and the Path. Despite being the smallest in the Radarlock family, the Paths we tested still gave excellent eye coverage and minimal intrusion on peripheral vision. All Radarlocks also feature slimmer arms than their Radar predecessor, helping them fit more easily under helmet straps.

Negatives? There’s no getting away from the price – they start at £175, with extra lenses from £30, though as mentioned you do get two lenses included at purchase. If you’re in the market for top-quality eyewear to protect your peepers when on the bike or run, these are a superb buy.

When shopping for sports sunglasses, Oakley Radars will be on most people’s shortlist due to the optical clarity and comfort they’re now renowned for.

However, with other models in the Oakley range already sporting lockable lenses, it was only a matter of time before the Radar got a similar upgrade. Step forward then the Radarlocks, featuring a small catch on the inside of the left arm that uncouples the frame and allows the lens to be quickly removed and replaced.

The technique inevitably takes a few goes to get the hang of, but once mastered it becomes almost effortless. Two lenses are included as standard – one for low-light conditions, the other for bright light. Our pair came with some very effective ‘Ice Iridium’ lenses for sunny conditions, along with a clear lens.

The Radarlocks come in three varying shapes – the XL, the Pitch and the Path. Despite being the smallest in the Radarlock family, the Paths we tested gave excellent eye coverage and minimal intrusion on peripheral vision. All Radarlocks also feature slimmer arms than their Radar predecessor, helping them fit more easily under helmet straps.

Negatives? There’s no getting away from the price – they start at £175, with extra lenses from £30, though as mentioned you do get two lenses included at purchase. If you’re in the market for top-quality eyewear to protect your peepers when on the bike or run, these are a superb buy.

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