The Oakley Radar EV Path Photochromic Sunglasses improve upon the original Radar® with a taller lens for a field of view that extends higher, resulting in increased comfort and better peripheral vision. The lightweight, durable O Matter™ frame material is styled in a geometric design that is distinctly Oakley, and Unobtanium® earsocks and nosepad increase their grip with perspiration so they stay in place under any conditions.
The HDO® Plutonite® lens is precision manufactured to eliminate distortion for optical clarity like nothing else, and industry-leading impact protection resists both high-mass and high-velocity collisions. The Path model is super versatile, and features a smaller lens compared to the Radar EV Pitch to compliment more face sizes.
In this version, the photochromic lens transitions from Clear to Black Iridium with exposure to sunlight, keeping your eyes adjusted and ready to tackle the road ahead, no matter what nature throws at you.
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Steel - Clear to Black Iridium Lenses
Mfg PartNum: OO9208-13
I was anxious about ordering these as I was hoping to replace multiple se eyewear with just a single pair of glasses and I wasn't sure how well the photochromatic function would work. My typical rides start early morning when light is low or it is still dark. I couldn't be happier with the ways these worked out. Virtually clear on dark or low light, the photochromatic function adjusts subtly as the light increases. I hardly am aware of the change until I realize it's pretty light out and yet I'm not squinting or bothered by the brightness. Some of my weekend rides will extend closer to midday hours and these still provide enough shading to keep my vision comfortable. They don't get super dark like traditional sunglasses are, but for cycling I actually prefer the level of brightness these maintain. I always feel like my vision is enhanced while wearing these no matter what the light conditions are.
For context, typically wear sunglasses all the time when outdoors and my daily sunglasses are pretty dark.These Oakleys never get super dark, rather just dark enough to temper the sunlight and keep visibility optimized.
If you do all your rides in the midday sun and prefer a darker lens, these may not be for you. But if you're looking for a pair of glasses that work seamlessly in a variety of light conditions, are super comfortable, and high quality, I highly recommend the Radar EV Path.
I primarily bought these sunglasses for biking in early mornings with very low light. I want to protect my eyes from bugs, dust, tree branches, etc. so biking without eye protection isn't great. I love the lenses because they change color very fast. I even wear these sunglasses as safety glasses when mowing the lawn and using a string trimmer. My only gripe with these are the arms are very tight to the head, so I can't wear them for extended periods like my other Oakleys. I also wish Oakley made interchangeable lenses.
Bought these for the photochromic lense as 80% of my riding is early(ish) mornings when the shadows along tree lined roads make it difficult to differentiate what's what. They do the job! Surprisingly, really liked the slightly taller profile. Allows for better coverage when in aggressive position without have to crane the neck so much.
Ideal for rides that move between shaded and brighter conditions. Lenses adapt quickly. Lots of my rides are on heavily wooded hills where traditional dark lenses are too dark for the shady sections. Pricey withhigh quality optics.