- Excellent coverage
- Protected and cozy in shape
- There are greater looking pairs out there
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The Rapha Professional Staff Frameless sun shades place to the test
Degree with me, what are you looking for from a pair of sunglasses? If you’re expending £100+ you can be quite self-confident they’re heading to healthy easily and be sturdy adequate to warrant the expenditure, whichever brand or model you’ve chosen. Thus, the two most crucial questions are usually: do they glimpse excellent? And do I come to feel superior carrying them?
The Rapha Pro Group Frameless sunnies price tag £110, £40 less than my bicycle, so it now does not subject how slow my 50km loops as a result of central London are, I come to feel like I may possibly as effectively be in the professional peloton. When stopped at website traffic lights I sit nonchalantly on my stem as if on the start line of stage 16 of whichever Grand Tour I’ve graced with my existence, the significant lens (bigger than a pair of Oakley Jawbreakers) suggest if I hold my mouth shut no-one particular will see how used I am, catching my breath just before sprinting absent earlier the commuters as soon as the amber gentle flicks on for a race they have no thought they are competing in.
So yes, these glasses achieve the much sought-after bug-eyed look of the pros, and the subsequent unearned sense of superiority over other two-wheeled road users. The feel good factor gets a big tick.
“Only my eyes can show the suffering” reads the Fausto Coppi quote inscribed on the inside of the case. In other words, you will never get close to the accomplishments of the Italian great so these expensive glasses will make you feel good in a different way. BUY THEM.
Rapha refuse to pick a fight with nature, however, including interchangeable nose pieces for an adjustable fit, giving respect for the fact our noses are all made equal yet unique.
Are they the most aesthetically appealing pair of sunglasses ever? They’re less divisive than Oakley Sutros, more inconspicuous than the sci-fi-ready Jawbreakers, and certainly less cumbersome than Rapha’s Full Frame version of the Pro Teams. The purple/green lens is the most fun of the available colourways, but their corresponding dark navy frame’s fade on the arms is a touch dated. The black pair would be an inoffensive option were it not for the white fade.
The benefits of the frameless model is improved venting, although one colleague says his experience compared with wearing the full frame version is that the lack of plastic skirting board meant nothing stopped the sweat dripping off the front of his helmet and onto the lens. I didn’t experience either the glasses fogging up or the dreaded sweat-drip, although that could be down to a lack of application rather than functional design.
If you’ve got £110 to drop on a pair of sunglasses you’ll only wear while riding your bike, these will do the job. Cheaper than similar offerings from Oakley or 100%, you could even give the leftover money to a charitable cause. Then you’ll feel good on the outside and the inside.
A high-performing, durable, and comfortable set of riding sunglasses that’ll give you that pro feeling. There might be more stylish options out there though