Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Best Cheap Sunglasses for Ironman Triathlon

Sunglasses are an important part of my cycling as they protect my eyes from harmful UV rays as well as objects like bugs, stones, and wind. With that being said, there is nothing more frustrating than buying a pair of $250 sunglasses only to scratch them, sit on them, or lose them.

When it comes to triathlon cycling sunglasses the most important thing is a rimless design. Most cycling sunglasses are not designed for triathlon because they have rims and those rims block your field of vision when you are tucked in the aero position. Not only do rims block your vision, but they are also less aerodynamic as you have to raise/lower you head to see at times and this movement increases drag and slows you down.

Simply put, if the sunglasses aren't rimless, I am not using them for triathlon. I also want sunglasses that offer full protection from UV rays and impact, have great optics, and are cheap and light.
Tifosi Podium -
Honorable mentio

My current recommendation that meets these criteria are the Crews Rubicon. Crews Rubicon cost about $10 and at the price I don't stress over something happening to them.

At their core Crews Rubicon are actually safety sunglasses designed to protect the eyes of workers and thus meet all the required safety requirements for impact and UV. However, their rimless design make them great for triathletes and allow for full viewing of the road without a rim in the field of vision. They offer great optics, come in a variety of stylish colors/tints and are lightweight.

Some other cycling focused sunglasses that are rimless but more expensive include: Tifosi Podium and Smith Optics Pivlock V2.

Smith Optics Pivlock V2 -
Love this sunglass but is 10x the price

Product Links:
Crews Rubicon
Tifosi Podium
Smith Optics Pivlock V2
My own Rubicon in 'Fire' and 'Emerald'



5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review -- I've found the same thing with glasses. Have used the Elvex Xenon utility glasses with a lot of success as well. I'll probably try out the Rubicons too.
    Take care!

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  2. Bought the Crews. Wore them at Muncie and they worked great. Sturdy, comfortable, stayed put. I pretty much forgot I was wearing them, resulting in one less thing to worry about. My plan was to remove them on the run but for the reasons stated above I wore them to the finish.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. Glad you like them :)

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  3. Any magic to the different colored lenses? One better than another?

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    1. Meh they are all nice. I am partial to emerald though.

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