For more than 30 years, cheap Oakleys has been offering cycling glasses that are out of the ordinary. Many champions have worn models of cheap Oakley sunglasses.
All of them wore fake Oakleys with very flashy colors and which had the distinction of having foldable branches.
The Italian brand offers the Shot Evoluzione 2, a model inspired by this mythical model of the 90s but brought up to date with a revised design and new screens, but still with foldable branches.
Sold $150, the Cheap Oakleys comes with two screens (a “blue mirror” category 3 for sunny days and a category 1, “Polar Pink” for overcast weather.
There is also a soft case in the box that also cleans the Cheap Oakleys glasses, and a rigid carrying case for safe travel for the glasses and the screen replacement.
The Blue Mirror screen benefits from NASA’s Nastek technology. Thanks to this process, the screen is able to filter 98.9% of the blue light and improves the contrasts.
In addition, the flexible structure of the screen allows a perfect fit and improves protection against shocks. Indeed, compared to what the competition offers, the screen surprisingly exhibits flexibility.
The screen has a very generous surface that should provide excellent protection, both UV radiation and various projections facing a cyclist (chippings, insects, …).
Forcibly, when it is a child not even 2 years who decides to try the glasses, it’s very bulky!
The nasal support is, as it should be, adjustable. The weight of the glasses is 29g.
The knockoff Oakley sunglasses, like the Shot model worn by runners in the 90s, has branches that can folded.
This saves a little space for storing the glasses in their case. But the other advantage is that the branches, folding, have multiple notches and you can tilt more or less the screen when you wear the Shot Evoluzione 2 on the nose.
It is thus possible to slightly tilt the screen forward so that the top of the frame is a little further from the front, so it delays the flow of sweat on the screen.
On the road
No doubt, these glasses ensure full eye protection thanks to their widescreen and panoramic design.
The eyes are perfectly protected, whether sun, various undesirable but also drafts. Wearers of lenses with relatively dry eyes, you can ride in total comfort with this model.
The contrast enhancement promised by Nastek technology is not as good as a polarizing lens or the replica Oakleys Prizm technology.
Being able to tilt the screen slightly with folding arms helps to limit the appearance of sweat on the screen, which is a plus on hot days or in a climb collar.
The screen change is quite difficult. The screen is flexible, but it still takes a lot of “twist” to get out of the mount. To see what it gives in time to the wear level.
The pink screen shocks on the first kilometers. Of course, we see life in pink, but one must get used to it. The contrasts significantly improve, which is a plus in overcast weather, in the rain, or with fog.
A flat, however, the relative fragility of screens. After 3 or 4 cleanings with paper tissues (which I do with all my glasses), micro scratches appeared. Not annoying for the vision, but it still translates a screen treatment lighter than the average.
Apart from the fragility of the screen (prefer a cleaning with microfibres) and the design that will not please everyone, these foakleys have at least the big advantage of offering unparalleled protection thanks to its wide panoramic screen.
At the price of € 150, they are in the average foakley sunglasses of this type provided with two screens.