Where does one start when reviewing a pair of cheap cycling glasses? It is tough, let me tell you. I mean, if this were a £100+ pair of cycling sunglasses, it would be simple. I would start with the price (mostly questioning it, to be honest). However, these sunglasses – the B’Twin ST 100 Rockrider adult mountain biking sunglasses are not £100. They aren’t even £10. They are £3.99.
I know. Ludicrous, isn’t it. Perhaps that is the review. These sunglasses are £3.99. They fit on your face and make the sun a little easier on the eyes. You should buy them just because you are unlikely to ever find anything cheaper. That said, there are a few things worth mentioning.
The first is that these glasses are decent. They haven’t got the bells and whistles of the £10-20 glasses you can find that come with multiple lenses. But that’s OK, because these make up for that in other ways.
The next great thing is that they are super light. Like, you-can’t-even-feel-them-on-your-face light. This does have its drawbacks in that the arms of the glasses feel a little flimsy. However, we’ve put them under a reasonable amount of stress and they didn’t break, either under bending or being dropped.
Like all good cycling glasses, the lenses have got a wide profile, which means there is protection both in front and to the sides of your vision. The shading of lenses is fine, not so dark that you can’t see when inside, but not so light that they are pointless; and even though they are billed as MTB sunglasses, they would work fine for road cycling.
Interestingly for me, they look alright when worn. Personally, I find most cycling glasses don’t suit casual wearing. That’s generally ok, because most of the time you don’t want to wear cycling glasses casually. However, I find that in the summer time that I take two pairs of glasses on my daily commute. A pair for cycling and a pair for posing (or popping to the sandwich shop). These look good enough on that you can get away with not taking any others.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, they have 100% UV protection and are positioned as being for the occasional cyclist. But I disagree. I think these are great for the everyday commuting cyclist.
So there we go. A £3.99, cheap pair of cycling sunglasses that are perfect for the commuters and more than OK for weekend rides and sportives. They come in a range of colours, they look good and they cost next to nothing. My advice is to bulk buy as many as you can and then sell them for a profit at festivals.*
*This is a joke. At least I think it is. I don’t really know. I mean, they’re just so cheap yet really good for the price. They’ve got 4.5 out 5 stars from 600+ people. I can’t get my head round it. How do Decathlon stay in business?!