Oakley Crossrange – Prescription Riding Glasses

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Prism lens prescriptions really narrow down your options for riding glasses, as you can’t have a single wrap around lens. Amanda has found a solution that works for her.

Everyone has an embarrassing ‘I used to believe in…’ or ‘I used to think that…’ story. I have many. I was in my twenties when I realised rabbits don’t lay eggs (thanks, Easter). Less innocent was my belief that if you wanted your eyes to focus on something, you had to force it.

Photoshop of what I see without glasses

My entire life I have had two images that I manually pull together if I need something to be sharp like, oh, I don’t know, the road ahead? The words I’m reading? When tired I would really struggle, and often get lazy and just close one eye to turn off the second image. Well it turns out WOULD YOU BELIEVE, that this isn’t how eyesight works. I was 31 when I made this discovery, at the same time as being told by an optician not to drive, ride a bike, or use machinery until my glasses arrived. He also advised that he had never dealt with such a high prism prescription before and there’s no way contact lenses could ever work for me.

Come in a sleeve and a hardcase, with spare arms and noses

Prescription Sports Glasses Checklist

It took me a while to find some riding glasses that ticked all my requirement boxes:

  • Big lens for the prism to work best
  • Framed, because I don’t like the thought of glass piercing my cheeks if I crash
  • Passable as sunglasses, because I can’t afford day frames, riding frames AND sunnies
  • Available on finance, because this prism lens isn’t cheap
  • Lastly, they needed to suit me!
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Review Info

Brand:Oakley
Product:Crossrange
From:Planit Opticians
Price:£130 before prescription
Tested:by Amanda for 12 months

Amanda Wishart

Singletrack Art Director

When Amanda arrived at Singletrack she had only been riding for a couple of years, but having already ticked off a healthy list of uplifts and races including Megavalanche, we didn’t see any problems with her keeping up. Previously serving 11 years in a publishing house, she was keen to continue her art and design career without being tied to a desk, and has progressed as both a rider and a designer from all the fresh air Calderdale offers.

She began mountain biking to keep herself occupied out of snowboard season, but bikes have since taken over as the preferred sport. It’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle, and the impact riding has had on Amanda’s life is more than just how she chooses to spend her weekends. Relocating to Calderdale, giving up driving, being more eco aware are all either directly or loosely related to the sport and the future of it.

Her love of bikes isn’t for the adrenalin rush, the exercise, achieving goals or even the travelling, it’s mostly about the people she meets along the way. She’s our in-house tree hugger and is interested in any earth positive products and vegan trail snacks.

Comments (9)

    If, as you suggest with your comment about glass piercing your cheek, someone has dispensed you a glass lens instead of a much more normal and widely used, far safer and cheaper plastic lens for MTB, please take them back and get them changed at the Opticians expense.
    I’m a Dispensing Optician and I would consider it utter lunacy to dispense a glass lens for MTB.

    Liked the article, what is the total cost with prescription lenses ? I ride in my normal glasses, but have always wondered….

    Thanks.

    Do you mean polarised lenses (as stated) or photochromatic lenses? Polarised ones block out a portion of the lights wavelength, do reduce glare from reflection, photochromatic get darker when exposed to sunlight.
    I don’t think you can get polarised photochromatic lenses…

    I’m sure amanda means photochromic.

    Btw.Polarised doesn’t cut out any particular wavelength – it merely cuts out the light that is entering at a different orientation to the orientation of the polarsation of the lenses. (Think of it like a series of slots – the light waves in the same orientation as the slots will pass through..but if the waves are ‘across’ the slots then those don’t pass through).

    Try looking at a car radio LCD display with polarised glasses on – often looking at it one way will be fine but tilt your head enough it will go dark !

    keithb – yes, i’m quite sure amanda means photochromic, not polarised. but she might mean both. you *can* get polarised photochromc prescription lenses, google ‘drivewear’. prices are from insane up. i have a pair (in oakley currency frames) & they’re brilliant, my go-to glasses for all outdoor activities.
    theycallmejerry – as for glass lenses, yes, that would be crazy. i try to spec trivex for my riding glasses (the lenses in the oakley currency frames are trivex). they make aircraft windows out of trivex, nuff said. polycarbonate is also good. anything else, forget it – you don’t want to be otb’ing wearing glasses that can break.
    binman, if you can afford it, special glasses for riding will change your life. do expect to have to provide your children’s souls tho. however, you don’t *have* to have oakley frames, which keeps the cost down a bit. i have a pair of excellent sunnies using rad8 frames (reviewed by st a couple of years ago) with prescription lenses (polycarbonate, mirror finish, sharp!) from my optician (not rad8) & they weren’t quite as crazy expensive as the same thing with oakley frames & lenses would have been (hmmm, £400 instead of £600).
    to put my experience in context, my prescription is fairly fierce, tho not, i suspect, quite as radical as amanda’s (maybe). for me, good glasses aren’t an extravagance. in a straight choice between my glasses & food, i’d keep the glasses.

    I did mean photochromic, I constantly get these words confused and apologise for this not being spotted. I’ve updated it! I’m very new to glasses and lens options, as mentioned in the article this has been forced on me by a very fast deterioration of my eyes.
    (I always get the words white and yellow confused, which as an Art Director is even less ideal than this error!)

    How clear do they / can they go? Can you wear them at night?

    As an side, the endura photochromic glasses I bought have never changed colour 🙂

    I’ve used reglaze glasses direct to put photochromic lenses in Oakley chain links. They are varifocals with quite a strong prescription – too strong to get Oakleys own prescription lenses or contacts. Price was about £300 including frames – you buy the frames yourself and send them off to have the lenses replaced. They go totally clear and I can wear them at night. I’ve used optilabs in the past as well and would recommend either – much better than inserts that I have also used.

    I can also recommend Rad8 glasses as a good value prescription option. They are really good at resisting fogging up too with the coating that they use.

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