Review: Oakley Radarlock Path Vented, Tour de France Edition
I have a pair of Oakley Racing Jackets that I have really liked. I have really dark lenses for afternoon rides, medium gray lenses that are perfect for leaving right at dawn and riding through mid morning, and I have clear lenses for dark rides (5:00am starts in the winter). The lenses change easily and the frames have held up great, but I wanted some variety.
I started looking at the Radarlock Path because one of my buddies rides in them and he loves them. I picked up the TDF version, and here are my thoughts:
The TDF specific motif sports three stripes on the frame, one for each of the jerseys handed out for GC, Sprint, and KOM winners. But what about the white jersey? I guess the entire white frame represents that. I had to explain the stripes to someone and had no answer for the lack of representation of the white jersey, but whatever.
The two lenses that come with these are great, and are both etched with the TDF logo. The lenses are OO Red Iridium Polarized and VR28 Black Iridium. Neither is overly dark, but I have already ordered a clear lens to accompany them.
These are lighter-weight than my Racing Jackets. The top of the frames sit higher than the Racing Jackets too, so when I am crouched and looking up to see forward my view is less obstructed by the frames.
The lens changing process required a search for a YouTube tutorial, and the lens requires some tender pushing as opposed to the drop and clip Racing Jacket lens swap. Time will tell whether or not this process becomes easier.
I recommend that you try them on in a store at least before buying online because there is also a Radarlock XL which has a taller lens, so that may fit your face better.