The Shimano Meteors are a well-made and good looking pair of sunglasses that do a good job pre- or post-ride and during low intensity riding.
- Pros: Good looking, good light protection
- Cons: No grippers on the nose or arms
The Meteors are essentially regular sunglasses with a few nods to cycling, making them a good option for relaxed rides and wearing off the bike. Their aviator style is pretty timeless, but rather than the thin wire that's become one of the main elements of traditional aviators, these use a thick and rigid Grilamid TR-90 material, which makes them more balanced and thus easier for riding.
The lenses are polycarbonate with anti-scratch and hydrophobic treatments, so they shouldn't mark easily and don't tend to steam up too much. They also offer strong UV400 protection. The dark lens colour means these are definitely glasses suited to bright sunlight rather than lower light conditions.
They're very much designed for casual use, so unlike most cycling-specific glasses they have no gripper on the nose or arms, so these are not going to be the best for long, sweaty rides, and I found that they had a tendency to slide down my nose when I was sweaty. However, when using them off the bike or for casual cruising this isn't an issue.
The glasses feel high quality, with reassuringly stiff hinges and a screw to make adjustments to them when needed. There are also some interesting design elements such as the black frames fading to a tortoiseshell design at the lenses and a metal Shimano logo outside the hinges.
There are some subtle nods to cycling, with the vent between the two lenses allowing air to flow behind the lenses so that when there is a little fogging when you stop riding, it quickly clears once you get going again. The arms slightly curving back in behind the ears helps keep them on your head well too.
An rrp of £39.99 is about where I would expect these glasses to sit; they're well made, with some cycling-specific elements, and can be found online for around £20. Our 'cheap sunglasses' guide (see below) goes up to £40, so you can certainly buy cheaper, but if you want the look and the quality, these are well worth a look.
Overall I was impressed with these glasses for casual use; they offer enough features to make them useful for riding, but still maintain the kind of looks that mean they won't look out of place in a beer garden.
Modern take on a classic style with some subtle features for casual cycling use
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Shimano Meteor glasses
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for
Protection from the sun/insects on casual rides or wearing off the bike.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Timeless aviator-style glasses for cruising around town of relaxing after a spin
Lightweight, strong and durable Grilamid TR-90 material
CNC molding for ultimate precision, symmetry, and quality
Dual injection molded, non-toxic TPE, temple tips
Strong, rigid, and lightweight Polycarbonate lens
Full UV400 protection
Hydrophobic coating increases water-repellency, keeps lenses cleaner
Special anti-scratch treatment
Includes an eyewear pouch; great for protection and lens cleaning
Well made, strong hinges, robust material, durable lenses.
Kept out the sun and looked good on and off the bike.
They seem well made and no reason to suspect they won't last. I expect I could drop them a few times without too much damage.
They don't have the same kind of grip as traditional cycling glasses so aren't necessarily as comfortable on longer or hotter rides, but for shorter rides and off the bike they are perfectly comfortable.
£40 for a pair of well-made and good looking sunglasses isn't bad.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed well. They kept the sun out of my eyes and have some nods to riding (casually) such as the subtle venting and protective lenses.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The venting is subtle but effective, especially for casual rides.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
More grip on the nose or arms would be nice.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A well-made casual style pair of sunglasses that do everything you need from them, both on and off the bike.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.