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The Magicshine Windbreaker Polarized Sunglasses come from a company much better known for its well-priced bike lights – but its sunnies have an excellent lens, a low weight and a good build quality. And all at a very competitive price, too.
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Keeping in fashion with modern cycling glasses, the Magicshine Windbreaker Polarized Sunglasses have a large lens, which aids in excellent visibility and gives it a distinctive style.
It was apparent from the second I put these glasses on that the lens quality is excellent. The polarised lens reduces light glare and eyestrain through the use of a chemical that filters the light. In practice this means that only vertical light rays pass through the lens, so that reflections from water and cars are significantly decreased. This delivers a crisp and clear image and means that when you're riding, there's a lower chance of being temporarily blinded.
The glasses have quite a minimal frame, with vertically flexible arms to allow for contouring over your ears, and a minimal nose bridge, with a frameless design around the lens. This keeps the weight low but does mean the lens is non-removeable unless you take a screwdriver to the arms.
I found the glasses sat well on my face regardless of the terrain I was riding over. I wore these when I was mountain biking and even on fast descents I never had any fear of losing them. The combination of their low weight and the grip from the arms was a winning one, and they consistently felt snug and secure.
One issue I did run into was that the lens occasionally steamed up. My head gets quite warm when I ride, and if I stopped cycling while wearing the glasses I found they tended to steam up. This is a bit of an issue as the lack of airflow around the top of the lens meant they struggled to defog.
In the box along with the glasses, you get a hardshell carry case, a microfibre cloth and a microfibre bag, which means it's very easy to look after the lenses if they get dirty, and you can throw the glasses in a kit bag in their case without having to worry about damaging them.
It took me a while to get used to how these glasses sat on my face, as the nose bridge sits quite low on the lens, and in turn this means that the glasses sit quite high on my face. This delivers excellent coverage when you're riding hunched over in an aero position, but if you're riding in a more upright position you can see underneath the lens. It felt a little odd at first but once I got used to wearing them it became much less of an issue.
Magicshine claims that the glasses have an adjustable nose bridge, and after working out what it means, I feel that claim is slightly misleading. You can't move the nose bridge up and down the lens, but the bridge is slightly pliable, so you can bend it in or out depending on the width of your nose, to ensure a snug fit. It's a nice little bonus but I don't think it'll make much difference to most of us.
Having ridden with these in some heavy rain, I was happy to discover the lens was extremely hydrophobic, giving it a great ability to bead water off so that my vision wasn't left blurred and dangerous in bad weather. This beading quality means it is very hard for dirt to stick to the lens too, making it easy to clean the lens, using the microfibre cloth to remove dirt and smudges.
I'd personally have preferred a greater choice of colours, as you've only one option for the frame – black – and a choice of black or gold lenses. Black is a nice, stealthy option but more choices would help those of us who like to colour coordinate our cycling kit.
I found these glasses sat well in my helmet's vents with no issues about losing them. This is a huge bonus to me, as I feel too many manufacturers don't take this into account.
In use I felt the quality of the lens was comparable to that in the Oakley Sutro Glasses that David tested, which is very impressive for a set of glasses costing £59.99, compared to upwards of £130 for the Oakleys. Also, similarly to Oakley, the Magicshine lens seems to ward off scratches well, with the lens remaining unmarked during testing.
Similar priced eyewear that we've rated highly include the Endura Singletrack glasses that Liam really liked. These are around 20 quid dearer but come with three fog-resistant lenses: mirror, low-light orange, and smoke.
If you're on a tighter budget, the frameless Madison Stealth glasses have an RRP of £34.99 but are widely available for much less and also have the option of an RX insert for prescription lenses for just £4.99. Liam thought these were great for the money.
Overall, I found the Magicshine Windbreaker Polarized Sunglasses an absolute treat, with a top-notch lens and a high level of comfort, and I'd recommend these if you're looking for a well-priced eyewear upgrade.
A really nice set of classes with an excellent polarised lens and good comfort
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Magicshine Windbreaker Polarized Sunglasses
Size tested: One Size
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Magicshine says: 'WINDBREAKER, MAGICSHINE's first professional cycling sunglasses series with extraordinary optical clarity, is tailored for professional cycling and daily commuting activities.'
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Wraparound PC Lens: Provides complete eye protection.
UV400 protection: Impact-resistant lenses for 100% UV protection.
TR90 Frame: Ultralight and elastic frames made of TR90 and TPR materials.
Ventilation Design: Quickly enhance air circulation to avoid fogging and reduce wind resistance
Anti-slip Temple Tips
Smudge-resistant Coating: Keeps dirt and oil off your lenses.
Front REVO Coating: Restore the original color, enhance contrast and provide visual clarity.
Back OAR Coating: Optimum anti-glare experience.
Polarised Lens: Improve contrast, increase clarity and eliminate glare so you can see more details.
A nice light frame with a solid-feeling lens. The lenses stayed free of scratches during testing, which is a positive sign.
Excellent lens with incredible clarity.
No scratches are visible. The glasses do have quite thin arms, though this hasn't caused any issues so far.
The frameless design keeps the weight down.
These have a fit-and-forget quality, with no pressure points on the side of my head.
At less than half the price of comparable Oakley glasses these are a great deal.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The lens quality is excellent, the fit is very good and I found them very comfortable.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I loved the lens, it has amazing clarity.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I would have preferred the lens to sit a bit lower on my face, and fogging did prove an issue on occasions.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
These are much less expensive than comparable glasses from the big-name optical brands such as Oakley, 100% and Rudy Project.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, thoroughly.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, especially if there were more colours.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yep, especially for the clarity.
Use this box to explain your overall score
The lens is excellent, and the frameless design is cool and lightweight. They are also great value.
About the tester
I usually ride: Canyon Aeroad My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Semi pro
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,