Since its release in 2015 along with the Jawbreaker, the Oakley Radar EV Path has quickly become athletes’ top choice for performance sunglasses.
Is it really worth the price or is it over-hyped? Find out in this review of the Oakley Radar EV Path.
Overview : The Oakley Radar EV Path is a stylish piece of performance sunglasses known for its versatility.
It has interchangeable discipline-specific lenses that you can swap depending on the setting and activity.
Made of durable yet lightweight material, it’s extremely comfortable to wear and doesn’t create pressure points on your ears and nose bridge.
It has enough coverage to protect your eyes from the sun and other harm from all sides, and the rimless bottom makes it easy to glance down without frames obstructing your view.
It also has a great ventilation system that keeps it fog-free.
Overall, the Oakley Radar EV Path is a top choice for many athletes because of its performance, style, and versatility.
Pros: Extended upper field of view, excellent coverage, lightweight, stays in place, has a good ventilation system
Cons: Lenses are only hydrophobic on the outside, temple arms interfere with some helmets, changing lens is a bit difficult
Lens size: 59.0mm W x 50.5mm H
Temple length: 128mm
Frame width: 140mm
Best suits: Men and women with medium to large fit
The Radar EV Path’s wraparound lenses offer great coverage from the sun, dirt, and wind on all sides. “EV” actually stands for “Extended View,” pertaining to the extended lenses that are 5mm taller than the original Radar.
This results in a bigger upper field of view that gives you an improved upper peripheral field of vision when posed in the head-down stance of cycling, without the top of the frame getting in the way of your view.
“It’s like watching TV for the first time in HD” – this is a backpacker’s real review of Radar EV Path’s lens clarity. The Radar EV Path uses Oakley’s signature PRIZM lenses which are a special kind of lens.
We won’t get into too much detail, but PRIZM lenses are designed to enhance contrast and boost optical clarity so you can better see minute details in your environment and improve your response time.
The result is a crisper view of the world.
You can choose from a total of nine PRIZM lenses, each with different light transmissions for different conditions. For example, the PRIZM Road Black makes reds and greens pop out and is best for bright settings, as shown in this image:
The drawback with a discipline-focused lens instead of a lighting-condition-specific one is one lens may not work that well in different terrains.
The PRIZM Road lens, for example, produces a dark feel during mountain biking, making it harder to spot small details like rocks, sticks, and protruding roots.
Because the lenses of the Radar EV Path are interchangeable, an option is to purchase more than one lens, but that can be a problem for many given that Oakley lenses are not exactly cheap.
The Oakley Radar EV Path’s lenses are pretty large and curved.
Some lenses with the same size and curve will produce less crisp images on the periphery, but with the Radar EV Path’s lenses, the clarity remains the same throughout the field of vision.
The rimless bottom also removes frame obstruction so you can easily glance down.
The only thing lacking in this aspect is the lenses of the Radar EV Path are only hydrophobic only on the outside, which may cause water splashes and sweat to cling to the inside part and distort your view.
The Radar EV Path also won’t disappoint in this department. It’s one of the most comfortable sports sunglasses which is a feat considering its size and wraparound style. This is largely due to being lightweight, having the right fit, and the non-slip design.
The frames of the EV Path are made of O-matter, Oakley’s unique frame material known for being lightweight yet durable.
Thanks to this material, despite the extended lens and frame height, the Radar EV Path weighs only 28g, a gram lighter than the original Radar. Lightweight means it’s easy to forget you’re even wearing it.
2. Fits Well
Many users also find the fit perfect – not too loose that it slides down your nose and not too tight that it gives you a massive headache after a few hours of wearing it.
Mountain bikers particularly love that it doesn’t wobble a bit even on rough terrains. Oakley’s Three-Point-Fit-System plays a huge role in this.
Frames engineered with this technology are designed to gently wrap around your temples and rest comfortably on your nose without causing pressure points.
Some users find that the temple arms are a bit too long and interfere with some cycling helmets. It doesn’t help that it doesn’t have the length adjustment of the Jawbreaker (more on that later).
But on the upside, the temple arms are very flexible that it doesn’t cause any discomfort even if they do fit over the top of any parts of a helmet.
3. Doesn’t Slip Off
After an hour or so of cycling or hiking up a trail, you might take a quick break to hydrate yourself. By this time you will be sweating buckets.
When you bend down to maybe fix your shoes, it’s frustrating to have your newly bought sunglasses slip and fall off the ground. You won’t experience such issues with the Radar EV Path.
Its nose pads and ear socks are lined with unobtanium, yet another fancy term used to refer to the rubber lining that gets stickier the more you sweat.
The Radar EV Path also has a great ventilation system. Its temples have integrated surge ports that allow more airflow through the glasses.
The lenses also have small vents on the upper part that are inline with your brows. These vents allow more air to wick sweat off the brow, resulting in a pair of sunglasses that doesn’t fog up.
OAKLEY RADAR EV PATH vs. JAWBREAKER
These two Oakley pairs are often compared and some users may be wondering which is the better pair for their specific needs.
So let’s break down how the Radar EV Path differs from the Jawbreaker.
The Jawbreaker was created specifically as cycling sunglasses while the Radar EV Path is meant for more versatile use across many outdoor pursuits.
With that said, we’re sure the Jawbreaker will do just fine for running.
As we mentioned before, some users complain of the Radar’s temple arms interfering with their helmets.
This is a non-issue with the Jawbreaker because the length of its temple arms can be adjusted with a simple slide-lock system.
It’s also easier to replace the lens of the Jawbreaker. With Jawbreaker’s “Swtichlock” system, you can unlock the bottom frame, swing it out of the way, and slide the lens off and on for an easy replacement.
Changing lens with the Radar EV Path requires more nervous, forceful fiddling.
In terms of sports performance, the two pairs don’t have much of a difference. They both produce exceptionally clear and crisp vision, the fit is comfortable, they stay on your face no matter how much you sweat, and they provide enough coverage on all sides.
The biggest difference between the two is the style. The Jawbreaker is a bit too much for a casual afternoon in town and may gain you a few curious glances while the Radar EV Path is something you can casually wear anywhere.
The Jawbreaker is also bulkier than the Radar, and it’s hard to beat the Radar’s lack of bottom frame that makes looking down a lot easier.
If you want a pair that you can wear anywhere, the Radar EV Path is the better choice.
But if you want absolutely no issue with helmets and you want an easy-peasy lens replacement, it’s best to go with the Jawbreaker.
Both perform really well, so your choice comes down to these factors.
DOES THE RADAR EV PATH LOOK GOOD ON WOMEN?
The Radar EV Path admittedly has a masculine design that looks like it belongs to a futuristic movie with a cyborg out to destroy the world, but women can definitely rock this look as well.
We actually think almost any pair of sunglasses can be worn by both men and women. The bigger factor to consider here is how it looks on your face shape.
Because the Radar EV Path has a rectangular shape, it tends to look good on round, oval heart-shaped, and diamond-shaped faces.
Sunglasses are such versatile fashion pieces that you can do pretty much whatever you want with it. Case in point: Oversized performance sunglasses actually become a fashion trend in Hollywood almost overnight in 2018, with celebrities like Dua Lipa and Kim Kardashian wearing sports sunglasses as trendy fashion statements.
Here are some photos that prove that Radar EV Path suit women as much as it suits men.
The Oakley Radar EV Path almost has it all – excellent visual clarity, comfort, durability, ventilation, and style.
If you’re not into buying one pair for cycling, another for running, and another for a casual day at the beach, the Radar EV Path is a logical choice.
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