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Rudy Project Cutline cycling glasses review

25 Nov 2020
Verdict:

The Rudy Project Cutline cycling glasses are big, bold and effective sunnies

Cyclist Rating: 
For 
Very good coverage and peripheral vision • High contrast lens
Against 
Frame feels a bit plasticky • Expensive

Cycling sunglasses continue to get ever larger and bolder and the Cutlines are Rudy Project’s latest quest for peak shades. At 62mm deep, they’re a couple of millimetres taller than Oakley’s super-large Sutro glasses, although the style of the Cutlines is more wrap-around and curves up towards the outer edge rather than angling out like the Sutros.

They’re also larger than Rudy Project's Defenders.

The size of the Cutlines isn’t just about cycling fashion though: it gives exceptional peripheral vision, so that the frame really doesn’t get in your line of sight in any direction.

 

The large lens did mean that I got a bit of misting when stopping on cooler, wet days, but this soon cleared once I got moving again. There are slot vents at the top of the lens and the top and bottom of the frames, to help direct airflow behind the lens and in front of the face.

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The top and bottom bumpers on the lens are removable, so you can use the Cutlines semi-frameless or frameless too, But even in the most extreme head-down riding position, you’re unlikely to find that the tops of the frames are in your field of view, as they are close to and significantly above the eyebrows.

 

The nosepad is adjustable, so that you can ensure a firm, comfortable fit. Coupled with the grippy sidepieces, there’s no tendency to slip down as you ride, even if you get wet or sweaty.

My test pair of Cutlines came with Rudy Project’s Multilaser Red mirror-finished lens. On brighter days it’s very effective at increasing contrast, so you can pick out road imperfections well. It’s a bit dark for gloomy, wet days though, when I prefer a photochromatic lens.

 

Fortunately, Rudy Project has three photochromatic lens options available for the Cutline in its unbreakable ImpactX2 material, although that pushes the price up to around £200. That’s alongside six standard lenses, including a clear lens and a couple of low light options.

It’s easy to change lens. A press of a button on the inside of each sidearm releases the arm from its slot on the side of the lens.

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The matt orange and white frames with their fade to red at the sides look suitably brash for such large sunnies. But they do have a bit of a plasticky feel and don’t have quite the quality feel of the frame on Oakley’s Sutros or Rudy Project’s own Defender model. 

 

I did find them more comfortable than the Sutros though, the plastic being a bit softer and the wrap-around style having a larger contact area with the temples for better distributed pressure.

There are nine other frame colours available, including three photochromatic options and Bahrain McLaren team issue colours. There’s a deep grey graphene frame available too, for the ultimate in high tech, scratch-proof frame material.

Another advantage of the super-large lens: you can fit Rudy Project’s optical insert inside if you need a prescription lens.

So has Rudy Project hit peak sunnies with the Cutlines? It’s difficult to see sunglasses getting much larger and they’re comfortable and effective to boot.

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Price: 
£169.99

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