Review: Oakley Sutro Lite Sunglasses

Let’s take a trip back in time – way back to the mid-80s. Now, don’t tell me you don’t remember 21 Jump Street? Or maybe you were more a Miami Vice viewer?! A-ha on your cassette tape Walkman, or perhaps Bon Jovi? Whether you were donning your MC Hammer poo-pants or your rah-rah skirt, you will remember the big, bright, bold sunglasses. The new Oakley Sutro Lite is a nod to this era. So, whilst quietly humming ‘Your love is like bad medicine …’ to yourself, go ahead and read this review.


With the trend in cycling eyewear getting bigger and bigger, the new Oakley Sutro Lite cycling glasses are holding their own in this space. Rimless, large wraparound lenses and thin arms, in a range of 80s pastel hues, this is a good-looking pair of performance glasses easily able to make the transition from bike to café. With the likes of Egan Bernal and Greg Van Avermaet sporting Oakley’s latest eyewear accessory, you are in good company whilst wearing these shades.

The inspiration for the style of these glasses comes from conversations Oakley had with the San Francisco cycle couriers who had been wearing Oakley Frogskins but wanted a street-looking pair of glasses with a performance edge. And so, the Sutro was born. Oakley paid homage to the cycle couriers with the name: Mount Sutro sits above San Francisco.

I tested out these shades on my road bike and whilst out trail running. I felt the glasses crossed easily into both sports and, if I had grabbed the other tinted lens, I am sure I would have taken them out on my mountain bike too. A very versatile pair of sunnies.


What I first noticed when putting these sunglasses on, was how light they were. Weighing in at only 32gms, these are super light glasses. For me, this is really important, as after a long day on the bike the bridge of my nose can get sore with other pairs. The frame also sat really easily within my Giro helmet and the absence of a lower frame meant I didn’t get any pressure against my cheek bones. I have read some reviews, though, saying that some riders with wider faces feel a bit of pressure at the side of their head, from the arms, after a long day wearing the glasses.