The Oakley Sutro Combines Performance Features With a Stylish Look (2024)

The ski goggle-style frame and wraparound lens offer maximum protection from the sun and elements.

By Matt Jacobs
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The Takeaway: The Oakley Sutro sunglasses are performance eyewear for fashion-conscious riders.

  • Prizm lens offers clear vision in a variety of conditions.
  • The large frame and wraparound lens grace you with extended coverage.
  • An Unobtainium nose gripper gets tackier as you sweat, helping the glasses to stay in place.

Price: $163
Weight:
32g
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Oakley has done an impressive job of merging fashion with performance to create sunglasses that can be used in a variety of settings. The Sutro is intended for urban riding, but is equally at home on road and gravel—and in casual settings. Its wide frame won’t obstruct your peripheral vision, and the wraparound Prizm lens protects your eyes from flying debris and offers maximum protection from the sun and elements. At only 32 grams, the lightweight Sutro is so comfortable, you might forget you’re wearing sunglasses.

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The Sutro’s frame and lens (left) offer more coverage than the sportier-looking Oakley Radar.

Performance Features

The Sutro’s Prizm lens enhances color and contrast, which makes spotting hazards much easier. You might notice a pink tint when you first put them on, but it disappears after a few minutes of wear. I have used Prizm lenses on multiple frames, and the clarity and color are excellent whether it’s bright and sunny or overcast and drizzly. They make everything appear clearer, and they highlight natural colors to make the world look just a little prettier.

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The Prizm lens enhances natural colors.

The frame is made of the same O-Matter nylon-infused plastic that is found in all of Oakley’s performance frames. It’s light and flexible but also durable, so it can withstand unexpected drops. The arms lack rubber grippers, but apply just enough pressure to stay in place without being uncomfortable. Still, the best way to ensure they stay in place is to rest them on your ears—which might go against the rules for riders who like to wear their helmet straps under their sunglass arms. The lack of grippers also means they don’t stay in a helmet garage as securely as other models, such as Oakley’s sportier Radar.

While the Sutro’s arms lack rubber grippers, its nosepad does not. A rubber-type material called Unobtainium sits on the bridge of your nose and gets tackier the more you sweat, ensuring the glasses stay in place even on humid days.

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The Unobtainium nose gripper gets tackier as you sweat, helping the glasses to stay in place.

Stylish and (Almost) Fog-Free

One issue I have with some riding glasses is their tendency to fog when things get sweaty. Once I discovered that Oakley’s Radar EV Path sunglasses are the best (for me, at least) at staying clear, they’ve been my shades of choice. The Sutros also do an excellent job of venting, especially given their full-coverage frames. Over the course of many, many hours of riding in them, I noticed a bit of fogging only once, after one particularly hard climb that left me stopping to catch my breath. I did, on occasion, have to stop and wipe away sweat that collected on the lower part of the frame. No big deal.

The Sutros are versatile in that they combine the performance features of much sportier models with the classic stylings of lifestyle sunglasses. It’s a two-for-one deal you can’t resist.

Pros
  • The Oakley Sutro Combines Performance Features With a Stylish Look (6)Lightweight
  • The Oakley Sutro Combines Performance Features With a Stylish Look (7)Full coverage
  • The Oakley Sutro Combines Performance Features With a Stylish Look (8)Stylish
Cons
  • The Oakley Sutro Combines Performance Features With a Stylish Look (9)Lacks rubber arm grippers

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Matt Jacobs

Test Editor, Bicycling

Matt grew up riding BMX in the UK and has ridden across Europe and the US, and now he’s putting those miles to use testing road, mountain, and city bikes for Bicycling. His ideal ride includes includes steep rock gardens, sweeping berms, and fast descents followed by a cold beer.

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