Classic Glasses

£78.00 was £195.00

Classic Glasses is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 47.
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Rapha’s expression of cycling eyewear with classic style heritage and contemporary technology.

Classic Glasses£78.00

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Acetate frames with a classic eyewear aesthetic, modern ergonomics and technical performance

The Classic Glasses reference the heritage of eyewear design, taking cues from classic casual styles, but using the modern materials of technical sports eyewear. The frame is made from fine Italian acetate, reinforced with a metal core. Acetate is a cotton-based material that is mixed, folded and cut (somewhat like pasta) and is a tenacious, living material with a great feel and depth of colour. The aesthetics and functionality of the glasses make them versatile enough for training and social rides, and time off the bike.

Made in a factory close to the Dolomites, the wrap around shape is inspired by flight goggles, aviators and the more modern plastic Italian frames, and offers a similar field of vision and weight as more technical-looking styles of the pro peloton.

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Lens Specification

  • Category 3: 14.54% light transmittance
  • Oleophobic and hydrophobic coating on back and front
  • Polarized to reduce glare and blinding reflections
  • AR-5 anti-reflective coating on back of lens
  • 100% protection from UV rays

Please note: Prescription lenses are compatible with the Classic glasses. Simply take the frames to your optician and they will be able to fit them. We recommend Carl Zeiss Vision lenses to match our required levels of performance.


  • Acetate frames with metal core
  • Rubber grip temple tips
  • Integrated nose pads
  • Shaped for the most universal fit
  • Lenses are produced by Carl Zeiss Vision
  • Slim leather ‘shield’ case
  • Microfibre cleaning cloth
  • Three colourways
  • Handmade in Italy

Glasses sizing
  • 1. Bridge width - 17mm
  • 2. Lens height - 46.5mm
  • 3. Lens width - 57mm
  • 4. Temple arm length - 120mm
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Weak arms I was happy with the style and comfort, however disappointed to find that very shortly after buying them i noticed one of the arms was loose. Only after a just over a month when packed in my rucksack in the case they came with I discovered the arm had completely snapped off (i have since returned the glasses for repair)
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most comfortable glasses ever Bought for my wife as a present, she is not a cyclist but still loves these. She said that they are the most comfortable sunglasses she has ever had. Only note is that I have a larger head and they do not fit our suit me.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome glasses Bought them a month ago. Worth every cent. Style, comfort and perfect for a city ride. Details are top in these glasses making them impossible to accidentally loose them while riding. I usethem on may daily conmuting and they match my jeans and informal cloths eben as they match when i´m wearing a suit or coat with dress shirt.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking for the coolest on-bike look? The most stylish bike shades I have ever worn - never again will I look like a triathlete from the 80's ... Clear visibility with the pink glasses, fit nicely around the head, can be a bit tight behind the ears. Comes in the expected stylish metal box with a nice leather pouch. Only downside: "replacement lenses" for changing weather conditions = buy another pair, different colour ...
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sunglasses feedback The glasses are great for cycling. They good in combination with the helmet and the visibility is great. I'd add that they maybe don't look so great when worn casually off the bike. I've had a few negative comments when I've worn them out and about off the bike. I guess one pair of glasses can't suit everyone tho.
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product I bought these 2 months ago although I have not used them on the bike as I use other sports glasses for that. However for driving and general use in the sun they are very good and very comfortable straight out of the box. Not sure about the big tin they come in and the bag is not all that great but as sunglasses they are very good. I have a house in Spain so they are on my face whenever I go out and I really like them and they do look good.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from superb optics, good in the saddle or beer garden I chose the Classic 'ones' because i'm a full sized man. I couldn't wear them any smaller. They did a great job protecting my eyes from wind and dust and I didn't have any problems with sweat pooling on them. The lenses are as good as any i have worn. They have a fairly groovy sixties aesthetic so channel your inner Mastroianni. I also run and row in these, and expect to ski in them on blue sky days.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works really well! Fits snugly on your helmet vents like ordinary sports specific sunnies. Wrap around is good enough to shield eyes from most of the sunlight and glare. Never had to worry about the sunglasses sliding off during hard group rides in 33 Degree Celsius, 70% humidity. bought as replacement for a Jawbreaker I've misplaced. Zero regrets. Smiles for miles.
Date published: 2016-07-03
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