Mira polarized sports sunglasses are our pick for the best budget cycling sunglasses we have tried. We went with budget cycling sunglasses because both Joe and I tend to be clumsy and forgetful. We have lost or broken far too many expensive things, so now I am trying to make do with cheaper items. (But just try and talk Joe off his expensive gadgets!) Luckily, with these Mira sunglasses, even Joe has to admit that it does not feel as if you are compromising on comfort and quality. We picked up a pair of Mira Breeze R Polarized sports sunglasses for me, and a pair of Mira Fuzion Y sunglasses for Joe. We are happy with both of them, and in this short review, I will explain why. Update Note: after a year and a half of use, these sunglasses are still going strong!
But first, here is my brief video review of the Mira Breeze R sports sunglasses and the Mira Fuzion Y sunglasses.
Versatile Sunglasses for All of Your Sports
Mira aims to make versatile sunglasses that can be used for a variety of sports. We have only tried them for three “sports” – cycling, hiking, and lying around on noodles in pools. They work well for all of those activities. Next, we will try them out for kayaking. We expect that they will work well for that activity, given that they ship with a cord that you can loop around your neck in case of sudden events (such as tipping over sideways while getting into your kayak!)
We have not tried these for rock climbing or running, but we feel confident they would work well for that, given that they are comfortable, and don’t fall off.
What Mira Sunglasses Ship With
These sunglasses come with a hard case, a soft case, a cleaning cloth, and a cord to secure them around your neck. We think the choice of hard or soft case helps to make them versatile for a range of sports. Personally, we mainly use the hard case (because, clumsy).
These sunglasses also ship with a polarization test card, but we never did take the time to figure out what that did. It seemed unnecessary – you either feel comfortable in the sun with your sunglasses, or you don’t. We did, so there did not seem to be any reason to test them for anything.
Styling and Design of the Mira Sports Sunglasses
These sunglasses have polarized lenses and attractive styling. I chose a pair with rose-colored lenses and rose styling points. They offer a high level of sun protection (UV 400) and I found them perfect in the desert sun of Palm Springs.
Although my sunglasses are billed as uni-sex, Joe was not crazy about the rose accents. He chose a more industrial, grey design, with yellow-tinted, Bono-like lenses. These are the Mira Fuzion Y, which are also billed as uni-sex. I think this description is more accurate with these glasses than with my rose-colored glasses! The yellow lenses do not shade out the sun as well as my smoky-rose colored lenses, but Joe is quite happy with them anyway. Personally, I need a very high level of blocking out the sun. That said, the Fuzion Y glasses also offer UV400 protection.
Mira claims these sunglasses are durable; that their TR90 frame is built for ultimate durability; and that the lenses are scratch resistant. We cannot really vouch for that, as we have only had them for about three months. However, we have not managed to damage them yet, and that is saying something!
Comfort of the Mira Sports Sunglasses
We can vouch for this. Both Joe and I find that they feel lightweight and comfortable. An easy fit under our cycling helmets, too. They feel very light, and have a comfy soft rubber nose pad, which also prevents slippage.
Bottom Line on Mira Sports Sunglasses
For less than $30, we think these are a very good deal. The big name-brand cycling sunglasses are usually very expensive. Between us, we have owned four of the big-name brands: Nike, Adidas, Oakley, and Tifosi. We are going to do a comparison post about these soon, comparing them with the Mira sunglasses. But to cut what will no doubt be a very long comparison (because Joe’s doing it!) short: some of the name brands have the advantage that if you drop them and they fall apart, you can click them back together, usually. Although, over time, they become more prone to falling apart. Joe has dropped his Nike glasses so many times that they tend to just fall apart if he looks at them wrong. And of course, he then hands them to me to put them back together! Other than that advantage, the Mira sunglasses feel much the same as the name-brand sunglasses, but they can be yours for a whole lot less money. Which is why they are our pick for the best budget cycling sunglasses.
See also our review of Adidas Cycling Sunglasses here.
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