ROKA SL-1 Sunglass Review

As an avid runner, I’m always looking for that perfect eyepiece to cut the glare and provide me focus and clarity. Enter the ROKA APEX SL-1. Described as “Designed and optimized for athletes seeking an unobstructed field of view and maximum ventilation.”, I knew I had to give them a try. 

For those who may not know, ROKA is relatively new to the scene launching in 2013. They are birthed out of Austin, Texas. And are on a mission to unlock human potential. 

The ROKA SL-1 is actually one of the lightest pair of sunglasses I’ve ever used, but also very durable and super high quality. It only weighs a mere 22 grams! Inside, these ultra lightweight frames, is titanium core wires that provides the solid stability needed in endurance activities. 

As someone with a low-bridge nose, I’m constantly concerned about the fit of my eyepieces. I was very impressed with ROKA’s patented GEKO technology in their nose pads. It fits comfortable, and snug on my face while running fast. 

There are a variety of optics and colours to choose from based on different sporting needs. I opted for the HC Octane Mirror. Which has a slick rustic gold vibe. This one is optimized for being out on the road. Whether a half-marathon or on long road bike journey, this lens provides a substantial contrast with the environment and surroundings. 

Leading up to my first race of the season, the Southlake 5K, I gave the SL-1 a run for the money. The weather condition in Toronto is absolutely bizarre. Within the few days prior, I was training at 24 degrees Celsius, but come race day, it was -4 degrees. That’s Canada for you. Nonetheless, the SL-1 absolutely proved to be reliable and endure any weather conditions thrown at it. 

Even if this specific model doesn’t float your boat, ROKA has a very diverse lineup in a variety of sizes, and colours for eyewear that will find your fancy. As well as the ability to actually customize your own!

Overall, I highly recommend the ROKA SL-1 for the upcoming Summer race season.

About author

Chief Editor & Founder of Live in Limbo. Host & Producer of the Capsule Podcast. Sean is an award-winning photographer and Nikon Professional Services member. His work has appeared on the CBC, Pitchfork, and MUCH. He is an Academy Delegate at the JUNOs (CARAS) and has been involved in the Toronto music scene since 2005. He is also an endurance and CrossFit athlete. You should follow him on Twitter @SeanChin.