Endura Shumba II Cycling Glasses punch above their weight

Cycling glasses are, for me at least, the icing on the cake of any cycling outfit, whether carefully put together or haphazardly put together while trying to download a route to your bike computer when you’re already in delay. They are an indication of your riding intentions: fast clothes + casual goggles = relaxed riding. Cold clothes + performance specs = give beans. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

While you can get away with using general-purpose sunglasses while riding, using dedicated cycling eyewear will definitely make things better. Cheap cycling eyewear will offer improved coverage and wind protection, and the best cycling eyewear will offer huge coverage, low weight, and lenses specifically tuned for certain conditions. Somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum is that legendary mid-range product, which offers the performance of high-end options with a price closer to the bottom end. Did Endura succeed with its Shumba II sunglasses? With a price tag, even at full price, half that of some high-end models, they will certainly be worth considering from a financial standpoint for more of us, provided the performance matches. at least at cost.

a pair of yellow endura shumba II cycling glasses

Although visually they appear smaller than something like an Oakley Sutro, they are actually the same height at their tallest point. (Image credit: Will Jones)

Design and aesthetics

It’s rare these days for a performance-oriented set of cycling eyewear to be released with a two-lens design, and the Endura Shumba II isn’t going to buck that trend. The large, heavily wrapped half lens is in line with the modern trend of a single large piece of tinted plastic to keep your eyes on the road.

There is also a kind of trend that the more money you spend, the bigger the goal you get. The Shumba II’s lenses are tall, but not as tall as the frankly huge POC Devour, but they’re as tall as a pair of Oakley Sutros. They look smaller but visually thanks to the heavier wrap and the taper at the edges of the lenses. They fit slightly closer to the face and as such don’t need to be that big to provide the level of visual coverage we’ve come to expect. .

The lens itself is completely unvented and is also almost entirely devoid of any design features except for a gradual transition from the lower frontal area to the narrower wings (usually done to avoid lens-cheek interaction junk), and an Endura logo above the nose bridge.

The frame is quite sturdy, with enough flex in the arms to provide a good grip at the temples without adjusting like a vise. The arms are similar to Oakley’s in that they don’t feature any noticeable ear hooks (although they do have a very subtle downward curve), but instead use long arms that wrap around more around the back of the head to provide retention. The plastic is matte and, in this case, a shiny neon yellow. The plastic feels a bit cheap when viewed next to something like the soft touch 100% offers, but in all honesty it doesn’t feel any less premium than some models twice its price from Scicon or Sungod. The build quality is also very good, with no play in the arms.

a pair of yellow endura shumba II cycling glasses

The Endura Shumba II have a very pronounced wrap (Image credit: Will Jones)

Field of view

Looking from above it’s clear to see that this is a pair of cycling goggles with quite a heavy shell, especially compared to something flatter like the Oakley Sutro; more of what you might consider classic European styling. This has two effects, the first of which is that peripheral vision is excellent. I would go so far as to say that the field of vision is better than that provided by the Oakley Sutros and, thanks to a less obtrusive nose, less obstructed than that of the Oakley Encoders (my usual pair).

The lens height is enough that the top frames never come into the field of vision, and since there’s no bottom half to the goggles, there’s also nothing to disturb the bottom or the peripheral devices. From a purely visual standpoint, these can absolutely mix it up with the best in the business.

The second effect of the heavy wrap is that the Endura Shumba II sits very close to the face and can feel more claustrophobic as such, with less wind movement throughout. Absolute wind protection was very good, but when the mercury rises they can feel a little toasty behind the gold mirror finish.

The only noticeable obstruction came from the Endura logo on the lens itself. I have a slightly wonky nose, so it figured more on one side of my vision than the other, so you might well find that’s not a real problem for you, and in reality, it didn’t never drifted in my consciousness into dull stretches of tar.

a pair of yellow endura shumba II cycling glasses

Despite the lower price, the Shumba II have an aesthetic closer to high-end glasses (Image credit: Simon Gehr)

Lens performance

Modern performance lenses, especially high-end models, tend to feature two-tone construction. A general tint is used in the lens itself, usually something orange/yellow/red to enhance contrast, before a reflective clear coating is applied to the outer surface to reduce light transmission to level wish. In this case, the base shade is a medium orange, with a yellow, almost green-gold exterior tint.

In terms of performance in the sun, the lenses held their own against even the brightest days the French Riviera could throw at me when the new Canyon Ultimate was launched. It’s actually relatively easy to create a lens that performs well in bright sunlight, but what’s more difficult is to create one that also performs well in mixed or low light conditions. The Shumba II lenses, while admirable, lack the low light performance of POC’s proprietary Clarity, Prizm and HiPER lens technology, Oakley and 100% respectively. That being said, they aren’t bad at all, and certainly not at this price.

In the heat, with face closeness, they experienced minimal fogging, but unless you’re riding regularly for over an hour in 35 degree heat, you’ll almost certainly be fine. In the winter there may be more problems, but I have yet to come across cycling goggles that don’t fog up when stopped at traffic lights when in single digit temperatures .

The performance in the sun is good, the low lights not incredible but perfectly correct at this level, and without distortion. There must be a downside, right? Well, the first thing that really swayed me with these glasses was their propensity to snag fingerprints. If you read our article on the difference between cheap and expensive lenses, you’ll find out about the oleophobic coatings – or oil-resistant protective layer – that expensive lenses often feature.

I don’t believe the Shumba II glasses have this protective layer, and sometimes I felt like they had a oleophile one instead; they regularly ended up very greasy and needed to be wiped down in jersey to get them back to their best shape.

The second thing I didn’t like about these glasses was their level of internal reflection. With the sun low at any angle behind you, you end up with reflections so dazzling cast into your retinas that they can sometimes render them unusable. Yes, it is a specific environmental setting, but it must be taken into account as autumn approaches.

a pair of yellow endura shumba II cycling glasses

The lenses handle the bright sun quite well, but seem to be a magnet for fingerprints (Image credit: Will Jones)

Comfort and support

As a man with a small head, I’m a great test bed for whether the goggles are secure, and I’m happy to report that the Shumba II held up very well despite having no arm adjustments or the nose pad. The rubber grippers of both aren’t as sticky as you’ll find on a pair of Oakleys, and as such they don’t feel as secure, especially in the heat when sweat also plays a role, or rain, but unless you have an absolutely tiny bonce, you should have no problem with them staying put.

Comfort was also decent, thanks to the wide arms. If you have a larger head, you may have more pressure on the temples which cannot be alleviated by adjusting the arms, but compared to the arms of something like the Oakley Jawbreakers or the 100% Hypercraft, the arms are very wide enough. The frame material also keeps things secure and not floppy.

a pair of yellow endura shumba II cycling glasses

Even in the roasted alpine climbs there was no change in position (Image credit: Simon Gehr)

Assess

When people get into cycling (or any other new hobby) they tend to start buying cheap gear and then, after deciding it’s a long-term hobby , to afford high-end gifts. While they may not offer as high a performance offering as the higher end models, the Endura Shumba II offers pretty brilliant value for money, especially considering they also come with an orange lens and a clear lens, so you can realistically use them all year round (which can’t be said for some glasses that are twice as expensive.)

Half the price of the best cycling glasses, but a level of performance significantly better than half as good.

a pair of yellow endura shumba II cycling glasses

These cycling glasses, especially if you put them on sale, are a bargain (Image credit: Will Jones)

Verdict

If you want to equip yourself with performance goggles, these really are a great place to start. You get year-round use, decent optics and good retention for an attractive price. I’ve compared them a lot throughout this review to more premium brands like Oakley and 100% because I think the Shumba II stands up to comparison. They’re not better in all areas, but they are in some areas, and when you can get a pair for under £50 in some places, they certainly offer a compelling package.

Dashboard and test notes
Attributes Remarks Evaluation
Design and aesthetics A beautiful visual package, if not super premium 7/10
Field of view Really excellent, up there with high end cycling goggles 9/10
Lens performance Disappointed with fingerprints and internal reflections 7/10
Comfort and support No adjustment, but a secure and comfortable pair 8/10
Value for money Considering you can pick up a pair for under £50 the value is very hard to beat 9/10
Global mark 80%