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Gear Review: Bolle’ Sunglasses

Post by:  Jake
11/6/11

A couple months ago we were approached by a representative from Bolle’ sunglasses.  He asked us if we wanted to test out a couple pairs of their new shades.  Although, I’ve worked at sporting goods stores off and on for years, I’ve never had the opportunity to try out a pair of Bolle’ sunglasses.  Having taken them on countless bike rides and backpacking trips this summer, Veronica and I have both been blown away at how well they’ve performed.  The fit is incredible, and the clarity is outstanding.  I chose the Dash sunglasses and Veronica went with the Aero model.  Although the Aero glasses are meant to fit a smaller face/head, either pair seems to fit my medium face/head or Veronica’s smaller face/head very well.  I’ve found no issues with the glasses fitting awkwardly under my bike helmet as with several other glasses I’ve owned.  Veronica occasionally has issues with her eye lashes brushing up against the inside of the lenses, but she’s found that’s been a common issue with all glasses she’s owned.  The dramatic “high-def” like clarity over the super wide field of vision was probably the biggest feature both Veronica and I appreciated.  That featured, combined with the light weight feel, make you forget your even wearing these sunglasses.  If you’re in the market for a high end, high performance pair of sunglasses certainly take a close look at the Bolle’ shades; you won’t be disappointed.  Just make sure you spend a couple extra bucks on a pair of Chums eyeglass retainers to protect your investment.

 

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Ryders Eyewear

Post by:  Jake
6/21/11

Ryders (as the name implies) creates sunglasses for bikers.  While a relatively young company, Ryders has developed dozens of models of sunglasses and goggles with the biker in mind as opposed to most sunglass companies simply creating glasses for style.  That’s not to say Ryder’s glasses aren’t stylish, most of their models are simply designed first for function, then style.

Although style is a personal choice, and I’d encourage you to try and find a dealer and try on a few pairs first, the Defcon and the Seeker were my first choice in the Ryders lineup of glasses.  The Defcon’s I tried out had polarized photochromic lenses that automatically adjust to the light conditions, changing from light to dark in a matter of seconds. For me, the fit was pretty good, but is slightly “off” for some reason.  With a bike helmet on, the helmet rim pushes down on the frames ear arms slightly, making the nose piece ride up off my nose a bit.  Only a slight annoyance, but I suppose it could help to bring your bike helmet in with you when you try on sunglasses.   At $89.99 these glasses with photochromic lenses that are also polarized are an excellent value!

The Seeker glasses have polarized lenses and are exceptional at reducing glare.  Ever biked down a wet road when the sun comes out after the rain?  Situations like that and frequent fishing trips is enough to make anyone want a pair of glasses with polarized lenses.  Without a bike helmet these glasses fit well, but with a bike helmet fit was similar to the Deacons’, riding up a bit off my nose.   At $59.99 these glasses are a really good value.

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Julbo Sunglasses

Post by:  Jake
6/13/11

Julbo sunglasses are perhaps some of the best fitting and most functional glasses made.  I’ve long been a fan of Julbo’s super dark lensed glacier glasses, but recently I got to demo a pair of their new Pipeline glasses with photochromic lenses.  In just 28 seconds the lenses can turn from a light category 2 shading to a dark category 4 shading.  Very handy as 1 pair of sunglasses can be used in nearly any type of environment.  I used the pipeline glasses on several training days and for 2 races.  During the adventure race, the weather was super bright and sunny, and while on snow it was absolutely necessary to have the super dark Cat.4 shading.  Using the same glasses, during our recent triathlon, the weather was super overcast and dreary, but glasses were still necessary on at least the 12-mile bike portion of the race.  The light Cat. 2 shading was excellent and didn’t impair my vision at all.  Julbo’s engineering is excellent, and I’ve never tried a pair of their glasses on that didn’t fit very well.  I highly recommend a pair of Julbo glasses, and for something versatile that works in all conditions, go with a pair that has their photochromic “Zebra” lenses.

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