Tifosi Davos

> Stylish triple lens shades

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TIFOSI HAS BUILT A GREAT rep­u­ta­tion from mak­ing glasses with all the fea­tures you’ll find from pre­mium brands like Oak­ley, Rudy Project, KOO, POC, Adi­das and more, but with­out the pre­mium price tag.

The new Davos are a great look­ing pair of shades, with their sharp lines, an­gu­lar full frames and full shield lenses. They’re avail­able in plenty of vari­ants in­clud­ing pho­tochromic lens mod­els, but we think the triple lens ver­sion we tested of­fers the best bal­ance be­tween price and fea­tures.

The three lenses are a dark smoke with a 15 per cent light trans­mis­sion rat­ing, which is ideal for bright conditions, a clear lens with 95 per cent trans­mis­sion for very low light, and a funky red tinted lens that of­fers 41 per cent trans­mis­sion. The red lens works par­tic­u­larly well in dull conditions as the red ac­cen­tu­ates the road sur­face tex­tures, mak­ing it our favourite of the three for rid­ing in ad­verse weather conditions.

To switch lenses, pull the bot­tom edge of the frame away from the lens and pull from the top to re­lease. It all

WE SAY High qual­ity shades with three very fine lenses in­cluded

feels a lit­tle vi­o­lent com­pared to the sim­plic­ity of KOO’s sys­tem or Rudy’s clever Sin­tryx. The shape is close fit­ting, but fog­ging is kept to a min­i­mum thanks to the well­vented lenses. The frame’s sticky tem­ple tips hold your head well but the frames don’t have that much elas­tic­ity, so they never felt quite as se­cure as some of their ri­vals. The ad­justable nose­piece and tem­ple tips go some way to equal­is­ing the frame’s lack of ‘pinch’ and we didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any bounce or move­ment, even when rid­ing over rougher sur­faces.

The lower edge of the frame was un­for­tu­nately in our tester’s line of sight and the lens is ac­tu­ally fairly shal­low, so we think these are best suited to smaller faces. We were very im­pressed with the qual­ity of the lenses, the sur­face treat­ment re­sists fog­ging very well, they’ve proven easy to keep clean and have re­sisted scratch­ing and dis­colour­ing from test­ing in some very poor conditions with plenty of spray and grime coat­ing them.

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