6 Sum­mer Sun­nies

Glasses for rid­ing in the hot sun

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Glasses for rid­ing in the hot sun

Smith Pivlock Asana $210

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While you’re likely more fa­mil­iar with Smith’s Arena per­for­mance glasses, the Asana has many of the same fea­tures and tech­nol­ogy as the flag­ship glasses, but in a dif­fer­ent look. The Asana has a smooth lens shape, un­like the more an­gu­lar Arena. The Asana lens also has Chromapop, which ensures that the colours that come through are sharper. Smith says that Chromapop cuts out the cross­over between colours – for ex­am­ple the over­lap between the blue and green light wave­lengths – giv­ing you more clar­ity and de­tail when you scan the road. With a rat­ing of Cat. 3, the sun green mir­ror lens is strong, only let­ting through nine to 12 per cent of vis­i­ble light. It’s quite im­pact re­sis­tant, too. ( smithop­tics.com)

Shi­mano S71R-PH $120

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Shi­mano’s pho­tochromic lens dark­ens when the sun comes out from be­hind a cloud. If you are ex­pect­ing clouds through­out your ride, pop in the yel­low lens that comes with the S71R. It will sharpen your view when the skies are grey. Should some rain start to fall, that hy­dropho­bic yel­low lens will shed the drops. Both lenses keep out harm­ful uvb rays. The frame is made of the durable Gril­amid tr90 poly­mer, while the tem­ples are tipped with in­jec­tion-moulded ther­mo­plas­tic elas­tomers. ( shi­mano-lifestylegear.com)

Oak­ley Cross­range $225

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While the Cross­range may look more like specs for après­ride, they do have some per­for­mance fea­tures. You can swap out the stan­dard tem­ples and nose pads for ones with ex­tra grip to keep the glasses from slip­ping while you’re sweat­ing. The lenses use Oak­ley’s Prizm tech­nol­ogy, which en­hances the colours and gives you a crisp view of the road ahead. And there’s noth­ing wrong with look­ing good both on and off the bike. ( ca.oak­ley.com)

POC Crave $290

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The Crave stays true to the poc look, but with a twist. The frame doesn’t con­tinue across the top of the lens. This ope­nat-the-top frame de­sign does a good job of let­ting steam es­cape so, when you pause af­ter some hard ef­forts, you won’t fog up. A treat­ment on the Carl Zeiss lens also keeps mois­ture and dirt from build­ing up. The vis­i­ble light trans­mis­sion is rated at 24.8 per cent, mak­ing the glasses ideal for days with a mix of sun and clouds. ( poc­sports.com)

Bollé Flash $180

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If you’re al­ready a four eyes, the B-thin Ac­tive De­sign RX tech­nol­ogy of­fered for the Bollé Flash can al­low your pre­scrip­tion to get di­alled into the poly­car­bon­ate lenses. This pair is po­lar­ized to man­age glare from the road and even pud­dles left af­ter the clouds have moved on. To keep clouds from form­ing in front of you, the lenses have an anti-fog treat­ment. Every­thing stays se­cure on your face thanks to the tem­ple tips and nose pads. They’re made of Ther­mo­grip, a hy­drophilic ma­te­rial that slurps up mois­ture, even when you’re out of the sad­dle bash­ing the bars back and forth. ( bolle.com)

BBB BSG-43 $66

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The bsg-43 glasses give you a lot of choice. Not only do they come with three in­ter­change­able lenses – dark, yel­low and clear – but you can swap out the tem­ple tips for just the right colour that will tie every­thing to­gether. The frame is made from Gril­amid tr90, which means it can take a lot of abuse, from high heat to se­ri­ous bend­ing. To pro­tect every­thing when you’re not rid­ing, a durable case keeps the glasses and lenses safe. ( gw­bi­cy­cle.com)—mp

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