Sun­glasses 36

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - DEPARTMENT -

WHEN IT COMES to train­ing and rac­ing, sun­glasses aren’t just a nice-to-have ac­ces­sory; they are an in­te­gral piece of train­ing equip­ment. What do we look for when it comes to find­ing the ul­ti­mate pair of shades for bik­ing and run­ning? Func­tion­al­ity and pro­tec­tion are a given re­quire­ment. It’s nice when they look good, too.

This is pretty much stan­dard for the glasses in our re­view. Of­fer­ing in­cred­i­ble op­tics in feath­erlight, com­fort­able frames, there are lots of great op­tions for your mul­ti­sport ef­forts this sum­mer.

Oak­ley Flight Jacket

$278 Oak­ley’s lat­est per­for­mance eyewear in­clude a new air­flow in­no­va­tion de­signed to pre­vent fog­ging and pro­vide more air­flow when you need it. A sim­ple pull on the Ad­vancer tog­gle pro­vides ad­di­tional air­flow, so you won’t have to deal with your glasses mist­ing up and you can get a bit more cool­ing if you need it. You still get Oak­ley’s amaz­ing Prizm lenses that en­hance de­tail and give you pre­cise colour tun­ing, all in a su­per light and com­fort­able pair of glasses that will get you through any bike and run ef­fort, whether you’re train­ing or rac­ing. The Flight Jacket’s open-edge brow pro­vides a re­ally wel­come bit of ex­tra cov­er­age that’s per­fect for rid­ing in an aero tuck.

Bollé Aero­max

$300 Of­fer­ing loads of cov­er­age thanks to the large frame size, these light­weight won­ders pro­vide an out­stand­ing field of vi­sion. Strate­gi­cally placed vents en­sure you get just the right amount of air­flow to keep you com­fort­able and cool. We were very im­pressed by the Mo­du­la­tor Rose Gun Oleo lenses that didn’t seem like they would be dark enough for bright con­di­tions. They cer­tainly are, though, thanks to the Ver­res Mo­du­la­tor Pho­tochromiques prop­er­ties that lighten and darken the lens ac­cord­ingly, all while pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent con­trast. You can dial in a com­fort­able fit thanks to the ad­justable nose­piece, and you get an ex­tra-clear lens, too.

Poc DO Half Blade

$280 For those look­ing for fuller cov­er­age for train­ing time on the bike, the Poc DO Half Blade is worth a long look. Of­fer­ing out­stand­ing cov­er­age in a su­per light frame, the rub­ber in­serts and ad­justable nose­piece en­sure the Half Blades are ex­tremely com­fort­able and will stay on your face no mat­ter how hard you might be push­ing the pace. A va­ri­ety of lenses are avail­able, so you can come up with the per­fect tint for the con­di­tions. We were more than pleas­antly sur­prised with the per­for­mance and com­fort of the Half Blades while train­ing on the bike, es­pe­cially when spend­ing lots of time in the aero po­si­tion.

Shi­mano S-Phyre

$200, R; $220, X Shi­mano’s S-Phyre equip­ment fea­tures the com­pany’s lead­ing tech­nol­ogy – be it in clothes, shoes or now in sun­glasses. Weigh­ing just 25.6 g, the S-Phyre R is an­other more tra­di­tional cy­cling-spe­cific sun­glass that of­fers a huge amount of cov­er­age while feel­ing like they aren’t even on your face. A va­ri­ety of lenses are avail­able – ev­ery­thing from pho­tochro­matic adap­tive lenses that will ad­just to the light con­di­tions to po­lar­ized op­tions for those su­per sunny days.

Smith At­tack

$290 Thanks to the two in­no­va­tive Chro­maPop lenses that come with the Smith At­tack glasses, you get out­stand­ing vis­ual acu­ity while also en­joy­ing in­cred­i­ble com­fort in these sleek per­form­ers. Chang­ing lenses is a breeze thanks to Smith’s MAG in­ter­change­able tech­nol­ogy. In ad­di­tion to the tinted lens you se­lect with your glasses, you also get an ad­di­tional Chro­maPop Con­trast Rose Flash lens for darker days out on the bike or trails. The Hy­drophilic tem­ple and nose pads (the nose pad can be ad­justed to one of two dif­fer­ent po­si­tions) en­sure you get a se­cure, com­fort­able fit.—KM

Shi­mano S-Phyre R

Shi­mano S-Phyre X

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