26 August 2008 - 11:49Oakley Bike 29 Glasses
Here is a piece of equipment that many of us bike riders use and some take for granted. Glasses are a pretty important piece of equipment, not only to they protect your eyes from the sun, they also protect you from sticks and various other things on the trail that can poke yer eye out Good glasses don’t stop there. Using various lens tints, glasses can actually enhance your vision.
These are the Bike 29 Edition Oakley Radar glasses. I’ve used lots of different glasses over the years, but these have proven themselves to be the best yet. The frames are very lightweight and comfortable, and the rubber “ear socks” and nose pads are quite grippy, even when they are all sweaty.
The lens is the vented G30 Iridium, which is great in variable light conditions. It improves contrast, especially against blues and greens, and does a fantastic job of defining the shadows on the trail, especially in dappled sunlight. The rose colored base tint gives everything an overall “happy” feel. My biggest problem with most glasses, is that when the forward motion stops, so does my vision. All the glasses I’ve used to date fog up immediately, but these vents keep the lens clear on all but the most humid of days. When they do fog up, they clear very quickly once there is even the slightest air flow over the lens.
Another cool feature, is the hydrophobic coating on the lens. When you are sweating like a pig, sweat will run right down the lens instead of beading up and obscuring your vision.
These glasses showed up right before I took off for Fool’s Gold. I used them on every ride since and they have performed beautifully. Included with the glasses, is a soft case that has 2 extra slots for accessory lenses.
So what makes these “Bike 29″ glasses? This is a totally custom set up, the frames are Crystal Black, with red ear socks and red O icons, and what you can’t see, Bike29 is etched right into the bottom edge of the left of the lens.
Want some? These glasses aren’t cheap. At $210, many will balk, but the performance is well worth the price. We had several folks at the Festival who had demoed Oakley glasses who were blown away at what a difference good eyewear made. If performance is what you want, and you take your equipment seriously, these are your glasses. Different lens tints are available, so if the G30 doesn’t work for your local trail conditions, we can help pick the best lens for you.
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