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Ill-suited mountain biking shades
on 11 June 2011
The 'sunglasses & Goggles' are either not what I bought, (although I am looking at the order details and it was what I bought), or the picture is very misleading. I was hoping for a durable pair of sun glasses that wouldn't slip off your nose when you're sweating while going downhill at some some speed. What I received were a cross between goggles that you would buy to go swimming with e.g. thick foam style padding (instead of the rubber ones) around inner glasses to fit around your eye, and a pair of sunglasses.
The foam part is ridiculous! I presume their use is to soak of sweat or rain droplets? This would/may be partially beneficial had the head strap system worked, but the buttons either side of the sunglasses/swimming goggles are very stiff, one didn't even un-clip! And even if it did somehow work, these things would seriously take some getting used to, you really do feel like your cycling with swimming goggles on, they are ungainly (top heavy) e.g. keep wanting to slip off the bridge of your nose, and basically look a little silly.
So, I have yet to actually give this a proper test due to not trusting these things to stay on my face for longer than 5 minutes without them starting to slip down, so please bare this in mind. That being said, will the wonderful foam indeed soak up some sweat and rain (e.g `all weather' aspect to the ad I presume)? Quite possibly. Personally, I think the whole design is flawed. You would not want to do any normal a-b riding around town with the head strap on, over kill and impractical (and looking a bit silly). But unfortunately you have no choice as without the head strap, the things fall off your face anyway! I have been mountain biking for a long time now, I love to beast myself up the hills for the downhill reward, and I sweat! I do not think this product is, or `will be' worth the hassle. If the head strap clips did actually work, and the foam take the majority of sweat away from the eyes, these 'might' be worth it for the good times off road, but they are not worth the price in my mind. And you would need another pair if you use your bike to go into town or do small trips etc.
My advice, spend a little extra and get some proper MTB interchangeable lenses for low light and full on sun. Embrace the sweat!