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Excellent Sunglasses: Covers Just About Every Biking Situation
on 17 August 2012
MAX FLOW SUNGLASSES - BLACK VERSION
Price on 12/08/12 was £19.99, the price increased on 18/08/12 to £29.99!
SYNOPSIS: good air flow, lenses don't fog-up, three decent lenses (red/yellow revo mirrored/yellow/clear) with 100% UV protection, fairly tough, light frame (22g), stylish, very comfortable, supplied with hard case, lens organiser, soft black micro fibre carry pouch/lens wipe - overall an excellent buy.
If the small hinge screws stay in the frame after a lot more use, I'll come back and give it five stars!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS (BLACK VERSION)
I had just got back into cycling; the sun came out so I decided to go for a ride and this time around I remembered to put on my old Oakley's thinking they would be okay, but soon found out they weren't. Unfortunately, I was hurtling through a small glade at the time and couldn't see a damn thing! Tree roots, mud, fallen branches, rocks and long grass with all manner of detritus, so it got a bit hairy. The lenses on my Oakley's were far too dark, great for skiing which is what I bought them for, but not cycling.
I needed a proper pair of cycling sunglasses, so looked on-line and came across these. I was a bit apprehensive because there were no reviews, the pictures weren't great, and as usual not enough information. There was a half price offer on for a second pair which brought the price down to £15, including P&P, so I went for it. They arrived within three days and to be honest I wasn't expecting much but I was quite impressed. The RRP of these sunglasses is advertised at £79.99, but take that with a pinch of salt as they're certainly not worth that much.
They come with a black eva carry case (a suede type finish) which has a swivelling quick release hook for attaching to a belt loop or whatever. Inside there is a soft black micro fibre carry pouch/lens wipe and a detachable lens organiser which is held in place with Velcro and it has compartments for the other two lenses, which is quite a nice touch. There are three sets of lenses: red/yellow revo mirror coated for bright sunlight (think Robocop), yellow for cloudy days and clear for night-time riding, which covers just about every situation and each lens is has 100% UV protection. The 10 base de-centred lens technology keeps the view ahead clear and undistorted and they give a wide field of view. The sunglasses with lenses weigh 22g and are described as 'Chrome Black' and uses MAXGEARS' MTX 90 material, whatever that is? In reality, it's a tough, flexible shiny black plastic, which looks quite robust. The hinges are attached with a small screw; I'll keep my eye on them as they look as if they could work loose. There are red rubber pads fitted at the nose and temple positions and they are very comfortable to wear.
I decided to try them out and put the yellow lenses in as it was cloudy with sunny periods. I must say that I was very impressed with them. The first thing I wanted to try out was the glade I went through with the Oakley's. They preformed brilliantly; the yellow tint really enhances the contrast. I had no problem going though dappled, dark or shady light, I could see everything, fantastic. The actual light level on the day was a lot lower than the previous occasion. One of the main features I was looking for in a pair of cycling sunglasses is the ability not to mist up, this usually happens when you come to a stop. And, as I said previously, I took a chance on these sunglasses as I didn't really know what the description of 'MAX Flow' was referring to? The obvious conclusion from that description is that they have an air flow over the lens, but I couldn't tell from the pictures. Why MAXGEAR doesn't explain this feature more is a mystery? It actually does work very well and I had no problems whatsoever with the lenses misting up. There's a vent in the bottom and a gap at the top of the lens so there's always a 'MAX' flow of air over the lens. They also protect your eyes as they are quite chunky where it matters and they wrap around your face. This stops your eyes watering and stops small particles, flies, bees, wasps, pollen and the like, from entering your eyes. They even protect your eyes against those small overhanging branches when passing through trees and large bushes, I don't fancy one of those in the eye, it's bad enough getting whacked across the face by one.
To fit/change a lens, first look at the shape of one of the other lenses before fitting. You can see that the lens hooks-in at the top of the bridge, so you need to gently pull the lens out at the bottom next to the bridge. Then slide it out and over the frame, you then need to unhook the lens from the top. Once the lens is free, then slide it out where it meets the hinge. To fit another lens do the reverse and make sure the lens is seated correctly into the frame.
My biking buddy took the other set so the next time we go out we'll look like the Bobbsey twins! So far, I have no regrets buying these sunglasses and combined with a decent helmet, I feel much safer.
I looked at cheaper options but they didn't have a case and an lens organiser, the coating wasn't as good and worst of all they mist-up. Order two sets with a mate, because for £15 (12/08/12) they're a bargain.
There's a bit more information on the MAXGEAR website.
UPDATE: Fri, 07/02/2014
I've had these for a while now and they're still going strong, I've had no problems whatsoever, I won't leave home with out them. As for the reviewer who complained about them misting up when using a full-face helmet. They need an air-flow over them; the same as any other pair of glasses, or, err, they mist-up!