This was my first experience using Bollé sunglasses and I have to admit I was unsure of what to think of them at first as I’ve never worn a pair of “sport” sunglasses. Sure I wear shades, but nothing as fancy as these before. My first impression during the unboxing was the noticeably higher quality of both the lens and frames. I currently run in cheap $5-$25 sunglasses – and they “work” for the most part – but are nowhere near as high quality as the Lightshifter are.
One of the first features that I noticed was the adjustable nose piece which is extremely easy to manipulate and gives a solid “click” when moved into a different position. Bollé claims that these have an anti-fog treatment on the lens which I can certainly attest to. In these pandemic times when running with a mask on has become the new norm, my cheaper sunglasses consistently fog making them virtually unusable. I appreciated this more than I normally would, especially during summer.
One other major difference that I noticed was the use of one solid lens rather than the traditional two that you would see on any other sunglasses. While the lack of anything blocking my vision was welcome, I found it difficult to wipe sweat away from my nose without smudging up the lens. One could take this with a grain of salt as I will admit that I probably sweat quite a bit more than the average runner, especially from my forehead.
I know that we are primarily runners here, but I also know that a lot of us also cycle and are active in other sports so I felt that these needed a test in those areas as well. These glasses performed exceptionally well when cycling, especially when zipping through swarms of gnats and mosquitos next to the river. They also fit perfectly in conjunction with a hat or helmet and the single lens design is excellent for cycling and giving you a better unobstructed view.
Overall, these sunglasses get high marks for me. The many pros definitely outweigh the extremely minor con. But even this con is aesthetic, and will absolutely vary from person to person. I’ve personally never been a fan of the big retro 80’s looking glasses, but I know many people LOVE this design so YMMV. Even with this, the performance in these glasses outweighs even the look and I will continue to wear these.
Price ranges from $124-$194 and will be available on August 16, 2020 on Amazon here.
- AVAILABLE IN PRESCRIPTION
- ADJUSTABLE NOSEPIECE
- NTERCHANGEABLE LENS
- ANTI-FOG TREATMENT P80+
- OLEOPHOBIC TREATMENT
- OPTICAL CLIP COMPATIBLE
- NXT® PHOTOCHROMIC LENS
About the Company:
Bollé delivers the highest quality sunglasses and goggles for performance and protection. At Bollé we are constantly refining our trademark combination of fit, fashion, and comfort, resulting in some of the freshest and most technologically advanced eyewear in the industry.
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