New Sunnies; everyone loves a pair!
Due to an unfortunate break in the arm of my “current” (no longer) pair of sunglasses I was on the hunt for a new pair.
Being based in the UK I had quite an exacting list of requirements for these sunglasses:
- Multiple lenses
- Good looking
- Under £30 (Inc delivery).
Given these requirements it meant that my choices were quite limited both in terms of retailers and brands.
In terms of retailers I narrowed it down to Planet X. Planet X are a Sheffield and Rotherham based independent cycle retailer. They pride themselves on offering good products at low prices due to their direct to consumer business model.
I, personally, like Planet X. I do not order a great deal through them but when I have I have not been disappointed. I know that Planet X can suffer in the UK from brand snobbery but as I’m on a budget (house purchase in the process) at this current time I cannot be too picky.
Planet X do tend to have left field brands every now and then and this is certainly the category that these glasses fall in to.
Let me present: the Power Race Mirage:
(Apologies for photo quality)
The glasses I went for were £15.00 (inc delivery) and come with a cleaning cloth, case and 4 sets of lenses. In terms of lenses you get clear, mid level tinting, dark tinting and polarized lenses.
The frame itself is made of “unbreakable” (we’ll see how long that lasts) Grilamid TR90 injection moulded thermoplastic. The frame feels very light and in comparison to my other glasses, I felt like I wasn’t wearing any. Likewise, the fit is perfect and the arms do not feel like they dig in at all behind the ears; even on 3 + hour rides.
4 lenses are a bonus, however, being in Yorkshire I have only used dark tint (in the frame in the photo’s) and the clear lenses. The dark tint has a coating to reduce the glare from sunlight on wet roads and that works excellently. The clear lenses are just that, clear lenses. Nothing more to say about them really.
In terms of lens performance on the bike I have not suffered from any steaming up when hammering it up steep climbs. This is down to the vents that are cut in to the lenses. They are placed perfectly to stop steaming up and you also do not feel any air on the eyes from through the vents.
The nose piece has serrations so the sweat does not build up under it and between your skin. I found this to be useful as I didn’t feel as greasy at the end of the ride in that region. The grip offered by the nose piece was also excellent as they are yet to slip off.
The frames are available in 4 other colours:
- Astana (Yellow and Blue)
- Red and Blue
- Black and Blue
I went for the Fluo Green and Red because they were the cheapest…and it also helps that I like green and red!
The only downside to the glasses are the lack of instructions about how to change the lenses. The instructions are typically Italian, flowery language that lacks actual usable information. I had a quick check on YouTube and also couldn’t find anything useful. After careful testing and practice it is done by bending the frame lightly (there’s inbuilt flex) and popping the lens out. I’ve got it down to a minute to change which is quick considering it took me 10 mins the first time!
The link for the glasses is: http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLPRMIRA/power-race-mirage-cycling-glasses
In conclusion I would give these glasses a good 9/10 due to the excellent price these can be picked up for, the build quality and the lens selection that the frames are bundled with.
Excellent for cyclists on a budget!
The link for Power Race’s official site: http://www.power-race.it/en/