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Coffee Ride Cool

From Issue 90

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These picks look just as good on a group ride as they do walking up to the coffee shop. They won’t offer the same uninterrupted coverage as cycling-specific sunglasses, but they offer sporty elements like rubberized touchpoints and lenses specifically tuned for the road. And for the hours you’re not on a bike, they’ll perform better than just about any other pair of lifestyle sunglasses on the market.



poc require

The most traditional looking sunglasses of the bunch here, the POC Require is possibly the most versatile as well. The square shape is a classic that fits many people well and goes with many outfits, on and off the bike. Plus, we’re a big fan of the translucent-gray color. It doesn’t beg for people’s attention, but it’s a cool detail up close. The Clarity lens offers, as the name suggests, a clearer vision. It is tuned specifically for urban environments, ensuring that traffic and car lights are highlighted. And the durable nylon lenses come from renowned optics company Carl Zeiss. Practically disappearing on your face, the Require is also the lightest of the three lifestyle shades featured here. The only downside is that the Require costs as much as POC’s performance eyewear. $230;


smith range

These sunglasses get more compliments than anything else we wear. Even personal achievements in your life will get overshadowed the instant you don these shades. Get married? Sick shades! Have a kid? Cute baby, now where did you get those glasses? Job promotion? Let me try those on! Turns out, people really like a good pair of shades. But they’re only for the bold. The circular lenses and double nose bridges demand a lot of attention. That’s part of the reason we opted for the black colorway, one of the least loud options available—but the black on black still looks pretty sweet. The black lenses look like they should make the world look permanently like nighttime, but the mad scientists at Smith have made a deceptively light tint—which is slightly bluish up close—that takes you through the day with ease. It also gets Smith’s ChromaPop treatment, allowing color contrast to shine through better. Rubberized nose grips keep the shades in place and build-quality feels fantastic. $139;

100% CAMPO 

100 campo

From the three shades featured here, the 100% Campo retains the sportiest elements of its cycling-specific cousins. It’s the only one of the bunch to offer temples made completely of molded, flexible rubber, allowing them to contour to your head and create a more comfortable fit. Additionally, thermoplastic elastomer nose and temple pads add to the comfort. These shades also fit well in a helmet, adding to their appeal for cyclists. Because we have riding in mind, we opted for the red HiPER lens, which helps increase road contrast. But if colored lenses aren’t your thing there are many options available, including polarized. There’s also a protective coating that repels oil and water. $150;

From issue 90.
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