Bollé Cycling Sunglasses

Michael Matthews, ORICA GreenEdge
Michael Matthews, ORICA GreenEdge
Photo Credit: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

You may have noticed them on Michael Matthews or any of the Orica GreenEDGE team. The team wears Bollé Vortex glasses. And, you may have also thought – Bollé – they were big in cycling sunglasses in the 80’s and 90’s, but I haven’t noticed them much recently.

Bollé is ready to change that. Bollé has re-entered the cycling sunglass market, and debuted its new 2014 lines of cycling sunglasses, 6th Sense and Breakaway, at Interbike in Las Vegas.

We thought it would be an excellent chance to learn more and got a preview of both models from Marti Hatridge of Bollé during the show.

Bollé Cycling Glasses
Bollé Cycling Glasses
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Bollé 6th Sense and Breakaway – a preview

Bollé 6th Sense & Breakaway Cycling Sunglasses

The facts straight from Bollé

6th Sense and Breakaway sunglasses are fitted with Bollé’s exclusive B-Clear lenses.Made with ultra-lightweight Trivex® material, the lenses provide the possible combination of visual clarity, impact resistance and light weight for this type of application.  Other features include:

Extra wide field of vision

Aerodynamics

A specific shape designed to adjust to the cyclist’s position by extending the vision area vertically and extending the eye protection area. An engineered shape that channels air flow for better condensation management, a wraparound profile that is nearly seamless with the face.

Hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings

Applied to the inside lens surface to provide protection from the rain and damp conditions and to prevent smudge marks from fingers.

Anti-fog coating

No fogging under any circumstance. Not only repels vision-clouding condensation, it is revived by a simple application of moisture.

Thermogrip® temple tips and nose pads

Comfortable, hydrophilic nose pads and temple tips maintain the sunglasses in place.

Optic control system

Interchangeability allows lenses to be quickly and easily removed and replaced to match the tint to the conditions.

Bollé cycling sunglasses
Bollé cycling sunglasses
Photo credit: Kim Hull
© Chasing Light Media

Summing it up

Bollé Vortex cycling sunglasses

  • Worn by the Orica GreenEDGE cycling team
  • Available in a wide range of colors and lens colors
  • Available now on the Bollé website or at Bollé dealers
  • Replacement lenses are available from dealers (search Bollé Vortex replacement lenses)
  • Retail for around $170

Bollé 6th Sense cycling sunglasses

  • Available in early 2014
  • Shield lens with increased coverage, extended width & more protection
  • Added ventilation
  • Will be offered in a number of different color combinations and lens options
  • Prices will range from $180 to $200, depending on lens type.

Bollé Breakaway cycling sunglasses

  • Available in early 2014
  • Removable clips on bottom to channel airflow
  • Increased protection
  • Offered in a number of different color combinations and lens options
  • Prices will range from $180 to $200, depending on lens type.

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