Ryders Eyewear Cycling Sunglasses

Ryders Eyewear Cycling Sunglasses

Cover: Ryders Eyewear Cycling Sunglasses
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


Things happen when you’re on your bike. Weather conditions change, rocks fly, tree limbs come out of nowhere, and occasionally you hit the ground and things like your sunglasses end up taking the brunt of it all. Ryders Eyewear states they have a solution for many of these issues, so we decided to put their sunglasses to the test.

The Ryders sunglasses tested

We recently tested two Ryders Eyewear models – one pair of the Caliber model and two pair of the Thorn model. We rode with them, ran in them, and also simulated some adverse conditions, checking for performance.

Ryders sunglasses: Thorn – Matte White & Orange with Anti-Fog Photochromic yellow lens US$139.99

Ryders Eyewear Cycling Sunglasses
Ryders Eyewear Cycling Sunglasses
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Ryders sunglasses: Thorn – Matte Black with Anti-Fog Photochromic yellow lens US$129.99

Ryders Eyewear Cycling Sunglasses
Ryders Eyewear Cycling Sunglasses
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Ryders sunglasses Caliber – Camo with Anti-Fog Photochromic brown lens US$129.99

Ryders Eyewear Cycling Sunglasses
Ryders Eyewear Cycling Sunglasses
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Here’s how it went.

Ryders sunglasses: Shatterproof, scratch resistant, durable & flexible

Since I’ve been known to break things the first day I have them, this is where I started. Ryders Eyewear says their lenses are scratch-resistant (not scratch proof) and their durability & flexibility comes from TR90 technology, a type of thermoplastic material. They also state:

All of our lenses are shatterproof, meaning they won’t break up into dangerous little shards when impacted. An extremely strong impact may damage the lens, but it will never shatter. If astronauts trust this material to keep their heads from exploding while on a 17,000 mph space walk, you’ll have nothing to worry about on your adventures, no matter how fast you’re going.

Polycarbonate is the extraordinarily durable thermoplastic that’s used in bulletproof glass, riot shields and astronaut helmets. It’s the ideal material for performance eyewear because of its high impact resistance, inherent UV protection and light weight. All of our lenses are made of polycarbonate.”

Well, the no exploding head thing sounds really good. And, since, I didn’t have any spacewalks in my near future and the closest I typically get to a riot is at a cycling race where there aren’t enough photographer vests (cycling photographers can be a wild bunch), this is what we tried.

1. The “my glasses are on the top of my head, what’s that up there, oops they just fell off back of my head” test.

Test glasses: Thorn white/orange
Result: They survived unscathed.

2. The “big hill coming, I think I’ll tighten my shoe a bit, oops, my glasses just flew across the road” test.

Test glasses: Thorn white/orange
Result: Again, no breakage or scratches.

Ryders Eyewear cycling sunglasses
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Ryders sunglasses: Hydrophobic front

Hydrophobic literally means “fear of water” so the lenses are coated with something that fears water? Ah, it’s more like the water fears the glasses. The hydrophobic coating on the front of the lens causes water to run off and prevents streaking.

Since we are located in a desert and in the middle of a drought, we simulated conditions for the water-related features. We held the glasses under a faucet, wiped the back of the glasses, and then set them on a paper towel to take the image you see below. They performed pretty close to described with just a few beads of water remaining after the equivalent of a downpour.

Ryders Eyewear cycling sunglasses
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Ryders Eyewear cycling sunglasses
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Ryders sunglasses: Anti-fog back

The back of the Ryders lens is coated to “resist fogging, even in the most demanding conditions. It is permanent and washable so you can wipe the lens without the risk of removing its anti-fog properties.” Again, no humidity here. To test, I placed them on the counter while showering. The mirrors and the shower enclosure fogged but the glasses did not.

Ryders sunglasses: Photochromic technology

Photochromic lenses automatically adjust to light conditions.

Ryders states:

When exposed to sunlight, the lenses will start to darken instantly. The time they take to reach maximum darkness depends on a number of factors including the intensity of sunlight and air temperature. Generally speaking, the adjustment from light to dark is quite rapid. The adjustment from dark to light will begin instantly but occur more gradually.”

The yellow lenses are designed for very low light to bright light. The brown lenses are for medium to very bright light. We tested with the camo Calibers with photochromic brown lenses. For this one, I placed the sunglasses outside for 10 minutes, leaving the white anti-fog, photochromic sticker on the lens. When I brought them back inside, I immediately removed the sticker and took this image:

Ryders Eyewear cycling sunglasses
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Ryders sunglasses: UV Protection, optically correct & RXable

Always important with cycling sunglasses, or any sunglasses, eye protection needs to extend to UV protection as well. Ryders provide protection against 100% UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light to 400nm at all tint levels. Some styles are RX-able, with the Caliber falling into this category, depending on your prescription and the capabilities of your lens provider. With regard to optically correct, Ryders states:

The lenses in all of our sunglasses are made by injecting molten polycarbonate into a mold that is specially shaped to eliminate distortion.”

With the exception of goggles, I don’t think I’ve ever experience distortion, but we didn’t with any of the Ryders sunglasses we tested as well.

Ryders sunglasses: Summing it up

Overall, the Ryders sunglasses performed well and provide a good value for the price. They have a wide range of styles and options available from $50 and up. The glasses are very lightweight and both styles fit comfortably. The Calibers weigh 32g and the Thorns weigh 30g. I personally liked the coverage the Calibers provided – the wrap delivers a great field of vision.


Disclosure & disclaimer: We received product samples for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Endevr myID Bracelet

Emergency ID bracelets & notification systems

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Article by Kim Hull


Practically every cycling fan remembers when Road ID® began airing commercials with Bobke in 2011. A huge hit, the commercials propelled the product, designed to keep sports enthusiasts safer when out on the road, into a commonly known brand.

Since that time, the emergency ID market has matured, with new products and services now available. The simple ID bracelet of 3 years ago that displayed your name and a phone number has been replaced with online databases, proactive crash sensors and a variety of customization options.

Emergency ID and notification systems

While there are quite a few emergency ID bracelet & notification system options available these days, we decided to look at two that are pulling to the front of the pack – Endevr™ my ID™ and ICEdot – and have compared them with the current interactive version of Road ID.

Endevr myID Bracelet
Endevr myID Bracelet
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To begin – a summary of the emergency ID bracelets and notification system product types:

Standard emergency ID bracelet: A bracelet that typically displays a few lines of information about the wearer, such as name and an emergency contact phone.  No service fee is charged by the provider, but if your information changes, you have to purchase a new bracelet.

ICEdot Crash-SensorInteractive emergency ID bracelets: A bracelet that ties to an online database of information.  A first-responder or medical facility is directed to a website or phone number where detailed information such as emergency contacts, drug allergies, and health insurance information can be accessed.

The bracelet owner can access the database at any time via the web and update information to ensure it is current.  An annual service fee is charged by the provider.

Automatic crash notification system: Changes the notification system from passive (bracelet is worn & hoped to be noticed) to proactive by detecting a crash and notifying an emergency contact.

Emergency ID & notification systems features

Bracelet personalization: The bracelets range from no customization as far as color to having a wide variety of colors & interest personalization badges (cycling, running, Ironman, etc) available.

Medical condition add-ons: Adds a visible medical condition notification, such as a penicillin allergy or diabetic, to the bracelet. Non-bracelet options: Stickers, ID buttons, shoe tags, etc that could be used instead of a bracelet to tie to the service’s online emergency ID & notification database.

Emergency ID & notification systems feature comparisons

At the time of this article, the following is a comparison of the features and pricing of each of the three interactive emergency ID services reviewed:

Online profile

  • Endevr my ID: Yes
  • ICEdot: Yes
  • Road ID: Yes

iPhone app

  • Endevr my ID: Yes
  • ICEdot: Yes
  • Road ID: No

Android app

  • Endevr my ID: No
  • ICEdot: In development
  • Road ID: No

Sizing

  • Endevr my ID: Trim to fit
  • ICEdot: Small, large, child
  • Road ID: S-M, L-XL, or one size fits all

Bracelet warranty/guarantee

  • Endevr my ID: Lifetime
  • ICEdot: No
  • Road ID: ID plate only

Multiple colors and styles

  • Endevr my ID: No
  • ICEdot: No
  • Road ID: Yes

Medical condition add-ons

  • Endevr my ID: Yes
  • ICEdot: No
  • Road ID: Yes

Personal or custom interest add-ons

  • Endevr my ID: Ironman
  • ICEdot: No
  • Road ID: Numerous

Automatic crash notification system

  • Endevr my ID: No
  • ICEdot: Crash Sensor
  • Road ID: No

Availability

  • Endevr my ID: Worldwide
  • ICEdot: US & limited international
  • Road ID: Worldwide

Information shown on bracelet & EMT access

Personal information

  • Endevr my ID: None
  • ICEdot: None
  • Road ID: Name, City & State, Emergency responder access: phone

Emergency responder access

  • Endevr my ID: Phone, QR code
  • ICEdot: Phone, website, text
  • Road ID: Phone, website

Emergency responder access method

  • Endevr my ID: QR code, ID & PIN
  • ICEdot: PIN
  • Road ID: Serial # & PIN

Pricing

Cost per year

  • Endevr my ID: &10, 1st yr included w product purchase, Multi-year discount available
  • ICEdot: $10, 1st yr included w product purchase
  • Road ID: $10, 1st yr included w product purchase

Options

Bracelet

  • Endevr my ID: $40
  • ICEdot: $20
  • Road ID: $15-$24

Stickers

  • Endevr my ID: Free
  • ICEdot: $10
  • Road ID: NA

ID buttons

  • Endevr my ID: NA
  • ICEdot: $20/4
  • Road ID: NA

Automatic crash notification system

  • Endevr my ID: NA
  • ICEdot: $149
  • Road ID: NA

Medical condition add-ons

  • Endevr my ID: $4.99
  • ICEdot: NA
  • Road ID: $5

Disclosure & disclaimer: We received product samples for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Some samples are donated following the review. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Endevr myID Bracelet

Endevr™ myID™ Bracelet

Endevr™ myID™ Bracelet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


The myID bracelet from Endvr is an emergency identification bracelet that enables first responders or hospital personnel to quickly access emergency contact and medical information.

Endevr myID Bracelet
Endevr myID Bracelet
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Each myID bracelet comes with a unique, scannable QR code, ID, and PIN that links to the owner’s profile and provides emergency contact and medical information. myID bracelets come in 3 color options: black/grey, turquoise/black, and white/grey.

What comes with the myID bracelet?

Endevr myID Bracelet
Endevr myID Bracelet
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Each package has the myID bracelet, a slider that has the unique QR code, ID, and PIN, a myID sizing tape to measure your wrist, stickers & a wallet card to record your ID & pin. The waterproof band can easily be cut to size.  The first year of service is included, so the next step is to get a myID bracelet profile established.

Endevr myID Bracelet
Endevr myID Bracelet
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Setting up the myID bracelet profile

Endevr myID Bracelet
Endevr myID Bracelet
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A myID profile can be created at http:myidband.com/activate, which also can be accessed by scanning the QR code found on the back of the band’s slider.

On the website, a profile can be set up using the ID & PIN found on the back of myID bracelet which links the profile to the myID bracelet.

The profile information can include:

  • Vital medical conditions. Condition and notes.
  • Personal information. Name, birthdate, gender, hair color, height, weight, blood type, organ donor, photo.
  • Address
  • Emergency contacts. Names and phone numbers.
  • Allergies. Allergies and notes.
  • Medications. Medications and notes.
  • Physicians. Physician name, business name, title, phone number, city, state (Multiple can be listed).
  • Insurance information. Insurance provider, ID number, group number, bin number, deductible, customer service phone number, notes.
  • Linked myID products. ID and pin.
Endevr myID Bracelet
Endevr myID Bracelet
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myID bracelet condition specific sliders

With interactive emergency ID bracelets still fairly new, it is a concern that the first responder or hospital personnel will not understand what an emergency ID bracelet is and does.

While most providers are working to educate the industry, many in the medical profession still recommend the old medical alert bracelets they have been trained to look for to identify specific conditions.

myID has a combined solution to address this issue with condition-specific sliders available for $4.99 each.

The conditions currently available include: peanut allergy, diabetes 1, diabetes 2, hearing impaired, autism, penicillin, vision impaired, seizures, shellfish allergy, tree nut allergy, Alzheimer’s, dementia, morphine, emphysema, mentally impaired, pulmonary conditions, sickle cell anemia, blood disorder, insect allergies, kidney disease, epilepsy, and pacemaker.

Endevr myID Bracelet
Endevr myID Bracelet
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The facts straight from Endevr myID

  • myID Cadence bracelet: $40
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Complete online medical profile
  • 1-year subscription to Premium Online Health Profile included free
  • Premium Profile just $9.99 per year after that
  • Rapid QR code access
  • Fully adjustable fit – Trim to fit
  • Optional Side Sliders Available for specific conditions

myID bracelet product specifications

Weight: 4 oz. / 45g
Width: 1/8 in. / 4mm
Height: 1 in. / 22mm
Sizes: Fully Adjustable
Materials: Silicone / Stainless Steel
Ion Count: 800/cc


Disclosure & disclaimer: We received product samples for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

FootBalance QuickFit Insoles

FootBalance Custom Insoles for Cycling Shoes

FootBalance QuickFit Insoles
FootBalance QuickFit Insoles
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If your feet hurt, you are not going to have a good day. And, that goes for time on the bike as well. Normally, I’m fine for an hour or two ride, but after that, some foot pain definitely begins to set in – usually an aching in the arch.

My hard-plastic, custom insoles won’t fit in my cycling shoes. So, when I heard about the new FootBalance custom insoles for cycling shoes, which they said could be created in less than 10 minutes, I wanted to know more.

FootBalance Custom Insoles in practice

I have tried the FootBalance Performance custom insoles in both my cycling shoes and in standard street shoes and have used them for both short and long distances.

The insoles have performed well. They are very comfortable, were easy to insert into the shoes, not even needing any trimming, and have held up well after a little over a month of use. For cycling, the insoles provide extra arch support and that definitely reduces foot fatigue.

Having worn custom, plastic inserts for several years in street shoes, it was an interesting comparison. The FootBalance custom insoles are far more comfortable and a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than my other inserts.  I suspect my old hard plastic insoles will last longer (they are basically indestructible) but at $79.99 US for the FootBalance insoles, they could be replaced several times before reaching the same amount I shelled out for my old insoles.

The facts straight from FootBalance

FootBalance Performance custom insoles

100% custom footbed is heat-molded expressly to riders’ feet in about 10 minutes at FootBalance dealer locations

MSRP $79.99

Ideal for:

  • Tight, low volume or performance footwear such as cycling shoes, spikes, soccer shoes, skates, minimalist and natural running footwear
  • Low to medium impact sports and activities
  • Individuals who benefit from light support but great for all foot types

Features:

  • Sizes-34-48
  • Weight-1.4oz/40grams
  • Materials: D200 Silver Ion, High-Abrasion, Anti-microbial, Anti-odor

FootBalance has multiple lines of insoles for a wide variety of sports, including their new QuickFit line that can be molded at home.


Disclosure & disclaimer: We received product samples for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Bollé Cycling Glasses

What makes a good pair of cycling sunglasses?

Bollé Cycling Glasses
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Article by Kim Hull


Cycling sunglasses interviews

They protect you, enhance your vision, and can say a great deal about your personality. Sunglasses.

More specifically, cycling sunglasses. Definitely, where form meets function.

We interviewed reps from four of the hottest makers in cycling eyewear products at Interbike …

and got the details – from fan favorites to what to look for in 2014 – and then summed it up along with photos, cool new features to look for, and of course, how much they’ll each set you back.

But first, what makes a good pair of cycling sunglasses?

Protection

First, and foremost, cycling sunglasses must protect your eyes and face. That includes:

  • Blocking the sun with 100% UV protection
  • Shielding your eyes and face from wind, debris, rain, bugs & glare

Value

Few of us fall into the “price is no object” category, so how much that new pair of cycling shades costs is a factor.However, the price needs to be balanced with quality, durability, versatility, comfort & protection.

Vision

While optimists may always want to look at the world through rose-colored glasses, they probably never rode 60 miles on a bright, sunny day. Instead of buying a different set of glasses for each condition (and hoping you have them with you when the light changes), interchangeable lenses are the hottest feature in town.

In addition to thinking about the size of the lenses in your new pair of cycling sunglasses, which can affect peripheral vision, what colors or tints are available? While most manufacturers have a wide variety of lens colors, in general:

  • Grey or brown lenses tend to be best overall in reducing brightness in a medium to bright light.
  • Amber or gold lenses are good in low light and tend to enhance depth perception (why they are used frequently in ski goggles).
  • Rose lenses truly make the world a brighter place (good for low or variable light, but not good on bright days).
  • Clear lenses are great for protection on a cloudy or rainy day.

Versatility

Instead of buying a different set of glasses for each condition (and hoping you have them with you when the light changes), interchangeable lenses are the hottest feature in town.

Extra lenses can easily slip into your pocket or be stored in your seat pack and quickly be changed on a ride.  But then, what if the lenses change by themselves?

Comfort

Poor fitting cycling sunglasses can make your head hurt, literally. Take your helmet to the store and try them on with your helmet on and holding your head like you are riding a bike.  The fit at that angle may be nothing like it is just casually checking yourself out in the mirror.  Other things to think about:

  • Fit
  • Weight
  • Air-flow / circulation
  • Prescription options, if needed

Let’s check out some hot new cycling shades

Bollé

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

Bollé has long been known as a provider of quality sunglasses, having manufactured and distributed eyewear worldwide for decades. What’s new in Bollé’s cycling sunglass line?

  • Bollé’s Vortex are versatile & available in a wide range of frame & lens colors
  • Bollé introduces the Breakaway & the 6th Sense specifically designed for cyclists in early 2014.

Transitions

Transitions cycling sunglassesOakley TransitionsTransitions, long known for their lenses that automatically change from light to dark and back, have partnered with Oakley and Nike to bring sports sunglasses to the market.Specifically for cyclists – Oakley Transitions in frames like Fast Jacket that are already a big hit with cyclists and Nike MAX Transitions, which come in at a very nice price point.With transitions – interchangeable is automatic.

Smith Optics

Smith Optics Pivlock Overdrive cycling sunglassesSmith Optics knows a thing or two about eyewear designed for outdoor conditions and speed.In 1965, Dr. Bob Smith, founder of Smith Optics, created of the first ski goggle with a sealed thermal lens & breathable vent foam.That same innovation can be seen in Smith Optics’ cycling sunglasses with the Pivlock line, which makes swapping lenses quick & easy. Their two new models, Pivlock Overdrive and the Pivlock V2, both come with 3 interchangeable lenses.

Optic Nerve

Optic Nerve Cycling Glasses
Optic Nerve Cycling Glasses
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Colorado-based Optic Nerve ranks high on the value scale.Optic Nerve’s popular Neurotoxin is lightweight & flexible, comes with interchangeable lenses, and at $79, was one of the lowest priced options we found that was still feature-rich.In the spring of 2014, Optic Nerve introduces the SideSwipe™, their new interchangeable lens system.


Disclosure & disclaimer: We received product samples for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Some samples are donated following the review. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Transitions cycling sunglasses

Oakley® Transitions® & Nike® MAX Transitions

Transitions cycling sunglassesSo, you get a new pair of cycling sunglasses with interchangeable lenses, head out for a ride on a bright sunny day, and an hour into your ride clouds roll in.  Time to switch lenses… but, oh yeah, you left them at home.

There’s a solution – Transitions.

You’ve probably heard of them or seen them at the optical shop – the lenses that go from light to dark depending on the outdoor light. Transitions are now available for sports sunglasses, including Oakley & Nike MAX. Take a look…

Oakley Transitions & Nike MAX Transitions

Transitions Adaptive Sunwear

The facts straight from Transitions

Transitions adaptive sunglasses use the advanced photochromic technology from Transitions Optical – but, unlike Transitions lenses, Transitions sunwear products may have an initial tint and are designed to enhance visual performance in specific outdoor activities. Like everyday Transitions lenses, Transitions adaptive sunglasses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Tint

Transitions adaptive sunglasses are self-adjusting, meaning they automatically darken and lighten depending on the brightness of the outdoor light.Ordinary sunglasses are designed to block a specific light level – which is why, in certain low-lighting situations, some sunglasses can seem too dark, while in brighter conditions, they are not dark enough.Through its advanced photochromic technology, Transitions Optical is able to help reduce the higher luminance (bright light) to more comfortable levels, while not blocking too much light in lower light conditions, so wearers continue to experience optimal performance, regardless of lighting conditions.

Color

Transitions Optical has developed more than 3,500 different photochromic dyes that cover the entire color spectrum, all of which can be blended to achieve any desired color and to meet the needs of specific tasks.

  • Clear to Black Iridium lenses are designed to adapt automatically in a range of light conditions, from low-light/overcast to extremely sunny.
  • Red tinted lenses eliminate road glare and allow calming red light to enter the eye, which helps during endurance sports like cycling.
  • Rose lenses enhance contrast and increase brightness. They are most effective in bright and flat light, or in hazy conditions. They provide a warmer appearance and improve depth perception and contours.

Polarization

Commonly used in regular sunglasses, polarized lenses help to block light and eliminate blinding (reflected) glare. They enable the eye to view objects otherwise hidden by reflected light while improving comfort and minimizing eye fatigue.Polarized lenses are ideal for situations where glare is caused by light being reflected off of flat surfaces, such as glass, concrete, water, ice or snow.

Performance Frame Fit

Choosing a sunwear frame is part personal style preference, part fit.By partnering with best-in-class brands like Oakley® and Nike®, Transitions adaptive sunglasses and shields are available in a variety of performance styles that can help add to a visual advantage during sports and activities.

Oakley Transitions

Oakley offers both prescription and non-prescription sunglasses.  Available in multiple colors and frame styles, including the Fast Jacket, Flak Jacket, and Half Jacket, they all activate to darker, neutral tints to allow athletes to maintain peak performance.

Nike MAX Transitions

Nike offers non-prescription lenses in proprietary tints (golf, outdoor and speed), designed to be both responsive to changing light and specifically engineered to sport performance. Available in the Show X2 and SQ (golf and outdoor) and Tailwind (Speed) frame styles.

Summing it up

Oakley TransitionsOakley Transitions cycling sunglasses

  • Available in multiple Oakley colors and frame styles, including the Fast Jacket, Flak Jacket, and Half Jacket
  • Comes with Transitions clear to dark Iridium® lenses
  • Prescription lenses available
  • Prices range from $180 – $300, depending on frame style (with non-prescription lenses)

Nike MAX Speed Tint cycling sunglassesNike MAX Transitions cycling sunglasses

  • Available in the Tailwind, Show XS, and SQ frame styles
  • Comes with Transitions SpeedTint lenses
  • Prices range from $119 – $210

Disclosure & disclaimer: We received product samples for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Smith Optics Cycling Sunglasses

Smith Optics Cycling Sunglasses

Smith Optics Cycling Sunglasses
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Article by Kim Hull


When I first walked up to speak with Adam at Smith Optics about their new model of cycling sunglasses, the Pivlock Overdrive, I noticed the pair on the shelf with the side/temple piece at an odd angle, and thought, “Oh no. Someone has broken their demo pair of glasses.”

But, no – that’s how they look. Well, at least, when changing the lenses. To change the lenses, the temple flips up, the frame pulls down and out comes the lens. Super easy – as Adam illustrates for us here…

Smith Optics Cycling Sunglasses
Smith Optics Cycling Sunglasses
Photo credit: Kim Hull
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Smith Optics Pivlock Overdrive & V2

Smith Optics Pivlock cycling sunglasses

The facts straight from Smith Optics

Carbonic lenses

Engineered to be the most impact resistant lens material in the world. TLT lenses are optically corrected to maximize visual clarity and object definition. Vacuum applied antireflective coatings on the back side of the lens will eliminate bothersome sidelight reflections.

Anti-reflective coating

Vacuum applied antireflective coatings on the back side of the lens will eliminate bothersome sidelight reflections.

Pivlock Overdrive features

  • Medium Fit / Large Coverage
  • Interchangeable Carbonic TLT Lenses
  • TR90 Frame Material
  • Hydroleophobic Lens Coating
  • 2-position Adjustable Nose Pads
  • Slide-On Temple Tips
  • Hydrophilic Megol Temple & Nose Pads
  • 9 Base shields lens
  • Frame Measurements 64-17-130

Pivlock V2 & V2 Max features

  • Medium Fit / Medium Coverage
  • Carbonic TLT Lenses (Proprietary high impact lens material on the MIL-SPEC styles that meets ANSI Z87.1 and MIL-PRF-31013 standard for impact)
  • Hydrophobic Lens Coating
  • 3-Position Adjustable Nose Pads
  • Slide-On Temple Tips
  • Hydrophilic Megol Nose and Temple Pads
  • 7 Base Lens Curvature
  • Frame Measurements 135–n/a–120

Hydroleophobic lens coating

Repels moisture, grease, and grime. A barrier between your lenses and the world. Water will bead up and disperse without streaking. Smudges from fingerprints are wiped clean easily.

Photochromic

Photochromic Ignitor NXT® lenses for the PivLock V2. Automatically changing from 14-60% VLT by available UV light, the high-contrast Photochromic Ignitor lens increases an object’s definition and your depth perception in any light condition.

Summing it up

Smith Optics Pivlock Overdrive cycling sunglassesSmith Optics Pivlock Overdrive cycling sunglasses

  • Temple flips up to change out lenses
  • 3 lenses included
  • 2 position adjustable nose piece
  • Replacement/additional lenses available for sale on the Smith Optics website
  • Retails for $199

Smith Optics Pivlock V2 & V2 Max cycling sunglassesSmith Optics Pivlock V2 & V2 Max cycling sunglasses

  • Worn by the United Healthcare cycling team
  • Lightest interchangeable lens sunglasses in the market
  • 3 lenses included
  • 3 size adjustable nose piece
  • Replacement/additional lenses available for sale on the Smith Optics website
  • Retails for $239

Disclaimer: The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. We received no compensation for this article. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Bollé cycling sunglasses

Bollé Cycling Sunglasses

Bollé cycling sunglasses
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Article by Kim Hull


Michael Matthews, ORICA GreenEdge
Michael Matthews, ORICA GreenEdge
Photo Credit: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © 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, Cool Adventures © 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 the ultra-lightweight Trivex® material, the lenses provide the possible combination of visual clarity, impact resistance and lightweight 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 airflow 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.

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.

Disclosure & disclaimer: We received product samples for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Kim Hull chatting with Mario Cipollini

Mario Cipollini talks Cipollini bikes

Mario Cipollini talks Cipollini bikes
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


Mario Cipollini talks Cipollini bikes
Mario Cipollini talks Cipollini bikes
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Mario Cipollini is well known as one of the best sprinters of his generation, with a long, successful career that includes 191 victories.

Also known as “Cipo,” “The Lion King (Il Re Leone),” and “Super Mario,” Cipollini’s colorful personality and sprinting prowess earned him devoted fans worldwide, which continues today years after his retirement in 2008.

In 2010, Cipollini developed a line of expertly crafted bicycles that bear his name.  Handcrafted in Italy, Cipollini bikes – known for their spectacular detailing, construction & design – are on the wish list of most every bicycle enthusiast.

Cipollini was recently in Las Vegas at Interbike showing his latest creations and we grabbed a few minutes of Mario’s time, as he explained why and how he created the Cipollini line of bikes.

Cipollini bikes in the U.S.

Along with Mario at Interbike was Joe Roth of Speed Brands out of Miami, Florida, who provided details on what’s new this year with Cipollini bikes and the availability of the Cipollini bikes in the U.S.

More on Cipollini bikes

  • In the U.S, Cipollini models start at $3895 retail for the Bond, $5395 for the Logos, $5795 for the RB800, and $6895 for the RB1000
  • All Cipollini bikes are 100% built in Italy
  • The new My Cipollini custom bike is available for the RB1000 model
  • Find more information on the Cipollini website, including Cipollini dealers worldwide.
Cipollini Bikes
Cipollini Bikes
Photo credit: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures 
© Chasing Light Media
Optic Nerve Cycling Glasses

Optic Nerve Cycling Sunglasses

Optic Nerve Cycling Glasses
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


Optic Nerve refers to their products as, “Engineered to perform, priced to compete.”

With a price of $79 for Optic Nerve’s most popular cycling sunglass style, the Neurotoxin, Optic Nerve definitely came in at the lowest price point of options we checked out at Interbike 2013, while still having some very competitive features. Mae Harris of Optic Nerve gave us an overview of what’s available now and what’s coming out in the spring of 2014.

Optic Nerve Neurotoxin & SideSwipe™

Optic Nerve SideSwipe

The facts straight from Optic Nerve

Optic Nerve’s new SideSwipe cycling glasses have a small switch that allows lenses to be changed with minimal lens handling.

SideSwipe cycling glasses will be released in 2014 with two different options.

  • One will have a polarized smoke lens along with regular copper and clear lenses and will retail at $109.
  • The other will have two polarized lenses – smoke and copper – and will retail at $129.

All lenses will have Optic Nerve’s hydrophobic coating and frames will feature adjustable temple tips.

Optic Nerve 2014 Technologies

Hydrophobic technology

All polarized and premium IC models include a micro-thin Hydrophobic coating that repels water, dust, and oil, as well as enhancing overall performance and durability.

Fin Technology

Nerve patented interchangeable lens “FIN” technology. FIN technology is found on Bender, Axtionsuit, Hermosa, Squeezebox, Gridlock, and Apex. FIN technology makes changing lenses hassle-free, yet secure.

Polarized injection polycarbonate lenses

The injection polycarbonate polarized lens is manufactured using the most advanced technology available. Precision molding and processing create pristine optics, superior clarity and elite impact resistance, along with a highly efficient polarized filter. The advanced “hydrophobic clear coat” is applied to the final product for a lens that repels water, oil, and dust, which enhances performance, lifespan, and cleaning.

Features

  • TR90 frame material for enhanced performance, fit and comfort
  • Precision optics
  • Meets ANSI Z80.3 standards for optical clarity and impact resistance
  • 100% UVA/UVB Protection
  • Lifetime warranty

 Summing it up

Optic Nerve Neurotoxin cycling sunglassesOptic Nerve Neurotoxin cycling sunglasses

  • Available with 3 interchangeable lenses: copper, clear & smoke
  • Adjustable nose & earpieces
  • Lightweight & flexible
  • Replacement lenses (for the interchangeable style products only) are available by contacting Optic Nerve’s customer service. The number is on the website & product packaging.
  • Available now – find the dealer locator at the bottom of the Optic Nerve website

Optic Nerve SideSwipe cycling sunglassesOptic Nerve SideSwipe cycling sunglasses

  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Lenses are changed using a small switch on the side
  • Two lens package options
  • Available spring 2014 at $109 or $129, depending on lens package

Disclosure & disclaimer: We received product samples for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Riding with the peloton

Riding with the peloton

Cover photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Ever wonder what it’s like to ride in one of the cars on the course of a pro cycling race?

The cycling photography aspect of Chasing Light Media provides opportunities to view pro cycling races from numerous vantage points, including within the peloton. One of the most frequent questions we get, is what riding with the peloton is like, so here’s a recap of a typical day…

A carefully choreographed caravan

Riding with the peloton - Tour of Utah
Riding with the peloton – Tour of Utah
Photo Credit: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

A pro cycling race is much more than some guys on bikes riding at high rates of speed on a given day.

The race route is carefully planned months in advance and requires the efforts of hundreds, if not thousands, of people to ensure the race is both safe for riders and enjoyable for fans. As each race day dawns, the roads are closed to the public, as a mix of motorcycles and cars travel amongst the 100+ bike riders, carefully weaving in and out of the cyclists to support them and provide race coverage for fans worldwide.

Who’s in those cars & on those motorcycles?

Riding with the peloton
Riding with the peloton
Photo: Kim Hull
© Chasing Light Media

A variety of people.

First, there are the organizers of the race. That includes race officials, marshalls and race operations personnel that ride throughout the race ensuring the riders are safe and the course is as secure as possible.

Next, communications. Race radio keeps everyone updated on the status throughout the race. Information continually flows over the radio with information on riders, locations and current conditions. An example of an update… “The lead group is 40 seconds off the front and includes 11 riders. The riders are 51 5 – 1, 91 9 – 1, 45 4 – 5…”

Riding with the peloton
Riding with the peloton – Tour of Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Team support cars. Each team has a couple of support cars carrying extra bikes and supplies to assist their riders on the course with flats, broken chains, etc.

VIPs. Let’s not forget that it takes money to support a race. VIPs pay up to a reported $10,000 to ride in a car during certain races.

Press. The motorcycle photographers roam in and out of the riders and along the route to get shots as the race progresses. We were in one of the media cars that carries the press during the race.

And, there are other vehicles, including medical support.

Riding with the peloton
Riding with the peloton – Tour of Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

So, what do you do in the car?

We start out ahead of the peloton.  Typically, a few miles out, we stop and wait along the side of the road for the riders to “catch up,” then, when they get close, we proceed out ahead of the group.

We ride along, listening for news on race radio, waiting for the breakaway. Just before the sprint, we were notified that we could fall into the gap (area between the breakaway and the peloton) after the sprint.

Our driver stops periodically along side of the road so we can get shots of the breakaway as they pass. We then start again, this time in between the break and the main group. As a chase forms, the process is repeated, then we fall in behind those riders.

The first climb

Riding with the peloton
Riding with the peloton – Tour of Utah
Photo Credit: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The route on this day of the final stage of the Tour of Utah was fairly simple – flat with two huge climbs.

On the first climb, the breakaway fractured with gaps forming between the riders as they made their way up the 2.15-miles with up to 22 percent grades. It was hot and the riders were suffering as we passed them on the climb.

After going over the top and the first King of the Mountain (KOM) point, we passed the feed zone, and then we flew down the winding descent, just ahead of the helicopter.

A race back to the finish line

Now ahead of the riders, with just the final pass waiting between us and the finish line, we race ahead to get to the finish line before the riders.

On this day, we arrived back in Park City just about the time the first of the riders went over the pass and began their descent into town. Jumping out of the car at the finish line, we took our places on the course with the other photographers and about 10 minutes later, the riders hit town and race to the finish line.

Tour of Utah 2013 Stage 6
Tour of Utah 2013 Stage 6, Francisco Mancebo, 5 Hour Energy by Kenda
Photo Credit: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media
ICEdot Crash Sensor

ICEdot Crash Sensor

ICEdot Crash SensorLet’s face it, no one ever thinks when they head out to grab a few miles of blissful solitude on their bike that they are going to end up on the side of the road unconscious.

But, it happens.  It happens to amateur riders, experienced riders, new riders, and even the pros.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48,000 cyclists were injured and 677 were killed in the United States in 2011. Imagine what that number is worldwide.

But, what if there was a simple device that attached to your helmet that could detect if you crashed with a possible head injury and it could summon help, even if you couldn’t?

Lucas Euser, United Healthcare
Lucas Euser
United Healthcare
Amgen Tour of California 2014 Stage 1
Photo: Kim Hull ©Chasing Light Media

Enter ICEdot Crash Sensor – where technology and innovation intersect with adventure to help keep cyclists safer.

“Personally, I’ve been hit three times by cars.

Accidents happen.

Being able to notify your loved ones and get help on the way without having to touch a single button is enough for me to feel comfortable in assuming the risk of cycling.”

– Lucas Euser, Pro cyclist

Lucas Euser, United Healthcare
Lucas Euser, United Healthcare, Amgen Tour of California 2014 Stage 2
Photo: Kim Hull ©Chasing Light Media

The ICEdot Crash Sensor

So, how’s that work?

The Crash Sensor is a piece of hardware/technology that adheres to a cycling helmet and detects speed, changes of force and impact.

ICEdot Crash Sensor impact detectedIt syncs with a smart phone application and if an impact is detected it will begin an emergency countdown on your phone.

If the countdown is not manually turned off it will alert your emergency contacts that an impact has occurred and send them a map with your GPS location.

How simple is that?

And, hey – we spend our lives in helmets – ski helmets, bike helmets, rock climbing helmets.

ICEdot Crash Sensor clipIt’s easy to swap out the ICEdot iCrash Sensor between sports helmets by purchasing extra mounting clips (2 pack of mounting clips, $10).

 

Who is ICEdot?

ICEdot Crash Sensor bandICEdot is an emergency identification and notification service for athletes created in 2009.

For the price of a few beers you can get started with the ICE (in case of emergency) dot service ($10/yr for premium level service) and a bracelet ($20), stickers for your stuff ($10) or a snap pack of ICE buttons ($20) that you can snap on your gear.

ICEdot Crash Sensor buttonsYou then set up a profile with who to contact, medical information, your pic, etc.

First responders can text the personalized code on your bracelet or stickers and receive back emergency information stored in your ICEdot profile.