Magellan Cyclo 505 Series of GPS enabled Cycling Computers

Article by Todd Hofert


Magellan, a long time producer of consumer and professional grade GPS receivers, introduced their first generation Cyclo Series of cycling computers in Europe in 2012 and in Australia/New Zealand in 2013. Later in 2013, the Cyclo 505/505HC were introduced, along with support for ANT+ trainers and Shimano’s Di2 electronic groupset. Magellan launched the Cyclo 315/505 computers to the North American market in July of 2014.

The Cyclo 505 Series is at the top end of their offerings and are made up of two models, the 505 and the 505hc. As a data junkie and a gadget enthusiast, I was delighted to have an opportunity to run the flagship Cyclo 505hc through its paces.

 

Magellan-Cyclo-505-Initial-Impressions.jpg

Magellan Cyclo 505: Initial Impressions

Magellan-Cyclo-505-Navigation.jpgA long time user of Garmin’s 500 and 510 series computers, my initial impression was that the 505hc was BIG. It only took a few minutes, however, to understand that I was dealing with a product that is in a different class with much more functionality than the Garmin 500’s. The 3” color transflective touchscreen is only slightly larger than Garmin’s 810 counterpart and both the universal cable tie mount and the out front mount offer mounting options that fit comfortably on your stem or bar.

Setting up the unit is straightforward and intuitive and did not require the use of a manual although a quick start guide is included in the box and detailed manuals are available online. Turning the device on for the first time you are prompted to select your preferred language, set your preferred date and time format, set your desired units of measure and establish a profile. Once these four simple prompts are complete you are ready to hit the road.

I opted to use my existing speed and cadence sensors rather than have to disassemble my current set-up. The head unit paired with them immediately without issue, with only a confirmation prompt requiring a response. I did find the Magellan provided speed and cadence sensors to be a bit clunky with two sensors connected by a wire one for cadence and one for speed and a full five zip ties required to attach them. I do not have a Power Meter nor do I have Shimano Di2 so my testing did not include those features although they are supported and also appear to be easily configured.

To get a comparison of standard functions, I used my existing computer side by side with the Magellan 505hc for the first few rides. I utilized the out front mount that came with the 505 and left my computer mounted to the stem. I have since abandoned the Garmin in favor of the Magellan and the out front display.

The 505 has fully configurable screens as one would expect. You can opt to display up to 8 data points on a single screen as I have opted for on my main screen as shown in the photo. Over a few rides, I have finally dialed in the data I prefer to view on my main screen and have tailored the secondary screen, the map screen, and the navigation screens as well. Even with 8 data points, the information is large and easy to read. Navigation between screens is done via the directional arrows or with a swipe of the screen. You can choose the optional setting to auto lock the screen after x minutes to avoid accidentally changing screens or worse stopping or pausing your ride inadvertently.

Magellan Cyclo 505: Navigation

Magellan-Cyclo-505-GPS-cycling-computer-Navigation.jpgNavigation is the heart and soul of what Magellan does. It is no surprise that the full set of navigation features of the 505hc are spot on and offer everything one would expect in a navigation device.

The 505 Series comes preloaded with detailed road base map and OpenStreetMap crowdsourced trail maps. The maps include bike lanes as well as points of interest such as bike shops and restaurants. You can, of course, add your own POI’s as well.

I added a route by downloading a .gpx file from Map My Ride then copied the file onto the device. By selecting the Navigate button on the main menu and selecting the route from the Tracks menu I was able to load the desired route. I pressed GO to begin the navigation. The unit then provided turn by turn directions with visual and audible prompts as you approach your next turn. If you save a previously ridden route as a track and use it for navigation the unit also provides an elevation view that shows you the profile of the course ahead.

I frequently ride in the mountains which means I ride on roads that are rarely straight. In these cases, I found that the navigation would almost continually prompt me for my next turn for every bend in the road. I referred to the manual to see if there were sensitivity settings I could adjust but there does not appear to be. You can optionally turn off the audible alert to make this less distracting but personally, I liked the audible alert when it was relevant to an actual turn.

Magellan Cyclo 505: WiFi Sync

My biggest frustration with my previous two cycle computers has hands down been the sync process. The act of having to plug the device into a computer and download data is not only cumbersome but also frequently problematic. The device doesn’t mount on the first attempt, a firmware upgrade breaks something that previously worked, or the Connect plug-in that is required isn’t found and attempts to re-install it proves futile. The list goes on and on.

The Magellan 505 series has Wifi Sync which avoids all of that hassle. Settings on the unit allow you to establish a connection with a wireless network. Settings in the Magellan Cycle online app allow you to share synced data with Strava or your preferred data analysis site. When returning from a ride simply select Wifi Sync from the setting menu and your data is uploaded via Wifi and shared across your selected sites. Nearly instantaneous and thus far it has proved to be foolproof.

Magellan Cyclo 505: Summary

Magellan-Cyclo-505hc-GPS-cycling-computer.jpgThe Magellan 505 Series of cycle computers are welcome contenders in a market that has been dominated by a single vendor. The Magellan is more than a worthy alternative and should place competitive pressure upon its counterparts. I have concerns over its marketing and distribution at least within the US as I have been unable to locate a local dealer and have seen no advertising of any type. The quality and functionality of this unit will sell itself if put in front of the correct prospects.

Not only is the functionality comparable to that of the Garmin 810’s it is a full $100 cheaper at $499 vs. $599. I highly recommend this unit to anyone in the market for a new cycle computer.

All photos courtesy of/and © Magellan GPS


Disclosure & disclaimer: We received a product sample for evaluation. The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Louis Garneau Course Helmet

Louis Garneau Course Helmet

Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


With over 150 victories during his 13-year racing career, Louis Garneau knows a few things about cycling.

Louis Garneau
Photo: © Louis Garneau

25 years ago, Garneau decided to use those thousands of hours in the saddle to develop cycling gear. What started in his father’s garage has now emerged into a wide range of technologically advanced, comfortable cycling clothing and gear.

Louis Garneau Course Helmet

Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The Louis Garneau Course Helmet is marketed as “achieving the utmost in aerodynamics, ventilation, comfort, safety, and design,” so I thought I’d test it/provide feedback in each of these areas.

Louis Garneau Course Helmet: Aerodynamics

Louis Garneau has done significant research with regard to aerodynamics.  According to Garneau:

“Computational Fluid Dynamics Software enabled us to simulate the aerodynamic performance of several helmets on the market. Our analysis determined that it was possible to optimize performance by maximizing the frontal surface of the helmet. In order to reduce this highest pressure zone on the helmet, the front, frontal openings were designed to optimize air follow and evacuate air internally to the back of the helmet. An aerodynamically designed inner-nerve system molded inside of the EPS liner to force air inside the helmet, circulate the rider’s head, and evacuate to through the back of the helmet.”

The graph below shows their test results comparing the Course Helmet with another aerodynamic helmet (blue line) and another non-aerodynamic helmet (grey line).

Louis Garneau Course helmet wind tunnel results
Louis Garneau Course helmet wind tunnel results

My results with regard to aerodynamics? Well, I’m not riding in any World Tour races, but I appreciate any bit of technology that can make my ride more enjoyable.

Louis Garneau Course Helmet: Ventilation & comfort

Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The fit of the Louis Garneau Course Helmet is one of its strongest features. It is well-padded, fairly lightweight, durable and very comfortable. Two sets of pads are included with the helmet. The size adjustment dial is easy to operate, even with gloved fingers.

Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Louis Garneau attributes the great fit of the Course Helmet to it having been “designed directly on the head of a rider in a cycling position, so it naturally adapts to the contour of the human head without excess material.”

As far as ventilation, the helmet was primarily tested in cooler temperatures, but the helmet does have good venting with 31 vents. According to Louis Garneau, the helmet has “an inner-nerve system molded inside of the EPS liner to force air inside the helmet, circulate the rider’s head, and evacuate to through the back of the helmet.”

Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Louis Garneau Course Helmet: Safety

Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The Louis Garneau Course Helmet comes with a rear safety light. The light attaches with Velcro (included) to a circle on the back of the helmet and can be set to one of two different blink modes or it can stay on continuously.

Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Louis Garneau Course Helmet: Design

In overall appearance, the Louis Garneau Course Helmet is stylish and well-designed.

Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

If you are looking for a helmet that doesn’t look like every other helmet out there, is well-designed, and comfortable, the Louis Garneau Course Helmet may be the one for you.

Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Louis Garneau Course Helmet
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Louis Garneau Course Helmet: Details

  • Vents: 31
  • Weight: 8.8 oz/250 g
  • In-Mold Construction
  • Super MSB technology: Ring-shaped plastic protection at the base of the helmet reinforces the perimeter for enhanced protection
  • Integrated strap system with inner nerves: Inner frame which distributes the shock of impacts, thus providing support and protection while being lightweight
  • Evacuation channels: Moisture channels provide better airflow and moisture wicking
  • Spiderlock PRO II: Helmet stabilizing system featuring a polymer neck support. It can be easily tightened on the head using only one hand, thanks to its dented anti-slip wheel. Its inclination can be adjusted to several positions
  • Pro-lock divider: Small and light cam-locking device to quickly adjust strap position
  • Wind-tunnel tested: The result is a helmet which follows the shape of the head without excess of material at the back, allowing better air evacuation, from the front helmet to the cyclist’s back
  • X-static XT2™ Padding: Quick-drying antimicrobial material that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Its ergonomic design gives you optimum comfort
  • Spiderlock Vision light included: Whether you ride to work early in the morning or late at night, the backlight will make sure you’ll be seen

Sizes:
S: 61/2 – 7, 201/2 – 22 in, 52-56 cm
M: 7 – 73/8, 22 – 231/4 in, 56-59 cm
L: 73/8 – 73/4, 231/4 – 241/2 in, 59-62 cm


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

Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
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
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

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
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

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
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

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
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Setting up the myID bracelet profile

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

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
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

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
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

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

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
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
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
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventure © Chasing Light Media

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.