Salice 011 RW sunglasses  £59.95

8/10

Lightweight, comfortable glasses with two lenses and a hard case included in the sensible price

Weight 24g   Contact  www.salice.co.uk

by David Arthur   July 5, 2014  

These are the latest glasses from eyewear Italian company Salice. They're a fair price and offer a stylish frame design, a wide choice of colours and the interchangeable lens ensures you're prepared for a range of conditions. You also get a protective hardcase included in the price.

The lightweight frame is made from a Grilamid material. You notice the lack of bulk when you first extract them from the hard case, and on the scales they compare very favourably with other shades on the market. They're light, and you notice this when wearing them too.

The fit is also very good with the arms sitting nicely at the side of the head, and the nose piece sitting comfortably on the bridge of the nose. The frames have a bit of flex which helps them fit a range of head sizes. There are Megol rubber inserts on the three main contact points which helps keep them in place, and they continue to remain in place even when extremely sweaty.

Lenses can easily be removed. However, with no supplied instructions in the case, I resorted to a Google search, and quickly found the Salice instructions. The reason for the search is because it's not immediately obvious how the lenses pop out, and with brand new glasses the last thing you want to do is wrestle them to destruction. Once you know how, removing lenses is easy, so it does involve gripping the lenses which means you need to clean them after a change.

You get two lenses in the hard case. One has a tinted multi-layer mirror coating that is ideal for sunny days, but it's not as dark as some tinted lenses so it's really good in a wider range of weather and light conditions. The other is a low-light orange lens that's ideal for overcast days, and got a lot of use on evening rides.

There is no venting on the lenses and they do tend to fog up on slower climbs a little more easily than vented lenses. Both provide good, crisp, clear vision and a wide range of protection from wasp missiles and other debris that can stray towards your eyes.

These glasses do all the important things well. They provide a clear, sharp view, and most conditions are covered by the two tints provided. They fit well and stay in place without moving about, and they're not too tight at the temples.They work well with a range of helmet brands, and lastly, they look good too.

Verdict

Lightweight and comfortable glasses with two lenses and a hard case included in the low price

road.cc test report

Make and model: Salice 011 RW Sunglasses

Size tested: Black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Lightweight slimline frame new for 2014

Grilamid TR90 lightweight, flexible and durable frame

Megol® rubber inserts on all contact points

RW - Multi layer mirror coating cuts glare and increases contrast

Scratch resistant IDRO lens, will repel water and dust to optimise vision

Supplied with spare orange vented polycarbonate lens, thermoformed protective case and cleaning cloth

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Lightweight slim line frame new for 2014

Grilamid TR90 lightweight, flexible and durable frame

Blocks UV Rays below 400nm wave length

Megol® rubber inserts on all contact points

Scratch Resistant IDRO lens, to repel water and dust to optimize vision

Multi-layer mirror coating cuts glare and increases contrast

Suitable for male and female cyclists

Spare orange vented polycarbonate lens

Thermoformed protective case and cleaning cloth

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

A reasonable price for a lightweight frame, pair of lenses and hard case, putting more expensive offerings to shame.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Excellent lens and good comfort.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

They look good too.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Lens removal instructions supplied in the box would be nice.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

 

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