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Verdict: 
Good full-frame glasses with interchangeable lenses and a selection of different colours and lens options
Weight: 
29g
Lazer Electron 1 EC1
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Lazer's Electron 1 EC1 glasses come with lenses for all conditions and their full-frame design looks good on the bike or off it.

There's a variety of different frame colours and lens options available. I had the Crystal Flash Yellow frames and a smoke lens pack that includes three lenses: a dark lens for sunlight, a sort of smoked yellow that's good in dull or variable conditions, and a clear lens for riding at night or in the rain.

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The Electrons are a full frame so getting the lenses in and out requires a bit of bending and persuasion, but once you get the hang of it it's simple enough. The frames and lenses come with a moulded carry pack to keep everything in.

The bridge of the glasses is the only bit that isn't hard plastic – it has soft rubber sections for grip and comfort. They're not adjustable, but I found the fit of the Electrons pretty good, although for fast riding I'd have liked them to sit just a bit higher, as in a low position I sometimes found I was looking through the top of the frame. You can push them further up your nose to achieve that, but then I found they were too close to my eyes and my lashes brushed on the lenses. An adjustable bridge would help, but it wasn't a major issue.

The three lenses are good, optically. They're not top-drawer but there's not much obvious distortion and the three choices in the pack give you an option for every kind of weather. Like I said, if you don't think they'll suit then other options are available, including photochromics.

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Point yourself up a steep hill and put a bit of effort in and the Lazers cope pretty well, with minimal fogging when you're moving. They're not vented, so sometimes they get a bit steamy, especially if you stop after a hard effort. The lenses can pick up sweat from your face if you're working hard, but they're not really any better or worse than my other sunnies in that regard.

Mostly my experience of the Electrons was good. They're a design that doesn't scream "BIKE!" when you're wearing them in your civvies, so they're more versatile than a set of half-frame riding glasses, but they still have the benefit of interchangeable lenses and a solid fit on the bike. The optics are good rather than crystal clear and the fit isn't adjustable, but for the money they're a good value package, and there are lots of frame and lens options available.

Verdict

Good full-frame glasses with interchangeable lenses and a selection of different colours and lens options

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lazer Electron 1 EC1 Glasses

Size tested: Crystal Flash Yellow frame brown + silver lens triple pack

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?

Lazer says: "Super light and stylish - the Electron EC1 is Lazer's top-end full-frame sunglasses"

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

Lazer Vision Panorama Optics

Ultragrip nosepiece and temples

Hard case and cleaning bag included

3 lens and photochromic lens options

Weight: 28 g

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

They're a good all-round set of riding glasses that you can wear off the bike too.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Lenses are pretty good, design means they're off-the-bike compatible too.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Field of vision not as good as some, and can get sweaty.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes depending on their needs.

Use this box to explain your score

Good overall performance for the money.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 189cm  Weight: 92kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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DrJDog [432 posts] 1 year ago
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I have a pair of Cébé Impulse sunnies like this, and they get very steamed up if I stop. I'm tempted to cut a few mist holes (like on racing jackets) around the edges of the lens to see if that helps

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dave atkinson [6330 posts] 1 year ago
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DrJDog wrote:

I have a pair of Cébé Impulse sunnies like this, and they get very steamed up if I stop. I'm tempted to cut a few mist holes (like on racing jackets) around the edges of the lens to see if that helps

Get your dremel out  1

These aren't too bad. not as good as half-frames or vented lenses (or both) but okay nearly all of the time

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mike the bike [980 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm sorry but I can't look at these without being reminded of children's 99p sunnies, often bought at the seaside and invariably lost on the way home.