The Salice 012 CRX sunglasses bring together some nifty design features with a photochromic lens that works well, plus decent ventilation. They also sit on the head comfortably and, overall, are very impressive.
At this time of year it can be a pain riding with sunglasses, especially if you use them for commuting. For me, it tends to be sunny on the way in (on a nice day!) and dark on the way back. This makes photochromic lenses particularly useful, so I was very happy to be testing out these Salice sunnies.
The glasses are a half-frame design with a big lens that offers a good level of protection across the face and eyes. They are also close fitting around the head, creating attractive lines when worn. The luminous green wouldn't be my first (or second or third) choice, but they are available in a range of different colours for every taste.
One element I was really impressed with was the ventilation; there was a fairly decent breeze flowing over my ears and the lenses didn't really fog up too much, even when waiting at traffic lights; even then they cleared almost instantaneously. This ventilation comes from few visible vents too, with only two on the lens itself, but Salice has integrated a clever flare on the arms, which acts to push air inwards at speed, and it works really well.
The photochromic lens performed well, too, changing quickly in variable light conditions and offering clear vision throughout the review. Thanks to the half-frame design there is also very little that gets in the way; you can just about catch the arms right at the edge of your peripheral vision and you can just about see the tops of the frames if you really try, but overall it's an impressively clear view.
The lens is also large, which is really good for keeping out light and debris. The lens is replaceable, and two are provided. They're easy to swap, with the nosepiece just pulling off and the lenses doing the same.
Fit is good thanks to the soft nosepad and rubber on the arms. They keep everything in place well and help to alleviate any rubbing that can sometimes occur. A relatively sprightly 30g on the road.cc Scales of Truth helps.
The only downside of the rubber, oddly, is that it tastes disgusting, so holding the glasses in your teeth for any number of reasons (which I found I do more than I realised) leaves a horrible taste in your mouth for the next five minutes or so. It seems like an odd criticism of glasses – essentially, that they taste bad – but it made me realise I hold them in my mouth more than I realise.
Coming with a spare clear lens, protective case and cleaning cloth, the RRP of £84.95 seems about right for a well made and strong performing pair of glasses. They offer clear vision, a quick-to-alter photochromic lens, and decent ventilation. It seems odd that my only real criticism is their taste, but it's probably testament to the fact that there is little else to criticise.
Well made, with good ventilation and a good field of vision – just avoid holding them in your teeth
road.cc test report
Make and model: Salice 012 CRX sunglasses
Size tested: Adult Unisex
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?
Performance glasses with a photochromic lens.
"A lightweight, streamlined glass with wide panoramic vision
Integrated frontal air ventilation"
This seems like an accurate description of the glasses.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Integrated frontal air ventilation
Grilamid TR90 lightweight, flexible and durable frame
Interchangeable Megol® rubber nose pad
Co Injected Megol® rubber tipped ear arms
CRX - Photochromic lens with light reactive technology allows the lens to adapt to changing light conditions
Scratch resistant IDRO lens, will repel water and dust to optimize vision
Supplied with spare clear polycarbonate lens, thermoformed protective case and cleaning cloth
Well made, decent stiffness in the hinges and some nice design features such as the venting and rubberised areas.
Performed well throughout the review, with a good field of vision and decent protection. They're also very comfortable.
I would imagine they'll last well thanks to a well made frame and decent lenses.
30g for some fairly big glasses is a decent weight.
Very comfortable thanks to rubberised areas and good air ventilation.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, kept out everything I didn't want in, provided a good field of vision, and the photochromic lenses work well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The venilation is particularly strong.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The rubber on the arms tastes disgusting.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – if they weren't trying to eat them...
Use this box to explain your score
Really strong performing glasses at a fairly decent price, overall a very good package.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.