Italy's Limar are best known for their helmets but they do a whole range of eyewear too, including these practical specs at a mid-range price that put in a fine performance.
The frame is made from Grilamid TR90 which is a lightweight polymer with high flexural strength. High flexural strength, huh? In plain English, that means you can bend the frame all over the place without it snapping. Drop them on the ground, put them in a pocket and sit on them, sling them in a bag and stick a load of stuff on top – let's be honest, you will do one of these things sooner or later – and chances are that the frame will survive okay.
The arms are quite closely spaced but there's enough spring in the frame that they sit comfortably on your temples with a little pressure to hold them in place. Rubber sections on the inside of the arms grip well even when you work up a sweat and the same goes for the rubber nosepiece. That nosepiece isn't adjustable though. It worked fine for me and for nearly everyone else I got to give these specs a whirl, but there were a couple of exceptions so you might want to try before you buy to be sure they fit.
The polycarbonate lenses are pretty good too. They provide ample coverage to keep stones, insects, sun (you get 100% UV protection), wind, rain and everything else out of your eyes, and if the worst happens and you crash, they're highly impact-resistant. Plus, even with these very curved lenses, the optical quality is good; at least, I didn't notice any distortion when I was out on the bike.
You get four sets of lenses here... which is generous: clear (allowing 89% light transmission), orange (43% LT), pink (23% LT) and blue (13% LT). That lot should see you right all year round. Swapping between the lenses is easy once you get the knack; you just flex the frame a bit and pop them out. They'll never come out by accident.
The other thing I really like is that the frame just extends around the top of the lenses; it doesn't surround them. With some glasses I find it annoying that when I glance quickly over my shoulder to check the traffic, all I see is the side of the frame. You get uninterrupted vision here, even when you're looking out of the corner of your eye.
I found these specs to be okay at staying fog-free too. The lenses have an antifog coating and they certainly don't mist up every time you stop at traffic lights. Race up the biggest hill around and immediately stop and things might get cloudy, but I didn't have any problems on this front even during cold morning rides.
These don't have the overall look and feel of super high-end eyewear but they're decent quality and they do their job well. You get a zipped case and a microfibre pouch/cleaner as part of the deal.
Practical, protective eyewear with four sets of lenses for all light conditions
road.cc test report
Make and model: Limar OF6 Sunglasses
Size tested: White/Red - 4 Lens
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?
They're cycle-specific glasses.
Limar list these features:
- Polycarbonate Interchangeable 4 Lens
- Anti-Fog Coating
- Lens 1 Pink Flash Mirror 23%LT
- Lens 2 Clear 89%LT
- Lens 3 Orange 43%LT
- Lens 4 Blue 13%LT
- Grilamid TR90 Frame
- Double Injection rubber Temples
- Rubber Nose Piece
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
These glasses provide UV400 protection: this means the lenses protect your eyes from all UVA and UVB radiation.
You get good coverage and good vision.
Sooner or later you'll drop these or put something heavy on top of them; that's the way life is. The amount of flex in the frame means they cope with that sort of abuse well.
The rubber contact points hold them in place well without any discomfort
The four sets of lenses means you'll get year-round use from them.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They did a good job.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The amount of coverage the lenses provide and the fact that the frame doesn't extend down to interrupt your vision.
Did you enjoy using the product? I did. They did a fine job.
Would you consider buying the product? They're certainly worth considering
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yep
About the tester
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.