Comfortable, light and adaptable cycling glasses for all-year round use
Weight: 26g Contact: www.windwave.co.uk
Tom Boonen wears these shades. If Tommeke's recommendation isn't good enough for you though, I'll give you mine: these BBB Attacker sunglasses are lightweight, comfortable and adaptable to all conditions. They're not cheap, but they're not crazy money either, and they perform well.
In the semi hard case you get the Polyamide frames and three sets of Polycarbonate lenses: mirrored for sunny days, yellow for dull conditions and photochromic that go from 17% to 85% light transmission for days when it could go either way. The frames have silicon ear grippers and an adjustable nose piece.
Swapping the lenses is a case of bending the frame and popping the lens out; it's a bit scary at first but as soon as you realise the frame doesn't break you'll be manhandling the lenses in and out with gay abandon. Once they're in they stay in, though it is possible to dislodge one if you go after them too roughly with the cleaning cloth. The frames creak a bit when you bend them but that's just the lenses rubbing in their slots, that's no indication that they're fragile.
Once they're on your head you'll barely notice the 26g weight and the lenses are good quality without any noticeable distortion. The photochromic lenses change fairly quickly; they won't be able to respond to sudden dives into tree cover, but on days when there are sunny patches and big clouds they do a decent job of keeping up.
The yellow lenses are very yellow. I prefer something a bit more subtle but they do the job. The frames are comfortable on the ears and around the nose, with the minimal weight meaning they don't ever dig in and the adjustable bridge allowing you to tailor the fit exactly to your needs. All in all they're the kind of specs you go looking for in the cafe only on to find you're still wearing them - a real fit-and-forget option. You can spend a lot more and a lot less than this on your cycling bins if you want to, but at £95 (or around £70 online) you're getting a good pair of riding specs for a sensible outlay.
Comfortable, light and adaptable cycling glasses for all-year round use.
road.cc test report
Make and model: BBB Attacker Team Sunglasses
Size tested: Smoke Blue
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Attacker Team with additional photochromic lenses. These lenses have a lighttransmission of 85-17%. The brighter the light, the darker the lens automatically becomes. One lens provides you with category 1, 2 and 3 levels of eye protection
Polycarbonate photochromatic lens, 100% UV protection
High-end Grilamid frame with adjustable silicon nose piece
Includes a high-quality carrying case
With extra lenses: Yellow and PH
Lens entry/exit feels a bit flimsy but I've had no problems over extended testing.
Very good cycling specs, fit and forget.
Lasting well, the hard case helps keep everything scratch-free.
£95 ain't cheap but you can spend four times as much.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Light weight, good lens choices.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track