Endura Marlin photochromic glasses  £49.99

8/10

Neat shades that react to light conditions – a bargain, as long as they fit you

Weight 21g   Contact  www.endura.co.uk

by Mat Brett   July 30, 2009  

Endura Marlin glasses

Scottish clothing and accessory kings Endura have a whole collection of eyewear available these days and the Marlins are their top-of-the-range offering. Unusually for specs of this price, they come with a one-piece photochromic lens that changes from slightly tinted to pretty dark in less than a minute of sunlight, and they adjust back again just as fast.

They're not always quick enough to adapt to changing road conditions – for example, going through a tree-lined road section – but given that in the UK we rarely get the same weather conditions for more than half an hour at a time, it's a welcome feature.

The Marlins are rimless so there’s no interruption to your vision and, weighing in at just 21g, they’re superlight too. They provide pretty good eye coverage as well – we had just the smallest of gaps around the bottom of the lens – and there's a decent amount of airflow so they don't fog up every time you stop.

The rubber nosepiece and arms don't slip even on sweaty skin, although they were a bit broad across the temples for us so try before you buy if you get the chance. The arms are hinged for easy stowage and they come with both a stash bag and a hard case.

Verdict

Neat shades that react to light conditions – a bargain, as long as they fit you

road.cc test report

Make and model: Endura Marlin photochromic glasses

Size tested: n/a

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:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, they do their job really well

Would you consider buying the product? Perhaps

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 184cm  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, mtb,

2 user comments

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Oh my they are pretty! I might have to get my Radars on Ebay to fund them.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1221 posts]
31st July 2009 - 16:35

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Got them and love them Big Grin

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1221 posts]
26th August 2009 - 15:28

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