Nike Vision Show X2 Pro sunglasses  £119.00

7/10

Capable road cycling eyewear that can be used for other sports too and that fit nicely on smaller heads.

Weight 30g   Contact  www.nikevision.com

by John Whittington   October 22, 2013  

The Show X2 Pro glasses from Nike are open framed glasses, made for general sport use. We see how they fare on the road bike.

Our test set came in 'Matte Obsidian' - dark blue to the uninitiated - featuring a white Nike tick on the temple and gray grips. These glasses are a more petite shape that seems to suit those with smaller heads. I find glasses often overwhelm my face a little but these fit well. The lenses are smaller than most open-frame glasses but still provide a wide enough covering to adequately shade your field of view. They don't look too silly without a helmet like many cycling glasses and I could see myself using them for other sports.

Both the nose bridge and the ear grips have a bendable metal structure below the rubber grip that can be used to customise the fit. It works well to create the perfect pressure, avoiding any pinch points. Due to this and very grippy thick rubber, the glasses hold extremely well but without any discomfort. I had no problems wearing the glasses for long periods on the bike, nor did I suffer from any fogging.

The Nikes come with two pairs of lenses. The tint changes depending on the colour scheme you buy, with our set including dark gray and 'max outdoor' lenses The latter are a yellow shade to enhance contrast in lower light. It still has quite a dark tint to it, so it's not ideal for really overcast days or areas of shade, more for the evening sun.

The lenses are a sensible selection for most road cycling but I'd want something lighter for any other disciplines. Most importantly, they attenuate the sunlight well and provide the clear vision that you'd expect from high quality optics.

Changing lenses is a simple affair: pull the lens down from the outer edge, put the new one in by slotting into the nose bridge and snapping into the top corner - no hinges or sections of plastic to unnervingly flex. When you're not using one set, there's a soft pouch for them so you can pop them in the included hard case.

Conclusion

The Nike Show X2 glasses are a capable set of glasses for road riding but should also suit those looking for a versatile set of sport glasses, for use beyond the bike. The only thing extra I'd want is a set of clear or yellow lenses. From my experience, I'd also recommend them to those who may have trouble finding a set of open frame glasses to suit a smaller head.

Verdict

Capable road cycling eyewear that can be used for other sports too and that fit nicely on smaller heads.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Nike Vision Show X2 Pro sunglasses

Size tested: n/a

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?

'The dual lens Nike Show-X2 Pro sunglasses, with a new innovative pro lens cut, deliver grip, stability and comfort. They feature interchangeable lenses, adjustable temples and Nike Max Lens Technology for precise views at all angles. Ideal for baseball and training, they are also functional for winter sport, golf, tennis and cycling. The adjustable ventilated nose for stability and reduced fogging make them a great choice for athletes. 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.'

Yes, a multi-sport set of glasses.

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

Adjustable contact points, two sets of lenses, thick rubber grip.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

The lenses are great. I think the frame looks a little plasticy.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

The lenses don't seem to scratch easily and the frame doesn't feel like it will snap if accidentally sat on any time soon.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Plenty of adjustability ensure you should be able to make them comfortable.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

You seem to be able to find these for less than £100. Good value for two sets of lenses, compared to Oakley, who I would see as the main competitor.

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

As a set of road riding glasses they performed well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Easy to change lenses without any dodgy flexing.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Their appearance is a little cheap to me.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

A good set of multi-sport glasses.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 25  Height: 184cm  Weight: 68kg

I usually ride: Giant TCR Advanced 1  My best bike is: Giant TCR Advanced 1

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Semi pro

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, club rides, mtb,

 

3 user comments

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Have used a pair for two years for cycling, running, and other outdoor activities and have always worked well. Mine are black and the alternate lens is actually a yellow which works great on overcast days although a clear would be nice for rainy days. But like the reviewer says they really work well off of the bike too

posted by jarredscycling [456 posts]
22nd October 2013 - 14:39

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These are really good glasses. My spy in the Nike camp tells me lens quality is comparable with Oakley, and I can't argue.

The only down side I have experienced is that you cannot get replacement or additional lenses.

Surely Nike are compressing their revenue opportunities here?

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1299 posts]
28th October 2013 - 8:40

13 Likes

jimmythecuckoo wrote:
These are really good glasses. My spy in the Nike camp tells me lens quality is comparable with Oakley, and I can't argue.

The only down side I have experienced is that you cannot get replacement or additional lenses.

Surely Nike are compressing their revenue opportunities here?

They've got to recoup from all that Livestrong stock.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1205 posts]
28th October 2013 - 10:32

23 Likes

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