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100% Hypercraft Gloss Black Photochromic Lens

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£149.99

VERDICT:

7
10
Good all-round pair of glasses with a reactive lens that is smooth in operation
Light transfer range covers most conditions
Good field of vision
Comfortable to wear
Vents in lens allow airflow over eyes
Weight: 
22g

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These 100% Hypercraft glasses in gloss black with a photochromic lens have a decent range of visible light transmission and a quick reaction time. They also offer a comfortable fit, which initially felt loose but proved to be secure even on the roughest rides.

> Buy now: 100% Hypercraft glasses with photochromic lens for £134.99 from Cyclestore

Whether you're looking for a photochromic lens or not, check out our guide to the best cycling sunglasses – and if you don't want to spend this much, our best cheap sunglasses guide has options from £4.99...

The large single lens gives loads of coverage, making the Hypercrafts ideal for all kinds of riding on various terrain. They keep out dust and road spray easily, and the majority of the wind – though the lens vents do allow some of it through, and as the hayfever season has begun that meant I did end up with itchy eyes.

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The vents are there to reduce fogging, I guess, and they do a decent job of that – even on wet and humid days I had no issues with the lens steaming up.

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Visibility is great, with no frame to get in your way, which makes them ideal if you ride on busy roads and often need to check over your shoulders.

The clarity of the curved lens is also very good, with no distortion anywhere, and thanks to hydrophobic and oleophobic treatments any form of liquid just beads off. They work very well in the rain.

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They also offer full UV400 protection against UVA and UVB rays.

At 22g it's going to come as no surprise that they are barely noticeable when worn, and the rubber grip doesn't put any pressure on your nose. There isn't much pressure from the arms either – to the point that I was a bit worried that they might not stay on my face on rough sections, but that turned out to be unfounded. They were easily secure enough for gravel riding and even trail running.

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The Hypercrafts are available in various frame colours and with various lenses. Ours have a photochromic lens, which becomes darker in brighter conditions, reducing the amount of light transmission and therefore protecting your eyes.

As you might already know, lenses come in one of five filter categories ranging from 0 to 4, between 100% and 3% of visible light transmission (VLT); 0 lets through the most amount of light and 4 the least.

With a range of 89% to 24%, the lens on the Hypercrafts is good for low light conditions like overcast days up to medium strength sunny days, so it covers the majority of conditions in the UK – unless we do manage to get some bright summer days.

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The speed at which the lens reacts is the key thing, though. You want something quick and smooth so you don't notice the transition, and that is what you get here.

Changing from riding in the shade under trees to sunshine saw the lens react quickly with no noticeable glare, and it's the same when you enter a tunnel or go from brightness to shaded areas. Overall, these glasses work very well indeed.

They also come with both a hard and soft case, to help keep them protected when not in use.

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Value

At £149 they're slightly more expensive than the Melon Optics Alleycat glasses that Patrick was impressed with last year, which cost £140, but quite a bit more than others.

Tass reviewed BZ Optics' photochromic glasses with a bi-focal HD lens back in 2021; they're £129.95 now, but the non-bi-focal versions are £89.99.

We've reviewed a few pairs of Magicshine's glasses over the last year and generally they've impressed us when it comes to price, though it's not the only factor to consider – the Windbreaker Photochromic glasses, for example, are just £49.99, but Suvi found they'd fog up when you stop, and aren't ideal on rainy days.

Conclusion

The Hypercrafts are well made and seem durable. The lens is scratch resistant and there is plenty of flex in the arms, so if you were to drop them or sit on them they shouldn't break.

Aside from some airflow over the eyes, which won't bother everyone, they're good glasses that work in all weather conditions, with a broad range of light transmission.

> Buy now: 100% Hypercraft glasses with photochromic lens for £134.99 from Cyclestore

Verdict

Good all-round pair of glasses with a reactive lens that is smooth in operation

road.cc test report

Make and model: 100% Hypercraft Gloss Black Photochromic Lens

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?

100% says, "Featuring UltraCarbon™ technology, 100%® frameless Hypercraft® sunglass is lighter, stronger and more dynamic than any performance shield on the market. Feel Nothing. See Everything."

They are light, comfortable and offer great coverage.

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

From 100%:

Superior optics with Ultra HD lenses made from crack and chemical resistant material

5.5-base cylindrical shield lens for increased peripheral view and protection

100% proprietary UltraCarbon™ material for a durable, strong and lightweight frame

100% UV protection (UV400)

Scratch-resistant lens coating of the highest quality

Streamlined Laser Cut Rimless Shield with superior ventilation positioned with aerodynamic angles

Hydrophobic and oleophobic lens treatment repels water, dirt, and oil

Temple arm scoops to manage moisture

Available with contrast-defining HiPER® lens and photochromic lens

Complete full-spectrum UV protection, including UVA, UVB and UV400 wavelengths

Ultra-grip rubber nose and temple tips provide a secure fit

Ultra-lightweight of 23 grams offers ultimate performance with minimal weight

Comes with a hard case, microfiber cleaning bag, replacement lens and extra alternative fit nosepad

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
4/10

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

A quick-reacting lens and a comfortable fit.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Photochromic lens reacts well to light changes.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Vents in the lens can let wind travel over your eyeballs.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

There are cheaper alternatives with photochromic lenses, though they're not much more than the Melon Optics reviewed at the end of last year.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

They're good quality glasses that work well in a range of weather and lighting conditions, though personally, glasses that allow airflow over the eyes aren't ideal.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for road.cc, off-road.cc and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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Sriracha | 3 weeks ago
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I find the notion of "vents" on glasses odd. They always take the form of a hole near the edge of the lens. The remaining margin around the outer edge of the hole serves no purpose other than to make the hole a hole. They might just as well enlarge the hole (thus improving the airflow) until it merges with the outer edge of the lens. But of course then, although its avowed purpose is maximised it ceases to be a hole, so it's no longer a "feature" that can be marketed. It's just a smaller lens, which is really all it ever was.

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Rendel Harris replied to Sriracha | 3 weeks ago
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I see what you mean but a lens with small vents in, rather than a cut down version feauturing only the non-vented area of lens, would offer less protection against insect/debris strike and cover less skin for UV protection. I guess well designed and well fitting cycling bins are designed to be a) as aerodynamic as possible and b) as snug to the forehead and cheekbones as possible, to keep wind and debris out. However the snugger fitting they are the more risk of fogging, so small well-placed vents let just enough air in to minimise fogging without compromising aerodynamics and protection. A bit like opening the car window just a crack to let the condensation out on cold days without letting too much cold air in?

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galibiervelo replied to Sriracha | 3 weeks ago
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Small vents, especially in framed glasses can, with most head shapes create vortices with the negative air pressure at the  back of the lens moving air flow up and toward the helmet. If that path is not blocked by heavy eyebrows or the helmet touching the top of the glasses, this air movement can clear the sweat vapour build up in the centre of the nose bridge.

Agreed, I have seen loads of vents drilled and designed for asthetics not function. The draft feeling I think the tester Stu felt could be from the lower lens vent pushing airflow up and past the eyeball, or which is usually the case the shape of the lens glasses not matching the shape of the riders face.

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