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Possibly one of the most innovative designs available today, the Lazer Magneto M1 glasses, with a crystal clear frame and photochromic lens, have a unique attachment system using magnets that makes them very comfortable over long rides, as well as easily stowable, while the lens makes them useful in almost any condition.
One problem I get with almost any pair of glasses I use is that the mixture of sweat and movement makes them uncomfortable on the top of your ears and nose. Lazer has clearly noticed this too and come up with the Magneto M1s to combat this.
Rather than using traditional arms (although they do come with a set in case you want to use them), they have magnets that attach to clips on your helmet straps. This means they stay in place without putting pressure on the tops of your ears, making them comfortable and secure even on the longest rides. The magnets are strong, too, so you don't get as much movement as you might expect, and they are comparable to traditional glasses in this sense.
As well as helping to alleviate pressure, this magnetised fixing system also allows for easy adjustment on the face. With two magnets on each arm, it is possible to put them closer or further away from your face – it's much easier than with traditional glasses, which will always naturally fall back into place because of how they sit on your ears.
The magnets also make it easy to stow the glasses on your helmet. Having been an Oakley man for years, I always found that they wouldn't slot into the vents on my Lazer helmet safely. But these come with magnetic pads that you stick on the helmet, which then hold the glasses more securely than just tucking the arms in. I tested their strength on the roughest roads I could find, even some mountain bike tracks, without them budging at all when stowed.
The photochromic lens is very useful, changing colour based on the intensity of the light. When you're indoors they look like a regular set of plain glasses, but get outside and they change colour subtly over time. You don't notice it happening really, until you take them off or suddenly go through a darkened area. In fact at first, riding in our lovely British weather, I thought these were faulty as they barely changed at all, but when there was a break in the clouds I began to notice how much they changed, going from completely clear to a darkness where I couldn't easily see my eyes in a mirror.
An important aspect of any cycling glasses is their propensity for steaming up. The M1s are essentially unvented, but being able to adjust the distance they sit from your face means that if they are steaming up, you just move them a bit further away and they quickly clear. That said, they only really tend to steam up when you come to a stop.
I think they look good too – you don't really register that they aren't traditional glasses until you look closely. Lotto Soudal rider Andre Greipel has been using a set on and off for a while without much comment in the pro peloton, and when you consider the hubbub surrounding shoe colour and sock length, that's saying something. With the arms on I'm less keen, because they force the glasses to sit strangely on your face, looking almost like the visor on a TT helmet. The arm length is also very long, which might not be particularly comfortable for long periods.
The particular models I've tested come with an RRP of £99.99, which seems reasonable bearing in mind you could easily spend double that on top end glasses. The magnetic fastening and photochromic elements alone give them the innovative elements that many would want at this price point.
The Magnetos are a really good pair of glasses. I really like the innovative use of magnets and the photochromic lens, which works well in changeable and wide ranging conditions, making the glasses ideal for all-day use all year round. The way they can be adjusted on the face and the ease with which they can be stowed are particular highlights. The arms are the only feature I would consider changing, but realistically they'll only be used off the bike anyway.
Really innovative glasses, and the photochromic lens works perfectly
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lazer Magneto M1 Glasses crystal clear frame crystal 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?
Performance sunglasses that are attached to magnets on your helmet strap to alleviate pressure on your ears and the side of your head. The lens is also designed to work in a wide variety of conditions, from total darkness to bright sunlight.
"The fastest looking, and maybe the most innovative cycle specific sunglasses in the world?
Magnets imbedded in the sunglass temples secure the eyewear to the helmet strap
No temple pieces to interfere with helmet retention system
Increased cooling by removal of sunglass temples
Horizontal/vertical and forward/backward adjustability on the helmet straps allow the user ultimate comfort
Interchange System allows multiple lenses to be used for varying light conditions
3 lenses (smoke/brown, Lazer yellow, clear), or 1 standard photochromic, or melanin photochromic lens
Traditional temples can be attached to convert the Magneto to a normal sunglass for off the bike use
Optional RX adaptor available separately
As used by the Lotto Belisol team"
They do everything they need to; the magnets stick well, keeping them in place nicely and the lens darkens impressively. Comfortable and innovative.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Optional traditional temples
Hard case & cleaning bag
3 lens options or photochromic option
Simple but effective. The single lens doesn't warp the world, the magnets are strong, and the arms are easy to put on/take off.
They stay in place well, don't steam up excessively, and the photochromic lens works very well.
They won't survive being run over, but with fewer things to actually break, the chances of breaking them reduces.
With the magnets on they are supremely comfortable; with the arms on they are a bit awkward.
With the photochromic lens it is easily worth more than two decent sets of glasses or replacement lenses. Plus the innovative design really turns heads.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, they stay in place effectively and the lens changes colour easily. They keep out the elements while also offering fairly good steaming prevention.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The magnets. I was a bit sceptical about how effective they would be at keeping everything in place, but they hold everything well with no unnecessary pressure.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The attachable arms were far too long for me and make you look like a TT rider.
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 score
An innovative design that works very well. The use of magnets and lack of arms means comfort is high, and the photochromic lens can be used regardless of the conditions. They score 8 across the board and an 8 overall.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days helping companies deal with their cycling commuting challenges with his company Cycling for Work. He has been writing for Road.cc since 2014.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.