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Ekoi's Perso Evo 9 sunglasses are comfortable, highly customisable and offer very good optics. They're not the most secure on my face, but they are very good value for money, especially given the customisation options.
Sunglasses provide two main purposes: they protect your eyes from debris/insects and they shield your eyes from the sun. After that, they can add some style to your outfit and relieve you of quite a chunk of money, especially if you want a custom combination of colours. The market has been dominated by Oakley for quite a few years, but with the Perso Evo 9, Ekoi has a properly good contender with some great features.
The Perso Evo line also includes the 5 and 6, but the 9 is the priciest option and it's no surprise that this is the one the Ekoi-sponsored riders have opted for. The sunglasses come in six parts which can be customised on Ekoi's website. This gives you a huge eight changeable options, each with different colours to choose from. This means you can create custom sunglasses for your club kit, or something truly horrendous!
Ekoi sent us the Deceuninck–Quick-Step themed sunglasses with white and blue frames and a Zeiss Cat 3 blue mirrored lens. They're a smart looking pair of sunnies that, at around £85 (£110 for the photochromic lens), come in quite a bit cheaper than an equivalent pair of Oakleys. If you add the optional lens holder for prescription lenses, this bumps up to around £90. They're delivered in a posh box that'll be handy for travelling.
The biggest appeal of these sunglasses over others is that level of customisation. If you want to customise Oakley Jawbreakers, for example, you'll be spending over £200, a huge difference. I have a pair of Jawbreakers and I love them, so how do they compare?
In their full-frame setup, the Perso Evo 9 are very similar with great coverage and the frames only just visible in my peripheral vision. The beauty of this design, though, is the ability to remove both the upper and lower parts of the frame should you find that one or both is touching your face or compromising your vision. The pieces are relatively easy to snap on and off, though it's not the slickest removal system and you'll definitely need to clean the lens afterwards.
I set mine up with the lower part of the frame removed, and on my test rides I've forgotten that I'm wearing them. The Zeiss lens provides a very nice tint for road riding in overcast to sunny conditions, and it coped well when the sun quickly appeared from behind the clouds.
To help prevent the lens from fogging up, there are plenty of vents and they seem to do a good job. We've not had properly warm weather yet this year, but when the sun has provided some heat, the lens has remained clear, despite my best efforts to cause fogging when giving it the beans up some hills. If you drip sweat onto them, they'll clear pretty well but they're no better than any other sunglasses I've used.
For me, one issue that I've had with these has been security on the face. These are about the same as my Jawbreakers in that they'll slip forward if I dip my head and they're not at all secure in my Lazer Z1 helmet vents. Compared with the security of my Oakley Radar EVs, which hug the sides of my head much better and won't budge from helmet vents, the Perso Evo 9s come up short.
My Radar EVs also have comfier nose pads. They're slightly fatter and a bit softer, though the pads on the Perso Evo 9 are adjustable, making them better if you've got a slightly wonky nose.
Those are the only two negatives I've got for what are otherwise very good sunglasses. Lens quality is great, and the number of customisation options available means these offer very good value for money. The nose-piece could be slightly more comfortable and the security on the face could be better, but for the money these are great.
Loads of customisation options with great lenses – the price is pretty good too
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Ekoi Perso Evo 9 glasses
Size tested: One
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?
Ekoi says: "Made in Italy and assembled by hand here in our laboratory in Fréjus, these sunglasses offer levels of exclusivity and customisation that make each model a unique masterpiece. Besides the wide range of options and colours, you have the real opportunity to let your imagination go by using our 3D configurator."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- the very first 4-in-1 sunglasses, signed EKOI
- Perforated arms
- Perforated upper frame rim
- Sunglasses weight: just 41 g
- Adjustable (spread and depth) nose piece
- Compatible with LENS CORRECTION INSERTS
Hinges seem solid. Everything sits neatly when clipped together.
A really nice lens that doesn't fog. It's really clear with a good tint for road riding.
No scratches on the lens yet.
They don't feel heavy on the face.
Not the best nose-piece, but it is adjustable.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well. Clear lens that doesn't fog up easily. Good protection of the eyes.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The number of customisable options is brilliant at this price.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The security on my face wasn't as good as my Oakley Radar EV.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Really well. Much cheaper than custom Oakleys, that's for sure!
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
A combination of brilliant lenses and the number of custom options for a pretty reasonable price, offset by not being as secure on the face or as comfortable on the nose-piece as others, leads me to an 8 – overall they're very good.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.