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Bollé Shifter glasses



Great visibility and fit but you can get the same properties for less money

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With fashion dictating that cycling shades are returning to the ski goggle type size of the 90s, the Bollé Shifter glasses are bang on trend, but they aren't form over function thanks to excellent visibility and sharp optics.

  • Pros: Light, no frame parts hamper vision
  • Cons: Design isn't for the shy or retiring...

The main thing I like about the Shifters is that even though they are a fully framed pair of glasses, not one part of it gets in the way of your eyesight.

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The lens wraps further round the side of your eye than most glasses with a frame, which means that when glancing over your shoulder or looking left or right you have full visibility. You can see the frame but it's positioned just far enough out of your line of sight.

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It's the same in the middle too. The Shifters are quite tall, so you have quite an expanse of lens above the nose-piece so when looking straight ahead, again, there is nothing to distract or get in the way.

At 32g, they're 'barely there'; you hardly know you're wearing them, and thanks to the rubber grips on the inside of the arms and the nose-piece they stay put without feeling tight or compressive, even when wearing them for hours.

Being quite wide at the front, the arms offer plenty of room for passing over helmet straps before they arc back in to sit above your ears.

The lens has an anti-fog treatment and they also have vents at the top centre plus below each eye, which also helps to keep things clear.

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Seven different coloured frames are available, with different lens colour options depending on the type of weather you want them for riding in. On test is Shiny Clear Blue with a Phantom Vermillon Gun lens, which I find ideal for riding in anything but the brightest of sunshine. The orange tint brightens up the dullest of days and the optics are very crisp.

At £149 the Bollés aren't the cheapest on the market, especially when you look at what something like the Ekoi Perso Evo 9 glasses offer for just over £85.

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Mind you, the 100% Speedcrsft SL glasses don't seem to offer a whole lot more for their £179.99, so it does show how fickle the marketplace can be.

On the whole I really like the shape and fit of the Shifters, and if you have the cash then you won't be disappointed.


Great visibility and fit but you can get the same properties for less money test report

Make and model: Bollé Shifter glasses

Size tested: L

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?

Bolle says, "Inspired from the famous Bolle Chronoshield models, the Shifter is packed with simple yet progressive features to enjoy the ride. Curved temples, vented lens and Phantom lenses have made the Shifter the natural choice of team AG24 La Mondiale."

Very good glasses that offer great vision and impressive optics.

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From Bolle:

Anti-fog treatment

Oleophobic treatment

nxt Phantom lens

Available in prescription

Rubber on nose pad

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

They offer plenty of protection from the elements and are lightweight and comfortable.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Excellent range of visibility.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Pricier than some very good competition.

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

The price of sunglasses varies a huge amount, and I'd say the Shifters aren't overpriced but for this money I'd probably be expecting a bit more adjustment and customisation.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? It depends, there are plenty of other cheaper options out there.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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A really good pair of glasses that deliver across the board but pricier than some that deliver the same outcome.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  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, 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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wycombewheeler | 2 years ago

so dissappointed. I saw the name shifter glasses and clicked to see if they were Di2 or Etap. Turns out niether.

Also, so ugly.

WallStreet | 2 years ago

Parts Issues

My first message to customer service created a reply that felt automated. Telling me to go back to retailer. The retailer nearby stopped selling Bolle. They stated that after calling Bolle they couldn't fix the frame under warranty as parts don't exist!

Customer service at first was poor. I bought these exact blue fugly fast ones.

The plastic of the arms is poorly fixed onto the main frame with plastic inserts. If these break forget about replacements!

A second complaint direct to Bolle succeeded in getting replacement frames! Note I only bought it a year ago based on this very advert.

The lens are very good. 9/10! They work very well in the dark. So truly are a 0-3 category sunglasses. I have the Oakley Prizm lens too which are slightly more sharp. I am fearsome to buy the brand again after seeing the weakness in the frame arms and not getting replacements.

Lixipwr | 4 years ago

The quality of these glasses is awful. Bought a pair and had them shipped. The frame is warped and one arm is different than the other. My friend also ordered from a different shop and has a similar problem. Bolle has provided very poor (ie no) customer service to date. At least I still have my Jawbreakers. 

The _Kaner | 5 years ago

dem is uglee

...did they miss-spell shitter!


RoubaixCube | 5 years ago

these will have me shifting rather uncomfortably with them on

Drinfinity | 5 years ago
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They look like £9.99 safety specs.

Bmblbzzz | 5 years ago

Did they really call them that?!!?? Oh, that's an f... 

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