Tifosi's Amok sunglasses, tested here in Race Neon with Fototec Smoke lenses, offer some neat touches like lenses that adapt to the conditions and plenty of venting to reduce the possibility of fogging. There is quite a bit of frame material going on, though, and I wasn't exactly blown away by the optics.
- Pros: Fototec lenses are subtle, comfortable fit
- Cons: Frame can restrict vision
Fototec is the name that Tifosi has given its photochromic lenses, and they work by using microscopic particles embedded in the lens, which react to UV rays in bright sunshine by darkening optics.
The lenses come in a range of colours and the Smoke that we have here changes colour very subtly. They give everything a slightly grey tint and, unlike some photochromic glasses, the Amoks don't go fully clear when it gets dark outside.
You can still wear them on overcast days without issue, and the speed at which they work means that travelling from shaded tree cover out into the sunshine is barely noticeable. I've had some glasses in the past that can struggle with the quick changeover.
The lenses offer a clear view of everything, with no distortion or anything, although the clarity isn't any sharper than using a basic pair of safety glasses in my opinion. Still, they do the job.
The frame that the lenses clip into is made from Grilamid TR-90, a thermoplastic polyamide which is tough and durable: perfect for a pair of glasses that are likely to get dropped or sat on at various point in their life.
The arms include a rubberised section that gives more flexibility to aid fit without causing undue pressure on the side of the head.
The glasses stay seated no matter how or what you are riding, even when things get sweaty, helped by the hydrophilic rubber used on the adjustable nose-piece and arms.
It's an all-round comfortable fit, sitting close to the face, and although the lenses are vented to avoid steaming up (and do a good job of it), there isn't a lot of airflow near the eyes – something I'll be thankful of when it gets to grass pollen season.
We've got the neon yellow colour here, which means that the frame is bright – especially on the inside – and it is quite noticeable all the way around when you are riding. There are other colours available: a Crystal Smoke frame (grey) with Fototec Light Night lenses, and Race Red with Fototec High Speed Red lenses.
Also, the drop of the frame from under the arms comes straight down where, if you usually just glance over your shoulder to check behind when changing lanes or turning at a junction, it can create a bit of a blind spot. I had to make sure I adapted to turning my head more to get a better view.
Value-wise, it's good to see photochromic lenses on a pair of glasses that cost £69.99 and I'd say this is their major plus point.
Something decent like the Ekoi Perso Evo 9 glasses are £85ish but that jumps up to £110 if you want reactive lenses.
Another pair of glasses that I wear a lot are the Lazer Argon ARR with interchangeable lenses for differing conditions; effective, but not as efficient as the Tifosis.
The Lazers are very good glasses, though, and when I reviewed them I said that I would be happy to pay the £79.99 price tag – which further shows what decent value the Amoks are, average optics aside.
Good all-round package including reactive lenses for the money, though sharper optics would be nice
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Tifosi Amok 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?
Tifosi says, "A bold full frame design defines Amok. Side vents provide the airflow needed to prevent fogging at top speeds and scratch-resistant, shatterproof lenses protect your eyes from the elements. Run Amok. Ride Amok. Adventure Amok."
They're a solid pair of glasses that cover most of the bases.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Adjustable Nose Piece
Grilamid TR-90 Frame
Sturdy frame plus scratch resistant and shatterproof lenses.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A good all-round set of glasses for a wide range of conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fast working, subtle reactive lenses.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Taking into account the photochromic lenses, they offer reasonably good value against the opposition.
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
The Amoks have a lot going for them, like comfort and value, with just a couple of niggles nudging the score down a touch.
About the tester
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
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.