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Galibier Regale Ultra Optics



Cheap as chips, but don't sacrifice quality or performance
Great value for money
Loads of coverage
Great clarity
Comfortable fit
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The Galibier Regale Ultra Optics provide crystal clear view and a completely uninterrupted field of vision. The fit is also great, and they're comfortable too thanks to the minimal pressure from the arms.

The first time I put the Regales on I thought there might be an issue, as there's very inward little pressure from the arms. I was expecting them to come flying off my face over the first bump, but that worry proved completely unfounded, even away from the road out on the gravel tracks.

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For me at least, Galibier has got it spot on – there's just enough pressure to keep them in place, but not enough to cause discomfort. That's a bonus on longer rides.

Galibier Regale Ultra Optics

The frameless design means that nothing is there to block your vision when looking in front, to the side or even over your shoulder, and the nose piece is easily adjustable for the perfect fit.

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Five different lens options are available: 'Plasma' lenses in blue, clear, gold or red, and a photochromic one that shifts from clear to grey as skies brighten.

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All but the clear ones have a Cat 3 rating (meaning they're tinted for strong sunlight), while the whole range offers UV 400 protection (the highest level, which blocks at least 99% of ultraviolet light).

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I was sent three pairs: the Gold Plasma, the Red Plasma and the Photochromic. The clarity of all versions is great, giving a pristine field of vision even on the curve of the lenses.

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The Red Plasma lens actually has a blue tint for the wearer, and allows 15% of visible light through. It's great for brighter days, as is the Gold Plasma which allows 12% light transmittance.

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I enjoyed the gold lens for riding off-road, as it seems to make the colours really 'pop' and helps define potholes in gravel tracks – they can often be hard to see from certain angles on a sunny day.

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The Photochromic lens is ideal for those days where the weather can't make its mind up. As the sun comes out, they darken but in a way that is barely noticeable, and they cope well with quick changes in light like, such as when riding under trees or into a tunnel.


The prices vary for each model, but basically, they're all a bargain! The most expensive are the Photochromic ones at £59, while the Red, Blue and Gold Plasma models are £46. The Clear Plasma option is £39.

Compare that to other similar frameless glasses like the SunGod Airas ZF sunglasses (£130) or the Rapha Pro Team Frameless glasses (£110), and it highlights just what good value the Galibiers are.


These are all round great glasses; they're well made and offer great clarity of vision, all for a bargain price.


Cheap as chips, but don't sacrifice quality or performance test report

Make and model: Galibier Regale Ultra Optics

Size tested: One Size

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?

Galibier says, "LIGHTWEIGHT, FRAMELESS CYCLING EYEWEAR WITH SUPERB CLARITY. The Regale Ultra sunglasses were designed to encompass the latest available technology, to produce light, high protection glasses with industry leading clarity.

"The curvature of the single wide lens offers excellent peripheral vision, and is seated in a durable composite frame. An adjustable nosepiece adapts to different face shapes, letting the lens sit as close to the face as possible, providing a wider field of view. The Plasma lens technology is designed to enhance colour and contrast, allowing you to see more of the world in detail as you pedal through the roads and trails. All options offer CE UV400-protection with Cat3 sun rating on the Plasma and Photochromic lens.

"All five Variations come with a Soft bag, Hard case and lens cloth."

Impressive performance from such a well priced pair of sunglasses.

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

Low profile integrated hinge

Frameless lens design

Rubber temple grip on frame arms

High reflectivity 'Plasma' mirror to reduce glare and blinding reflections

Weight – 29g

Anti-fog coating

Anti-glare treatment

Anti-scratch one shield

100% protection from UV rays up to 400 nm | CAT 3

Ultra light and thin

Impact resistant

Full frame made of Grilamid TR90 nylon

Adjustable nose pad and temples

Lens: Polycarbonate 6.5C lens for full coverage

Galibier Hardcase and cleaning cloth

Our glasses have past external crash test and UV protection.

Wraparound design for extended field of vision

Compatible with any helmet

Hydrophobic and oleophobic coating on lens

High-strength T6 high-performance polymer legs

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

A great fit and give brilliant quality in bright sunshine.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Excellent performance for the money.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Felt like they lacked tension in the arms at first, but that soon proved unfounded.

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

Very well priced. The similarly-shaped SunGod Airas ZF glasses are £130, and Rapha's Pro Team Frameless glasses are £110.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, I could buy two pairs to most brand's one

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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Intial concerns about a secure fit soon disappeared – these are sunglasses with excellent clarity and fit for not a lot of money.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 42  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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RoubaixCube | 2 years ago

Ive never paid £46 for some chips before. Were they by any chance sprinkled with gold before serving?

jevans636 | 2 years ago
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Great company Galibier. In the same vein, the toe covers are superb for about a tenner.
Incidentally, a quick way to cure someone of saying "like such as":

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