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Spiuk Profit cycling glasses

5
£71.16

VERDICT:

5
10
Well fitting and comfortable, with a second clear lens included, but multi-coloured lens is distracting
Close eye protection from insects and wind
Non-slip arms and sprung design is comfortable and doesn't interfere with helmet straps
Second clear lens provided
Changing colour tint across across the width of the lens can disorientate
Nose-piece and Spiuk logo are visible when wearing or putting them on
Repeated changing of lenses may affect durability over time
Weight: 
28g
Contact: 

The Spiuk Profit glasses fit closely and comfortably, and don't interfere with helmet straps, but the multi-coloured lens causes a distraction when looking over the shoulder for traffic or looking for other road hazards.

"A vision with no frames, is a world with no limits" declares the case of the Spiuk Profit sunglasses. Packaged in this nifty storage box, which also holds a second clear lens, the Spiuk Profits have straight arms with a rubberised inner.

2020 Spiuk Profit cycling glasses - pack.jpg

The one-piece lens has a reinforcing bar across the top which gives a slightly sprung effect and gently holds them onto the face. I found this caused no discomfort during long rides, and the rubber arms could grip well either on skin or a bandana without interfering with any of the helmets I tried them with.

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Putting them on, I initially had to remove them again, as I thought there was a smudge on the lens. However, this turned out to be a 2cm-long Spiuk logo which is etched into the centre of the lens. It did catch me out a few times and I had to keep checking if it was a smudge or just the logo I could see. Also, there is slight intrusion of the nose-piece into the field of vision. The optics, once you're wearing the Spiuks, are okay, but nothing out of the ordinary.

2020 Spiuk Profit cycling glasses - inside.jpg

In use, the Spiuk Profits stay closer to the face than other glasses I have tried, but the anti-fog treatment means they stay clear. I was glad of the close fit during efforts of nearby Chew Valley lake, when I would be cycling through clouds of tiny midges. Nothing got past the Profits' lens coverage during testing.

Spiuk claims the Profit glasses to be water repellent, and I found this was largely the case, although in prolonged rain or when really working up a sweat I would have to stop and clean them.

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My main issue with the Profits comes with the multi-coloured lens. It features significant colour change across the whole lens, from light brown in the middle, quickly changing to blue, purple, pink and then yellow at the edges (see photo below). When I cycle I frequently check across my shoulder for approaching vehicles or other cyclists, or am scanning the ground, or hedges for any possible hazards. I found the constantly changing colour when glancing side to side actually quite disorientating and offputting. This doesn't occur with a single colour lens, and it's a shame Spiuk doesn't offer the Profit glasses with single colour lenses.

Spiuk Profit - Logo and multi coloured lens.jpg

They do come with a clear lens, and the arms detach by pulling upwards, to pull clear of a couple of small tangs –push-fit connections – on the edge of the lenses. The nose-piece is also carefully removed by unclipping it.

2020 Spiuk Profit cycling glasses - arm.jpg

Using the clear lens is fine, although it also features the Spiuk logo in the middle, again leading me to check whether it was a smudge or not.

2020 Spiuk Profit cycling glasses - clear lens.jpg

I noted a couple of chips on the tangs after three or four goes at swapping the lenses, but only a long-term test would determine whether these would get worse over time and affect the glasses' durability or not.

Looking at glasses in a similar price band, the Spiuks, at around £70 (€79.90), have some tough competition. The Madison Code Breaker glasses were found to be good performers, with three lenses included, for only £55. 

Tifosi offers its Amok Sunglasses with photochromic lenses for similar money, £69, although Stu noted the frame could intrude slightly. Stu also tested the Galibier Surveillance Precision Glasses and found them to punch well above their weight at only £37. 

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In summary, the Spiuk Profits fit well and are comfortable for long periods, but the multi-coloured lens is a distraction when riding, the Spiuk logo and nose-piece affect the field of view, and small chips on the retaining tangs showing after just a few changes of the lens raise questions over the long-term durability. Overall, there are other sunglasses in the marketplace with clearer optics and better performance for less money.

Verdict

Well fitting and comfortable, with a second clear lens included, but multi-coloured lens is distracting

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Spiuk Profit cycling glasses

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?

Spiuk says: "PROFIT glasses are built around a very large water-repellent lens with an extra-flexible minimalistic frame. Nothing will obstruct your field of view. No blind spots. No surprises on the way. Little details that are vital for top performance. They're a feat of engineering and also stand out for their light weight and ergonomic design. Learn to see beyond your limits"

I had a few issues with this statement, as the logo and nose-piece do obstruct the field of view, and the lens causes a distraction.

However I did find the nose piece is visible when wearing the glasses, also the Spiuk logo can sometimes make you think there is a smudge on the lens.

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

Spiuk lists:

Single lens and minimal frame

Dual injection molded frame with non-slip rubber arms

Shatter-proof lens with anti-fog and water repellent treatment

UV 400 nm 100% UV protection

Hard protective case and microfibre cleaning bag

Second, clear lens included

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

The extra reinforcing bar at the top of the glasses keeps them more rigid than other frameless cycling glasses I have tried. The rubberised arms and nose-piece work well for keeping them stuck to your face.

Rate the product for performance:
 
5/10

These glasses fit closer to the face than others I have tried, and the large lens means they are good for keeping out small insects, dust and debris.

Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

I found that with repeated changing of the lenses, the very edge of the lens would start to show small chips. Hopefully this won't get worse over time, however it would take a longer test to confirm this.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10

For a wide coverage lens, 28 grams is a fine.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10

The Spiuk Profit glasses are held on via slight compression of the arms onto your head, and I found them comfortable. I tested them for up to four hours at a time and had no issue.

Rate the product for value:
 
4/10

The included case and additional clear lens are good to have, but because of the performance of the gradual tint of the lens affecting side to side glances I feel there are better sunglasses are out there for similar or less money.

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

Unfortunately not great, because of the lens – I felt it caused a distraction when cycling.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Comfortable and keep insect and debris out. Took a good few hours to steam up.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I found the nose-piece intrudes a little into the viewing area, and the Spiuk logo can make you think they are smudged when putting them on. I really wasn't keen on the way the sunglasses changed colour so much during over the shoulder lifesaver checks, or side glances, as it could almost create a flickering effect. I think a single colour lens would have performed a lot better.

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

It's in the ballpark for a mid-range pair of sunglasses, but better performing sunglasses can be had for less money.

Did you enjoy using the product? No

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? No

Use this box to explain your overall score

The Spiuk Profits fit well and are comfortable for long periods, but they are let down by the multi-coloured lens that is a distraction when riding. If Spiuk could offer these with a single colour lens I think they would score better. Small chips on the retaining tangs showing after just a few changes of the lens raise questions over the long-term durability. I also found the Spiuk logo and nose-piece affected the field of view. Overall, as there are other glasses in the marketplace with clearer optics and better performance for less money, I am scoring these 5 out of 10.

Overall rating: 5/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 181  Weight: 92 Kilos

I usually ride: GT Grade  My best bike is: Boardman ASR 8.9

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

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