Shimano has announced details of new eyewear that has been added to its high-end S-Phyre range. S-Phyre, which was launched in 2016, has been limited to footwear and clothing up until now.
“The S-Phyre concept is based around maximising power transmission through the combination of fit, weight and aerodynamics,” says Shimano. “The S-Phyre R and S-Phyre X glasses embrace this concept with a form-fitting design to reduce airflow turbulence and fit snugly around the temples. And whilst eyewear weight is often negligible, these new models still barely trouble the scales at 25.6g and 28.6g respectively.”
The glasses feature large lenses for protection. Naturally, they’re designed to sit securely and they come with anti-scratch coatings.
“The S-Phyre R offers a wide one-piece lens for better visibility and wind protection with a lightweight black rimless frame to put less stress on the cheek bone,” says Shimano. “[It has] a secure rounded temple fitting with non-slip pattern plus interchangeable nose pads and multiple racing lenses for all weather conditions.”
The S-Phyre X features the same lens design and technology but with a top half-frame to hold the lens in place and a detachable lower frame.
The S-Phyre R and the S-Phyre X come with two lenses each. You can choose between a photochromic (PH) style dark grey-red lens with a cloud mirror lens option, or an optimal PL (Polarized) red MLC (multi-layer coating) lens with the same alternative cloud mirror lens.
Shimano says that it takes eight seconds for the photochromic lens to move from its lightest (62% light transmission) to darkest (13% light transmission) point when exposed to bright sunlight.
The S-Phyre glasses, which have already been used extensively by LottoNL-Jumbo riders, will be available from April. UK prices have yet to be set but don't expect them to be cheap – S-Phyre is a premium range.
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