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Once again Tifosi prove that you can have quality and style without having to spend a fortune. This kit consists of the Grilamid TR-90 (a nylon variant) frames with hydrophilic rubber temples and adjustable nose piece, three excellent polycarbonate lenses (Clear, Smoke and AC Red) and a hardcase and microfibre cleaning bag. To add to all of that, they are also fully compatible with the clip-in RX prescription insert system. The adjustable nose piece is a nice touch, allowing you to squeeze it in or out to get them exactly at the right height for your riding, be it either head down or head up style. In use, they're comfortable, although they are better suited for medium to wide heads. The lenses are easy to change, and the range of clear, red (about 30% light transmission) and smoke (a little under 20% light transmission) are about all you will ever need.
The Helix Road is available in two versions: either the fixed tint NXT version seen here, or the Adaptalite Photochromic version (the lenses change light transmission characteristics under changing light conditions) for £99.99. The NXT versions tested here comes with a small cleaning bag, but no hard case, as found on the pricey version. It's clear from the moment you put them on that Specialized have paid very close attention to the classic and highly regarded Oakley M-Frame, as the frame fits and feels incredibly similar, even down to the nose piece looking and feeling the same. Interestingly enough, there is a nose piece available (for a tenner) to accept the clip-in RX prescription system that is virtually identical to the standard nose piece - which makes us wonder why Specialized bothered to make two versions in the first place, instead of just making the standard nose piece RX compatible. If we ignore the usual marketing nonsense we're used to getting from Specialized (such as t
These are so nearly fantastic sunglasses. If there wasn't a weird downward section in the centre of the frame and the lenses curved in more or went slightly lower at their bottom edges, then they would be a clear scorer of 10. But that frame gets in your vision when you've got your head down and are looking up the road (always a good idea, looking where you're going). The rubberised section of the nose bridge is too slippery also, and it only gets worse with sweat, leading to the shades creeping down your nose a little when riding (depending upon your nose of course). There's no getting away from it - these are great value, but they're a little too flawed in their design to take a max score from us, despite the five lens deal.
Going with adaptable-tint lenses means less faff, however, they're ultimately a bit of a compromise compared to using separate ones. Specialized's Adaptalite road lenses handle both bright daylight and lower evening light well, but they take time to adjust. Riding in and out of sunny patches can be problematic as the lenses take a few moments to catch up - it's more noticeable when going into the dark before the deep-tint fades. The frames are a chunky, durable plastic, scaled down for smaller faces. They're a tight fit and the non-adjustable nose-piece can leave marks if your schnoz is too wide for their shape. Likewise, the thick frames interfere slightly with your vision if they don't sit quite close enough to your face. Rubber grippers on the arms stay in place well and small side vents help keep fogging at bay. They come with a hard case and cleaning bag and have stood up well to a lot of use.
These stylish sports glasses from Rudy Project are new for 2007 and, rather than being a scaled down version of a men's glass, do feature some great women-specific touches.