The trend for road cycling sunglasses of a certain girth — shades that make those that Jackie Kennedy made fashionable seem petite and understated — continues apace here. The Aero Pros are a variation of the original full-rimmed Zonyk, with the lower half of the frame removed. Adidas says it’s a matter of peripheral vision, needed in a fast-moving peloton for the riders of Movistar, who are used as the company’s test mules.
Like Adidas’s popular Evil Eye Halfrim, the polycarbonate lens, here a single piece, is easily removable. Although, with the superb photochromic model, it’s questionable whether you’d need to, other than to clean the lens’ centre where the nosepiece meets the top of the frame. This area can become grimy over time.
Various lens and frame colour versions of the Zonyk Aero Pro are available, including a polarized option, but this Vario Blue Mirror is the Movistar Team Edition, which changes quickly according to prevailing light conditions. I haven’t been in conditions yet where the lens clarity has fallen short or tint hasn’t been appropriate.
Indoors it’s an unattractive beige, which, in this frame, makes them look like something you’d use in a lab. Outdoors, in the brightest conditions, it becomes a sharp mirrored blue.
Fogging is never really an issue and in wet conditions the Zonyk Aero Pro shines, repelling rain water and allowing me to continue wearing them when many others fall short. For those with prescriptions, clip-on inserts are available from stockist rxsport.co.uk, but not directly into the lenses.
I prefer rimless frames and the Aero Pro’s feels a substantial bit of hardware to have on your face. The design is rather boxy, but that’s a subjective issue. The foam sweat bar borrowed from other Adidas designs did a decent job for me, but not everyone agrees, on either its effectiveness or looks. Still, it is detachable if you’re not keen.
The arms are adjustable to change the way they sit on your face. It comes with two different size nosepieces, each adjustable on the frame via ‘Double Snap’ technology, enhancing the chances you’ll find a pair to fit, as does the frame being available in two sizes.