What is it
The 100% S2 is a half frame sunglasses offering that fits a smaller face, while still providing excellent coverage and fantastic optics. The pair reviewed here are the Soft Tact Off White frame with HiPER Red Multilayer Mirror lens. They retail for $195 and arrive in a nice case that contains the glasses, a wipe, a clear lens, and a nosepiece that provides additional standoff from the face. Other features include a cylindrical shield that offers an unobstructed view, HYDROILO lens coating that repels oil and water, and ultra-grip rubber nose and temple tips.
- Glasses stay put thanks to stiff frame and rubberized temples and nosepiece
- HiPER Red lenses work well in a wide variety of light conditions
- Includes case, wipe, clear lens, and alternate fit nosepiece
- Glasses with replaceable lenses have a longer lifespan
- May be tight on larger faces
Many modern cycling sunglasses are far too large for my tastes. While they certainly provide protection for your eyes, they can often appear to overwhelm smaller faces like mine. When you’re spending the money on quality sunglasses, you want them to look good and perform well. That’s where the 100% S2 comes in.
The S2 is my first experience with 100% glasses. Online they looked appealing and in person the quality is high. The nosepiece is the only form of adjustment on the S2s but thankfully they fit nicely right out of the box.
Unlike some sunglass models that are intended for smaller or narrower faces, 100% makes no explicit claim about such a fit. They just happen to work well for me. While there are many glasses on the market for smaller faces they often get not only narrower but also reduce the overall height of the lens. This isn’t a concern for low-speed sports, but when cycling, it can lead to eye-watering experiences. Thankfully, the distance from the top of the nosepiece to the frame on the 100% S2s is quite high, increasing coverage as well as line of sight when riding in a low position.
The HiPER lens of the 100% S2 has a mirrored finish and it works nicely in a wide variety of conditions. I’ve worn the S2s while riding road, gravel, and singletrack. Its overall width is similar to Oakley’s Radar Path but the lens is approximately 7mm taller above the nosepiece. Below the nosepiece, the two are similar. That added height of the 100% S2 gets the top of the frame further from view, giving a more unimpeded light of sight.
The $195 price tag puts the 100% S2 directly in competition with Oakley models and I have to say that the quality of the frame and the optics is on par with the longtime eyewear leader. If you’re a narrow-faced rider, whether a roadie or a mountain biker, the 100% S2 offers good looks and top-notch coverage. As such, it’s a real contender.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
More Info: www.ride100percent.com