In a natural evolution of its S-PHYRE clothing and footwear line, Shimano has announced details of its new S-PHYRE eyewear. Shimano's complete eyewear range - S-PHYRE R and S-PHYRE X - boasts a spectrum of technical features making them useful for everything from racing to casual cycling.
Shimano's overall S-PHYRE concept is based around maximizing power transmission through the combination of fit, weight, and aerodynamics. 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 while eyewear weight is typically negligible, these new models tip the scales at 25.6 grams and 28.6 grams respectively.
World Tour Team LottoNL-Jumbo riders like Steven Kruijswijk, George Bennett, Robert Gesink and Primoz Roglic were instrumental in the development of the glasses, emphasizing the fact that racers need large lenses for increased protection, darker lens tints for higher visibility in bright-light conditions, secure but comfortable fittings, and strong anti-scratch coatings.
These features find their way into the two Shimano S-PHYRE eyewear models. 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. Secure rounded temple fittings with non-slip pattern hold the glasses in place while the interchangeable nose pads and multiple racing lenses are ideal for all weather conditions.
The S-PHYRE X offers the same lens design and technology but with the top half-frame to hold the lens in place and a detachable lower frame to protect the rider's cheeks and the glasses lens. Frame color options for the S-PHYRE X include black and metallic blue.
Consumers have the choice of the S-PHYRE R and S-PHYRE X with either a Photochromic style Dark Grey-Red lens with a Cloud Mirror lens option, or an Optimal Polarized Red MLC lens with the same alternative Cloud Mirror lens.
The Photochromic Dark Grey-Red (13-62%) lens works best in sunny conditions, preserving natural hues in bright-to-slightly cloudy weather. It takes just 8 seconds for these lenses to move from their lightest to darkest point when exposed to bright sunlight.
The Optimal Polarized Red MLC (16% light transmission) lens is for sunshine conditions. The 80% polarization reduces glare and reflections, and provides better visibility of LCD screens, car glass and puddles on the road. The outer glass features a glimmering Multi-Layer Coating whilst the inner features an anti-reflection coating on the inside to prevent reflection from the back.
The Cloud Mirror spare lens (85% light transmission) follows the human eye's Photopic vision (the vision of the eye under dark conditions) by reducing the amount of blue light and maintaining the red/yellow colors entering the eye so the rider can see the optimum color contrast in a dark environment.
All the lenses are made from a high quality, light weight Japanese Teijin Policarbonate that offers high impact resistance and anti-scratch coatings with UV400 protection. Super Hydrophobic coatings on both sides of the lens increase the water repellency, keeping the lens from attracting dirt and dust, reducing vision distortion and eye fatigue.
And just so you know, Shimano does produce sunglasses that are RX-CLIP compatible, but they are only for the EQNX3, EQX2, SLTC1, S71X, and S51X models. The new S-Phyre R and X are not prescription compatible.
LottoNL-Jumbo riders have already notched up four wins on the S-PHYRE R this season with Danny Van Poppel's win at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and Dylan Groenewegen's victories at the Tour of Dubai and Volta ao Algarve.
Consumers can emulate Van Poppel and Groenewegen's achievements when the S-PHYRE R and S-PHYRE X glasses arrive in select stores in April 2018. Learn more at www.shimano-lifestylegear.com.