I have to be honest and say that when I began cycling, and had next to no accessories, I’d look at people wearing glasses such as these and think they were trying to be something they’re not – a professional cyclist. I’d stereotype these people as MAMILs (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) – This was partly as I was a bit skint, but I also didn’t see the positive effect that glasses with a clear lens could have on your ride.
However, I’ve since got my hands on a pair of DHB Pro Triple Lens sunglasses and must admit that I can now see that they’re more than just a smart looking pair of specs. And at £35.99, they’re not unaffordable either.
I’ve been trying these glasses out for the last couple of weeks. As you can probably tell by the name, they come with three different kinds of lenses:
- A clear lens for low-light conditions
- A smoke (multi-coloured) lens for very sunny conditions
- An orange lens which cuts down glare when conditions are variable.
Being a Londoner I’ve only really had the need for the clear lens so far, even so, the glasses have won me over.
Big lenses mean your whole eye, and the sensitive skin around your eye is protected, and the rubber arms mean they rarely slip down your head. The padded case that they come in, provides useful slats for the two lenses that aren’t in use, keeping them protected from scratches.
Is it easy to change the lenses?
This is the only real down point for me. I struggled to change the lenses when I first opened the package. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t suitable for the smoke lens, so I needed to change to the clear lens, but the lack of an instruction booklet meant that I had to fiddle around with them myself. Not an issue, but I did get the feeling that the lenses were quite sensitive and so I was a bit fearful that I might end up damaging either the frame or the lenses. Not an issue thankfully, but instructions would have helped.
Do they really help then?
When riding I didn’t immediately feel the difference. My commute to work starts with a steep downhill (not so much fun on the way home!) which usually causes a bit of a tear in my eye at full tilt. I have very sensitive eyes so I may not be the best judge, but unfortunately the specs didn’t prevent my teary eye on the downhill slope. But later on in my ride I really felt the difference – especially when a bit of gravel crashed off my left lens. Without the specs on, I’d have probably been rubbing at my eye for a minute or two, but the lens was a great protector there and meant I was able to carry on cycling at normal speed.
It was on my ride home that the glasses became handy once more. The glare of bright car lights, and from those ridiculously bright rear bike lights that some people have, was deflected off the lens without affecting my visibility at all.
Don’t you look like a bit of an idiot?
If I was a fashion conscious person I probably wouldn’t be able to leave the house each morning head-to-toe in Lycra. Thankfully I’m not, so it didn’t bother me. I guess they don’t look great – unless you actually are trying to look like a pro – but if fashion is a concern to you I’d suggest that the benefits of the specs far outweigh the minor negative of not being from the Calvin Klein catalogue.
As I say, I wasn’t previously a fan of cycling gear but the Pro Triple Lens Sunglasses by DHB are affordable, comfortable and practical. I’ll continue to build my own opinion, particularly when the weather turns and I need to use the other lenses, but apart from the initial difficulty of changing the lens and the fear of doing damage, these are a great addition to my cycling wardrobe and make my ride more comfortable, and probably safer too.
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