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Finn Optics and the $99 Performance HighTail Sunnies

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Finn Optics and the $99 Performance HighTail Sunnies

Looking for some new sports optics in a subtle package that won’t break the bank? Check out Finn Optics, a new company that just launched the HighTail sunnies. These shades are made from an ultralight composite material and are shipped with a tinted and a clear lens for day/night rides at no extra cost. To ensure a proper fit, the HighTail’s live wire temple construction allows you to bend the frame snuggly to your head for the perfect fit.

Details
Weight : 32 Grams
Frame Material : TR90
Lens Coating : Revo
Temple and Nosepad Material : TPE
Frame Front Width : 157mm
Frome Front Height: 56mm
Frame Depth : 170mm

See more at Finn Optics.

Alba Optics: Delta Ultra Sunglasses

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Alba Optics: Delta Ultra Sunglasses

Alba Optics, an eyewear company based in Italy, began when its founders looked for an original mold for sports shades from the 80s. Once they found it, they began producing sunglasses in Italy, starting with the Delta. A little while later, they took the Delta and refined it, offering wider, 360º panoramic views. This new lens is called the U-Lens and it offers a more streamlined silhouette. The frames are made from a material called Tr90, a hybrid material fabricated from nylon and carbon fiber, organically compatible and safe to the skin, even after prolonged use. It is 20% lighter than other conventional materials and it offers more protection against crashes.

So what are the Delta Ultra sunglasses for? Gravel? Road? MTB? Whatever you want. The Delta Ultra sunglasses come with a carrying pouch, retention straps, and retail for €179,00 with free shipping to the USA. See more at Alba Optics.

Some of John’s Favorite Products from 2020

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Some of John’s Favorite Products from 2020

If 2020 brought anything, it was an unexpected amount of time spent locally and at home. It feels like ages ago that we were spending seven months of the year on the road, traveling to events, races, and bike rides throughout the American West living out of our truck, grinding our morning coffee and cooking dinner under the stars. While it was and is a huge downer to be stuck at home with the Nation’s strictest Covid-19 restrictions, I cannot deny how much fun we had sticking to a radius close to our new home in the Land of Enchantment. While we didn’t do any month-long road trips, quick weekend jaunts provided plenty of inspiration as we familiarized ourselves with this beautiful state we now call home.

This year, a handful of products made my life easier in one way or another. Check out a quick list of some of my personal favorite products I used this year.

Rapha’s New Classic, Explore, and Pro Team Sunglasses

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Rapha’s New Classic, Explore, and Pro Team Sunglasses

Classic, sporty, and modern. The three new sunglasses models from Rapha launched today. The Classic sports a simple silhouette, inspired by Wayfarers and other icons, while the Explore utilizes a modern, full-frame protective design, and the Pro Team offers two options: frameless or full-frame, for full-on performance protection. Head to Rapha to check out more details. Pricing starts at $125.

100% and MAAP S3 Shades

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100% and MAAP S3 Shades

Australia’s MAAP and the US’ 100% have teamed up to create two sets of the popular S3 sunglasses, one is predominately pink and the other navy. Both are marked with the 100% and MAAP branding and are in stock now at 100%.

Pit Viper’s Night Phantom Transition Lenses

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Pit Viper’s Night Phantom Transition Lenses

Limited to a run of 100, the Night Phantom is the latest project from athletic optics company Pit Viper. These glasses feature Pit Viper’s signature silhouette and a new transition lens.

Specifications:
-UV Protection: 100%
-Light Transmission Range: 33.4-54.5%
-Lens: Z87+ Rated 2.2mm Polycarbonate
-Width: 5 5/8″ (Merika) | 143mm (Metric)

When you’re in the forest, they become transparent, once in the sunlight, they darken. The Night Phantom retail for $149 direct from PitViper.com.

Oakley’s New Field and Flight Jacket Sunglasses

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Oakley’s New Field and Flight Jacket Sunglasses

Oakley’s heritage with cycling runs deep and while there have been some super kooky (hey, in a good way!) designs over the years, their latest two additions offer vivid aesthetics, resulting from the brand’s ongoing attempt at making the best looking, best performing eyewear for cycling. Both the Field and Flight jackets were designed with ventilation and full-frame viewing, ideal for on and off-road riding. Head to your local Oakley dealer to check them out in person and to Oakley for more information and colors.

The Rapha Classic Sunglasses

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The Rapha Classic Sunglasses



I love it when Rapha does small projects like this. Especially when they’re made either in the UK or in the case of sunglasses, Italy. Mazzucchelli 1849 and Carl Zeiss Vision have created sunglasses for the luxury cycling brand and you know what? They look damn good. Check out more details below and see the full collection at Rapha.

Oakley’s Prizm Trail Radarlock Path

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Oakley’s Prizm Trail Radarlock Path

For the most part, I only wear sunglasses on the road, at least here in Austin anyway. With all the sharp, spiky plant life here, sometimes I’d force myself to wear eyewear but was never 100% content with it. I’ve always had an issue with how sunglasses read the splotchy light found in the woods on my local trails. It was either intense and white, or shaded and dark, leaving little to no middle ground or time to adjust and it was difficult to make out details.

A few of my friends here started wearing these Oakley Prizm Trail sunglasses and swore by them for trail clarity, so I picked up a pair. Sure enough, after wearing these glasses for a few rides, the difference was clear. Let me clarify that, they made a huge difference. Oakley achieves this through a material they call Plutonite and while it sounds like a marketing ploy, the performance backs it up incredibly well.

The Team Rapha Focus Oakley RadarLock Auction

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The Team Rapha Focus Oakley RadarLock Auction

This morning, at 6am PST, Rapha has opened up an auction for the new Team Rapha Focus Oakley RadarLock sunglasses. The opening bid is $250, or the retail of the normal RadarLocks and all the proceeds aid in financing the Team Rapha Focus men and women. These sunglasses come with a set of Rapha-etched clear lenses and Rapha-Focus branded carrying bag. You might even get a set of Rapha-Focus trading cards.

Click here for the auction and here for more details. Make sure you follow @Rapha_N_America on Twitter or the Rapha Facebook page to monitor the bids each day. Next week, limited edition Rapha-Focus Frogskins go on the auction block.

These are very sharp shades. See for yourself in the gallery!