The latest glasses from 100% move away from the future-retro one-piece shield lenses the brand is famous for and towards another 1980s design staple: aviator-style shades (think Tom Cruise in Top Gun).
In true 100% style, however, the new Eastcraft glasses are more of a full reimagining than a simple homage.
100% Eastcraft glasses specification and details
A single-piece, curved, tinted lens fits within the frame via 100%’s secure V-latch system. The glasses also come with a set of two-piece clear lenses, which work well in lower light and fit via the same V latch using the included tool.
On inferior lenses, a curved shape usually means distortion at the peripheries, but 100% has avoided that by adding a subtle vertical curvature and variance in the lens thickness.
Excellent treatment on both faces of the lens helps to prevent misting on the inner while repelling muck and grime on the outer.
100% Eastcraft glasses performance
The rigid, boxy frame shape grips superbly well, even in the rough. Though the nose piece is non-adjustable, its supple material shapes well and holds firm, even when wet (you can use the inserts provided to reduce the nose-piece width if necessary).
The stiffly sprung arms slid into the ports on my helmet well, too.
Lens clarity is excellent and the soft-gold mirror tint offers good contrast despite the lens being quite dark. The frames also come fitted with removable, rubber-like side shields.
I initially thought these were more style than substance, but they did give extra protection when I was riding in driving rain and strong crosswinds.
The best cycling glasses are expensive, and the downside with oversized shield styles is that they’re often designed for use ‘on the bike’ only – unless you’re a fan of looking like a member of a 1980s hair-metal band, an action hero or a WWE wrestler. The Eastcrafts look good off the bike, though.
The glasses come with a hard case, soft cleaning bag, alternate nose piece and second clear lens set.
100% Eastcraft glasses bottom line
The new Eastcrafts are excellent cycling glasses. They fit well, the clarity from the excellent curved lenses is among the best and they provided a good amount of protection in adverse conditions. They even look good off the bike.