The Helix Road is available in two versions: either the fixed tint NXT version seen here, or the Adaptalite Photochromic version (the lenses change light transmission characteristics under changing light conditions) for £99.99.
The NXT versions tested here comes with a small cleaning bag, but no hard case, as found on the pricey version. It’s clear from the moment you put them on that Specialized have paid very close attention to the classic and highly regarded Oakley M-Frame, as the frame fits and feels incredibly similar, even down to the nose piece looking and feeling the same. Interestingly enough, there is a nose piece available (for a tenner) to accept the clip-in RX prescription system that is virtually identical to the standard nose piece – which makes us wonder why Specialized bothered to make two versions in the first place, instead of just making the standard nose piece RX compatible.
If we ignore the usual marketing nonsense we’re used to getting from Specialized (such as this little gem: “The lens is a shield construction for panoramic performance”) we’re looking at a very nice pair of shades that are comfortable and offer very good eye protection.