Uvex Sportstyle 111 Vario glasses review£109.99

A single pair of glasses that could suit all conditions

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Sportstyle 111 Vario isn’t exactly an inspiring name, but in stereotypically German style, Uvex has concentrated on the design and functionality of these glasses, rather than fripperies like an imaginative moniker.

    Our test pair weighed a minimal 23g, and we found the tough sculpted frame had just the right amount of flex to fit a selection of head sizes – even larger noggins. The curved arms have sturdy screwed hinges, and are largely covered with subtly ridged, soft rubber grippers that prevent slippage, and a downward arc to keep them clear of your helmet. The overall effect is such that it’s easy to forget you’re wearing them at all.

    That super-supple rubber also gives the self-adjusting nose bridge a fine fit. It sits behind the lens, making lens cleaning or wiping on the move a far easier affair, as there’s no place for spray and grime to collect.

    Uvex’s ‘Variomatic’ photochromic lens has a smoke finish when reacting to light and a clear appearance in dull conditions. Uvex says it tints from clear to dark in 25 seconds, and it lived up to that claim. The change isn’t sudden or perceptible, and often you only realise they’ve darkened when you take them off.

    We found they offered great, uninterrupted peripheral vision and a good face fit from the relatively shallow lens (though fit is, of course, subjective), and there’s no obvious distortion anywhere within the field of view.

    For a company whose name refers to the exclusion of ultraviolet (UV) light, unsurprisingly the shatterproof, interchangeable lens blocks transmission of 100 per cent of UVA, UVB and UVC rays. It also features a permanent anti-fog coating, assisted by four ventilation slots at the top of the lens and two further vents on each side of the frame between lens and hinge.

    For anyone whose riding includes light and shade, even at night, photochromic lenses make a lot of sense and could be the only glasses you need. These are supremely comfortable, robust and they come with a soft bag and a hard case.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Robin Wilmott

    Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
    Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
    • Age: 45
    • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
    • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
    • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
    • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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