Tifosi Davos sunglasses review£65.00

Stylish triple lens shades

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Tifosi has built a great reputation from making glasses with all the features you’ll find from premium brands like Oakley, Rudy Project, KOO, POC, Adidas and more, but without the premium price tag. The Davos are great looking shades, with sharp lines, angular full frames and full shield lenses.

The sunglasses are available in plenty of variants including photochromic lens models, but I think the triple lens version I tested offers the best balance between price and features.

The three lenses are a dark smoke with a 15 percent light transmission rating, which is ideal for bright conditions, a clear lens with 95 percent transmission for very low light, and a funky red tinted lens that offers 41 percent transmission.

The red lens works particularly well in dull conditions because the red accentuates the road surface textures, making it my favourite of the three for riding in adverse weather conditions.

1: Lens removal is a pretty basic process, relying on you to pull on the top and bottom of the frame  2: The hydrophilic rubber grippers on the frame arms help keep the glasses in place  3: The smoke lens is a great option for bright sunny days. Clear and red lenses are also included
1: Lens removal is a pretty basic process, relying on you to pull on the top and bottom of the frame 2: The hydrophilic rubber grippers on the frame arms help keep the glasses in place 3: The smoke lens is a great option for bright sunny days. Clear and red lenses are also included

To switch lenses, pull the bottom edge of the frame away from the lens and pull from the top to release. It all feels a little violent compared to the simplicity of KOO’s system or Rudy’s clever Sintryx.

The shape is close fitting, but fogging is kept to a minimum thanks to the well-vented lenses. The frame’s sticky temple tips hold your head well but the frames don’t have that much elasticity, so they never felt quite as secure as some of their rivals.

The adjustable nosepiece and temple tips go some way to equalising the frame’s lack of ‘pinch’ and I didn’t experience any bounce or movement, even when riding over rougher surfaces.

The lower edge of the frame was unfortunately in my line of sight and the lens is actually fairly shallow, so I think these are best suited to smaller faces. I was very impressed with the quality of the lenses, the surface treatment resists fogging very well, they’ve proven easy to keep clean and have resisted scratching and discolouring from testing in some very poor conditions with plenty of spray and grime coating them.

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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