First seen when the Dutch WorldTour team LottoNL-Jumbo launched its 2018 kit (original story below), Shimano has now announced official details of its S-Phyre range of performance sunglasses.
The Shimano S-Phyre sunglasses range only consists of two models for now, with the S-Phyre R and S-Phyre X.
Shimano’s S-Phyre R frames have a traditional performance cycling specific rimless design and weigh a feathery 25.6 grams, claims Shimano.
The Shimano S-Phyre X features a similar design but uses the top part of the frame to keep the lenses in place, while the lower section of the frame is removable dependent on rider preference.
Both models are available with either photochromatic adaptive lenses, which adjust to the conditions, or polarised lenses for constant sunny conditions. Both options are supplied with spare ‘Cloud Mirror’ low-light lenses too. All lens options include anti-scratch protection.
The glasses also feature changeable nose pads.
Each design is available black or metallic blue and available from April, with pricing not yet announced.
Original story continues below
We have it on good authority that the shades worn by LottoNL-Jumbo for 2018 are an as-of-yet unreleased addition to Shimano’s top-tier S-Phyre range.
Hiding in plain sight, the team is pictured toting two new sets of shades that will fill a void in Shimano’s premium brand.
Both glasses appear to share the same lens, with one a conventional and one frameless design pictured. The sculpted arms are also shared and bow outward, presumably to clear helmet straps easily.
The silhouette of the lairy goggle-like shades is not totally unlike the universally loved Oakley Jawbreaker and definitely follows the ‘more-is-more’ trend when it comes to coverage.
The rest of the teams kit is also S-Phyre and presents an ongoing collaboration between the team and Shimano.
We’re afraid that’s all we have for now, but we’ll be sure to update this story as soon as we have more information!
The S-Phyre range now encompasses everything from head-to-toe save for a helmet, which makes us think there’s a good chance we’ll see a lid from Shimano in the not too distant future.