Just like putting up with painful corns, why put up with this, I stupidly realized years into it. Thankfully, I tried the Specialized Helix Sunglasses and I haven’t looked back.
For these sunglasses, Specialized uses a lens technology called Adaptalite that allows the lenses to respond automatically to changing light conditions. When you’re stopped in the middle of a bike race with riders zipping past you because you can’t see the trail, you’ll understand why this is important. And because light can be darker on a trail in the trees than when you’re riding on a paved road, Specialized makes a model for mountain biking and one for road biking. The lenses adjust from practically clear (mountain version) or slightly tinted (road version) to fully dark within seconds. For you out there who ride at the same time every day under the same sunlight, Specialized now makes a version in a non-shifting dark lenses (darkened NXT).
And for those of you who worry about smashing or breaking a sensitive lens, Specialized has made the lens material out of optical polymer developed for Apache attack helicopters. Bring it on, commando bugs and terrorist trees! Other features include a panoramic lens shape, molded nosepiece and ear tabs, all of which made these glasses really comfortable, sitting lightly and stylishly on my face.
Overall, I am quite impressed with these sunglasses. I can now focus on my riding rather than on what I can or can’t see. And I can use them for my early morning, motivated rides or my procrastinating, late evening rides. Now I just need another excuse in my next race when I can clearly see the trail and the other riders ripping past me.