Native Eyewear Hardtop Ultra XP Review


Native Eyewear has long been a purveyor of quality sunglasses for adventurous outdoor pursuits. As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast as well as a dedicated mountain biker for the last 15 years (who goes through shades like most people go through tires–at least one pair a season), it’s rather surprising I’ve never owned a Native product. Since the …

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Review: Bolle Bounty Sunglasses

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The Bolle Bounty glasses look totally unassuming on the showroom floor. But when you get them out on the trail, the Bountys throw down no matter how formidable the challenge might be. Specs The Bolle Bountys are full-framed glasses with what appears to be pretty standard nylon arms. There’s no adjustment in either the arms or …

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News: 100% Releases Speedcraft Glasses

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For those that follow motocross and downhill racing, 100% is probably a familiar brand. They make a variety of gloves and goggles in an array of colors ranging from stealthy to flashy. Their latest offering is the Speedcraft series: high performance glasses aimed at trail riding. The large lens looks to provide plenty of coverage and according …

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Review: Endura Guppy Glasses


Hydrophobic–that’s me!  Many years ago, when I chose to serve, there’s a reason I walked into the Air Force recruiter office and not the Navy recruiter.  Fact is, I don’t like any body of water deeper than I am tall.  Really, my name, German for “fish,” is a horrible misnomer.  I swim like an anchor …

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Review: Ryders Hijack Photochromic Sunglasses


Ryders has a strong reputation in the biking community for well-designed optics that cater to a broad spectrum of athletes. These Hijack glasses are designed to accommodate just about anyone, whether you race ‘cross, pine for enduro, or wear Lycra in pursuit of a polka-dot jersey. Mountain bike riders know that light conditions are constantly fluctuating, which …

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Photo Blog: New Shades from Bolle, Ryders, Smith, Spy, and Tifosi at Interbike 2014

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Every time I think I know all of the eyewear manufacturers that are competing in the mountain bike market, I round another corner and spot yet another booth! This massive photo roundup doesn’t even begin to cover all of the different shades and companies in attendance at Interbike–much less the companies that didn’t deign to …

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Review: Oakley Radarlock Pitch Sunglasses


If there’s any one brand name that’s synonymous with “quality sunglasses,” it’s Oakley. Despite their top-tier prices, the number of people that you’ll see at the mountain bike trailhead–or simply walking around downtown–wearing Oakleys on their face is impressive. The Oakley brand has penetrated deep into the heart of not only the mountain bike subculture, …

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Review: Kaenon Black Label Collection: Trade Sunglasses


Kaenon’s Trade sunglasses feature excellent coverage and superior optics in a murdered out, black matte finish as part of the company’s new Black Label Collection.  I’ve been testing the Trades on the trail and around town and here’s what I’ve found. At first glance, the Kaenon Trades are larger and darker than most sunglasses you’ll …

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