Protecting your eyes when riding is a no-brainer. Whether there are pesky tree branches waiting to stab you, mud lurking to spray you, or the sun is just out in force looking to blind you with its brilliance, eyeballs are pretty delicate things that should be cared for. Over the last few years we’ve seen a resurgence of retro-styled glasses that blend the need for good protection with a sense of Americana styling. They may not be the correct fashion choice for everyone, but that’s also not for us to decide. What we can comment on, though, is that the enlarged lenses common to the new trend of eyewear offer benefits that aren’t always found in riding glasses: better coverage means more protection and a much wider field of view.
Following in the tradition of its Speedcraft and Speedtrap full-coverage specs, 100% has developed new glasses dubbed the Glendale. The Glendale uses massive French-made lenses that have all the usually high-tech coatings you’d expect from modern eyewear—anti-scratch on the outside and 100%’s Hydroilo lens treatment to help repel water, dirt and oil. The Italian-made frames are designed to promote air circulation behind the lens to help with ventilation and fogging.
The Glendale’s temple tips are also adjustable to get the right fit and an extra nose pad is included to adjust that area as well. We had a chance to try on a pre-production pair of the Glendales at Interbike this year and were surprised at how light they felt compared to their size. The frame was fairly flexible and offered a nice amount of comfort while still feeling secure. On that note, the Glendale sat a bit farther out from the face than other glasses—interesting in that it felt akin to wearing a pair of goggles with no foam around the edges. The field of view also was reminiscent of a pair of goggles—to actually see the frame took a conscious effort of looking down or up as far as you could.
If you think you’re stylish enough to rock the Glendale, it’ll cost you—$185, and it’ll grant the option of four frame colors and quite a few lens tints. Each pair of Glendales comes with two lenses (one tinted, one clear) and a hard case to keep everything neat.
To learn more about the Glendale, head over here.