Shimano S-Phyre X glasses review

We test the new S-Phyre X glasses from Shimano, as worn by the LottoNL-Jumbo team

Shimano S-Phyre X glasses
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Overall, Shimano has created a decent, well-priced pair of glasses to compete with the big-name eyewear brands. However, the S-Phyre X could do with a little refinement and with its slightly generic appearance doesn't create the sort of buzz that a new Oakley design usually does.

Reasons to buy
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    Three swappable lenses

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    Decent optics from all three lenses

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    Large lens supplies good coverage

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    Value for money

Reasons to avoid
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    Photochromatic lens doesn't go clear

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    Lack of venting

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    Lens sits too close to face

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    Generic looking

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The new S-Phyre X glasses from Shimano, developed with the LottoNL-Jumbo team, have a top half-frame with detachable lower frame bumpers. The other model in the range, the S-Phyre R, has a frameless design.

The lens is large, extending well above the eyebrows so that even in the most aggressive position the frame top doesn’t obscure your vision. We should say ‘lenses’ because you get three in the hard case the S-Phyre X glasses come with: there’s a polarizing mirror red for bright light conditions, a photochromatic dark grey for variable light that changes from 13 to 62 per cent light transmission in eight seconds, plus a ‘Cloud Mirror’ lens.

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