Eyewear for all the Nacer Bouhanni fans out there
I’m personally not sure how much of a market there is in the UK for Nacer Bouhanni tribute sunglasses, but that’s the market that Ekoi is trying to hit with this gold edition of its Guerra sunglasses.
Apart from the gold colour (which adds the not insignificant sum of £25 to the overall price), the glasses you see here are the same as the standard Ekoi Guerra sunglasses. That means a TR90 Grilamid frame with dead straight arms that provide a secure hold around your temples and six vents at the front to prevent the lenses from steaming up.
The lens of the Ekoi Guerra sunglasses is made from “unbreakable” polycarbonate, are inter-changeable, and are available in four different colours (red, green, blue, and smoked) each of which provide 100 per cent UV protection, as well as a photochromic lens that will change according to brightness (although unfortunately this option will also add an additional £25 to the price).
I was generally impressed with the quality of the lenses, which didn’t mist up and provided crystal clear vision even when it was perhaps a little too dark for sunglasses. However they were spoilt by the Ekoi logo in the corners of the lenses, which were constantly in the corner of your vision. These logos are in three other places on the sunglasses, so why they are needed on the lenses I have no idea.
The other annoyance was that despite the nosepiece being adjustable, the Ekoi Guerra sunglasses consistently slipped down my nose when riding out of the saddle or riding on rough roads.
Slightly better is the classy carbon-fibre style case that the sunglasses are sold with, which is solid and a bit more understated than the gold sunglasses themselves. Of course, if you’re not quite good enough to pull off the gold Bouhanni tribute look, then the standard Ekoi Guerra sunglasses have the same construction and can be modified with whatever colours you want through the company’s website.
For more details visit the Ekoi website.
If you can't pull of the gold look then the Ekoi Guerra sunglasses are also available in many other (cheaper) colour configurations. The frames are good quality, as are the lenses, but the Ekoi logos on the lenses are an unnecessary distraction.