Over the last few weeks we’ve been out on the bike testing the dhb Pro Triple Sunglasses from Wiggle. Unfortunately, we received these sunglasses in the middle of the wettest few weeks of the year and as our budget doesn’t extend to flying somewhere hot and sunny to test out sunglasses, we’ve had to wait around for the sun to make an appearance before we could really fully test them out.
The dhb Pro Triple sunglasses are at the top of the dhb sunglasses range and as the ‘triple’ in the name hints at they come with a selection of 3 lenses offering something that should cover you for most weather conditions.
First impressions are good; as well as the glasses and lenses you get a carry pouch that doubles as a cleaning cloth and a carry case that will hold the sunglasses and spare lenses to keep everything safe when they’re not being used. The build quality of the frame felt sturdy and, whilst it did take a few minutes of head scratching to work out how to swap the lenses, it’s really straightforward once you know how. Considering you get all this for the £39.99 retail price they appear to offer great value for money so we were keen to see if they lived up to their promise once out on the bike.
Styling is always going to come down to personal taste, the dhb Pro Triples are quite sports specific with their single piece wrap around lens, but in our opinion they look good and certainly have some styling touches that makes them look like they’d cost more than they do. Ours were the red frame option which may be a bit bright for some tastes but there’s also a choice of white, yellow or grey frames so you can colour coordinate with your bike and cycling kit.
As with styling fit is also going to be a personal thing but again we had no issues. The glasses are held in place by rubberised grippers on the nose and arms, they’re not quite as sticky as some other brands but they hold the glasses securely and didn’t seem to slip when they get wet either from rain or sweat. You seem to be able to bend the nose shape slightly to get your ideal fit although I’m not sure this is an actual design feature or just a happy coincidence. The frames plus lens weigh in at 27g on our scales and they’re fairly lightweight too.
Once on, the lens is quite close to your face which did mean they fogged up a bit when you stop but we didn’t have any issues with them fogging whilst actually riding and I’ve yet to find a pair of sunglasses that doesn’t suffer from some fogging when you stop if you’ve been riding hard enough to work up a sweat.
The three lens options all offer 100% UVA and UVB protection and the quality seemed good with no obvious visual distortion from any of them. It’s a shame there’s not something in with the glasses that explains how to change the lens as although it’s really easy once you know how it does take a bit of figuring out especially if you’re worried about doing it wrong and breaking them. We found the easiest way was just to pull the frame up and lens down in the middle of the glasses and it kind of hinges out. It takes a matter of seconds to change the lenses once you know what you’re doing.
Here’s the low down on each lens option –
Mirrored Lens – this has quite a heavy tint and is one for sunny days, it has a blueish grey tint to it which on a sunny day seems to make blue skies seem even bluer. The mirrored coating also means other riders can’t look you in the eyes and see if you’re suffering on those climbs 🙂
Amber Lens – has the nice ability to make even grey days seem that little bit brighter, it’s a good choice for cloudy or foggy days or just a safe choice for changeable conditions and does seem to help improve contrast. With the recent bad weather we’ve probably used this lens more than any of the others and provided it doesn’t get too bright it’s a good all round choice.
Clear Lens – the clear lens does have a very slight grey tint to it, it’s great for heavily overcast or rainy days where you want to keep the spray out of your eyes but we found for night riding the slight tint does cut down the light and reduces your vision marginally. For well lit streets it’s fine but for unlit back roads we found we could see better without the glasses on.
Our top of the range triple lens sunglasses provide 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection. The frame is strong yet lightweight and rubber grippers on the rounded arms ensure a perfect fit and optimum comfort. The Hydrophobic lens coating helps repel sweat and water and the ultra scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens will help keep these great shades in top condition. They come with clear, smoke and orange lenses to suit all light conditions and a soft padded case.
- Strong, but light frame
- Removable nose piece
- Larger lenses provide more coverage and block peripheral light
- Rubber grippers on rounded arms keep these babies glued to your head
- State of the art UV absorbency give 100% UVA and UVB protection.
- Ultra scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens. Highly impact resistant.
- The Hydrophobic lens coating on all the lenses helps repels sweat and water.
- The Clear lens is ideal for night and extreme low light conditions while still offering 100% UV protection
- The Smoke lens with black red REVO coating is ideal for bright sunny conditions.
- The Orange lens is to cut down glare in variable conditions
- Comes complete with soft padded case
At £39.99 these glasses represent great value for money, you get a stylish looking frame that fits well and a choice of 3 lens options that cover all conditions and which all give 100% UVA and UVB protection. There’s also a decent carry case to keep them safe when not being used and a soft carry bag that doubles as a cleaning cloth.
It took a couple of minutes to figure out how to change lenses as there’s no instructions in the pack to explain this but once you do figure it out swapping lenses can be done in a matter of seconds.
For the price you’d be hard pushed to find a better pair of cycling sunglasses.
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