Road Testing the Red Bull SPECT Pace

Recently we teamed up with Red Bull SPECT Eyewear to give away a pair of their brand new performance sunglasses. Luckily, we also got our hands on a pair to test out!

Here’s what we got up to!

We tested the Red Bull SPECT Pace – Matte Black / Bronze Mirror (Pace-003). They come with an awesome zip-up case, microfibre bag and a replacement clear lens for low light days or night riding.

Pace Accessories
Accessories include a zip-up case, bonus lens and a microfibre bag

The first thing you notice about the Pace is the weight. They weigh in at only 30 grams so they give a featherweight feel on your face. Being able to adjust the temples and nosepiece really helps you to customise the fit, especially with a helmet on.

Their party piece is the Patented Floating Lens System which works like a treat on rough country lanes!

“By detaching the lens from the frame, the effect of a free-floating lens is created. The flexible properties of the frame allow the lens to bounce up and down freely when subjected to shocks. The technology thus takes weight off the wearer’s nose for ultimate comfort.” – Red Bull SPECT

Floating Lens
The Floating Lens System makes a huge difference on rougher terrain

With a big nose like mine, this new tech is hugely appreciated! It made a massive difference when riding over rougher tarmac and through potholes. My feeling would be it is a perfect choice for cyclocross or gravel rides!

Lenses

The clarity of the lenses on the Pace is excellent and really rivals that of some of the hard hitting brands of the sports eyewear world. This comes from SPECT eyewear. Working with a brand with over 40 years experience in design and manufacture of lenses, you can really feel the attention to detail.

I used the Red Bull SPECT Pace on a bright sunny day in early May and they did not disappoint. The bronze mirror on the pair I tried gives a slight contrast boost which was most welcome when riding through shadows. The lens is dark enough to give great protection on a bright sunny day and also offers enough contrast for when the sun gets lower.

Bike-sun
Rides in the early summer sun!

Our Opinion?

If you’re after a new pair of cycling sunglasses then they are a great choice! All of the tech has slightly flown under the radar but it really comes into its own when you have them on your face. Not many performance frames come packed full of tech for this price and even less come with a big case and a replacement low-light lens!

There are some drawbacks, Red Bull SPECT isn’t the most fashionable brand out there and we don’t yet have optimised lenses but if you can get past that then there’s a new kid on the block that’s waiting to be explored!

With prices starting at only £111.99 for the Pace and Flow models, you’d be hard pushed to find a performance frame with this spec for less!

Take a look at the entire range of Red Bull SPECT Sunglasses

Oakley Prescription Lenses Reviewed

Grant Williams has very kindly reviewed his Oakley Prescription sunglasses. Here’s what he had to say about his prescription Oakley Field Jackets!

For more than a decade I have combined various Oakley glasses with contact lenses for cycling driving and skiing. I thought this was the optimum combination, until deciding to try a prescription lens, initially for road cycling.

 

Road Cycling
The weather called for socially distant rides!

My positive experience of Oakley eyewear prompted a desire to buy into their prescription lenses. By uploading my prescription details into RxSport’s website, I received confirmation that my prescription requirements could be achieved from an Oakley lens.

 

Oakley create prescription lenses (with various performance traits) for many of their frames designed for sport. Although I already owned frames that prescription lenses are available for, I wanted to experience new design features, which they did not include. I chose to pair my new lenses with the Oakley Field Jacket.

 

Field Jacket
Oakley Field Jacket Prescription Sunglasses

On placing an order with Rx Sport UK, an email confirmation dropped into my inbox shortly after, and my new Oakley glasses arrived within the quoted delivery period. (Rx Sport UK were really helpful in doing everything possible to achieve delivery in time for a cycling holiday).

 

The Oakley prescription lens provides me with excellent visual clarity. This performance is complemented by the stability of the Field Jacket, which remains constant over rough road surfaces, sections of which are barely paved.

 

Road cycling
Transitions lenses are ideal for brighter days too

Given the ease of use and performance of these glasses, I decided to seek out something specifically for use in lower light conditions and riding at night. On reviewing my options, and talking these through with Rx Sport UK, I chose the Oakley prescription Brown Transitions lens.

For me, the Oakley Transition lens, with a brown tint is a fantastic option to have alongside the Black Iridium (or Prizm Black) lens. The visual clarity is excellent, and the transition from brown tint to clear, makes it suitable for a broad range of light levels.

 

Having used the Transitions for several months, these are the ones I reach for when the conditions are predominantly cloudy or for riding into late evening. Given the versatility of the Transition lens, I also decided to try it whilst riding my mountain bike.

 

MTB
Contrast enhancing prescription Transitions lenses are perfectly suited for shaded woodland trails

Part of the feedback provided by RxSport UK, confirmed a feature of the brown tint is the potential to add definition to surface texture. This certainly corresponds with my experiences whilst riding, as the lens performance assists being able to counter subtle pitting in macadam surfaces, or to interpret an intricate root matrix weaving across an off-camber, narrow trail.

 

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And even better when the tight trails open up!

So, would I want to completely commit to using the prescription lenses I now have, for all the riding I do? For the road, yes. However, for mountain biking, personally, I will use the Transition lens with brown tint for virtually all the off-road riding I do. When conditions are really wet and muddy, I will switch to non-prescription glasses with contact lenses. This is simply because the Transitions are vital for my road cycling, and I wish to reduce the chance of the wear and tear that harsher, off-road conditions may cause.

 

For that reason, I will add an Oakley Flight Jacket Prizm Trail to my collection…..Plus they look pretty cool too!

 

Flight Jacket
He’s not wrong, they do look pretty cool!

Take a look at the entire range of Oakley Prescription Sunglasses

Introducing the 100% Hypercraft

100% Hypercraft. Feel Nothing. See Everything

Introducing the 100% Hypercraft, the next evolution of sports eyewear. A unique UltraCarbon frame for incredible strength at a remarkably light weight. A laser-cut cylindrical shield lens delivers a wide field of vision and the eye protection of shatterproof polycarbonate. Superior ventilation channels have been aerodynamically positioned into the lens to allow ultimate airflow and help stop fogging up while riding.

UltraLight. UltraPerformance. UltraCarbon. Featuring UltraCarbon technology, the frameless 100% Hypercraft sunglass is lighter, stronger and more dynamic than any performance shield on the market.

Hypercraft UltraCarbon

 

The Hypercraft’s frame is made from UltraCarbon – an interwoven mix of carbon fibre and nylon – to create the lightest and strongest construction. The result is a pair of sunglasses weighing an incredible 23 grams, offering barely-there feel paired with unbeatable performance.

100% HiPER Lens Technology

HiPER is a proprietary high-definition lens technology designed to ramp up contrast, amp up colour and enhance detail so you miss nothing on your ride.

The human eye perceives three primary colours – red, green and blue. But vision can begin to distort where these three colors overlap. 100% HiPER Lenses filter out these crossovers, resulting in greater contrast and even more vibrant colours. By ramping up the contrast, riders can experience depth-defining vision with unmatched perception to feel every detail of terrain before commanding past it.

Other features:

  • Designed in California – handcrafted in Italy with French optics
  • Streamlined Laser Cut Rimless Shield – with superior ventilation positioned with aerodynamic angles
  • Hydrophobic & Oleophobic Lens treatment – repels water, dirt, and oil
  • Scratch-resistant Lens coating – of the highest quality
  • Complete full-spectrum UV Protection – incl. UVA, UVB & UV400 wavelengths
  • Ultra-grip Rubber Nose and Temple Tips – to provide a secure fit
  • Ultra lightweight of 23 grams– offers ultimate performance with minimal weight
  • 5.5–Base Cylindrical Shield Lens– for increased peripheral view and protection
1005 Hypercraft Matte Metallic Into the Fade

Take a look at our entire range of 100% Sunglasses

Where Sport Meets Fashion

Sport and fashion is the name of the game here at RxSport & Tortoise+Black.

Have you visited our sister site, Tortoise+Black yet? If so, maybe you’ll have seen this weeks showcase of some sports lifestyle crossovers on their social media channels.

It’s a well known fact that we like our big oversized sports frames here at RxSport but the T+B team have raised us their Gucci’s and Stella McCartney frames as excellent alternatives!

The Crossover

Big oversized sports frames have an awful lot of similarities with some of the frames developed from the worlds leading fashion houses. Recent fashion trends have really shown this and some of our favourite sports frames have been worn by some of the biggest names in fashion.

Here you’ll find some of our picks for frames that look as good off the bike as they do on it. People want to stand out so what better way to do so than with a bold statement from your eyewear!

The Oakley Sutro has been one of the best selling frames of 2020 and for good reason! It is one of our favourite sports frames but it has more in common with the Gucci GG067S than we might think!

RxSport’s Top Picks

As selected by the guys in the office, here’s our picks of sports lifestyle crossover frames for this season from our huge range of sports brands!

 

100% Glendale – Shop Now

Oakley EVZero Blades – Shop Now
Smith Wildcat – Shop Now

Tortoise+Black’s Top Picks

The hot debate rages on, the T+B team have had their input and this is what they have come up with from some of the leading names in fashion!

 

Gucci GG0663S – Shop Now

Versace VE2140 – Shop Now

Stella McCartney SC0196S – Shop Now

Take a look at our entire range of sunglasses on both of our sites – RxSport & Tortoise+Black 

Oakley Field Jacket and Flight Jacket Product Insight

Whether it is online, or in print, I love to read and research about what is new and happening in the world of cycling, especially when it comes to kit!

During 2018, I started to see images and snippets of information about the Oakley Field Jacket and Flight Jacket. The pre-release photos confirmed both forthcoming glasses were large in format and striking in appearance. This is something I really like from both an aesthetics and performance perspective. Combine this with a long-standing positive experience of Oakley glasses, and my interest was already sky high!

After a little more product research, I learned that the design of the new glasses had been influenced by Oakley’s study of rider’s eye movement. This identified a potential improvement in uninterrupted view if the upper area of the frame was moved from its usual position.

It was not long before I was trying them both for fit and checking out the features. Visually, the two are quite different, both having their own individual, contemporary style. The Field Jacket has a full frame, and the Flight Jacket has a half frame, positioned at the base of the lens.

Oakley have also incorporated a slick way ventilate the glasses. At the front of the nose bridge there is small lever or switch (Oakley call this the “Advancer”); flick this down, and the frame is drawn forward. This enables the rider to switch additional airflow on and off, to control cooling and/or ventilation.

The arms of both the Field and Flight Jacket can be adjusted in length. This is achieved by switching sections of the arm to suit your fit. These are supplied with the glasses.

I have a medium to large face, and the fit and feel of both the Field and Flight Jacket felt very good and secure, with no need for me to fine tune. The Advancer is easy to locate, and after a few attempts, locating and switching is no problem,

So which did I go for? My heart, and the more flamboyant side of me said Flight Jacket, but the pure versatility of the Field Jacket won on the day…..well at least for now!

For me, the Field Jacket is close to the Flight Jacket for uninterrupted vision, plus it has a prescription lenses option. Changing lenses is relatively quick and easy.

To purchase the Oakley Field Jacket in a prescription lenses option, I initially contacted RxSport UK by telephone, and talked through my product choice, ordering and anticipated time to delivery.

Placing an order via their website was also extremely easy, and my prescription details are now saved to make future ordering even easier (details can be updated any time, if necessary).

My glasses arrived just in time for a week-long trip of cycling in Wales. The Field Jackets with prescription lenses (Black Iridium Polarised) performed perfectly, and almost one year on, my experience remains the same.

I have recently bought another set of Field Jackets, incorporating Oakley Transition prescription lenses. It is early days, but my initial impression is, they are excellent.

In my next article, I will give a more detailed insight in to my two sets of Field Jackets, as well as deliberate whether I should add a set of Oakley Racing Jacket’s to my collection?

Take a look at the entire range of Oakley Prescription Sunglasses

RedBull SPECT Enters Cycling Market

One of the most iconic and recognisable brands on the planet has joined forces with a premium eyewear manufacturer to create some ground-breaking new sunglasses fit for their time. Red Bull SPECT was born through a collaboration with Austrian eyewear brand SPECT and the iconic Red Bull brand.

Partner this exceptional combination with the release of a brand-new sports-specific frame and you’re onto a winner!

 

By detaching the lens from the frame, the effect of a free-floating lens is created. The flexible properties of the frame allow the lens to bounce up and down freely when subjected to shocks. The technology thus takes weight off the wearer’s nose for ultimate comfort. This shock-absorbing technology is as innovative as it is effective!

A perfect vision is key to great achievements. V°MAX optimizes airflow and reduces fogging. The air intake slots allow for air passage behind the shield to prevent fogging. The air outlets on the temples guarantees a constant circulation.

The ventilated lenses are easily interchangeable due to Red Bull SPECT’s S°LOCK quick change system. Adapt to changing weather conditions by swapping the lens in the split of a second. Select models of the Flow & Pace come with an additional clear lens for low light conditions.

To ensure an even more comfortable fit, the frame is highly customizable. The nose pads can easily be moved into the desired position, so the frame will leave no traces on the nose even after hours of hard workout. The temples of the frames can also be adjusted to the optimal position to fit comfortably under your helmet.

Take a look at our entire range of Red Bull SPECT Sunglasses

Egan Bernal – What Sunglasses Does He Wear?

At just 22 he’s one of the youngest ever winners of the Tour de France and also the first Colombian ever to win the race.

With his own team Geraint Thomas saying he could easily become one of the greatest ever cyclists over the next few years’, there has certainly been a lot of attention on him over the last few weeks.

One question we’ve been asked a lot is, what sunglasses is he wearing? This is a question we’re more than happy to answer.

Much like Geraint Thomas and his Oakley Racing Jackets (now discontinued), Egan Bernal is never seen without his bold style of eyewear. The Oakley Sutro.

New to RxSport in 2019 it’s a frame that has really impressed road cyclists on both the professional circuit, but also at an amateur level. Drawing inspiration from modern lifestyle shapes, the Oakley Sutro sunglasses flaunt sport performance that dares to be different with a striking shield lens looking great on and off the bike.

Discover the Oakley Sutro collection at RxSport

Oakley Tour de France 2019 Edition Sunglasses

Each year Oakley release their Tour de France sunglasses collection and it never disappoints. 2019 is no different! Here we have the Jawbreaker, EVZero Path and Holston frames forming the main collection.

To honor the 100th anniversary of the first yellow jersey worn by the Tour de France race leader, each piece in the 2019 Oakley™ Tour de France Collection features platinum accents—and Prizm™ Road lenses to represent the heart and soul of the race.

Oakley Jawbreaker Sunglasses – Tour de France Collection Matte Black

We extended the field of view in the upper peripheral region to optimize it for cycling, and once we added Switchlock™ Technology for easy lens changing plus temples that adjust to three different lengths for helmet compatibility, Jawbreaker™ became the ultimate sport design.

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Oakley EVZero Path Sunglasses – Tour de France 2019 Edition Matte Black

Built for speed and engineered to be the ultimate multi-sport sunglass for training, running and beyond, EVZero™ Path is Oakley’s lightest performance frame and features a toric shield of Plutonite™ in a rimless design for an unobstructed view.

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Oakley Holston Sunglasses – Tour de France Collection Matte Black

A proud salute to the Oakley™ design original known as Jupiter Squared, Holston takes a clean, modern approach to the classic styling of rectangular shaping. This versatile look has a reduced frame height, so it fits well on small to medium faces. To make sure it stays comfortably in place, we added no-slip nose pads.

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Oakley Radar EV Path Sunglasses – Tour de France Collection Matte Yellow (2018 edition)

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Oakley Radar EV Path Sunglasses – Tour de France Collection Matte White (2017 edition)

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100% Launches S3 New Sunglasses

The S3 sport performance sunglasses join 100%’s extensive line of elite eyewear, complementing results-driven frames and lenses developed in conjunction with famed 3 time Road World Champion Peter Sagan.

100% S3 sunglasses are aimed at discerning cyclists; those demanding results and unwilling to be held back by sub-par product performance — for riders giving it 100%.

“The S3 combines two of my favourite 100% glasses,” explained Peter Sagan. “It takes the aggressive intake vents from the Speedcraft and the subtle frame from the S2. You get a sunglass that’s both understated and powerful, a winning combo.”

The slightly less-angular frame is made in Italy (like all 100% sunglasses) using a 5.5-base design for a sleek and comfortable fit. The S3’s frames support one-piece, shatter and impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses featuring both scratch-resistant and hydrophobic/oleophobic coatings.

Oakley Launches New EVZero Ascend, EVZero Blades and Radar EV Advancer

EVZero Ascend Sunglasses

Blending function with stylish form, the Oakley EVZero Ascend offers premium sport performance to women with an ultra-light frame and large shield lens for superior comfort when on the move and excellent vision and eye protection. The frameless shied look is simultaneously sporty and elegant. As the lens is one continuous segment, the field of vision is not only maximized, but the eyeglasses are also a real eye-catcher.

Oakley EVZero Ascend Sunglasses

  • Ultra-light women’s sports frame with frameless design for maximised peripheral views
  • Ascend variant lens has sleek, curvaceous style and provides excellent eye coverage
  • Unobtainium®-coated earsocks and nosepad maintain no-slip fit even when wet
  • Impact-resistant Plutonite® lenses provide 100% UV protection
  • Suits a small to medium adult fit

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EVZero Blades Sunglasses

Oakley’s ultra-light EVZero design finds a new iteration with the EVZero Blades sunglasses. A sleek lens cut makes this one of the standout sports frames of the year, a great look on and off the road or field of play! You may notice the design is modelled off the 1980’s Oakley Razor Blade.

Oakley EVZero Blades Sunglasses

  • Frameless design minimises weight and maximises peripheral views
  • Blades variant lens sports a clean, sleek look which delivers essential coverage
  • Lightweight and tough Plutonite lenses provide 100% UV protection
  • Unobtainium-coated earsocks and nosepad maintain no-slip grip even when wet
  • Includes extra nosepad

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Radar EV Advancer Sunglasses

An evolution of one of Oakley’s best-selling sport performance frames, the Radar EV Advancer utilises Advancer Nosebridge technology to instantly reposition the frame when on the move to keep optimially blocking light while also maximising airflow to reduce the risk of lens fogging. Taking the nosebridge technology first seen in Oakley’s rather futuristic looking Flight Jacket and Field Jacket collections they’ve created a more traditional looking design with the Radar EV Advancer.

Oakley Radar EV Advancer Sunglasses

  • Adaptation of the Radar EV design with Advancer Nosebridge technology and a unique lens cut
  • Advancer nosebridge re-positions the frame to block light while opening airflow to combat fogging
  • Three-Point Fit: Comfort and performance that holds lenses in precise optical alignment
  • Unobtanium nose pads and earsocks maintain their grip even when wet
  • Suits a medium to large adult fit

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