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A Tighter Package.
100% SpeedCraft SL Sport Sunglasses are exactly like their big brother, the SpeedCraft, but pared down a bit to fit smaller faces. The nose piece doesn’t wrap so far around the lens at the bottom, either. This design saves a few grams.
The first thing you notice about 100% Speedcraft SL sunglasses is the single-lens design. Like moto goggles, the single lens is designed to provide the absolutely widest field of vision possible. There’s no interference from an intrusive lens divider. The same is true of the top of the frame, which moves out of the way to increase your vertical field of vision. This is extremely important when you’re in the riding position. It allows you to see what’s ahead without tilting your head way back, which causes stiffness and pain (literally) in the neck.
When you put the Speedcraft SL on your face, you’ll notice that the lens sits a bit farther from your face than most sunglasses. This design forces a measured amount of air between the lens and your face to prevent fogging. The scoops on the temples augment this function, so your glasses won’t fog, even during a slow grind up Mount Forever. Speaking of arduous climbs, 100% added a Megol hydrophilic nose pad to keep the sunglasses in place. In fact, the more you sweat, the better the glasses cling.
Of course, you probably guessed that the lens is interchangeable. 100% was also kind enough to include an extra lens (low light) with the glasses, as well as an extra nosepiece, a micro-fiber bag, and a molded carrying case.
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- Q & A
Function vs. Fashion
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Let me start out with saying that the packaging is fantastic. My very first impression of these glasses was "wow, they put some money into this box". That may sound kind of weird but when you're paying $150+ I really appreciate a company that is willing to put a little money into the presentation that we call a box.
These come with a very generously sized hard case with a little baggy for your glasses as well as an extra set of lenses. The case fits the glasses and extra lenses perfectly which is another little thing but it just shows that 100% looked into the details on these glasses.
Now, getting into the glasses themselves. I can't speak for the men but from a female perspective I am NOT wearing these around town with the girls. They look almost exactly like a miniature version of 100% accuri goggles without the bottom border. So...they don't exactly make you look fly on your way to the movies.
As far as womens fashion goes these glasses kind of belly flop. But who cares, these are performance glasses so how do they perform?
I really like these for riding. The lense sits far away from your face which I thought was odd at first but you don't have sweat dripping down your glasses and you can get a good breeze on your face the whole time. Having the big lense and minimal border also really helps with field of vision and I definitely prefer these to my previous pair of riding glasses that were smaller and had a full frame.
For the ladies there's nothing more annoying than putting your sunglasses on your head and then having the nose pieces get stuck and tangled in your hair when you try to put them back on your face. These glasses never do that...EVER.
I got the neon yellow/smoke version. The black lenses are pretty typical, I do like the clarity and they are just dark enough to cut the edge off the sun without occluding your vision at all. The other lenses (low light) that come with it are not totally clear, they have more of a mirrored finish to them so they work really well at dusk and even on a cloudy day. The low light lense will work at night but because it isn't entirely clear it's not my favorite for night riding but it definitely works.
As far as sizing goes, I have a pretty small head and I was worried these wouldn't fit but with the rubber pieces on there they stay on my face just fine. That being said, they are big enough to fit a head larger than mine as well.
All in all I am pleased with these. They vent well, you can hardly notice them in your peripheral vision and they are comfortable.
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
Obligatory Randy Savage references aside, these are some darn good sunglasses. I was admittedly a bit skeptical when I picked them up, but after spending a couple weeks with them, my opinion has turned in a very positive direction.
First things first, these are big. Not as big as the standard Speedcraft, but still big on most peoples faces. I have a relatively narrow face, and they do look a little large, but the opposite side of that is that the field of view and protection from the glasses is extraordinary. Long descents at high speeds were no issue, with no wind irritation to speak of.
Optical clarity is very good, not quite on par with Smith or Oakley, but about 90% of what they provide IMO. Like I said before, field of vision is excellent, especially leaned over and looking up, I got no interference from the frames of the glasses into my field of vision.
The fit is the only place I had some issues. They grab and hold onto your face really well, the issue I had was with the arms of the glasses pressing a little too hard into my head behind my ears, and causing some minor irritation after about 2-3 hours. Other than that, these are a solid performer and definitely a pair of glasses I'm going to keep around for regular use.
If you have any questions about the glasses or just want to talk bike, feel free to hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org or call in at 801.736.6396 x4141, I'd be happy to help!
I was wondering how wide these glasses are. The 100% website doesn't provide any measurements but I see that you guys recommend them for medium face people. Would it be possible to get the width of the lens and the widest part of the sunnies?
I actually have a pair of these myself, so I took some measurements for you. They are just big glasses in general, that's why the recommendation is for larger faces, but anyone can wear them.