Why We Chose The CimAlp Vision One Sport Sunglasses: Ultra-light, entirely customisable, wide coverage
When you’re moving fast in the mountains, good vision is of the utmost importance. The last thing you want are bugs flying in your eyes, or to misplace a step because of the sun’s blinding glare. Protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays is also vitally important, particularly in snowy environments that can reflect 80-90% of solar radiation back in your eyes.
With impressive new technologies, however, you can effectively block out nearly 100% of harmful UV rays from your eyes, whilst also enhancing your vision out in nature.
Take CimAlp’s Vision One sunglasses, for example. They are specially built with UV 400 level polycarbonate screens to keep your eyes safe from health risks such as cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis (a.k.a. snow blindness) and even some eye cancers. Well worth the investment we reckon.
Here’s a breakdown of what the Vision Ones have to offer.
Who Are The Vision One Sunglasses For?
CimAlp primarily recommended using these sunglasses for trail running and mountain biking, though we can see them working well for long distance hiking in summer too.
Amongst the Vision One series, there are actually more specialised options for technical mountaineering, skiing, and the like, though we’ve focused on the Sport version here as a solid all-rounder. Having said that, they might look a bit overkill for everyday use around the town, but then again, life’s short. You gotta do what you gotta do.
Since these are frameless glasses, the materials used only consist of the branches (the bits that sit on your ears), the nose bridge, and the lens itself. The latter is made from an ‘unbreakable’ 48mm polycarbonate screen with options including a mirror screen, a revo red screen or a revo blue screen. All of these screens are category 3, meaning they’ll protect you from the sun’s glare, and are 100% anti-UV (level 400). There’s an optical insert option available too.
“These high quality lenses should also help with your visual perception by improving the contrast of your views, and enhancing depth awareness.”
The branches, on the other hand, are GRILAMID TR90 branches which offer excellent weathering and UV resistance, as well as crack resistance.
The nose bridge is similarly tough, and incorporates a metal core to hold it in place. It’s additionally non-slip and sits independent from the frame to allow full adjustments to the shape of your face, and to limit any bouncing when you’re running.
The coolest feature about the Vision Ones is probably the fact that they’re entirely customisable. Including the shape, the frame, the lens, the ends, and the nose bridge – there’s supposedly 9000 possible combinations to choose from.
Other neat features include 6 ventilation cut-outs on the screen, a NoFog coating to prevent fogging as you heat up, and adjustable bridge ends.
With average measurements of 14.5 x 13 x 5cm (top rim x bridge x side rim), and a wraparound styling, there should be more than enough coverage here to protect you on your next adventure.