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Bolle Tetra Sunglasses

The Bolle Tetra sunglasses are basically classic black shades from a company who specializes in high-performance eye wear. They feature premium, coated polycarbonate lenses, durable nylon frames and moisture-absorbing rubberized contact points that keep the glasses in place in adverse conditions.

Designed for a medium sized face, the Tetra are comfortable and provide adequate coverage without noticeably hindering my peripheral vision. I chose the polarized lenses, and true to form they’re excellent in bright light. One interesting thing about polarized lenses is that they make it difficult to see LCD displays.

Compared to sport-specific eye wear, the Tetra glasses don’t vent especially well, and are somewhat more prone to fogging up than the glasses designed with elite road racers in mind. The trade off is that these actually look good when you step off the bike, too.

The Tetra sunglasses retail for $69, the polarized version retails for $99. Visit www.bolle.com for more info.

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  1. Joe PeraltaMay 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I wouldn’t wear those sideblinders in traffic unless I had eyes like a housefly. I’ll stick with the el presidente Ray-Bans, in fashion or not.

    I wonder if it’s just me, but I find it impossible to read the road surface with polarized glasses. The little bumps take me by surprise.

  2. BrianMay 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I agree with Joe about it sometimes being difficult to read the road with polarized lenses. However, when the sun is low, like early in the morning, having polarized lenses helps cut down on the glare from the road’s surface, or if the sun comes out after a rain.

    I like having 2-3 different pairs of sunglasses on hand for whatever weather / riding conditions I face. I’ve been cycling with some Bolle Pirajas for years, and they’ve been great. The only thing I don’t like about the ones in the review is the super-chunky ear-pieces.

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