Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
One of the recent product releases that caught my attention is a different style of sporting eyewear that seems to solve some issues I experience on the bike. They’re made by a new company called Ombraz and their innovation is glasses that don’t have “arms.” You might call them “temples.” Whatever you call them, the pieces that are missing are the sides of standard glasses frames that rest against the face and extend over your ears.
I know there’ve been other glasses held on with other types of arms and cords. And, I haven’t yet had a chance to try Ombraz glasses. But, I’m interested because they’re held on with a cinch strap that goes behind your head. This means they shouldn’t slide down the nose or fall off. Plus, if you need to take them off on a muddy ride for example, you can let them dangle on the cord.
To me this seems like a great feature. I can’t tell you how many pairs of glasses I’ve lost because I put them in my pocket, forgot about them and then smashed them – or because I stuck them in my helmet or hung them on my jersey and ended up dropping them.
Also, because of the armless design, the glasses pack flat and have no parts or hardware to loosen, break or fail. You can even sit on them with less chance of damaging them. All of this could make them perfect for cycling.
According to Ombraz, the glasses boast crystal-clear Carl Zeiss optics with smudge-and scratch-resistant German-engineered polyamide nylon lenses. They provide 100% UVA / UVB protection and are both water and oil resistant. They come in Non-Polarized Grey or Brown, or Polarized Grey, Brown or Yellow, so you can pick what’s right for your preference and conditions.
Ombraz glasses are held on with a marine-grade custom-woven Japanese nylon abrasion-resistant cord that’s made of 100% recycled materials and is guaranteed for life. Ergonomic sliders in the back let you cinch the strap for a perfect adjustment. Ombraz says the glasses are made to be worn a little loose.
The frames are hand-carved of plant-based biodegradable acetate and they sport optimized nosepads sculpted to comfortably fit all noses and reduce fogging. The glasses will fit all head sizes, though be sure to read Ombraz’s fit tips for which models are best under Sizing on this page: https://ombraz.com/pages/contact.
Another nice thing is that Ombraz is an eco-conscious company. For every pair of glasses sold, 20 trees are planted. As I write this, according to their website, 438,240 trees have been planted so far. Ombrazs cost $125 for Non-Polarized and $140 for Polarized. And they offer free 30-day returns and exchanges so you can give them a try risk-free. To learn more, ombraz.com.
Here’s a video showing how to fit the Ombraz cord:
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Jim Langley is RBR’s Technical Editor. He has been a pro mechanic and cycling writer for more than 40 years. He’s the author of Your Home Bicycle Workshop in the RBR eBookstore. Check out his “cycling aficionado” website at http://www.jimlangley.net, his Q&A blog and updates at Twitter. Jim’s cycling streak ended in February 2022 with a total of 10,269 consecutive daily rides (28 years, 1 month and 11 days of never missing a ride). Click to read Jim’s full bio.