Models: Sledge Lite, Sledge, Tsali Matte Black
Available: Online and retail
How obtained: Company sample
RBR advertiser: No
Perfect Lens for Changing Conditions
Yesterday was the perfect scenario for testing Tifosi’s new Clarion Red Fototec lens. My ride started on a partly sunny morning with clouds building and possible showers. If I got caught in the rain, I didn’t want to be wearing dark sunglasses. The new lens is primarily clear in low light, allowing 64% of the surrounding light to reach your eyes. Then it transitions to a darker grey tint with a Clarion Red reflective mirror when fully activated on a sunny day, transmitting only 14% of the light to your eyes. Instead of carrying two pairs of sunglasses or wearing a pair with lenses to dark or light, the Fototec lens changed darkness in response to the changing sunlight.
This newly designed lens from Tifosi uses microscopic photochromic technology embedded in the lens. The reflective Clarion red mirror features a hydrophobic coating to repel water and sweat. The lens was clear, without any distortions. The lens is made of a polycarbonate material that is shatterproof and scratch-resistant.
Three of Tifosi’s sport models are currently available with the new lens; Sledge Lite, Sledge, and Tsali Matte Black, which I tested. All three frames are made from TR-90 with a hydrophilic rubber nose and earpieces that prevent slipping when wet.
I hope Tifosi expands the available models and colors that include the Fototec lens. It’s a great lens option, but matte black is rather dull for this rider.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.