Colors: Midnight Navy, White/Black, Matte Black, Crystal Blue, Speed Yellow, Clarion Green, Clarion Red
Lens material: Shatterproof polycarbonate and scratch-resistant
Lens Style: Rimless shield
Lenses: Smoke, AC Red, Clear, and Fototec
Shield dimensions: 131 mm x 59.5mm
Fit: L-XL faces
Case: Zippered Hardshell Case & Microfiber Cleaning Bag
How obtained: Company sample
Availability: Online, Retail
RBR advertiser: No
Full Eye Coverage Without the Added Weight
If you’re looking for a shield-style sunglass that provides full coverage protection but doesn’t weigh a lot, the new Rail by Tifosi is the answer. Launched in mid-March 2022, the Rail’s large 131×59.5mm shield protects your eyes from sun and debris, but at 32g, the Grilamid TR-90 frame feels feather-light.
The Rail uses a polycarbonate lens that is shatterproof and scratch-resistant. Choose between two different lens combinations: An interchange model that includes lenses for bright, low, and no light scenarios, as well as Tifosi’s Fototec lens that adapts to changes in ambient light. Simply remove the temple and nose pieces to swap the shield for a different lens.
The large shield provides an unobstructed view of the road or trail. However, sometimes, it would restrict airflow and fog up when I stopped at a light on cold days. But by sliding them down my nose slightly, they’d clear up quickly as I started riding again.
In addition to being lightweight, the Grilamid TR-90 frame has hydrophilic rubber ear and nose pieces to prevent slippage when things heat up, and you start sweating. The adjustable ear and nose pieces allow you to customize the fit.
The Rail comes in various frame and lens colors to match your style and riding environment. As with all Tifosi Optics sunglasses, they are good quality and priced affordably at $79.95. The price includes a hard-shelled zipper storage case and a microfiber cleaning cloth.
Since this style fits large to extra-large faces, I recommend you try the virtual “try on” feature on the Tifosi website to see how you like them. Or try them on in person at your local bike shop.
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.