GIRO RELEASES EYEWEAR

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SOURCE: SINGLETRACK

We caught a glimpse of some CNC machined prototypes of Giro’s new range of eyewear at Sea Otter. They’re now ready to launch this autumn (and you might have seen Contador sporting some) – and so far they look fantastic.

Moving into the eyewear market seems a logical move for Giro, with their cool styling and an established design team in Santa Cruz. It’s a different world from expanded polystyrene though and Giro has brought in an ex-Nike employee to head up the venture. Having sunglasses designed to fit well with helmets will certainly be a good thing to see. And linking up with Carl Zeiss isn’t going to do them any harm either.

The collection features four models: a sport shield style called Havik; a half-entrapped sport style called Bootleg; and two fully-entrapped styles, Instigator™ and Convert™.

Here’s what Giro have to say about their fancy new lenses…

Every Giro sunglass will feature Giro’s True Sight™ Technology which emphasizes three key benefits for athletes: distortion-free optics across a full visual field; a full range of lens tint options that block 100% of harmful UV; and advanced lens technologies like Dura Clean™, a hydrophobic hardcoating process that repels water, oils and debris that can compromise vision. In addition, Giro has an exclusive agreement with Carl Zeiss Vision Sunlens, producer of the world’s finest eyeglass and sunglass lenses and precision optics for over 100 years, to offer Zeiss Certified True Sight™ lenses as an option throughout the collection. This special collaboration gives consumers all of the benefits of Giro’s True Sight Technology plus the ultimate guarantee of optical purity that only Zeiss can offer. To guarantee that every Zeiss Certified True Sight lens meets Zeiss’ singular standards, each lens is made in proprietary Zeiss molds and checked for optical quality and compliance to very precise manufacturing specifications, before being engraved with the unique “Z” and shipped with a certificate of authenticity that ensures the performance of the lenses.

Beyond class-leading optical performance, Giro sunglasses were designed to provide maximum comfort and stability during high-intensity activities like cycling. Using their proprietary Super Fit™ Engineering process, which has been developed from more than 20 years of anatomic research and rider feedback, Giro designed every model to complement the human face while fitting seamlessly with a variety of helmet styles. Performance features like ventilated rubber nose pads, rubber temple tips and sleek, RX compatible sport wrap frame styles ensure that any rider can enjoy a new level of comfort, clarity and confidence.

Anyway, on to the glasses.

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The new Havik – as seen on Contador’s noggin

At the top of the Giro’s range, the Havik™ is a sport shield style featuring a removable 7-base Zeiss Certified True Sight polycarbonate lens wrapped in a sleek, minimal frame style designed to fit comfortably with a helmet while delivering maximum field of view and protection from weather and debris. The Havik features ‘Wind Tunnel’ ventilated temples to promote optimal air circulation behind the lens, as well as a ventilated rubber nose pad and rubber temple tips for comfort and stability.

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The Bootleg

Next in Giro’s range is the Bootleg, a half-entrapped frame style featuring 8-base True Sight polycarbonate lenses in a versatile frame style designed to fit comfortably with a helmet while delivering optimum field of view and protection from sun, as well road and trail debris. The Bootleg features proprietary ventilated temples to promote optimal air circulation behind the lenses, as well as a ventilated rubber nose pad and rubber temple tips for comfort and stability on and off the bike.

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The Instigator

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The Convert

Rounding out Giro’s sunglass collection, the Instigator and Convert are for the lifestyle and freeride set. Both styles still feature 8-base True Sight polycarbonate lenses set durable nylon frames designed to fit comfortably with a variety of helmet styles while delivering optimum field of view and protection from weather and debris. They also feature ‘Wind Tunnel’ ventilated temples as well as a ventilated rubber nose pads and rubber temple tips for comfort and stability on and off the bike.

They should be available in November – just in time for the winter. We hope they make some pink or yellow lenses…

Check out their site: GIRO.com

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