Dual Eyewear SL2 Pro Cycling Bifocals with a Twist

When I’m out with my riding partner, I can virtually turn off my own cycling computer because I can just about read the HUGE text on his computer from the other side of the road! My cycling buddy, (let’s call him Phil) bought a Garmin 800 literally just because it had the biggest screen he could find.

Far-sightedness is actually quite common, and after speaking with the eyewear brand Dual Eyewear I have learnt that many riders suffer similarly, or worse! Dual Eyewear have spotted a need and created sports sunglasses (including cycling-specific models) with a bifocal section. The lenses have a magnification section on the inside lower corners of up to +2.5, while the rest is a standard (non-prescription) lens.

Far Sighted Prescription Cycling glasses

My friend, Phil, was really excited to hear about this solution and through BNA, Dual Eyewear lined him up with a pair of SL2 Pro glasses in “smoke” colour – and believe me, he’s given them a workout. You see, while some things we buy are neat but end up on the shelf before long – these days, Phil never rides without his SL2 Pro’s.

That’s despite owning a pair of multifocal prescription glasses that cost well over $700! I’ll explain why in a moment.

After he had time to become familiar with the glasses, I asked him what he liked about them, and here’s how he responded:
• The magnification area is quite small
• They’re comfortable and wrap around well
• They’re light
• They look good

On the other hand, this is what he didn’t like:
• Nothing

I laughed and said, “No, that’s not how it works, you need to give a balanced view.”
So he said “They must be expensive”

I told him “They aren’t”
He said “I guess you could say they’re a bit ‘racy’ for some people”

I told him “There are 14 other styles available”
He pondered “Different lenses?”
I countered, “Yep, 2 – Clear and Amber”

Finally we decided that if we had to nitpick it would be good if the magnification came in more discrete levels (they’re currently available in +1.5, +2.0 and +2.5). Phil’s prescription was supposed to be +1.75 so he went with the +1.5. However, as it turns out, they still worked perfectly.

Stylish Sunglasses Cycling Sunnies

Earlier, I  promised you an explanation of why Phil now rides only with his $84.95 SL2 Pro’s over his custom designed $700 multifocal glasses. So why is it?

Well Phil tells me that very small magnification area is perfect for cycling. Standard mutlifocal lenses are definitely more practical for day-to-day activities (like driving, etc) because your dashboard, desk, etc. takes up quite a large portion of your field of view. Yet on the bike, it’s only a very small patch of the lens through which you read your computer. So for that reason, the SL2 Pro’s are a very elegant solution.

Dual Eyewear SL2 Pro Cycling Sunglasses

Affordable Sports Sunglasses Bifocal

For Phil these glasses do exactly what he needs; they look good, are comfortable, and allows him read his cycling computer at the same price you might pay for any other mid-range pair of standard sports sunglasses.

The SL2 Pro sunglasses are available from selected retailers for $84.95. You can find out more about the sunglasses and where to get them from: dualeyewear.com.au. There are a number of new Dual Eyewear models available this year including the super-cool V8G and V8W styles.



Product Details:

Dual Eyewear SL2 Pro (RRP $ 84.95)

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2 Responses to “Dual Eyewear SL2 Pro Cycling Bifocals with a Twist”

  1. Stuart says:

    Yes, but do they actually work well as sunglasses too?

  2. Danny Beveridge says:

    Hi Stuart,
    Thanks for the query. My experience is that most sunglasses of this kind of construction are fairly even in terms of performance. The key issues being how quickly they craze/deteriorate and how comfortable they are.
    Specifically, the SL2 Pro’s are comfortable and light, and to date, they haven’t deteriorated in any major way.

    There’s not too much to say about them, other than that we haven’t noticed or experienced any major deficiencies. If they were over the $100 range, I might have discussed the optics a bit more, but in answer to your question, yes – they work fine as sunglasses ;)
    Danny

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