Uvex Crow Pro Review

Apparel Pro Reviews

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Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet
http://www.gramslightbikes.com/

The uvex Crow Pro sunglasses are an excellent performing set of eye wear, that come with 3 interchangeable one piece wraparound lenses, offering excellent peripheral vision, high quality optics, 100% UV protection and high-impact resistance.

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Uvex
The uvex (pronounced ew-vex) brand was founded nearly 50 years ago in Fürth, Germany by the Winter family. The origin of the company name uvex (uv-ex = ultraviolet excluded), distinctly tells you that eye wear has been their preeminent product. Through the years, uvex evolved into two distinct entities, the sports division (ski, cycling and motorbike helmets and eye wear), and a safety division (protective eye wear, helmets, hearing and hand protection, safety footwear and work wear). Their Astrospec industrial safety glasses have sold more than 100 million pairs! This past June, Magura USA became the US distributor for uvex.

Impressions
The sunglasses are nicely sculptured, were very comfortable, and the soft rear ear pads were especially nice. The frames are very well made, and the strong hinges are very robust and well engineered. As always, you know that you have a piece of German engineering in your hands. The build quality, and the small attention to the little details really stands out in this well made pair of sunglasses. They come with a hard case, and nice extra large cloth bag. It always seems to me that bags for sunglasses are too small, and you are always having to persuade the sunglasses into them.

“Put Edwina … back-in-bowl!”

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Interchangeable Lenses
I used the sunglasses extensively this last fall and early winter, and I highly appreciated having the interchangeable lenses. The three multi-conditioned lenses, each with their own functionality, blended well with the varying environments, and time of the day that I went riding.

When I was going to be out in the open or in constant bright light conditions, I used the dark gray lens, which they called Polavision Smoke, meaning a polarized gray. When I was going to be on trails in which the light would vary greatly, with lots of shade to sunlight type of conditions, the yellow lens was incredibly versatile and ideal. The yellow lens was called Radar Dégradé, which had a color gradient, tinted at the top and clearing towards the bottom. The typical wooded terrain that I frequent locally in Colorado, made the yellow lens my preferred color, especially in the fall, and they were also nice for flat light and fog. During those late afternoon, and early evening rides, it was nice to have the clear lens. When the darkness starts to creep up on you, it is paramount to be able to see the slight idiosyncrasies of the trail while still having eye protection.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Ryan says:

    I just got these but I have been having trouble switching out the lens piece. Can’t get anything to budge at all.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Hmmm, it’s a pretty easy process after you get the hang of it. They easily come off, while the insertion does take a bit of twist and pull to get on.

  • Steve says:

    I got a pair of these several weeks ago and have been using them regularly since. I love them. I swap the lenses daily as I do a bike commute in the early, dark hours of the morning and then home in the afternoon. I will say that I have no problem getting the lenses out, but it still takes a little time and patience to get them back into the frame. I suppose I just haven’t learned the trick yet. The only other issue that I have is that the clear lenses create a double image of headlights or any bright surface when I’m riding in the dark. The image comes together the closer I get to it. I didn’t have this with my last pair of cheapie glasses, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. Anyway, overall they’re fantastic.

  • Adam says:

    I got a pair of these and have been using them every time when I am cycling. I love them. But now I cannot use them anymore because I broke the nose piece when I swap the lenses. Can anyone let me know where can I get the replacement nose piece? I am an Expat working in Shanghai China.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I would check with a LBS if possible, else the nearest Uvex contact is:

    UVEX SPORTS JAPAN CO.,LTD

    3-6 Kanda Nishiki-cho / Chiyoda-ku
    101-0054 Tokio
    Japan
    Phone: +81 3 5283 5561
    Fax: +81 3 5283 5562

  • Jack says:

    I had one pair of these and also the cheaper ones – Uvex Racer with additional lenses. They’re great for cycling and very comfortable. Despite having a narrow face I didn’t manage to lose them, but I broke the black part with nose pads (after 6 months) AND the frame (after a year) in each of my 2 Uvex pairs. I didn’t drop them or step on them, and switched between lenses rarely. I wasn’t able to replace broken nose pads because Uvex doesn’t sell them separately (at least not here in Europe).
    Shame, because I liked them a lot.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Jack, Let me touch base with the US uvex, but that seems very strange that you can’t get them (they are based in Germany)? I was always able to get extra ones for my Oakley’s?

  • vincent says:

    Hi All, I have the same problem of getting a replacement for my broken uvex racer nose piece in Malaysia. After some research I found the nosepiece look a like with oakley m frame http://www.oakley.com/products/2101/5686 , I bought it and it fited well to the lenses, somehow the quality is better.

  • Jeff says:

    I got these glasses a couple of years ago and they’ve held up very well up until today when the nose piece broke while changing lenses. I google searched for a replacement and found these http://www.maguradirect-shop.com/uvex-replacement-nose-piece.html …unfortunately they’ll only sell to people with a U.S.A. address… wtf? so I just jumped ship, ordered some new Oakley radarlock paths instead, not impressed with UVEX’s attitude on this one, extremely unimpressed actually.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      Jeff: sorry to hear about your issues. Did you speak directly with the team at Magura Direct? They are a great bunch of people and I am sure they could have helped you out.

    • Catalin Popescu says:

      Jeff,

      I have the same pb, i.e. nose piece broken (just happened) and was wondering if the Oakley piece you’ve got was a good fit for your UVEX glasses.

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