Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet
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.
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.
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!”
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.