Long Term Update: June 12, 2017
We’ve used these glasses in many of our road trip and our review remains very positive. They are functional a attractive as they’ve held up to a wide range of conditions. From very bright sun to dark singletrack trails, these glasses don’t call attention to themselves as they just stay put and adjust to the changing light conditions.
We also love the wide lens as they provide good protection and coverage without the inconvenience of goggles.
What is it?
The Zonyk and Zonyk Pro lines of glasses are Adidas’ new all-out assault into the high-end active eyewear market. They are a full-frame, wide lens option that offers great peripheral and center vision. The technology claims and color options are dizzying, so we tried out a couple of models for the last two months.
We are big fans of glasses with big lenses. They just seem to work well for mountain biking. We’ve gone the goggle route many times but they are just too cumbersome for climbing and all-around riding. There’s a new crop of ‘goggle shades’ and they work marginally well but often look ridiculous. These Adidas glasses strike a good balance between performance and looks.
- Packed with adjustability
- Lens is loaded with technology
- Looks good on and off the bike
- Center and peripheral vision is excellent
- Two sizes and enough adjustments to fit most faces
- So many color options
- Premium price
- Nose bridge is not the most comfortable
- The arms occasionally snap off during rough handling
The most impressive aspect of the Zonyk is the amount of fit options available. First, the glasses are available in two sizes, small and large to accommodate narrow/small and wide faces. We found this handy since no amount adjustability will fix a fit that is too narrow or wide for your face. Other manufacturers will often direct you to another model.
Second, two nose bridges are available, a short and a tall one that can be snapped in easily. Each nose bridge has two positions once in place, a narrow and wide to allow the nose to support the glasses properly.
Another cool feature is the arms have three positions, low, medium and high. These adjust the angle that the glasses rest on one’s face. But an added benefit is folks with uneven ear heights can use this feature to level out the glasses.
Finally, there is foam bar that catches sweat from the forehead. And since these affect fit of the glasses, they are removable, too.
These glasses are loaded with lens jargon common with expensive glasses. There’s more acronyms that we had to learn about but they’re key technologies are polarized, mirror, LST and VARiO, which is a technology that allows the lenses to automatically change from light to dark tint within seconds. Light Stabilizing Technology intensifies contrasts and harmonizes light fluctuations, leading to reduced eye fatigue and improved concentration. Polarized lenses cut out moisture glare and may not be ideal for asphalt riding. But for mountain biking, they usually work well.
Mountain biking is a demanding sport when it comes to eyewear since lighting conditions change constantly when you’re riding in and out of trees. The Zonyk Pros performed very well enhancing contrast and visibility in all conditions. We were particularly impressed how they seemed to normalize low light and very bright conditions.
After the initial sticker shock, these glasses did not call attention to themselves and that is a very high compliment. You want this quality in all mountain bike apparel and components but it is very hard to achieve with eyewear.
Once we made all the adjustments, these glasses performed sell in dark singletrack and very bright landscapes. And we felt okay wearing them on the drive to the trailhead, and for sipping post-ride refreshments.
The nose bridge is not the most comfortable, since they are rubber bands that don’t follow the contour of the nose. But other than that, these glasses performed extremely well. We’ll see how the foam sweat band works out as warmer weather arrives.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Price: Starts at $159 for the Zonyk, $209 for the Zonyk Pro
More info: www.adidassporteyewear.com