Open Your Eyes to Bollé

Bolle Bolt S

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Bolle Bolt S
These glasses look good and perform even better, even at 11,000 feet!

How do you choose your riding shades?

Do you choose whatever is handy, clean, the ones that match your bike, outfit or helmet?  Do you rock the only ones you’ve got or those that aren’t sweaty or muddy currently?  

For me the answer is – “It’s complicated.”  For me it’s also personal.  I want to support companies and brands that are the real deal, stand behind their products and care about their consumers.   Since starting Crankjoy this past spring and setting out to provide useful and truthful reviews of products to test and stand behind, we have been lucky enough to meet some awesome industry folk.  One such person is Jim Katz.   Jim heads up PR for Bollé and is a passionate cyclist that loves to ride.  He is personable, friendly and super knowledgeable about the product he promotes.  Jim believes that Bollé sunglasses speak for themselves and he knows they are awesome.  He trusts that if he gets people to try the glasses, they will see for themselves and the word will spread quickly for Bolle (I guess that is how they came up with their tagline.)

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Jim sent us a couple of pair to test.  The Tempest in black and the Bolt S in shiny white for the smaller faces.   Both came with their Modulator photochromic lenses which adapt magically to different light conditions.  When it’s super sunny the lenses distinguish great contrasts and have a grey tint.  When it’s dark they have a rose tint and really lighten up quickly.  The glasses are stylish, well made and are refreshingly different, in my opinion.  They also have a cool mirrored finish which make for great selfies, which is important for me.  The nosepiece and temple tips are infinitely adjustable and have a grippy rubber that stick when you sweat, but don’t pull a bunch of hair out from your helmet when you take them off.  They fit nicely under your helmet without giving you pressure points.  You can check out the different lens options for yourself on the website with a cool interactive lens simulator page that allows you to “try them on” from your computer.

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The modulator lens allows the Chad to quickly adapt to changing light conditions coming out of the woods and LAUNCHING as well as LANDING safely.

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Bolle Tempest, Bolt S
Chad’s glasses of choice Bollé Tempest in shiny black. Tricia’s are the Bolt S in white. Both have the rose colored modulator photochromic lens which does well in all light conditions and offers up amazing contrasting abilities.

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While we were in Vegas at Interbike this year Bollé announced a great looking new mountain bike glass to their line called the B-Rock.
We are looking forward to “The One” helmet that is the first that Bollé will bring into the US.  It looks sweet, featuring an integrated rear red LED for improved visibility on your way to the trails, removable visor, sunglass garage for parking your shades if you need to remove them and don’t want them scratched in a pocket. It also features interchangeable liners for all seasons and a safety QR code that can be scanned in case of accident, allowing you to record a message before hand on who to contact for help.  The helmet should be available in January.

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Jim Katz (in red) and Olivier Ciaravino (Global eyewear division president for Bollé) with “The One” helmets.
Every time I put these glasses on I feel lucky to have them and feel like my eyes are well protected.  Over the past 2 months I have been riding these glasses exclusively because they fit so well, are super comfortable and remain scratch free and clear.  They come with an awesome molded case and lens cleaning cloth to keep them out of harms way when they are not on your face.  The optics in these glasses are first rate and the world looks rosy when I’m wearing them.  I know my eyes are protected and I will be ready to shred in confidence no matter what the conditions bring that day.  You can get them online here.  I highly recommend the glasses that Bollé is making due to their advanced optics, cool design and great lens choices.

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“Shred with confidence.”

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  1. Jesse

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