Uvex Crow Pro Review

by Brian Mullin on January 28, 2010

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.

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!”
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.
Switching the lenses was a very easy process. To take the lens off, just pinch the nose piece with one hand, and pinch the frame opposite the nose piece, pull them apart and twist the lens/nose piece just slightly up.
Remove the detachable nose piece, and switch it to the other lens. Insert one hooked tab of the new lens into the frame’s slot, align all the tabs, then holding onto the lens and frame at that far end (opposite the inserted tab), do a gentle pull and twist, and it will pop right together. After a few practices, it becomes second nature.
Venting
I really liked the small vent holes, which they call Climazone venting. It really helped clear the lenses when you built up some perspiration, or dealt with humid conditions, especially after a rainstorm. If you just moved along slightly, the lens cleared up instantly. The venting was a very nice addition for those cooler days, or when you sweat like a pig. Ok, pigs don’t actually sweat, since they have no sweat glands, but its a cool idiomatic term anyway.
One thing that sort of bothered me on occasion, is that the sunglasses sort of sat too close to my face and eyes. I really noticed it up by my eye brows, and sometimes when you weren’t moving the lens would fog, since they sat so close. Just some slight nitpicking.

Lens Technical Information

Makrolon

In 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay conquered Mount Everest, but over in the scientific world the chemist Dr. Hermann Schnell working for Bayer Labs in Uerdingen Germany, invented a new class of plastic called polycarbonates, and so doing, successfully synthesized Makrolon. Polycarbonates are a particular group of thermoplastic polymers. Polycarbonates received their name because they are polymers having functional groups linked together by carbonate groups (-O-(C=O)-O-) in a long molecular chain. In the last 50 years Makrolon has been used in a plethora of products, including eyeglasses, goggles, helmets, automotive glazing and headlights, sheeting for green houses, water containers, and the ubiquitous CD/DVD.
The Crow Pro, and all uvex sport glasses lenses are made of Makrolon, which provides high transparency, high impact-resistance and practical unbreakable. Uvex does a firing test using a 6mm steel ball traveling at 162 km/h (45 m/s), and the lens must not break or be penetrated. These lightweight and durable lenses, provide excellent optical quality, blue light filtering, and 100% UV400 (400 nanometers) absorption regardless of the lens color.
Each of the lenses I tested had a subtle mirror coating, called Lite Mirror, that offers protection against infrared light. The lenses are also protected with what they call Supravision, which is a nano technology that enables a scratch proof, and fog-free lens, along with 100% UV protection. All lenses are tested according to the stringent European standard number EN 1836.
For some in-depth fodder on Sun and Eyes, refer to Sun/Sunshine 101 & Eyes 101 for further information.
Measured Spec
25.1 grams
I tested the Crow Pro Pola version, but they also come in a non polarized Crow Pro version.
Bottomline
I really liked the uvex Crow Pro Pola sunglasses. The three interchangeable multi-conditioned lenses were of the utmost usefulness, and I especially liked having the yellow (my fave), and clear lenses. The German engineered glasses were very comfortable, well built and durable. The Makrolon lenses offered excellent optical and impact qualities, and the wraparound single lens had an expansive peripheral vision. Like any good sunglasses, they have 100% UV protection, which is paramount for good long term eye care. The Climazone air flow venting system is a nice feature to have, especially on cool or inclement days. The only fault I had was that they sat a bit to close to my face. Uvex has created a worthy pair of sunglasses with the Crow Pro.
Strengths
-3 lenses
-Comfortable frames
-Easy lens interchangeability
-Air vents
-Impact Resistance
Weaknesses
-Sits to close to the eyes and forehead
MSRP $80

Uvex Crow Pro Pola Specs
– Frame Color: Black and Gold, or White or Black
– Optically correct
– 26 grams
– 3 multi-condition lenses: Gray, Clear and Yellow
– hard case
– soft pouch/lens wipe
– uvex anti-allergic, ultra soft nose pads
– uvex Anti-allergic, soft temple ends
– UV 400, 100% UVA, UVB, UVC
Lens Specs
Litemirror Clear
* For use at night
* Protection against wind, insects, dust and infrared
* Transmission: 43-80%
* Protection level: S 1
Litemirror Radar Dégradé
* Contrast enhancement
* Infrared protection
* Transmission: 43-80%
* Protection level: S 1
Litemirror Polavision Smoke
* Makes a visible different. Irritating reflections and glare are filtered out.
* Sun protection throughout the day
* Natural colors, natural contrast
* Transmission: 8-18%
* Protection level: S 3

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