Bolle and Cebe Sunglasses 2013 – Interbike 2012

by Brian Mullin on September 26, 2012

The French sunglass and goggle manufacturers Bollé and Cébé are part
of the monstrous Bushnell Outdoor Products, and although both companies
have been around for around 100 years, this is Cébé’s first foray into
the US market.
 
Cébé
Cébé’s initial U.S. assortment consists of seventeen unique models
divided among the three collections, the Sportech, Sport Active and
Junior series. The Sportech is technical sunglasses with many
distinctive features engineered to deliver peak optical clarity,
complete protection and comfort in even the most extreme conditions.
Frame and lens materials are optimized for specific activities,
including: Nordic skiing, cycling, trekking and triathlon. ICE 8000 and Base Camp models are available with Cébé 4000 Mineral lenses, which are engineered for use at high altitudes.

The
ICE 8000 had some interesting features, including sideshields for sun
and wind protection, which can be folded inside the arm when not being
used, and the arms twist so that they fold inwards for compact storage,
and supple and ventilated nose and arm pads.

Cinetik,
Wild and Eyemax feature ultra-light (5.8 gram) frames and
interchangeable lenses with three lens sets (tinted, yellow and clear).
The Cinetik, Wild and Eyemax range in price from $49.99 to $69.99, the
ICE 8000 from $79.99 to $109.99 and the Base Camp from $99.99 to
$109.99.

Note: I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the lineup at the show. Oops!

The
Sport Active is versatile, lightweight sports eyewear crafted for
performance and style. All models, S’Kiss, S’Teem and S’Sential, feature
SymbioTech – a v-shaped temple to follow the natural shape of the head,
distributing pressure evenly for a more comfortable fit. S’Teem and
S’Sential have ultra-wrap lenses for protection and improved peripheral
vision.

The
SymbioTech feature is pretty innovative, and I tried on a pair at the
show, and they felt comfortable and adhere well, without any pinching or
pressure point issue. The area on the temple tips which comes into
contact with the head is increased by 40% with this design, which helps
fit more head shapes and sizes, with greater comfort, stability and
security. The great part of the new S’Teem and S’Sential are the
excellent $39.99 price point for the non-polarized models. The Sport
Tech models range from $39.99 to $79.99.

Bollé
Their biking oriented product lineup includes the Alpine and Competitor
series. The Alpine series includes the Cervin, Rainier, Ouray and
Diablo models. These sunglasses use Bolle’s bClear lenses,  with
self-rejuvenating anti-fog technology, which is oleo and hydro-phobic
coatings to repel dirt and water. In addition, the frames have vented
temples to keep the lenses fog free, and the arms use their Thermogrip
technology to provide a lightweight and secure fit. Bushnell has
military contracts that require sunglasses to have anti-fog properties,
and these lenses meet those criteria.

The
Competitor series is slightly more road specific, although I actually
prefer a floating or suspended lens, without the encumbrance of the
lower frame in my vision, as it offers more spaciousness and a panoramic
viewpoint.  The major models in the lineup are the Tempest, Vortex,
Bolt and Draft. They include interchangeable bClear lenses (only one
included), adjustable nose pads and vented temples with Thermogrip’s
secure fit. The bClear lenses are made with the Trivex lens material,
which offers glass like optical qualities, with incredible clarity and
clear vision, and they have dual-sided hydrophobic/oleophobic coatings
for sweating and fogging issues.

Abbe numbers are used to classify
glass and other optically transparent materials, and range from around
20-85. Abbe numbers are only a useful measure of dispersion for visible
light, and for other wavelengths, or for higher precision work, the
group velocity dispersion is used. The abbe value of crown glass is 60,
and the widely used CR-39 plastic is 58, while the Trivex monomer is 45
and polycarbonate is 30. Although CR-39 has a high abbe number, it
doesn’t have the high impact and scratch resistance and inherent UV
capabilities of Trivex and polycarbonate, so it’s not as useful for
action sports.

Factoid: This system was named after the German
physicist Ernst Abbe, who was eventually hired by Carl Zeiss. The
Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation), located in Heidenheim an
der Brenz and Jena, Germany, is the sole shareholder of the two
companies Carl Zeiss AG and Schott AG. It was founded by Ernst Abbe and
named after his long-term partner Carl Zeiss.

I
wore the Vortex briefly at the show, and the optical qualities were
distinct, and the Thermogrip offered security and comfort, and the wide
lens was very spacious.

All the bike lineup models utilize their
Carbo Glas coating, which offers armor like shell for eye and scratch
protection. They use BB8 nylon frames and arms, which are lightweight,
durable and flexible, and they have hypoallergenic and durable
adjustable node pads for a tailored and custom fit. The Thermogrip
technology keeps your glasses on your face with comfort, hydrophilic
nose pads and temple tips that absorb moisture and keep your sunglasses
in place.

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