Interbike 2015 – uvex

by Brian Mullin on September 21, 2015

Variotronic Sunglasses

 

For the 2016 cycling season, uvex has some interesting and innovative new products. Foremost is the variotronic sunglasses with LCD glass technology that electronically changes the tint depending on light conditions. Other products include the Jakyll hde helmet with a removable chin bar, the curve 10 sunglasses with a panoramic and wide field of view and lastly the energy saving EDAero aerodynamic helmet.

Variotronic Sunglasses

 

The uvex variotronic sunglasses uses an LCD glass technology that reacts to the current intensity of incoming light and regulates the tint of the glass in a split second, and it works automatically or with the press of a button. This system is made possible by the interaction of integrated light sensor with a specifically developed liquid crystal foil with electrochromatic activation that tints or clears the glasses in 0.1 seconds, automatically or manually by pressing a button. The light setting has a light transmission of 64% during the tinted glass only allows 16% light to pass through. The sunglasses use a rechargeable and integrated lithium ion battery with a 50-hour life. The sunglasses offer full UV protection (UVA, UVB, UVC), use their supravision lens and have adjustable soft nose pads and soft, formable ear pieces for maximum comfort and fit. The variotronic comes in two models, the variotronic s (half frame) and variotronic ff (full frame), two colors and will retail for a whopping $329.99.

The revolutionary etint glass technology is part of an exclusive cooperation between uvex and the US-specialist AlphaMicron.

 uvex variotronic - worn

Show Impressions

 

I tried the variotronic sunglasses at the show in both manual and automatic mode. The tinted setting has a 16% light transmission and will be useful on any bright day while the dimmer one with 64% light transmission will work in all but the darkest conditions. It was easy to reach up and switch between modes and the automatic setting was very interesting. When the auto mode was engaged it felt like the lights in the room were being dimmed or brightened. I’ll be extremely intrigued to try the auto mode outdoors in real world conditions, going in and out of the trees on my usual forested rides.


Jakyll hde helmet

 

Jakyll hde helmet

 

The uvex Jakyll hde is an All Mountain helmet that has a removable and protective chin bar that can be easily attached and detached during the course of a ride, and follows the design precept of the Bell Super 2R system. They developed the helmet to offer optimal ventilation from its 14 vents, and it uses a 360° BOA retention system for ideal fit and adjustment capabilities. The chin protector is made from laminated fiberglass and easily attaches with hooks by the temple and turn screw locks at the back, offering a secure and strong interface.

The helmet goes deep and low on the sides and at the back for better head protection, and it uses a multi-inmold construction design with eight individual PC shells for optimal safety, security and strength. The helmet can be worn with sunglasses or goggles and has a special hook at the back to keep the goggle strap in place. The helmet weighs around 630g including chin protector and will come in two sizes (52-57 cm and 56-61 cm), two colors and will retail for $270.

Curve 10 Sunglasses

 

Curve 10 Sunglasses

 

The uvex curve 10 sunglasses offer a panoramic and enormously wide field of view with an additional 1 cm of curvature compared to a standard lens. The additional curve offers greater coverage and improves side protection against sun, wind, debris and impact. The sunglasses offer full UV protection (UVA, UVB, UVC), use their supravision lens with anti-fog coating and have adjustable soft nose pads and soft, formable ear pieces for maximum comfort and fit. For extra air movement over the lens, they have a direct lens ventilation in the top outer corners.

It comes in two series the 810 and the mountain bike oriented 710. Each of them have models within that series: the 810 vm has variomatic and litemirror lens, the 810 v has variomatic, and the 810 has litemirror (same system for the 710 vm, 710v and 710). The variomatic technology means the sunglasses adapt continuously and automatically to changing light conditions, and the variomatic is available in three (S1 – S3) or four (S0 – S3) protection levels.

Show Impressions 

 

I tried them on, and they were quite comfortable and offered a huge field of view and wrap around coverage. I can imagine these would be great paired with a full faced helmet or just during normal riding, as they’ll offer great wind and sun protection with their massive coverage.

EDAero Helmet

 

EDAero Helmet

 

The uvex EDAero helmet combines the aerodynamics of a tear dropped shaped time trial helmet with ventilation characteristics and a shape for more normal use. The special air channel construction  produces an energy savings of up to 16 Watts or time of 1 minute 25 seconds on a stretch of 40 kilometers at a speed of 38 km/h making it ideal candidate for triathlon and time trial racing. The computer optimized airflow design decreases turbulence and helps forms a straight flow line at the back of the head. The vertical vents at the front direct the air straight into the helmet minimizing air resistance where the air hits the helmet straight on. An optimized system of eight ventilation channels redirects the air on the inside of the shell.

For safety and protection, it uses their Double Inmould Technology and a thin plastic hard shell encases the dampening interior EPS shell. It uses some advanced safety technology utilizing microscopically small air enclosures that are located on the inside of the EPS plastic shell that can effectively dampen impact forces. It uses the BOA retention system for ideal fit and adjustment capabilities along with their monomatic FAS lock system for the chinstrap. The helmet weighs around 270g and comes in two sizes (53-57 cm and 57-59 cm) and will retail for $219.99.

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