Just In – Bolle 5th Element Sunglasses

by Brian Mullin on May 17, 2016

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The 5th Element sunglasses use the superb glass like B-Clear lens made with the Trivex material, which is lighter and more impact resistant than polycarbonate. They use a floating frame design in which they suspend the single piece lens between the temples. The 5th Element comes in two versions, the 5th Element, and the 5th Element Pro, the latter has side shields, additional colorways and lenses tints. I tested the 5th Element Pro with the Modulator Clear Grey lens.

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Features

The lenses have a Hydrophobic (water repelling) and Oleophobic (grease/dirt repelling) treatment on the outside of the lens and an anti-fog inner coating for the utmost in foul weather and overheating protection. The 5th Element uses their B-Max technology that offers an extensive and spacious field of view, and they have the B-Flow frame venting system to prevent moisture build up.

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The interchangeable lenses can also come with Photochromic technology which is embedded into the lens at a molecular level to lighten automatically and darken according to the conditions. They have their B-shape temples, Thermogrip temple tips and nose pads, an adjustable nose piece and bendable wire core temples for a secure and comfortable fit.

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First Impressions

The 5th Element Pro is an impressive pair of sunglasses. They’re comfortable, fog free, durable, light and offer exceptional optical clarity, with functional varying light capabilities from their photochromic properties. The lens shape and size provides full coverage and an excellent field of vision, and the built in side shields provide sun and wind protection while the frame is comfortable and has an anti-slip ear and nose pieces.

I liked the full coverage they offer, giving a superb field of vision, aerodynamics, and excellent wind coverage due to the large lenses, wrap around design and side shields. The additional sun coverage that the side shields provides is quite nice, and it cut down on eye fatigue and scattered light entry. The suspended lens design gives a panoramic field of view without any distracting frame in your lower vision, giving an uninterrupted viewpoint of things.

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The curve of the temples and the Thermogrip anti-slip rubber shock absorbing nose and ear coverings, keep the sunglasses stuck to my head no matter how rough the terrain tossed at me. They’re lightweight and comfortable, with a great fit and feel, and the soft nose and ear pieces are adjustable so they can be easily fine tuned.

They offer functional varying light capabilities due to the photochromic lenses, and the light gray tint has been especially useful on cloudy and foggy days and in the forest. They aren’t the best on a bright sunny day out in the open since it’s outside their design specification, though they do just fine at dusk. The Clear Gray tint has a neutral contrast and a 76% to 20% light transmission with a 1-2 filter category (4 is the darkest), making them ideally suited to unpredictable conditions, especially in low light.

Bottom Line

The made in Italy 5th Element Pro is an impressive pair of sunglasses, though by no means inexpensive at $180-$200 each. They’re comfortable, fog free, durable, light, with functional varying light capabilities from their photochromic properties. The B-Clear lenses made with the Trivex material have superb optical qualities, and they’re distortion free with a high degree of clarity. The lens shape and size provides full coverage and an excellent panoramic field of vision, and the suspended design provides additional spaciousness. The built in side shields offers sun and wind protection while the frame is comfortable and has an adjustable anti-slip ear and nose pieces.

5th Element Specs

  • B-MAX Extra Large Field of view
  • B-CLEAR lenses
  • B-SHAPE Temples
  • B-THIN Active Design RX
  • Photochromic lenses
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Antifog treatment
  • Hydrophobic – Oleophobic treatment
  • Adjustable nosepiece and temples
  • MSRP –  $180-$200

For additional information www.bolle.com

 

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