This here’s a tale of two new sunglasses that aren’t even on the same continent. Literally and figuratively.
Assos new Zegho shades, shown above, are designed in their Switzerland offices and made nearby in Italy using Carl Zeiss lenses. They’re very expensive.
Jet Black is an import from Australia that Hawley has just starting bringing to the states and they’re meant to be a value option with quality and styling to compare with Tifosi.
Click through to see details and more images on both…
The new Assos Zegho sunglasses don’t officially launch until November 13, but we got a sneak peek. The styling, shown above on a model, has a European flair, but there’s a lot more to them then looks.
Assos worked with legendary lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss Vision to develop the new TV (Tunnel Vision) tint system. The bottom third of the lens is relatively clear with a quick transition to full tint. The idea is to keep the road in front of you clearly visible, especially in dark (tunnel) conditions.
The Zeghos offer a 180º field of view with claimed zero optical distortion (certified optical class “1 – Superior” according to Assos literature). They weigh in at just 27.5g, which is pretty light for a full coverage pair of shades. Technically named features include ClickFace ProDaptive SkinTouch material at the nose and temples prevent movement even when sweaty or rough terrain. The lenses are hydrophobic and self clearing and have 100% UV protection. They come with a detachable wraparound elastic strap for use when running or mountain biking. They’re handmade in Italy. Retail pricing should be:
- Noire (black/black): $469
- Amplify (black/white): $429
- Werksmannschaft (white/black):$399
Even their literature says the world probably doesn’t need another pair of shades, but they wanted to design something specifically for cyclists, much like their clothing, but they say they’re built to last a very long time. Just don’t lose them.
JetBlack offers three styles of sports sunglasses with clear, tinted and photochromic lens options. The lens tints include smoke, blue and red, all shown here. All models offer 100% UV protection with impact resistant lenses and lightweight frames.
Above is the Flight, available in white and black frames with all three lens tints. They include three sets of lenses with each pair, clear plus two tints, plus a hard case.
The Cruiser has carbon inserts on the arms but non-swappable lenses. Options include smoke or blue lenses and white or black frames.
The Svelto gets the regular and photochromic lenses, which adjust from clear to dark when they hit the UV (aka sunlight). The arms are gunmetal alloy, and the regular lens models come with clear and two tints. Frames come in black, blue and white.
Prices range from $39.99 for most up to $79.99 for the photochromic lenses. Shops can order through Hawley Corp.