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Review: adidas evil eye evo pro S glasses with Rx lenses

Christopher 24. June 2017

If you’re not a fan of contact lenses, then a pair of corrective sports glasses from adidas are a great option.

For a more detailed accout of our trip to the optican click here.

If you want to read another one of my reviews on Rx glasses, click here.

The RX-Clip options

The RX-Clip is offered with and without a frame. I choose the frameless version so that the lens could be made to fit behind the evil eye lenses just right. This increases the field of vision when compared to the frame version.

The RX-Clips also allows for different types of evil eye lenses to be used.

The evil eye lens and RX-Clip.

The evil eye lens and RX-Clip.

Installing the RX-Clip

As the name suggests the RX-Clip just clips in behind the evil eye glasses bridge. Of course both lenses needed to be cleaned well beforehand.

The clipped in RX-Clip.

The clipped in RX-Clip.

The first look

Wearing the glasses for the first time, my vision was great. The prescription of the RX-clip lenses were perfect. The evil eye glasses themselves also sat well on my face. With ventilation ports on the underside as well as in the front of the glasses, there was plenty of air. There is also a sweat pad to soak up any perspiration that develops on the forehead. The grey-red mirror lenses come across a little dark at first.

First ride with the RX-Clip.

First ride with the RX-Clip.

The first ride

I took the evil eye with RX-Clip out for a ride on my road bike. It took me a bit to get used to the lenses, but after a short adjustment period, everything was great. It is easy to see that vision gets a little blurry towards the edges. This is due to the distortion of the lenses themselves as well as the doubled lenses from the clip. However, they are still perfect for road riding and longer tours, but I would be cautious with them while mountain biking.

The grey-red mirror lenses were also great in direct sun as well as cloudy conditions.

Testing the ground lenses

For the ground lenses I went with the LST active silver version. These lenses are photochromic, so they become darker as the light outside becomes brighter. When it was darker out, this worked great, but in intense direct sunlight, I would still prefer normal sunglasses lenses. In the forest, however, they adjust fast enough to the changing light conditions.

Ground lenses do have their limit when it comes to the prescription. Here, is where my optician had to do a little bit of finagling. With a -3.0 and -3.5 prescription like mine, the lenses become so thick that they no longer fit in the frame.

The blacked-out edge.

The blacked-out edge.

To adjust for this, a blacked-out outer lens was used before setting LST active lens. While riding the blacked-out edge didn’t bother, but as long as your prescription isn’t too high, this shouldn’t be a problem.

The evil eye glasses with the ground lenses look great.

The evil eye glasses with the ground lenses look great.

RX-Clip compared to ground lenses

The ground lenses perform much better than the RX-Clip. They feel just like my everyday glasses, except that they are optimised for cycling. There are no blurry edges, like with the RX-Clip. The ground lens are especially good for trail riding and a larger field of vision.

Top: RX-Clip, Bottom: ground lenses

Top: RX-Clip, Bottom: ground lenses

Rating both the ground lenses and the RX-clip on a scale from 1-10:

RX-Clip: 7 out of 10

Ground lenses: 9 out of 10

(The ground lenses only received a 9 out of 10 because of their prescription limit.)

Price

Of course, the price is important. The RX-Clip version in my case cost 210.00 € for the glasses, 40€ for the clips and 100.00 € to grind the clips coming to 350 € total. The ground lenses version cost all together 450 €. 

My recommendation

I can highly recommend the ground lenses version. They are more expensive, but they offer the best optical solution. However, if you are looking to change lenses often, the RX-Clip is a good way to do this. Either way, the adidas evil eye glasses are a great choice.

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