Bolle Python Polarized ReviewJuly 1, 2012
- Optics are excellent and the polarized lens squashes glare.
- More substantial wrap design keeps out the elements.
- Appealing design for style-conscious riders.
- Hydrophilic nose pads grip nicely, even when sweat is part of the picture.
- Full rim design can get a bit toasty in hot riding conditions.
Superior optics enhanced with polarization make the Python a slam dunk for cyclists looking for a sunglass with style and substance. More substantial size can generate extra heat (and, thus, sweat) when riding in hot, sunny conditions.
Riders looking for a more style-driven design than today’s ubiquitous performance shield can turn to the Python with confidence. This sunglass has aggressive good looks and stellar optical clarity, delivered in part by the glare-reducing polarized lens.
In our testing, the Python’s polarized lenses help reduce glare bouncing off cars, shiny surfaces, water, and even ski slopes. Crafted of Bolle’s proprietary B20.3 polycarbonate material, it is touted as being 20 times more impact resistant than glass, and three times lighter. Bolle also applies what it calls a “CarboGlass” coating on both sides of the lens to guard against scratches and abrasions. We out this sunglass through some tough rigors by tossing it in the tent and in our bag, where it survived with no scratches or dings.
While this sunglass is a more substantial full-rim style, it still felt lightweight while riding—even for longer periods. This is due to the type of nylon used in the frame manufacturing process. The result is a relatively lightweight frame that has some comfort-inducing flex.
In addition, the Python slid in nicely under our helmet and didn’t create any discomfort or pinching.