Cébé Wild ReviewFebruary 8, 2013
- Good performance
- Ultra-lightweight, wrap design
- Photochromic lenses
- Adjustable nosepads for customization
- Nosepads and temple ends are covered in gripping rubber for good fit and stability
- Some lens reflections apparent in direct sunlight
- Optics are good, not great
The Cébé Wild is a good multi-sport performance sunglass with a number of strong features, including a notably low weight and photochromic lenses that adjust automatically to varying light conditions. While they're a strong value (offering three lens tints along with the frame), the Wild's optics are average and wearers may experience some visual interference.
Fit & Comfort
Made of a light, strong, and shock-absorbing TR90 nylon material (a high-tech, newer material on the market that’s strong and light and shock-absorbing), this sunglass is very comfortable, even for longer, more vigorous activities.
According to Cébé, the TR90 construction also offers some amount of shock absorption and there may be some truth to this—the comfort remained good even while mountain biking and trail running on technical terrain. Additionally, the gripping rubber on nosepads and temple ends worked extremely well to hold this sunglass in place. An adjustable nosepiece offered the option for customization and a better fit.
The Wild offers average optics and a wide field of vision courtesy of the wide lenses and wrap design. While these lenses don’t deliver the best performance vision (and they aren’t polarized), they are photochromic, meaning that they automatically adjust tint to accommodate changing light conditions. The more UV light that hits the lens, the darker it becomes.
This is a convenient feature, and not common at this pricepoint.
On the downside, however, we did notice some annoying reflections in the lenses when looking down the trail into the direction of the sun. We also found the thick browbar running across the top of this frame’s design to be slightly distracting.
The Cébé Wild’s full-coverage wrap design kept the sun and wind out efficiently. In addition, this sunglass has a ventilated lens system located near the temple endpieces that worked to optimize air circulation to minimize sweat and lens fogging.