Nike Vision Road Machine Review

February 9, 2013
Nike Vision Road Machine
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
92
Fit
8
Comfort
9
Lens Clarity
8
Coverage/Wind Resistance
9
Overall Performance
9
Value
9

The Good

  • Solid performance
  • Noticeable comfort
  • Sweat- and fog-reducing lens venting system
  • A full-coverage wrap design that boasts light weight
  • Very good value

The Bad

  • The larger, full-coverage frame design can cause some visual distortion
  • Nosepads and temples are not adjustable
THE VERDICT

We feel the Nike Vision Road Machine is the best in its class for sub-$150 sunglasses, with very good optics, comfort, and venting, and a lot of smart features typically found on higher-end shades: gripping temple tips and nosepads, lightweight nylon construction, a highly-comfortable fit, and an air ventilation system.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The Nike Vision Road Machine is a unisex performance sunglass engineered for runners. It is crafted of lightweight nylon and has a 6-base wrap design and a lens venting system.

FULL REVIEW

Fit & Comfort
Thanks to its nylon construction and performance design, this sunglass is ultra comfortable. The 6-base wrap delivers excellent coverage from the elements (sun, wind, road debris when cycling, etc.).

Grippy rubber nosepads and temple ends kept this more substantial sunglass right where it should be, even during more jarring activities such as mountain biking and technical trail running.

Lens Clarity
The Road Machine’s wide, 6-base design has the look of a shield but the lens is split into two parts. Still, it allows a wide-open field of vision, a feature appreciated in more technical outdoor pursuits like trail running and mountain biking. The Nike Max Optics lenses are loaded into the Road Machine; they are designed to provide clarity at any angles and they live up to the claim. The optics were crisp and clear, no matter where we looked.
 
The Road machine’s thicker design–especially in the red color with black interior–caused some visual interference. In addition, its lenses are not polarized, a feature that reduces glare off water and other surfaces. Still, but not all runners and cyclists desire and/or need polarization, and dropping that feature definitely helps keep the cost down.

Wind Resistance
The Road Machine’s full-coverage design kept the wind out, while the venting system provided a cool breeze during vigorous activities. This system, which is cut into the tops (above the nose bridge) and sides (by the temple end pieces) of the lenses, helped minimize sweat and lens fogging.

 


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MSRP
$149.00
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