POC DO Flow Review

July 20, 2014
POC DO Flow
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
87
Security of Fit
8
Comfort
8
Lens Clarity
8
Coverage/Wind resistance
9
Features
7
Value
7

The Good

  • Lightweight design via Grilamid material
  • Wider field of vision from enlarged lens profile
  • Wrapped, shield lens offers solid coverage and good wind resistance
  • Anti-fog lens venting
  • Hip styling

The Bad

  • Nose pads are not adjustable
  • Frame material is slightly stiff
THE VERDICT

Engineered with lightweight performance and pure style in mind, the POC DO Flow was a strong contender in this test. I liked that these shades are a simple multi-sport sunglass that works well for running, cycling, or hiking. I also liked that this sunglass has a larger lens profile for an expanded visual field and a significant wrapped lens that delivers protection. My gripes: The POC DO Flow does not have adjustable nose pads for a more customized fit; it also has a stiffer frame material that is slightly unforgiving during high-impact activities.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The POC DO Flow is a lightweight wrap sunglass designed with an enlarged lens profile for deeper and broader coverage. It also has built-in anti-fog venting and lenses engineered for definition. 

FULL REVIEW

The POC DO Flow is a lightweight wrap sunglass designed with an enlarged lens profile for deeper and broader coverage. It also has built-in anti-fog venting and lenses engineered for definition. 

Fit & Comfort
At first look, the POC DO Flow delivers cool factor with solid good looks that work both on the trail and for après activities. But when I dug in deeper while testing the POC DO Flow I found it to offer true performance in a simple, lightweight package.

The DO Flow isn’t packed with bells and whistles but it does have some of the performance features you want the most. First off, it is crafted of grilamid, which affords a lightweight makeup. This benefit is slightly offset, however, by this frame’s slight stiffness—it doesn’t bend and move as easily as some others in this test.

This sunglass’ expanded field of vision, however, was a feature I could get addicted to. The DO Flow has a broader lens profile that provides comfort and protection.

In addition, thanks to gripping nose pads and temple tips, this sunglass stays put during higher-impact activities such as mountain biking and trail running.

Lens Clarity
I tested the DO Flow’s with POC’s Brown lens VLT, which was spot on for sunny conditions. The lens clarity was solid as compared with other sunglasses in this test. This lens also provided noticeable contrast enhancements, especially on trails where the light conditions varied.

POC’s vented Flow lenses also worked well to cut fog—a small slit in the top corner of each lens lets in airflow.

POC also offers a Light pink lens VLT, which it says works well for low light or overcast conditions—or even night rides. 

Wind Resistance
I tested the DO Flow during a typically windy spring here in Colorado and its larger size (and lens profile) worked very well to cut the blast, even on high-altitude road rides with heavy headwinds.

 

 


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