2008 Interbike Briefs - Part 7
Giro cycling gloves and eyewear.
GIRO eyewear and gloves
DO: I’m talking with Eric at the Giro booth and there are a couple of new product lines from Giro that I would like you to inform our readers about.
Eric: We have three new pieces in the Giro sunglasses line. The first is called the Giro Filter which is a semi rimless design which means it has a frame at the top but a free lens at the bottom. The most exciting thing is our technology that makes it easier to change lenses. It’s called Pop Top. We have a little lever integrated into the frame. You swing the lever up and the lens is released, and you then grab it at the edge and make the change. This keeps you from putting your finger in the middle of the lens, so you don’t have to clean it or wipe the grit off when you’re done.
DO: Nothing is getting dirty, nothing is getting scratched.
Eric: We hope!
DO: I’m watching you do it as we speak and it’s not complicated. It’s very simple.
Eric: That’s the way we like things to be. It really eliminates the stress of changing a lens. You don’t have to wrestle with it or worry whether it’s properly in the frame. We feel that’s a nice advantage over some of the more traditional ways of changing lenses. This also features a Carl Zeiss certified lens. It’s made in Italy by Carl Zeiss, a German company that’s renowned for making the world’s best binoculars, scopes, and lenses for prescription eyeglasses. The feedback on the lens has been really, really, great.
DO: I can say it’s also stylish.
Eric: The next piece is a new version of the Havik sunglass. We’ve developed a new lens cut so there are now two options for the Havik. The new version is called Havik Full. We’ve made the lens a little taller and extended the peripheral coverage. It’s good if your cheekbones are not so pronounced or if you have a slightly larger face. It features the Zeiss lens.
Eric: One thing common to all of our sunglasses is that the temples are designed to fit with the helmet to minimize the interference with the fit system of the helmet. Other features are a ventilated temple that circulates air behind the lens, rubber noise and temple tips for a snug secure fit even when sweating.
DO: I also see a hole in the nose piece. What is that about?
Eric: It’s a little ventilation and helps with perspiration and keeps the piece from getting too coated with sweat. It’s a nice little detail and we try to pay attention to details.
Eric: The last eye piece to tell you about is the Semi. There is now a new Semi Full. Like the Havic it has a slightly taller lens and a real nice shape to it. We now have two options if you prefer the semi rim style of a glass. All are very lightweight and have all the other features I talked about. It’s a