It began this way... We got a couple of pairs of Axley sunglasses at the Bike Expo in New Jersey and they quickly disappeared. Well mostly anyway. But there was this one pair, a very "Special" pair and they were left to me to care for and find a home. Those of you who know me, know that I am the champion of lost causes, the adopter of strays, the friend of the friendless. I suspect this arises from deep seated feelings of rejection stemming from childhood to last week, or was it yesterday? No matter I digress...
Monday: 2:47 PM: "Hey Cori, I got these great Axley Lynx sunglasses. Seriously attitudie, bad ass, stylin glasses and they ain't cheap either, wanna review 'em"
Cori: "Whaddaya kiddin? They're UGLY!"
Monday: 6:04 PM: "Hey Cand. I have a really sweet pair of Axleys, four sets of lenses, all good to go. Light Weight, Sky Blue, Light Blue, Race Red, and Pale Yellow lenses, really neat."
Cand: "Cool, lemme see 'em... You're kidding right? No way, they're ugly! Nice glasses though"
Tuesday: 10:39 AM: "Hey Orv, I got some free swag, these Axley sunglasses, you just have to review 'em. I showed 'em to Cori and Candice, but they kind of felt they were a little big for their faces. I think you have the bone structure to carry 'em off."
Orv: "Hmmm, great optical quality. Light weight, good feel. But Man are they UGLY! No thanks! ::shakes head::
Wednesday: 8:15 PM Pedal Pushers meeting: "Hey Dan, we still have these Axley Lynx here, I tried Candice, Cori, and Orv and they weren't interested in reviewing them, why don't you take a look at 'em?"
Dan: "OK." He examines them, turning them in his hands. "Hmmm, pretty edgy, decently construction, easy lens swapping, good lens shape, looks like they offer good eye protection." ::Tries 'em on:: "Nice fit, confortable, so-so optical quality - but "Daaayaaaamn are they ugly! No thanks!"
Well, the day of the 5 Boro Bike Tour arrived, and I still had nobody willing to review these glasses. So, being the style conscious connoisseur of haute couture that I am, I decided, "Hell I'll just do it myself." The day was brilliant clear crystalline sunshine, perfect in every way. I eschewed my traditional glasses and wore my contacts thus allowing me the option of sunglasses use. I stuck 'em on my noggin. I did several interviews, rode the entire day and nobody told me they were ugly! But what I did find out was that the adjustable nose piece was very comfortable, the dark blue lenses were totally color neutral from the inside. The field of vision was completely un-obstructed, optical clarity was perfect, they never fogged over the entire 50 miles (and there were hard parts complete with huffing, puffing and sweating brow). I would say that the only negative in design was the less than easily adjustable temple. Although they can be adjusted for tightness (in and out), there is no ability to bend the earpieces down, or curve them around the ear. I like the glasses tight around my ears but, that being said, the glasses stayed in place and felt fine.
Overall, these are a very functional quality pair of competition sunglasses. They are growing on me and I no longer think they're all that ugly!
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