Bolle Bolt Sunglasses
Review: Bolle Bolt SunglassesBy Sue Butler | Published Oct 6, 2014
I am not going to lie. I have been wearing Oakley's for as long as I can remember. I am a bit averse to change. When the Bolle's arrived and I opened up the Bolt, I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the esthetics (and I really like the pink.) When I put them on, they were instantly comfortable and super light. I often find that glasses sit funny and get too close to my eyelashes or touch my cheeks. These seemed to fit great with no problems. Bolle's thermogrip temple arms and nose pads felt good and the nose pad can be adjusted for your nose. Not sure if this was an intended feature, but with it anchored at one spot on the bridge and having a flexible material, they would be easy to make narrower or wider for the bridge of any nose.
The lenses I tested were the photochromic lenses. At the trailhead of our early morning mountain bike ride, with very dense tree cover, it was quite dark. The glasses adjusted fine. As the trees thinned, the photocromic lenses did exactly what they were supposed to. I always felt the lenses were just right for the given light. And I felt they were distortion free. They did not fog up or slide on my nose. Plus, I think they looked pretty good, if I do say so myself.
Since the weather was dry and warm, I did not get to test the hydrophobic coating in the rain that is incorporated on both sides. I did not get any moisture build up or sweat on the inside of the lenses, and true to their word, the oleophobic properties did keep them from smudging as much as 'normal'. I tend to get glasses dirty very quickly.
The Bolle Bolt has the Trivex NXT lenses, that are lighter than polycarbonate and offer greater shock and impact resistance. I am happy to report that I did not need to test the impact resistance on these glasses...yet.
We Didn't Like
The Bolt also has the capability for interchangeable lenses. I did not get to test any other lenses, but when experimenting on removing the lenses, sans instructions, it popped out and flew (thankfully they are oleophobic!) I do not think this is normal, but if you bend the frame just right you can make it happen. The lenses are stable in the frame, but you really need to grab the lens and bend the frame a bit to get the lens in and out. Hopefully this will not affect the durability of the frame. But it definitely gets the lens dirty. (again, thankfully oleophobic!) But the functionality is good, just not the easiest I have used.
The Final Say
The Bolle Bolt's are a pair of great fitting lightweight glasses. At the MSRP of $170, they are a bit on the high end of the price spectrum and replacement lenses are not cheap either. However, with a little searching, I rarely found them at that price. They come in great colors and the photocromic lens is one of the better ones I have used. They are super light and with the protection factor of the NXT lenses, my eyes feel very safe. I feel the coverage for cycling is excellent, the optics are great and I will report back on riding in the rain with them. Overall, a great pair of glasses that I think will fit a wide range of face shapes and sizes and make folks look good while riding!