When you’re playing a sport at any level above “just for fun,” having a competitive edge becomes essential. You’ll want to take advantage of any potential advantage you can, whether it be through constant practice, a strict diet, and fitness program, or making sure you’ve got access to the best gear possible.
Today we are here to talk about a particular and important piece of equipment, at least for the sports that allow them. Sunglasses are an essential part of your kit for outdoor sports like tennis, cycling, running, or golf, where the sun can prove to be a significant problem. In particular, we’ll be reviewing a line of sunglasses by the popular brand Bolle.
Bolle Bolt Sunglasses
Bolle is a popular sports equipment brand determined to bring you excellent quality gear conducive to high performance in your particular sport. They touch on a few different items, from ski helmets and bike helmets, but the bulk of their business is in protective eyewear and sunglasses.
The particular line of sunglasses we’ll take a look at today is their Bolt line, which has been available since April 2014. There are technically two Bolt lines, and we’ll touch on them both in this review in a later section. Rest assured, they are both stylish and sleek, with some neat features to boot.
Who is this Product for?
If you play any outdoor sport where the sun can pose a problem, you’ll definitely be the target group. These sunglasses are designed chiefly with cycling in mind, but they are more than adequate for other sports, too, and are made quite versatile by the ability to swap out lenses to work in all kinds of weather. If you are looking for a pair of high-quality sport sunglasses with a decently large budget, then these should definitely be on your radar.
- Phantom Light Adaptive Lens technology
- Bolt and Bolt S lines
- Three color variations across the lines
- Interchangeable lenses
- Lightweight 30/31g
- Available in prescription
- Adjustable nosepiece
- Thermogrip to keep it on your head
- Transmission 31-13%
Now that’s a long list of various specifications which may not make a whole lot of sense in that bullet point form, so let’s take a deeper dive and make some sense of what these sunglasses can do for you.
First, let’s outline the two different lines of sunglasses. The primary Bolt line of sunglasses comes in two color variations, a shiny black and shiny white, and is the larger of the two. They are still exceptionally lightweight, weighing a measly gram more, but they are designed to fit a larger head. The total dimensions are as follows:
- 138mm in total width, with a single lens being 75mm and the nosepiece being 11mm wide.
- 40mm in height.
- The arms are a total length of 134mm each.
The second line in this series is the Bolt S, which is a smaller variation, as you can imagine. These come in two color variations, too, a shiny black and a matte black. Again, the weight is negligible, weighing only 30g, and they are designed to fit a smaller head. The dimensions are only:
- 129mm in width, with a single lens being 53mm and a nosepiece of 11mm.
- 37mm in height.
- The arms are 134mm in length each.
So with the differences between the two sunglasses variations established, we can talk more about the features they share. The first feature is a big one and one of the more significant and defining features. It’s to do with the lenses, which are interchangeable so that they can be versatile and adaptable for any situation and because they use Phantom photochromic lenses.
Phantom Light Adaptive Lens Technology provides several benefits, such as 100% UV protection, photochromic lenses, Platinum anti-fog, and high impact resistance for extra eye protection. This makes them overall high quality and great to wear for most sports. They additionally provide optical clarity, which gives you great environmental contrast. They are also tinted brown for the Bolt series, while the Bolt S series has an option for a grey tint.
The lenses are interchangeable, which is excellent if a pair becomes damaged or if you need a pair of prescription glasses. Those who wear spectacles will significantly enjoy this fact, as you can have a pair made specifically with your needs in mind that still provides all the benefits of these sunglasses.
Other miscellaneous features of the sunglasses that bump up the quality include adjustable temples for extra comfort, side shields, and Thermogrip grips on the arms to ensure the sunglasses stay on your head.
These glasses are overall excellent quality at their price range. While they are certainly on the pricier side of things, you get quite a bit out of these things for a pair of sunglasses, granted you take full advantage of their features when practicing and playing.
They’re dark, they’re comfortable, they give you clear vision while protecting your eyes, and you can get prescription lenses. The two options, Bolt and Bolt S, also ensure there is always a pair available to fit your head.
- Great quality design
- Very comfortable and stays on your head
- Two size options with multiple colors
- Excellent protection from shattering and UV
- Excellent vision with features such as anti-fog, photochromic lenses, and optic clarity
- Can take prescription lenses
- Low transmission
- Expensive, but worth the price
These sunglasses are all-around incredible to use. There are barely any faults or questionable features that we could find, as their design is incredibly well thought out and had a lot put into it.
From the Phantom Light Adaptive Lens technology to the low transmission, they help your eyes survive outside so you can always see what you’re doing, whether you’re cycling out on the tennis court or swinging the golf club out on the green. Even if they’re a bit pricey, you might find the price well worth it, thanks to the value you can get out of it.