Adidas Evil Eye Evo Pro

Words Cam McRae
Date Dec 15, 2014

Eyewear for riding bikes is a very personal thing. For dust and bright conditions protecting your eyes is a no-brainer, but when it’s cooler and maybe even wet, it’s a tougher decision. Condensation and water and much on your lenses can make protecting your eyes more pain than pleasure – but if you are serious about performance eyewear is pretty much essential.  If you like eye protection but prefer not to wear goggles, Adidas Eyewear has been thinking about you.

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Behold the Adidas Eyewear Evil Eye Evo Pro. Lenses are said to employ hydrophobic technology to reduce fogging and to shed water and mud. Corrective lens options are available as well. Notice the vented nose bridge to improve air flow and prevent fogging.

Europeans aren’t yet sick of hearing Enduro(!) applied to everything from footwear to grips. And they aren’t shy about saying they are heading out for an Enduro ride either. To me that sounds a lot like a mountain bike ride, but prepare to be corrected if you suggest such a thing to our trans Atlantic friends.

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Rene Wildhaber (Enduro!) was on hand in France at the press launch. He and the other athletes suggested that there are times when goggles are essential but other times with these would be just the ticket.

So it should come as no surprise to learn that Adidas Eyewear’s new Evil Eye Evo Pro is aimed directly at the Enduro market. Many racers from all ranks wear goggles for Enduro racing (enduroing mockery for the half shell/gogg combo)  because of the consistent and reliable protection, but bubble eyes aren’t always ideal. Who wants to wear a sauna on your face on a smoking hot day? And goggs aren’t much good for the climb for similar reasons. So Adidas Eyewear came up with a solution that bridges the gap between shades and goggles.

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Pierre Edouard Ferry was along to represent the freehuckers. Here he is showing how fast these lenses are.

The Evo has great wrap around protection. Like a goggle. It has a sweat bar up top with foam to absorb the salty drops that gravity wants to pull into your eyes. Like a goggle. It is adjustable for a better fit. You get the picture. Unlike most goggles the lenses are curved in every direction allowing a nice close to the face fit. The idea is that it’s like a goggle in terms of performance – only not so hot and cumbersome.

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The logoed black tab that extends from the temple to the lens slides back to allow the lenses to pop out. The system works extremely well. You can also see the foam strip to absorb sweat.

Adidas has been pushing innovation in the cycling eyewear space for some time and mny of those advancements live on here. The temples can be rotated up and down to tune angle of the arms to your face. Similarly the nosepiece can be adjusted for the width of the bridge of your nose and the distance you like to have the lenses from your eyes.

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Justin Leov sampling the red dirt around Saint Saturnin Les Apt. Heavy rains before we arrived made these areas too muddy for us to ride.

Swapping lenses is quite easy. The logo at the temple slides back allowing you to pop the current lens out and a new one in.

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Two sizes. The larger size worked great for me on the trail but the smaller lenses make me look less like an insect. Both provide excellent wrap around protection.

The Evil Eye Evo Pro is nice and light which conspires with strategically placed ‘Traction Grip’ material at the contact points, to keep these glasses in place

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Eyewear modelling by PEF

I’ve been riding these specs for about a month now in just about every kind of weather. Field of vision is excellent with the large frame versions I’ve been using. Fog is the enemy of riding eye pieces but the generous ventilation does a nice job of clearing up condensation once you are moving. But, like most eye protection, they tend to fog up when you are stopped. I pull mine off when there is a break in the action and replace them just as things start rolling again.

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Steffi Marth ripping through Provençal forest with her new shades.

The smaller frames fit my face a little better and make me look less like an alien, but I’m willing to pay that price for the larger lenses. The styling is good but the lines are spoiled by the the detachable sweat bar in the example I was given to test because of the contrasting colour, but other models have a colour matched bar.

For most of the riding I’ve been doing clear lenses have been the ticket. I’ve been pleased with the performance and I haven’t reached for my goggles since I started testing these in November.

What will it cost to you to get laser sharp vision?  The Evil Eye Evo Pro is made in Austria and MSRP is €169 or $210 US. They are scheduled to be available in February 2015.


What do you look for in eyewear for riding or even Enduroing?

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andy-eunson
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Andy Eunson  - Dec. 15, 2014, 5:58 p.m.

It cost me about $500 for my Adidas riding glasses with a prescription and photochromic lenses. They work well. Hydrophobic and very light. Vision is very very good.

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cam@nsmb.com
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Cam McRae  - Dec. 15, 2014, 7:04 p.m.

Do you know which system you have Andy? RX adapter, RX clip-in rimmed or RX clip in rimless?

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andy-eunson
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Andy Eunson  - Dec. 15, 2014, 7:31 p.m.

These ones Cam. The lens is rimless. I did not want clip in inserts or arms that were straight because that type interfere with my helmets. Inserts I hear can fog. I fog easily at slow speeds.

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rdot84
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Rdot84  - Dec. 15, 2014, 5:36 a.m.

Holy hell….. That price.! My goggles didn't even cost me that much. I'll stick with a decent pair of trusty Safety glasses from Home Depot.

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aubra-doss
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Aubra Doss  - Dec. 16, 2014, 3:42 a.m.

I agree wholeheartedly. I'll stick to my Nemesis eyewear I get at work. I don't even have a single piece of gear that cost that much. Can we cover something that those of us who have to work for a living and pay bills can throw down on?

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cam@nsmb.com
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Cam McRae  - Dec. 17, 2014, 10:19 p.m.

Hey Aubra. Are you speaking about eyewear in particular? These grips aren't a bad deal.

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kain0m
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kain0m  - Dec. 15, 2014, 5:05 a.m.

Hefty price, I'm wondering how much the correction version will be. I've been looking for some decent riding glasses for a while now…

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cam@nsmb.com
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Cam McRae  - Dec. 15, 2014, 9:23 a.m.

There are actually three different systems to allow corrective lenses to be used with the Evo frames. They are described as; RX adapter, RX clip-in rimmed and RX clip in rimless. Pricing for the RX solutions hasn't been provided thus far.

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