Test: DPV Bora Glasses
The DPV brand has a wide range of glasses for cycling and running, including the Bora, the model we tested in this article. These glasses are the most aerodynamic and modern proposal of the firm for cyclists, but also for those who run on foot and are looking for both protection and lightness.
These glasses DPV Bora follow the current line in eyewear and eye protection for outdoor sportsmen. We are referring to the trend of glasses with optics with large surface area, specifically, have a lens height of 6 cm and up to 15 cm wide. In addition to an aesthetic issue, these glasses with their generous surface area fulfil three really important tasks for the sportsman. On the one hand, they offer greater protection to our eyes against dust or any other element, as they cover us with a larger screen surface. The second requirement they meet is that they offer a much wider field of vision than glasses of the past. The last and very important, especially for road cycling, is that they offer better aerodynamics. Three characteristics with some of the best arguments of these DPV Bora, a pair of glasses with a wide screen, square shapes and framed in a closed frame built in one of the most used materials and best reputation in the segment, the Grimalid TR90.
About their technology
The DPV Bora have a matte black frame constructed with Grimalid TR90 Nylon, as we already mentioned. A frame that offers the right amount of flexibility and therefore, we believe, will fit any face. The lenses, which come in various shades, all offer UV protection and have a nose bridge made of hypoallergenic Thermolast, the material used to make the nose bridges of most high-end glasses on the market, which, although it does its job of keeping the glasses in place, is unnoticeable to the touch.
These DPV glasses are available in five different colours or lens tints. One photochromic, i.e., with lenses that vary in tone, darkening or lightening depending on the ambient light and then four permanent colour lens options.
Photochromic lenses allow a light transmission of 8 to 80%, a very wide range. In fact, it’s the best choice when you’re going to be cycling or running in areas where the brightness is going to be variable. That is, in the early or late hours of the day or in an area where you alternate between open spaces and other more covered areas such as the forest, where there are shadows and little light. Based on these changing conditions, the photochromic lens darkens (when there is a lot of light) or lightens (when there is little ambient light). The transmission is really fast, so much so that you never notice it, having at all times, the amount of filter and light transmission you need.
The other lenses, blue, black and red, have a much more limited light transmission, from 8 to 18%. Letting in much less light as they are designed to be used exclusively in very bright conditions, as can occur on sunny days on a road bike or triathlon.
The vision with these lenses, which we have also tested, is optimal, also in terms of contrast and the elimination of reflections of all kinds.
The truth is that these DPV Bora glasses have surprised us with their overall quality and price. The quality and performance of the lenses are very remarkable. They are comfortable to wear due to the good fit of the Grimalid TR90 frame, but also to their lightness, 37g registered in the scales of the Bora we tested. You won`t feel like you’re wearing glasses except that you’re seeing in a different shade than you do when you’re not wearing them. Another very positive aspect we would like to highlight is the wide field of vision that the oversize lens allows. It is really comfortable not to have the frame of the glasses in your field of vision, especially when you practice modalities such as mountain biking, where in technical descents or twisty routes you need some peripheral vision to anticipate some situations and obstacles.
Lightness and comfort on the face
The impossibility of offering a frame (closed frame) with several lenses included.
Closed frame glasses. Filter lens with category 3 and large surface area, 6 x 16.5 cm Frame material Grimalid TR90 nylon. Hypoallergenic nasal bridge.
Included with purchase
Microfiber case and box.
With photochromic lens, with dark bluish, black or orange lens
More info here