Well made, with good ventilation and a good field of vision – just avoid holding them in your teeth

The Salice 012 CRX sunglasses bring together some nifty design features with a photochromic lens that works well, plus decent ventilation. They also sit on the head comfortably and, overall, are very impressive.

At this time of year it can be a pain riding with sunglasses, especially if you use them for commuting. For me, it tends to be sunny on the way in (on a nice day!) and dark on the way back. This makes photochromic lenses particularly useful, so I was very happy to be testing out these Salice sunnies.

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The glasses are a half-frame design with a big lens that offers a good level of protection across the face and eyes. They are also close fitting around the head, creating attractive lines when worn. The luminous green wouldn't be my first (or second or third) choice, but they are available in a range of different colours for every taste.

One element I was really impressed with was the ventilation; there was a fairly decent breeze flowing over my ears and the lenses didn't really fog up too much, even when waiting at traffic lights; even then they cleared almost instantaneously. This ventilation comes from few visible vents too, with only two on the lens itself, but Salice has integrated a clever flare on the arms, which acts to push air inwards at speed, and it works really well.

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The photochromic lens performed well, too, changing quickly in variable light conditions and offering clear vision throughout the review. Thanks to the half-frame design there is also very little that gets in the way; you can just about catch the arms right at the edge of your peripheral vision and you can just about see the tops of the frames if you really try, but overall it's an impressively clear view.

The lens is also large, which is really good for keeping out light and debris. The lens is replaceable, and two are provided. They're easy to swap, with the nosepiece just pulling off and the lenses doing the same.

Fit is good thanks to the soft nosepad and rubber on the arms. They keep everything in place well and help to alleviate any rubbing that can sometimes occur. A relatively sprightly 30g on the road.cc Scales of Truth helps.

The only downside of the rubber, oddly, is that it tastes disgusting, so holding the glasses in your teeth for any number of reasons (which I found I do more than I realised) leaves a horrible taste in your mouth for the next five minutes or so. It seems like an odd criticism of glasses – essentially, that they taste bad – but it made me realise I hold them in my mouth more than I realise.

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Coming with a spare clear lens, protective case and cleaning cloth, the RRP of £84.95 seems about right for a well made and strong performing pair of glasses. They offer clear vision, a quick-to-alter photochromic lens, and decent ventilation. It seems odd that my only real criticism is their taste, but it's probably testament to the fact that there is little else to criticise.


Well made, with good ventilation and a good field of vision – just avoid holding them in your teeth

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Salice 012 CRX sunglasses

Size tested: Adult Unisex

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Performance glasses with a photochromic lens.

Salice says:

"A lightweight, streamlined glass with wide panoramic vision

Integrated frontal air ventilation"

This seems like an accurate description of the glasses.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Integrated frontal air ventilation

Grilamid TR90 lightweight, flexible and durable frame

Interchangeable Megol® rubber nose pad

Co Injected Megol® rubber tipped ear arms

CRX - Photochromic lens with light reactive technology allows the lens to adapt to changing light conditions

Scratch resistant IDRO lens, will repel water and dust to optimize vision

Supplied with spare clear polycarbonate lens, thermoformed protective case and cleaning cloth

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Well made, decent stiffness in the hinges and some nice design features such as the venting and rubberised areas.

Rate the product for performance:

Performed well throughout the review, with a good field of vision and decent protection. They're also very comfortable.

Rate the product for durability:

I would imagine they'll last well thanks to a well made frame and decent lenses.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)

30g for some fairly big glasses is a decent weight.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)

Very comfortable thanks to rubberised areas and good air ventilation.

Rate the product for value:

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well, kept out everything I didn't want in, provided a good field of vision, and the photochromic lenses work well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The venilation is particularly strong.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The rubber on the arms tastes disgusting.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – if they weren't trying to eat them...

Use this box to explain your score

Really strong performing glasses at a fairly decent price, overall a very good package.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 29  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc. 

When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.  


Izaak30 [138 posts] 2 years ago

Be really useful one day if you could do a review/best on test of sunglasses that require a glazing for those of us that need prescription lenses

SingleSpeed [359 posts] 2 years ago
Izaak30 wrote:

Be really useful one day if you could do a review/best on test of sunglasses that require a glazing for those of us that need prescription lenses

Oakley , Oakley oh and Oakley

JimD666 [64 posts] 2 years ago
SingleSpeed wrote:
Izaak30 wrote:

Be really useful one day if you could do a review/best on test of sunglasses that require a glazing for those of us that need prescription lenses

Oakley , Oakley oh and Oakley

And don't require the selling of a kidney to finance it....

Welsh boy [389 posts] 2 years ago

Have a look at these, i prefer them to my Oakleys, i have bought 2 pairs from their flash sales.  Optical inserts for under £5

therevokid [1014 posts] 2 years ago

rudy projects - with inerts  1

much cheaper to change prescription than the Oakley route !!

DoctorFish [64 posts] 2 years ago
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I have a tricky prescription due to a strong astygmatism which makes wrap arounds difficult to achieve.  I've always had good service from Optilabs.  I sent one pair back due to a lens not being quite right, but that was all sorted out quickly.  I've had both fixed lens, and now insert style ones from them.  I did try rudy project but found that the inserts touched against my face which was not pleasant.  Still not overly cheap, but they last a few years.

flathunt [245 posts] 2 years ago

You can fix the bad-tasting problem by carrying a small pot of ketchup in your jersey pocket.