Lazer's Walter full frame glasses offer very good performance and a certain amount of dashing '80s style. Because of that they've become a bit of a favourite of mine.
Shape-wise, and with their full-frame, single-lens design, these Lazer glasses bear more than a passing resemblance to Oakley's Pilot Eyeshades of the mid '80s. They don't have the sweat-catching brow strip, but that always used to fall off anyway. They're a bit more angular, too, and not as big, but they certainly have a retro kind of a feel.
There's nothing retro about the materials or construction, though. The polycarbonate frame is light and tough, with adjustable, rubberised ear and nose pieces that make getting a good fit very simple. The Walters come with three lenses. There's a low-transmission semi-mirrored lens for sun, a high-contrast lens for overcast conditions, and a clear lens for night-time. All three have a hydrophobic coating which is very effective: the water beads on the surface very well and taking them off and tapping them on the handlebar clears most of the rain.
The only issue with any of the lenses is with the sun lens, which gives slightly odd blue artefacts from headlights and reflected light. It's not a deal-breaker, but the first couple of times I wore the Walters in sunlight I kept thinking I was seeing ambulances and fire engines in my peripheral vision. It's not something I've ever experienced from a sunglasses lens before, and I'm not sure what causes it, but it's worth noting here.
The optical quality of the lenses is good, with no obvious warping, and they're easy to swap. There are four vents at the top to help to stop them fogging; I haven't had any issues with that during testing. The semi-wraparound design of the frame means the peripheral vision is very good.
Overall the Walters put in a pretty strong performance. They're light and comfortable, with good lenses, and they're very easy to live with. If you're not after the look-at-me fluoro yellow then they're also available in gloss white, gloss silver, matt titanium, matt black and matt green.
Lightweight, comfortable riding glasses with good lenses and a retro look
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lazer Walter glasses
Size tested: Gloss Flash Yellow
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?
Lazer distributor Madison says: "The wide shield lens of Walter provides a great field of vision on the road ahead. Comfort and performance combined in style."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Full frame shield lens
Water repellent coating
Lens cut-outs for extra ventilation
Adjustable nose-piece and temple tips
Ultra-grip rubber temple tips & nosepiece
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfortable, light, look funky, good choice of lenses, shed rain well.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Odd blue artefacts in low-transmission lens.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
These glasses perform very well and they're light and comfortable.
About the tester
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.