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The VALLON Watchtower cycling sunglasses review

In this article, we review the Watchtower cycling sunglasses from VALLON. A company dedicated to producing performance sports eyewear, without compromising on classic style.

About the VALLON watchtowers

VALLON’s Watchtowers™ are the company’s inaugural entry into the cycling sunglasses market, specifically targeting bikepackers and gravel cyclists. Touted for their sustainability, these sunglasses boast frames composed of 85% recycled fishing nets, highlighting VALLON’s commitment to environmental responsibility. Additionally, the Watchtowers™ are equipped with shatterproof lenses utilizing Carl ZEISS lens technology, known for its clarity and durability. As a product designed for a specific niche in outdoor sports, the Watchtowers™ aim to blend eco-friendliness with performance.

Review of VALLON Watchtower Cycling Sunglasses:

The VALLON Watchtower cycling sunglasses are an impressive blend of functionality and sustainability, making them a standout choice for backpackers and gravel cyclists. One of the most commendable features is their commitment to eco-friendliness; the frames are made from 85% recycled fishing nets, a unique approach that doesn’t compromise on durability or style.

In terms of comfort and wearability, these sunglasses excel. They are remarkably lightweight and come equipped with interchangeable soft silicone nose pads, ensuring a customizable and secure fit. This adaptability is particularly beneficial during long rides where comfort is paramount.

The high-quality Carl Zeiss lenses are a highlight, offering excellent clarity and protection. They are shatterproof, an essential feature for any cycling glasses, and provide reliable protection from glare and debris. Additionally, the sunglasses come with a protective pouch, enhancing their longevity and ease of transport.

Available in three colorways, the design caters to a range of personal styles, making them not just a functional piece of gear but also a fashionable accessory.

However, the Watchtowers™ are not without their limitations. A significant drawback is the inability to switch out lenses. This inflexibility can be a downside for cyclists who ride in varying light conditions and prefer the versatility of interchangeable lenses. Furthermore, the absence of a clear lens option may deter riders who frequently cycle in low-light environments.

Overall, the VALLON Watchtower cycling sunglasses are a solid choice, especially for those who value sustainability and comfort. While they may not suit every cyclist’s needs due to the fixed lens system, their quality, design, and environmental considerations make them a worthy investment for many.

Tech Specs

  • Sustainable frames in a matte black, dark teal, or silver finish, made from 85%recycled fishing nets fused into a strong and durable nylon 6.
  • Using the same material from brow to temple, they have flexible temple ends with a rubber grip for all-day comfort.
  • ZEISS shatterproof lenses provide safeguarding from debris, and 100%UVA/UVB protection.
  • Additional features include a hydro-oleophobic (oil and water-repellent)RiPel coating from ZEISS.
  • They come with 3x interchangeable soft silicone nose pads for adjustable ventilation.
  • Delivered with a protective soft pouch, perfect for protecting your sunglasses while on the move.

Product Specs

  • Unisex
  • Available in three colors: Black Smoke, Dark Teal Copper, Silver Blue
  • Lightweight: 32g
  • RRP €140 (including free shipping & returns).
4 / 5 Reviewer
  • Look great!
  • Colour options available
  • Made from recycled fishnets
  • Comes with replacement nose grips
  • No clear lens / ability to switch out lenses
Will Brett-Atkin

Will Brett-Atkin

Will (@willbrettbikes) is the founder and creator of One Track Mind Mag. He is an award-winning Digital Product Designer and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. When not behind a computer screen Will likes to be out in nature riding natural trails with friends. He also likes to dabble in a bit of Enduro racing and has had some great results racing in the UK

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