100% Speedcraft Sunglasses - Review

Oct 21, 2015
by Mike Kazimer  
Ride 100 Speedcraft Sunglasses review

The 100% Speedcraft sunglasses were a common sight on the enduro and DH race circuits this past season due to their distinctive and slightly outlandish look that gave photographers a good excuse to zoom in on athletes wearing the new shades. The Speedcraft's unique shape is partially based on the designs found in the company's goggle line, giving the glasses a wide field of vision and a large amount of coverage to keep dust or mud at bay. To help prevent fog or condensation from developing on the single lens, there are two small openings between the lower portion of the lens and frame junction that are meant to help improve airflow.

There are six different possible frame colors: orange, red, yellow, cyan, black, and gunmetal, along with a wide array of lens tints. Each pair of sunglasses comes with either a mirrored or a smoke colored lens, plus an extra low-light lens. In addition to the extra lens there's a slightly smaller nose pad to help fine tune the glasses' fit, a cloth bag, and a zippered hard case. MSRP is $195 USD for the mirrored lens option shown, or $175 for the smoke colored lens. There's also an SL version of the Speedcraft available that has a smaller lens profile and forgoes the air scoops at the bottom of the lens. www.ride100percent.com / @ride100percent


Ride 100 Speedcraft Sunglasses review
Ride 100 Speedcraft Sunglasses review

Ride 100 Speedcraft Sunglasses review
Rubber coated temple arms keep the glasses from slipping and sliding around.
Ride 100 Speedcraft Sunglasses review
Tiny ports just underneath the replaceable nose piece are intended to improve airflow.


Performance

I ended up using the grey low-light lens for most of my time with the Speedcrafts, since I mainly ride in thickly forested areas with more shade than sun. The grey tint proved to be a good match for these conditions, allowing for enough visibility in the darker portions of the forest, while also minimizing the amount of squinting that occurred when popping out from the trees into clearings with direct sunlight. The Speedcrafts did fog up slightly in a few instances on long steamy climbs, but the fog stayed mainly at the very upper portion of the lens, and as soon as the trail pointed downhill and the airflow increased the fog disappeared.

Compared to a more traditionally shaped set of sunglasses the amount of extra protection provided by the Speedcraft is instantly noticeable, making them a good choice for rides where the amount of flying trail debris is high. Swapping lenses is a quick and simple procedure, and while the shape of the lens means you probably wouldn't carry a spare in your pack, making a last minute change before heading for the trails is easily accomplished.

Even on rougher sections of trail the sunglasses remained securely in place thanks to the shape of their arms, which extend past the ears and slightly curve towards the back of the head. Although this length does help keep them from moving around, it can pose a problem with some helmet designs depending on the positioning of the retention system - there was a degree of interference with the Troy Lee A1 and Kali Maya, but I had better luck when running them with a Giro Montaro. In any case, bringing your helmet along when shopping for a new set of sunglasses is highly recommended.


Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesI'll admit, the look of the Speedcraft sunglasses isn't one that I'd typically gravitate towards, but they do stand out from the crowd, and riders that harbor rock star tendencies will surely revel in the extra attention that results from donning these shades, while also benefiting from the excellent field of view and protection that they provide. - Mike Kazimer



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149 Comments

  • 232 4
 Too hot to handle Too cold to hold Sky's the limit and Space is the place Ooooooohh yaaaaaaa Macho man approves of these shades DIG IT!!!!
  • 16 1
 Morebike your comment just made my day, thanks.
  • 7 87
flag blackthorne (Oct 21, 2015 at 22:45) (Below Threshold)
 How's is this funny someone please enlighten me
  • 16 0
 @blackthorne Perform a search for "macho man randy savage" and revel in the chaos.
  • 10 0
 Snap into a Slim Jim.....
  • 4 2
 You just broke pb XD
  • 7 3
 Something the black eyed peas would wear.
  • 5 22
flag rexluthor (Oct 22, 2015 at 10:11) (Below Threshold)
 these 100% guys may want to set up tent kiosks at Pride events.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
  • 5 1
 I don't think that you can wear these glasses unless you can bench at least 350lbs.
  • 117 0
 GUYS!!! Doc Brown was wearing these exact glasses on this exact day!!!
  • 28 0
 He's RIGHT!! These are the 2015 glasses foretold in the movie!
  • 6 0
 That's what I'm talking about. Haha.
  • 8 0
 Great Scott!
  • 11 0
 Trails? Where we're going we don't need trails.
  • 1 0
 out comes the movie geeks!
  • 52 0
 I'd rock the shit out of these - I bet they add at least 20 points to your enduro status
  • 6 0
 if they came with like cheeta print orange and purple frames and like a neon ass pink to yellow polarized lens, i'd buy. i buy much.
  • 47 1
 Look good with a mullet in a trans am.
  • 3 0
 Having a crazy hair cut to rock these is a requirement, see Sam Reynolds or Kenny Powers.
  • 32 0
 hey remember 1984? guess not
  • 3 0
 remember room 101?
  • 2 0
 Funny, I still got a set of the old M frames with the largest lens they made in Purple Iridium laying around. Might have to run em this weekend for nostalgia...
  • 2 0
 30 years to cycle back to this out with the beards and in with jetson glasses and fanny packs Razz A new twist on old ideas. Call it a functional choice or just bad taste revisited but once the dust settles we'll all move on to the next evolution of style and we'll redefine what functional means to fit the newest styles.
  • 32 1
 Back to to future
  • 3 5
 all you need is the hat worn backwards.
  • 5 0
 Geordi La Forge called. He, um.... well, ya know.
  • 13 0
 Speed Craft more like Speed Dealer
  • 6 0
 1990 called ...wants its sunglasses back
  • 27 0
 glad these glasses will be able to protect the eyeball on my forehead
  • 26 4
 These seem like one of those products created for a market that doesn't exist.
  • 22 1
 And here is me praying the bike gods to give me good cycling prescription glasses but why tackle a market that actually exists.
  • 11 2
 If only that were true. There's plenty of people wanting to look stupid as hell.
  • 12 0
 Yes these are specially made for people with a third eye above their nose and rumor has it that market will soon explode becuase chemtrails and stuff. Seriosly, it's happening!
  • 2 0
 just like the WTB padlock grips
  • 4 3
 feeblesmith - chemtrails can actualy give you a third eye - you obviously don't hang out around Majorna too often to not know that
  • 4 0
 @WAKIdesigns

Waki you are like an aquired taste first I was like what drug is this guy on? he is not even remotely funny. now pretty much anything I read from you makes me breath a litle bit harder from my nose.
  • 11 1
 I need a can of Chernobyl a hot tub and to get bling fucking drunk and transported back to the 80's to enjoy these
  • 5 1
 Don't forget a few lines of blow...
  • 5 1
 Chernobly may not be a real drink, but Chernobyl is a real strain that you can purchase in the state of Washington. 60/40 sativa dominant. I believe it brought me back to the 80s for brief moments of time...
  • 11 0
 I like the unibrow guard.
  • 2 0
 It's also good for those of with a third eye in the middle of their forehead.
  • 11 2
 ...Now how do vents at the bottom of the lens improve ventilation over leaving out that material entirely?
  • 7 0
 If there wasn't material down there, they couldn't call it a vent! It would be free air. NOW, it's special 100% air because it has passed through the Stargate that is the 100% frame vent.
  • 2 0
 Hi @Bluefire, those lower air scoops increase ventilation to reduce moisture on the lens and keep your skin cool, limiting fog issues.
  • 2 0
 And you can stick your weed in it dude.
  • 2 0
 notice the vents are "intended" to improve airflow.
  • 10 0
 100% Power Ranger
  • 9 1
 195 bucks? No way am I wearing such cheap glasses as this, even though they look great.
  • 7 0
 hahahaha I promise all of you these are for REAL!! and they are awesome.. Save for the price tag!!
  • 6 2
 I have been running these shades for over a year and LOVE them. At first people looked at me funny, but I would never hesitate to rip them off my face and hand them to any haters to try on. EVERY SINGLE TIME they would laugh, ry them on and say "daaaayyyuummm these are great" the wide range view is incredible. Better than goggles.
  • 9 0
 We couldn't say it any better! Thanks @livehardriderharder, it only takes one ride to be convinced!
  • 4 5
 I had them on during a demo day of one of local shops aaaand no... I'll keep my Jawbones
  • 7 1
 Can we not
  • 6 0
 Ultimate Bro Warrior!
  • 8 3
 $200 HaHaHaHaHaHa Suckers are born every day. 100% name, 90% rip off.
  • 5 0
 Bring back the Oakley Factory Pilots!
  • 5 0
 Kenny Powers approved and endorsed.
  • 4 0
 You are definitely not cool these days unless you're sporting 100% gear. That's for sure.
  • 2 0
 After nearly twenty years, I finally found the best sunglasses for mountain biking: protective, light, solid and great field of view . These sunglasses are the perfect complement of my Racecraft googles.
  • 2 0
 Pros: BIG LENSES, CONFORTABLE,GOOD DESIGN, NICE COLORS.

Cons: DOES NOT HAVE NOSE PAD AND ROD ADJUSTMENT.

Recommendation: I RECOMMEND!
PHOTO OF MY SUNGLASSES:
flic.kr/p/GHGe5s
  • 2 0
 haha! funny, i was gonna post the same link. i met the guy who started that on the tram at Jackson Hole. dude is hilarious. and a ripper.
  • 2 0
 Yup Pit Vipers all the way
  • 1 0
 Plus Pit Vipers are a ton cheaper. Plus Pit Vipers are owned by rad people. Plus Pit Viper color options can't be beat. Still sad I lost mine on the Salmon river.
  • 2 0
 How about some decent Px sunglasses for those of us that are forced to wear contacts on a dusty, dirty, gritty trail. Not the $500 ones that I'll break in a year.
  • 3 0
 The bump up in the top middle makes it look like the wearer is worried or concerned. Think Milhouse.
  • 4 0
 Scrolled straight to comments, did not disappoint Stomach now hurts, lol
  • 1 1
 How on earth all of these horrible fashion looks are coming back (mom jeans, these glasses, leopard tights for girls and camo).
These are the type of item that are hot this year and just as quickly they became popular they will go out of fashion where they belong.
  • 7 3
 I dig them. Gotta have.
  • 11 2
 You are looking at the same pictures as the rest of us aren't you?
  • 9 3
 @Kiwiplague You clearly take your eyewear too seriously, these glasses are ridiculous that's the point. They're kinda awesome and they have a shitload of coverage too, its almost like wearing goggles.
  • 6 0
 Not at all, I'm guilty of wearing some pretty hideous eyewear myself over the years (was there any other kind in the 90's?), but if you want goggle sized eyewear, then get goggles. At least they don't usually charge you $195 for the privilege.
  • 2 0
 I have a pair and gotta say are amazing. Yes they are a little expensive but you're paying for that 100% name. (which i dont mind doing as I love the brand) The long lens version is so good and totally blocks the sun out even on the sides and the lens is such good quality so no more squinting on trails or road rides.

That said some of my mates think they are stupid, but I like them so am not that fussed.
  • 1 0
 @ joepuddle. I know, right? i have a pair too and paid a bit more than retail. Well, actually a lot more than MSRP lol! I saw them and knew the name and knew they'd be wick. i had to order from overseas as nothing available in North America when I needed them many months ago. After taxes and import duties to Canada I'm into mine for about $380USD (~$9000CAD), but they are the best sunglasses I've ever owned.

You will never see these at a downhill event.
  • 1 0
 @Nobble nailed it. Pretty much all the benefits of the goggles with the breathing advantage of the sunglasses.
  • 2 0
 I don't want to look like an alien and get kidnapped by Area 51, so I don't think I'll buy these
  • 3 0
 Sell so many drugs in these Speedies.
  • 2 0
 I have a set of Oakely M Frames for mountaineering and all my buddys take jabs at me...but here we go! They're coming back!
  • 3 0
 Can I get some speed with those sunnies?
  • 2 0
 Comes with free built in birth control protection ...........hashtag JOE90 !
  • 2 0
 I need these. looks in between goggles and shades. Probably look dope in a full face.
  • 4 1
 They kinda ugly though.
  • 3 0
 Ha ha Ha! No just no....
  • 3 1
 Designer needs to be fired and who ever else okay these.
  • 1 0
 I kinda just want to use these as my next sunglasses. My ray bans are getting out of style.
  • 2 0
 these are as cool as flared trousers and waxed hipster moustaches
  • 3 2
 I don't know if I'd ever want to be caught dead with the word 100% molded on both sides of my glasses
  • 3 0
 i understand this, i always give 110% so i don't want my glasses saying otherwise
  • 1 0
 Hmm, I think I will have to get back to my old Carrera shades I have from the 80's.
  • 3 0
 Nope. Nope and a half.
  • 2 0
 indeed, that giro helmet looks good.
  • 1 0
 I need glasses that won't tear my pretty face and nose apart when I crash on my head! Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Love'em and all....But why are they double the price of EVERYTHING else in their eye-ware/goggles selection????!!!
  • 1 0
 goofy and ugly as all hell. the equivalent of riding in Wellington boots for your eyes
  • 1 0
 Previous posts have got it wrong. These are Oakley BLADES. Not factory pilots, not radars Smile
  • 1 0
 But they're still cool!
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure these are the same shape as the Pilots, the Blades were much straighter along the lower edge. Sadly I'm old enough to have bought both aforementioned glasses new. Phil Anderson was the pioneer for the Pilots cyclingtips.com.au/2014/10/a-brief-history-of-cycling-sunglasses
  • 2 0
 Lol. They're twice the cost of the goggles.. wtf 100%
  • 1 0
 Damn am i the only one that thinks them shades are ugly as hell? Not to mention rip off too!
  • 2 0
 I might make a spectacle of myself wearing these
  • 1 0
 This post has spawn'd some of the best comments I have read since April. :lol :
  • 1 0
 remember when Oakleys brought these out late 80's riding my BMX stole my brothers i was cool as shit!
  • 2 0
 Oakley's gonna get their Sueing pants on.
  • 1 3
 Uh, No. The bump across the brow is hideous and pointless. This better not become a trend. Let's just say Moseley, Rude, Graves or Clementz don't wear these. If a buddy showed up with these on, I guarantee I'd keep him behind me for the whole ride, so it's good they keep dust and dirt out of your eyes!
  • 1 0
 It cracks me up that the kids want to wear the same shades as their parents did 30 years ago. Wink
  • 1 0
 is this one of those PSYCH!! moments? if it's not, I'm gonna cry
  • 1 0
 Made in Italy. Thought it must be France at first glance, but close.
  • 2 2
 You obiously haven't heard of The Netherlands
  • 2 0
 Oakley Radar
  • 1 0
 too rad for mom & dad
  • 1 0
 "Made in Italy" ... China Export lol
  • 2 1
 A review for glasses should tell if they scratch easy or not.
  • 3 0
 Hi @Manx, all our lenses have the Hydrophobic and Oleophobic exterior lens coating which repels water and oil. This specific coating also improve the durability of the lens and its resistance to scratches.
  • 1 1
 But if I clean them with my shirt whilst some dust is still on the lens it will scratch anyways, isn't it?
  • 3 0
 @Tamasz: The Speedcraft comes with a handy microfiber bag. If you have any dirt or sand residues, please rinse them first then dry, and clean all traces with the microfiber bag.
  • 1 0
 Rockstar tendencies or douchebag tendencies?
  • 1 0
 borrowed nostalgia will always be in style.
  • 1 0
 I'll stick with my Pit Vipers for a TON cheaper.
  • 1 0
 Was this a Marty McFly Day prank or something?
  • 1 0
 rip off of pit vipers, go home 100%
  • 1 0
 I tried them on once... they don't fit tight. no no.
  • 2 0
 They look RAD
  • 1 0
 The single most Enduro product i have ever seen!
  • 1 2
 Way too expensive.... Some silly sods will pay though....
I'll stick to my £3 safety glass... I don't matter if i scratch or damage them... Or drop them on the trail....
  • 1 0
 I enjoyed so much my shades...
Cyan/Black frame:
flic.kr/p/GHGe5s
  • 2 1
 Are these for real?
  • 3 2
 Yuck. That is all.
  • 1 0
 how much? 200 bucks, wow
  • 1 0
 $201 too much
  • 1 0
 SLAYER!!!
  • 1 0
 SAYLER
  • 2 1
 you look into eyes of people buying those and you know, you just know
  • 2 2
 If look at me! I am a douche bag, then yes they are attention getting.
  • 1 0
 100% fugly!
  • 2 1
 Great scott!
  • 1 3
 It says a lot when the likes of Reynolds & Wyn will wear them but not your brunis.These glasses are like school in summer - no class.
  • 2 0
 Bruni rocks them too, he is all over our Speedcraft's website: www.be100percent.com
  • 2 0
 If you send me a free pair I'd probably wear them too.
  • 1 0
 Sooooooo Enduro!
  • 1 0
 DPost
  • 1 0
 Back to the Future.
  • 1 0
 100% BOZ
  • 1 0
 100% speed walking kit.
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