LiP SUNGLASSES FLO WATERSHADES
TESTED & WORDS BY: Jim Gaunt
Extract from the full review, which is available now in the Kiteworld Winter print issue
TESTER BIOS AND TEST PARAMETERS: Here
TEST EXCERPT We probably all know that we should be wearing some form of eye protection on the water. In an ocean environment the risk levels are significantly higher for our eyes than on land due to reflections. The LiP Flos look just like a design that you might wear on land, particularly for sports.
It is generally a bit harder to spot the detail in the contours of the water surface when wearing glasses. So looking for little ramps for your pops takes a little adjustment and generally you feel a bit like your kiting through a TV screen. BUT... and this is a big but: my eyes honestly felt so much more relaxed behind the glasses. Although it’s a more connected sensation with the outdoors when you’re riding without glasses, it’s only when I took the glasses off after wearing them for a while that I realised how powerful the glare on the water can actually be. If you look after the lenses and keep them really clean, unless you’re super powered when kiting on the water and your board is constantly kicking up loads of spray into your face off the big chop, the hydrophobic coating will repel a normal amount of odd water spray pretty well. If you’re up on a foil and not wiping out hard, they’re also excellent. I’ve also worn these glasses a lot for cycling this summer. They’re really light weight, the arms grip securely behind my ears without pressing, the frames wrap around my face really well and the ‘8-base curve radius’ lenses entirely encompass my vision. Very little air penetrates behind the lenses even when riding fast and any spots of water that do splash onto the lens seem to quickly roll away with little streaking. Fogging just doesn’t happen. Even if you don’t wear glasses every session on the water, every time that you do, you’re protecting your eyes from further damage. So I now always have mine in the van and will now take them on every trip. If I don’t feel like wearing them I won’t, but in the back of my mind I’m always pretty pleased with myself when I do.