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Old 05-21-18, 04:32 PM
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Anyone heard of Roka?

I'm trying to get some glasses and I saw an ad for them. They make a frameless pair called the SL-1 that looks perfect. But I can't find much about them online. Anyone have any opinions on these guys? They seem to charge a lot for a brand I've never heard of. What about frameless glasses in general?
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Old 05-21-18, 05:40 PM
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A few riders that I know love them, and rave about how light they are.
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Old 05-24-18, 08:53 PM
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I'll probably pull the trigger on these before the end of the month but... Any others?
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I first heard of these today when I was trying to figure out what glasses Daniel Martin was wearing in the TdF. He signed a deal with them pretty recently. Looks like he wears either the SL-1 or the SL-1x.

I love the frameless style as it reduces neck fatigue for me. That said, I don't really do $100+ glasses so I recently picked up the Tifosi Brixens. They are a little small for my face (I have a rather large noggin) but otherwise I am very happy with them.
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Old 07-23-18, 06:51 PM
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I first heard of these today when I was trying to figure out what glasses Daniel Martin was wearing in the TdF. He signed a deal with them pretty recently. Looks like he wears either the SL-1 or the SL-1x.

I love the frameless style as it reduces neck fatigue for me. That said, I don't really do $100+ glasses so I recently picked up the Tifosi Brixens. They are a little small for my face (I have a rather large noggin) but otherwise I am very happy with them.
Yeah. I've started noticing a lot of people using these glasses, not just in the tour but also on GCN. Frameless in general seems to be taking off as well.

I've put in a few hundred miles with these glasses. Here are my impressions:
They don't look super great. I saw some photos online and hoped they'd look better in person but... they really lack any sort of character. They're never going to turn any heads. Maybe the SL-1X would but I would say that the SL-1 is for people who do NOT want to make any fashion statements, which is fine.

They let more air in than I thought. I use contact lenses with these and I was hoping that at 50mph these glasses would magically block all the air coming in from my sensitive eyes but nah. I guess I'll try a shield next. Also another reason that maybe I should have swallowed my pride and gone for the 1X.

They geko stuff is legit. super tacky almost to a fault. Personally I would prefer that my glasses stay in place "passively" ie would rather stay on than fall off and no adhesion is necessary but. Oh well. I was originally afraid that a lot of sweat combined with the sticky nosepiece would cause a rash but so far so good.

The arms are kind of long. They interfere with my Rudy helmet retention system, which means that they move around as my face contorts or I look up or down... For some reason. Not a fan of that. One more reason to try a shield I guess.

The purple ion whatever works. I didn't care too much about this but the optics are actually great. No distortion and contrast is slightly better than just graying everything. If I had to describe the effect, I'd say it makes the sky and road seem less different in brightness. Trees look much greener though that hardly matters.

Let me know if you have any more questions.
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Old 07-25-18, 06:06 PM
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I just purchased a pair and an extra set of lenses. Mine are frame less. Look badassed. Work even better. Very light. Absolutely love them.
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