If you like flicking through race photos (both locally and from around the world), you may notice that close fit, minimal design and unobstructed vision make the Adidas Eyewear Supernova shades a popular choice among top riders. What you can’t see in the photos, is the vision these riders are getting with a lens designed to get rid of glare, while allowing enough light to pass through to give crisp, detailed vision – even in shady singletrack.
I first tried the Supernovas while reviewing them for Enduro magazine back in 2008. Dry eyes and a strong contact lens prescription means I have a lot of trouble finding sunglasses that keep my go-fast vision up to the task at hand, as airflow in the wrong direction makes the contacts dry out and the world quickly resembles a bowl of vegetable soup. Tasty perhaps, but not so good for your health on a rocky singletrack descent. The Supernova’s close fitting eyepiece, coupled with three levels of adjustment at the arms has made them by far the most comfortable, high-performing frames I have raced in.
Thanks enormously to Adidas Eyewear for their generous support of the Merida Flight Centre Team and for furthering my Supernova addiction with a new set of sunnies in chrome and white. If you’re curious to know more, check out the Adidas Eyewear website. The retail-finder tab provides a good selection of local stockists.