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Review: Uvex Sportstyle 231 2.0 V; One Eyeshade to rule them all.

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I have been using eye shades for years going back to the original Oakley Factory Pilots from over 30 years ago. Generally I like to have at least a pair or two in my glasses quiver for active sports but now, that need is no more. The Uvex Sportstyle 231 2.0 V which name rolls off the tongue as well as the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 16V or the Look PX 12 Ti Jib Wide, could be warmed up with a more personalized name, but like many things, it will not stop any sales.

A three sport, four season winner. I will preface the three sport by saying the three sports that I am active in, skiing, golf and mountain biking, the 231 is an ideal choice for numerous reasons, but foremost for eye protection. As one who has thousands of dollars invested in my eyes from Lasik, low quality eyewear is just not an option.

UV protection is key to start with and all provide 100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection. Hell, ultraviolet protection is right in the name uv-ex = UltraViolet EXcluded. Next what really impressed me with the 231 is the Variomatic technology.

Variomatic Technology
Sun, wind, or rain. leafy canopy or cloudless sky. From the first light of day to the twilight hours. The Uvex Variomatic ® lenses deliver perfect protection and enhanced visual performance in any weather.​
The photochromic lenses react fast to changing light conditions and transition smoothly from clear to dark in just 25 seconds – taking a spare pair of sunglasses is history. Uvex Variomatic ® eyewear is ideal for running, cycling, or horseback riding.​

When I initially opened the case that the 231 comes and put them on my face, I initially thought no way will these be able to have enough range from the barely darker to clear. But that is because the Sportstyles were in a dark case. As soon as I wore the glasses in brighter light, they got appropriately darker … with the emphasis on appropriately.

Again, I started this Long Term Review stating that the Sportstyle 231 2.0 V worked for a multitude of sports and starting with skiing. At Palisades Tahoe the sky was bright and sunny. Considering that sun reflected off of the snow is a multiplier, the 231 has enough range from being barely shaded when the case opened to be dark enough to allow my sensitive eyes to relax and not be fatigued during and after the day in bright sunlight skiing.

Variomatic® eyewear
Automatic, stepless shading​
Sun, wind, or rain. Leafy canopy or cloudless sky. From the first light of day to the twilight hours. The Uvex Variomatic ® lenses deliver perfect protection and enhanced visual performance in any weather.​

The photochromic lenses react fast to changing light conditions and transition smoothly from clear to dark in just 25 seconds – taking a spare pair of sunglasses is history. Uvex Variomatic ® eyewear is ideal for running, cycling, or horseback riding golf.​

The Sportsyles lived up to the first part of the name Sport in that while they provided a full vision span, the also let a little air in that prevented the area surrounding the eyes from sweating, something that has happened with other full eye shades, which has to do with Uvex’s Supravision.


Supravision®
Anti-fog coating for optimal vision in any weather.​
Foggy eyewear is now a thing of the past: the unique Uvex Supravision® anti-fog coating ensures best fog-free vision. Under test conditions, 200% anti-fog protection is achieved – twice as long as standards demand. The Uvex Supravision® coating is applied to the inside of the glasses and prevent fogging even during major temperature changes. The optical quality of the lens is not affected. For more security and clear vision.​
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All of these aspects and technologies transfer to the other sports that we are active in, golf and mountain biking. As mentioned I will err to a lightweight lens and there's no place that it is more applicable than playing golf for distance and reading greens. In the past, I found myself taking my glasses on and off on every hole, in some cases multiple times. With the Uvex I put them on before the round and took them off at the end of the day and this was to do as much with the breathability but also with their Variomatic (photo chromatic) ability. Wearing a cap, even with a completely cloudless day, the Sportstyles didn’t get too dark and were baby bear … just right.

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My trifecta of activities, mountain biking, is where eye shades have been my protection of choice and the Uvex again excelled. From full Nevada high desert/mountain sun to mixed clouds and overcast, the Variomatic step shading always seemed to get the right shading from again to the high desert sun to slightly overcast to even night riding where a clear lens is usually the choice. Variomatic actually added some contrast to the star strewn night.

So if you are looking for the unicorn of an eyeshade that will be that one pair to do every sport we might have found the best option in the Uvex Sportstyle 231.

  • Who is it for: The active lifestyle person who is looking for one eyeglass to do it all.
  • Who is it not for: Those with a small narrow head, the 231 is designed to fit a medium to larger face.
  • Insider tip: While I found that the Uvex 231 worked with every ski helmet I paired it with, not all bike helmets were designed ot work with eye shields, and the round top of the 231 hit the bottom of my Giro Manifest but was fine with my Giro Montero. If you are going to use these for cycling, bring your helmet along to check fit.
  • Insider tip II: The nose bridge is adjustable to fit a small “pug” nose like mine to the larger schnozzes out there.
Link to purchase: UVEX Sportstyle 231 2.0V
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Philpug
I started skiing in the mid-70s in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania; from then on, I found myself entrenched in the industry. I have worked in various ski shops from suburban to ski town to resort, giving me a well-rounded perspective on what skiers want from their gear. That experience was parlayed into my time as a Gear Review Editor and also consulting with manufacturers as a product tester. Along with being a Masterfit-trained bootfitter I am a fully certified self proclaimed Gear Guru. Not only do I keep up with the cutting edge of ski gear technology, but I am an avid gear collector and have an extensive array of bindings as well as many vintage skis.

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