Strengths: Comfort, glare reduction. Nose and earpieces do not slip at all.
Weaknesses: Lens cracks at nose bridge. A bit difficult to clean lenses due to the unusual configuration. Brikos are a bit pricey, but I managed to find a good deal online.
These are the best sunglasses I've ever owned. I have a pair of Gargoyles as well, but I find myself using the Briko Sprinters because I can wear them all day without discomfort. I use them for everyday wear in addition to cycling. The lenses are thick enough to use for protective purposes like yard and home improvement work. The lenses are a soothing color that virtually eliminates glare. Like other reviewers, the lenses have developed cracks in the nose bridge/attachment area-though they have not broken completely as yet.
Bike Setup: 2001 Trek 7500 Hybrid/Rockshox Ruby Metro Fork
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 12, 2003
Strengths: Light, no eye-wind, don't slip, great glasses/light
Weaknesses: Look like a giant mosquito with a bike. Tricky to change lenses.
Sprinter 1 Tit. Kit. One of the lenses got tiny stripes in the middle because I haven't been careful enough when I change them. MUST be careful when you change the lens, or cracks will appear. But the lens is far from broken as other users report. With a little caution when you change, and you'll be fine.
a Weekend Warrior
from Eugene, OR, USA
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2003
Strengths: These are the only glasses that fit my face. Most leave too large a gap at the bottom of the lens, allowing a lot of air in and directed at the eyeball. The Sprinters ride nice and close without touching my rather long eyelashes. The lighter lens (Therma Plus or whatever) is excellent for almost any conditions, even dusk.
Weaknesses: Lenses are a little weak at the bridge, but not as bad as some here make out. Even if they develop some hairline fractures, as long as you're gentle when you change the lens, they shouldn't break. The key is to push on the front side of the bridge with your finger while you slowly push the frame up, rather than grabbing the lens and pulling. Both of my lenses have fractures yet never broke after over two and a half years of use!
a Cross Country Rider
from Narashino, Chiba, Japan (native of New York)
Date Reviewed: January 24, 2003
Strengths: No fogging, light weight, stay in place, no debris in my eyes, lens quality is amazing. Even shaded lenses can be worn until it becomes really dark outside.
Weaknesses: None--but I haven't even attempted to change the lens.
After seeing so many professional racers, not just in cycling but in all sorts of human-speed sports, using Briko I decided that's what I wanted to try out next.
I bought one pair that came with shaded lenses and only returned them after finding out Briko didn't make other lenses for it anymore. I was very impressed with the performance of those glasses particularly because they covered my eyes no matter what my head position was, were fine even when I suddenly entered a tunnel or highly shaded area in contrast to the blazing white sun we get here in Japan (I could still see, unlike with other glasses which I had to pull down my nose and look over the top), were fine even after sunset with shaded lenses, and I could actually see better detail on the trail even with the shaded lenses after sunset.
The Sprinter 1s were on sale for $50, so I bought a pair with slightly shaded lenses. For all the reasons stated abo ve I never take them off while I'm riding--particularly after sunset because that's when the bugs come out and get in my eyes--Japan has a LOT of insects. Finding the Sprinter IIs also on sale, coming with darker shaded lenses, and that being cheaper than spare lenses, I decided to buy another pair.
Great stuff. I plan on sticking with Briko from now on.
Purchased At: Seo Cycle, LalaPort, Tokyo Bay shopping mall, Minami-Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
Similar Products Used: Scott (cheap, but great performance for the price), Ray-ban sunglasses (forget about wearing regular sunglasses when you ride. The weaknesses are too numerous to bother describing).
Bike Setup: 2002 TREK 8000 with Shimano 959 pedals, Thompson Elite seatpost, Shimano XT bottom bracket, XT cranks, Bontrager Race Lite saddle (manufactured by Selle San Marco of Italy), Lizard Skins here and there, TREK bottle cages, Toppeak Panoram cycling computer, JET lights, otherwise stock.
a Cross Country Rider
from Denver, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2002
Strengths: My Briko's are extremely comfortable and have a cool style with great lenses. I use with persciption clip - and they don't look dorky. I ride with brutally vicious racers and none of them give me crap. I don't think some even notice the clip.
Weaknesses: None for me. I've never had a problem.
Similar Products Used: Smith Sliders and Rudy Projects
Bike Setup: A killer Dean Ace, XTR, Bontrager race rims, Sid Psylo race fork, formula disc brakes, etc.
a Weekend Warrior
from Bethesda, MD
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2002
Strengths: Extremely lightweight, minimal frame to block vision, fantastic optics
Weaknesses: Gaudy, can't really use them as everyday shades
I've been using these glasses for about 1.5 years now. Unlike the other reviewers, I have so far had no problems with the lenses cracking. They are unbelievably light to wear. With how the lens attaches to the frame, there's very little frame which gets in the way, something I've grown to love. On hot, sweaty days the lenses tend to get a little splattered with sweat, but then again, so do other glasses. The red lenses took a bit of getting used to, but they really do work. Riding on an overcast day in the forrest? Slap on the light lens and ride away seeing everything.
They are a bit bug-eyed looking, so it's not exactly a pair of glasses I use for just hanging out. But for riding or inline skating, I like them quite a bit. Not sure that they're worth the full retail price, but great deal for the $50 I paid for them.
Justin M. Figel
from Laurel, MD
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2001
Strengths: Look good, feel good, lenses are away from frames so sweat does not run down the inside. Nice design.
Weaknesses: Lenses develop hairline cracks at the nosepiece. VERY disappointing.
What good is a pair of glasses that only last 3 months? I only changed the lenses about 3 times and they still broke. What gives? I notice that other reviewer's of these sunglasses have the exact same problem. In fact, that is how I found my cracks. The old saying "You get what you pay for" does not apply here. $101 for 3 months? I don't think so.
Similar Products Used: Briko Stinger (I sat on them).
Bike Setup: Cad 3, Ultegra, Spinergy Rev-X
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 3, 2000
Strengths: Lens clarity, 2 sets of lenses, flashy stiling, can get deals over the internet or from Europe
Weaknesses: sort of flashy (personal). Hairline cracks developed in the nosepiece in 3 months. Not well suited for other activities other than on the bike
I like these glassses. the lenses offer incredible clarity, but are weak in the middle. I just ordered replacement lenses (~$20) and the sweat guard (~$10 and only available in europe) If I had paid $120 for these I would have been ticked, but given the weak euro I got away for under $60 through the internet. I just noticed cracks down the middle and cannot figure out how I got them. Either I was too rough on them taking the lenses out or I sat on them ???? I'll try again.
I wear contact lenses when I ride and the Briko's protect my eyes perfectly. I think it's a great product although the stiling is a little out there, but everyone's got the Oakley's or other mainstream sunglasses. The Briko's just stand out which can be viewed as a positve or a negative.
I give them 4 out of 5 for value and a 4 overall because the lenses broke
Weaknesses: They break at the nose piece, (at least the Sprinter 3's do).
The difference between the Sprinter 1,2 and 3 is simply the shape of the lense so I feel this review is appropriate. I bought these glasses, (the 3's) and after about 3 months faint hairline cracks started to appear in the lense at the nose piece. After about another few weeks they simply cracked in two. The same thing is happing to my friends so it seems as if it might be a design flaw. Both only use them for road riding so it's not like we've been taking headers with the things on. I think they look great but so what if you're buying 3 pairs of glasses a year. I'd stay away from them.