Home | Reviews | Eyewear | MEC

MEC Chameleon Eye Shields Eyewear

4.65/5 (20 Reviews)


Product Description

MEC Chameleon Eye Shields


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 15 (20 Reviews Total) | Next 15

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don a Cross Country Rider from socal

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2003

Strengths:    excellent optical quality.
replacement parts easily available.
reasonably comfortable.
good quality.
adjustable temple length.


Weaknesses:    the $150 Oakleys have more style.

Bottom Line:   
These are great cycling glasses, I have 3 pairs now, yellow, rose, and grey. I like the fact that they are modular, so I can exchange lenses, frames or nose pieces if required. Yes, my Oakley M frames fit better in that they don't touch the forehead at all and they look more stylish, but they aren't worth 10x the price of the Chameleons. This would be a $60 pair of glasses if REI was selling it. Buy them, you won't be disappointed.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   MEC mailorder

Similar Products Used:   Oakley M frame.
shooting glasses from the sporting goods store.



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SGT. ROCK a Racer from Edmonton, AB

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2002

Strengths:    Cheap
Good quality
Spare parts available for repair


Weaknesses:    No snob appeal

Bottom Line:   
I use these things for everything from cycling to ice climbing. Lenses are tough, optically excellent, and easily and inexpensively replaced when scratched. Only drawback is they have absolutely no appeal to label-flashing yuppies - a bonus, IMHO.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   Overpriced crap that didn't last

Bike Setup:   Got seven - which one?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Allan a Cross Country Rider from NEWFOUNDLAND

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2001

Strengths:    Good all around sunglasses. Provide good mud protection, very flexible and have excellent ventilation. They are very durable, mine have tacken a few spills. Good fit, will not fall off your face.

Weaknesses:    They do have a slight tendancy to slip down your new nose.

Bottom Line:   
Great glasses at a low price..... Almost disposable they were so cheap!If your a hardcore rider lookin for a good pair of glasses I suggest these.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Mountain Equipment Co-op

Similar Products Used:   Oakley Staright Jackets

Bike Setup:   Giant ATX 840

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Dronsfield a Cross Country Rider from Victoria, British Columbia

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2001

Strengths:    Hit square in the bridge of the nose by a June bug at 40Km/hr. I thought someone threw something at me. The lens didn't even crack. Great optics, very good fit, and despite previous reviews slamming the esthetics, these things make you look like you're SERIOUS about biking.

Weaknesses:    Pads. They need a better degree of absortion at the temples and brow.

Bottom Line:   
There is no better value for fit, form and function and flexability, period. Get them at www.mec.ca

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Hartland, & Galloping Goose

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   www.mec.ca

Similar Products Used:   Oakley

Bike Setup:   Serious commuting, single track

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2001

Strengths:    Inexpensive
fit well
parts and lenses available from MEC


Weaknesses:    don't fit in pocket when folded
no hard case
not lastest fashion style


Bottom Line:   
I bought these because I needed glasses for cloudy conditions and night riding. A variety of lens colors are available but the yellow is a very light tint and works perfectly for low viz conditions. These aren't quite as comfortable as my $100 Oakleys where the brow touches the forehead, but otherwise are just as good and only $20US + shipping. These would be $80 if available at the LBS.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   various Oakley models


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ricky Raccoon a Weekend Warrior from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2001

Strengths:    Light, strong, face-hugging cut that allows good air flow. A variety of colours of replacement optical quality lenses are available. Very affordable. Detachable nose piece.

Weaknesses:    Initial insertion of lens into frame can be difficult. (Note: I recommend immersing frame and lens into hot water before attemting to insert lens into frame.)

Bottom Line:   
Excellent value for money. The quality and performance of these glasses are great. They look good too!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Erindale Park, Mississauga

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   Mountain Equipment Co-op

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Giant Boulder (1999 Model) - stock components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin Sinn a Cross Country Rider from Essex, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2000

Strengths:    Inexpensive, well constructed, RX insert, many lens colours available. Fit well and keep the wind and bugs out of my eyes.

Weaknesses:    RX insert difficult to insert at first. Slight distortion and peripheral vision is blocked a bit. This is probably the case for most RX insert glasses.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent price for RX insert glasses. The construction quality is great and they look good. I can finally see when I ride! When using lighter lenses (yellow, cinnamon, clear) the RX insert is quite obvious - not recommended for those who are out to "be seen!" :-)

I love 'em!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   the paved kind

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Vitus 979 w/ Shimano Ultegra, Campy Record Hubs, Wolber wheels w/ Michelin Bi-synergic tires, Cinelli XA stem and Giro46 bars, Selle Italia Flight Transam saddle, Performance Forte Pro pedals, Cateye Astrale computer.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Calgary

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2000

Strengths:    shield well, don't fog up easily, great price (even i can afford them), lenses easy to change, lots of different colors of lenses...i could go on and on and on

Weaknesses:    they slip on my nose, and because my face is a little bit smaller than average, they are a little big, but they still work good

Bottom Line:   
great glasses that are cheap
if you have $25 handy and need some cycling glasses, go buy these...if you live in canada

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   cheap department store glasses (im poor, i can't help it)

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse ARS 4.0 w/LX and XT

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Take a Cross-Country Rider from Ottawa

Date Reviewed: June 3, 1999

Strengths:    
Inexpensive
Inexpensive Replacment lenses
Inexpensive Rx Insert


Weaknesses:    
Rx Insert is hard on the nose (hard plastic nose piece)


Bottom Line:   
Best choice for the money...unless your using them to sit at the cafe

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   
Multiple in the Gats

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Bolle
Smith
Oakley


Bike Setup:   
Easy Set up with Rx

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by froggy a cross-country rider from Taranna Ont

Date Reviewed: January 13, 1999

Bottom Line:   


These are the most bang for your buck specs out there.The lenses have excellent optics for the price
The don't fog up, even after a year.
I've actually forgotten I was wearing them, very good sign.As far as the esthetics go. I couldn't give a rats ass. They function very well and form over function is for poseurs. This is a peice of protective gear, does everything have to appeal to vanity? At around 30 for the glasses and 20 for the extra lenses you could by every coloured lens and still spend less than a pair of Oakleys. Plus for a plastic lens the clarity is incredible.I've got the yellow lenses for night commutes and overcast days, and the blue iridium for sun. BTW the metalic blue lenses are cheaper for a reason, the finish is sensitive to skin oils.Excellent fit, very comfortable
In a league of their own pricewise
Modular construction, replaceable partsThe only downside is the look, but if you are any good people should only see your backside. They won't put you on the best dressed list, but then again MEC has many other offerings for better style points

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Hardtail a racer from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: November 13, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Like all MEC gear the sheilds do their job excellently, and at a very good price.
I agree there not too stylish but for the price and performance they are excellent.
They keep the dirt out of my eyes way better than the Smith Sliders. And with my Smith Sliders I broke the frame and a replacement frame for Smith Sliders cost $90NZ (about $45US) . SHit I can buy another 3 pairs of MEC shields for that.would get 5 chillies if they had a nicer style for when I am not racing.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by wbw a racer from Ottawa

Date Reviewed: October 24, 1998

Bottom Line:   


For the price (about $25C) these are awesome cycling shields. For a smaller-than-average face, they're slightly big, though, and tend to fog. Unless you're used to pricy glasses (Oakley M) these are probably the nicest (yet among the more ugly). Four chilis (minus one for style, but almost perfect everywhere else.)

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by hamster a cross-country rider from toronto canada

Date Reviewed: September 27, 1998

Bottom Line:   


These are an awesome deal for the price, less than $50(Can) for the glasses and an extra lens. At that price you don't feel so bad when you scratch the lens or sit on the frame. Lenses are available in a variety of colours including a clear lens. They're even available by mail order, but you have to be an MEC member.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Nick a cross-country rider from Calgary, Ab, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 30, 1998

Bottom Line:   


These sunglasses kick ass... they aren't very styling off the bike but on the bike they kick ass. The interchangeble lenses are a nice. Personally I've had my pair for almost a year now and broke the hinge from riding over it and haven't gotten the energy to get my dad(hey I'm only 15) to go over to MEC and get me a new frame(like $12) so I wear them broken with no probs since I wear them on my bike and I have my helmet to hold them in place. These will last till I get meself some Smith Sliders(drool). 5 chilis for only wearing them on the bike. I won't even give them a rating off the bike cus well they are cycling glasses.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by phat mama a racer

Date Reviewed: July 3, 1998

Bottom Line:   


the lenses are clear. that is good. the lenses don't seem to shatter. that is also good. when new, the things don't fog up. that is good. after a while, the lenses begin to fog more easily. that is bad. the damn things are incredibly ugly too, reminiscent of a retro-grouch rider. that is bad. I lost mine on grouse mountain. that is bad too.

Reviews 1 - 15 (20 Reviews Total) | Next 15

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

 




Interbike Featured Booths

Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!



















See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »

   

MTBR on Facebook