Shimano Aerolite P RideScape2020 text: Stan Koolen photos: Stan Koolen
The brand new Aerolite P RideScape sunglasses from Shimano are the latest offering from the brand. As with the Equinox, the Aerolite P is a new frame and lens shape for Shimano, with a curved wraparound profile and a rimless design, it offers a greater field of view and saves you weight.
In terms of performance, the new Ridescape lens is optimally tuned to provide better contrast and clarity in all conditions. The scene-specific cycling lenses are scientifically tuned to emphasize colors and highlight the objects and surfaces unique to each riding environment. Environments that would normally be washed out, dull or flat become more clearly defined, vibrant and vivid.
The Ridescape lenses have an ultra-clear and lightweight Polyamide (PA) substrate with a low refractive index, high Abbe value. The refractive index describes how light is bent and slows down as it travels through it. The lower the index the higher the visual clarity.Abbe value is a number that describes the amount of chromatic aberration (colored fringes around an image that cause blurriness). The higher the number the clearer the image.
The design is super sleek, aerodynamic, and ultra-light. Because the arms attach to the lens via ultrasonically welding, rather than glue, the weight is limited to 23,4 grams. This also means the lenses aren't interchangeable, so when you're riding in a different kind of environment you'll have to stick to the one you've already had or that you may have to buy two pairs of glasses to cover off more riding scenarios. There are two options available for the Aerolite P, the Ridescape RD (road) or Ridescape ES (extra sunny).