Reviewed: Nike Tailwind Swift Cycling Sunglasses

The Tailwind Swift sunglasses are designed for distance, but do they go the distance?

Summer is swiftly approaching with clearer skies beckoning us on long rides brimming with fun and adventure. Whilst many of us simply jump at the chance to cycle on sunny days it’s easy to forget the summer essentials like sunglasses and sunscreen.

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Sunglasses are considered a fairly personal piece of kit. Do you want something versatile that looks great on and off the bike, or do you prefer a style that’s designed for distance and performance?

The new Nike Tailwind Swift sunglasses burst with technical features whilst remaining sporty and stylish, but how do can the keep up with the distance of a cyclist?

Nike Tailwind Swift sunglasses

The shape of these glasses oozes with aerodynamic curves that ensure the wind effortlessly skims over the surface of the lens.

One of the first things to note about these sunglasses is just how light they are. While they are constructed from a durable polymer and rubber, they feel so light that it’s easy to forget you’re wearing them at all.

Ventilation has been a key focus for the Tailwind Swift’s. The outer lens corners provide enough of an air gap to improve airflow, while the legs have cut-outs which are also designed to improve ventilation and also reduce fog from building up.

These sunglasses have interchangeable lenses so you can adjust the grade depending on the weather. The floating nose piece also improves air flow, however, unlike other models, the Tailwind Swifts have a non-adjustable nose piece which I found to be a little bit of an inconvenience.

Riding in the Tailwind Swift’s felt as if I wasn’t wearing anything at all. They’re incredibly light in weight, they didn’t pinch my nose or behind the ears, and I didn’t suffer from any steaming up on the chillier early morning rides.

As I mentioned before, the nose piece isn’t adjustable like some other models which allow you to widen and narrow the nose piece. For me and my nose, the glasses sat a little too far forward and I was conscious of the fact I would try to push them up my nose but having no wiggle room to do so.

The verdict

The Nike Tailwind Swift sunglasses are performance orientated with a super lightweight design and increased airflow like no other pair I’ve tried before.

They retail for around £100 which seems like quite a lot for a pair of glasses which aren’t typically designed for casual wear, and without an adjustable nose-piece. I’d certainly recommend a try-before-you-buy with fixed sized glasses wherever possible.

As a vibrant brand and like with many of their other performance ranges, Nike offers a choice of several colours for the Tailwind Swift sunglasses so you can be sure to find a pair to perfectly compliment your cycling wardrobe.

More information about the Tailwind Swift sunglasses can be found here.


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