Sunglasses Roundup 2022 — Part 1: Active/Sport

Dylan: POC’s Devour sunglasses offer almost goggle-like coverage without the lack of ventilation that comes with goggles. They’re quite big and have a bold look, but this isn’t just for style points. The Devour offers a very wide field of vision, especially in the horizontal direction. Optics are also crisp and distortion-free. The category 2 (medium-ish brightness) lens on my particular pair is ideal for a variety of outdoor light conditions — from very sunny to somewhat cloudy — and offers good color and contrast. I also used the clear lens on these glasses a lot, and switching between the two is easy. Additionally, the arms of the Devour can be adjusted length-wise, and the arms have a more pronounced bend in them that allows you to dial in the fit on top of your ears. The nose piece is also adjustable width-wise to accommodate different face shapes. This resulted in a comfortable, secure fit on my face.

I found myself really liking these glasses on cold, wet rides. They offer great protection against trail debris, like mud and water, and shed debris relatively quickly, keeping your vision clear. Most notably, the Devour is very fog-resistant and offers great ventilation. Not only did this result in condensation-free outings in wet conditions, but the sunglasses also helped keep my face cooler on hotter, dryer rides.

David Golay: I’ve had a really hard time finding riding eyewear that works well for PNW mountain biking conditions, and the Devour is head and shoulders better than anything else I’ve tried to date. Most of my riding is done under heavy tree cover, so I rarely want to wear actual sunglasses when mounting biking; instead, my main use case is for eye protection when riding in wet conditions, to keep mud and spray out. The problem there is that when you’re riding in cold and wet conditions, fogging is a huge issue. Goggles are essentially good for one lap at best before they’re impossible to see through; some glasses can fare a bit better, but they often don’t have complete enough coverage to stop mud clods from finding their way in on the sides.

The Devour isn’t 100% perfect but it does get around both of those things far better than anything else I’ve tried. The glasses provide huge coverage, with the lens sitting pretty close to my cheekbone at its bottom edge. The lens is also slightly angled out in a way that creates a gap at the top (for good airflow). Sweat that accumulates in my eyebrows doesn’t get directed straight onto the lens when they make contact, either. And as Dylan said, the optics are really good; the included clear lens is easy to swap in and has been my go-to for the damp, dark woods that I’m out in so often. They’re excellent.