Reviewed: Gargoyles Striker Eyewear



This past January, we reviewed the new Gargoyles Cardinal cycling specific sunglasses and gave them 4 cogs, with general overall high marks. And since then, Gargoyles have built on the Instinct line, by introducing a few new styles since the release of the Cardinal. One such introduction is a svelte and rugged cycling specific road warrior called Striker.

Gargoyles call the Striker "...a streamlined sunglass for riders that prefer a lightweight, minimalistic approach to their sunglasses. Rubber temple pieces, nose pads and pin stop hinges help ensure a solid fit when running or on the bike."

The general Striker specs are as follows:

  • Pin Stop Hinge
  • 8 Base EVS Lenses
  • Shatter-resistant ballistic defense lenses
  • Soft rubber temple tip inserts
  • 100% UV Protection

The Good

Having received the glasses in late June, it is safe to say that we have put our fair share of miles in with our pair of Strikers. How did they perform? Actually, quite in-line with the Cardinal's we reviewed earlier---quite well indeed.
Here are a few of the things we liked:

Field of vision: Like the Cardinal's, the Striker's offer a wonderful, unobstructed view due to the omission of a bottom frame.

Overall weight: We think this is one of the most endearing aspects of the Striker. Over the course of the last three months, we grew to love the lightweight nature of the specs. During a long ride, the frames would just disappear, leaving none of the uncomfortable weight on the bridge of the nose common with most frames.

Durability and Style: Part of our review process is to imitate the extreme circumstances that can accompany time on a bike. With that said, the best way to test the durability of specs is to simply drop them. Our drop tests involve all speeds, all types of road conditions, and all types of weather. The Strikers performed extremely well over more than 15 different drops in our 3 months of riding. While the frames received minimal scratching, the lenses remained scratch free.
And what about style? Compared to the Cardinal, the Striker is much more stylistic and looked appropriate on a wide range of face shapes.

The Snob in us

While the frames are light and sit nicely on the bridge of the nose, we wished the nose piece was customizable to accommodate different nose sizes.

Our Recommendation

If you are looking for a stylish, super-light, extremely durable, cycling specific pair of specs---the Strikers from Gargoyle need to be first on your list.

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