Review: JiMarti TR90 JM01 Sunglasses

Review: JiMarti TR90 JM01 Sunglasses

JiMarti TR90 JM01 Sunglasses

Manufacturer: JiMarti Sunglasses

Purchased: JiMarti JM01 Sunglasses TR90

Price: $14.95

Style: Silver Frames & Black Lenses

Applications: Biking, Running, Impromptu Gymnastics

JiMarti TR90 JM01 Sunglasses

JiMarti TR90 JM01 Sunglasses

I’ve been looking for a decent pair of cycling glasses for a few months.  My old Smith Optics pair finally broke after about 5 years of use and I just could not find a new pair that I liked.  I tried a pair of Spy Optics for 2 rides and in a not all that uncommon post-ride hurry to get to someplace to eat, I threw them into my trunk unprotected.

To those that know me, my trunk is something of a legend.  It’s a receptacle of my life, collecting the random things I decide to buy and try out…there’s definitely a few oddball items.  For the sake of this review, I just went out and took a quick survey.  Among the usual biking equipment and normal trunk items, there was a keg tapper, a set of Disc Golf discs, a foam arrow and bow set, a baggie with blow darts, a baseball glove, a sweater vest, a pile of spilled dog food (I do not own a dog), a swimming kick board, and the battery door to my DVD player remote(been looking for that for months), and the pair of Spy Sunglasses.  They had gotten scratched in the bottomless pit and in a misguided attempt to fix them, I tried some scratch repair kit treatment from Walgreens that has rendered them useless.  I wasn’t crazy about them in the first place luckily, so they ended up back in the trunk.

In the interim, I’ve been riding with a cheap pair of American Eagle wireframes, which really didn’t block the wind and slid down my nose non-stop.  Also, like everybody in this economy, I’m operating on a budget, so that pair of Rudy Projects I’ve been eyeing would have put me without cable for a few months.  So I became researching an economical alternative.  I fell upon JiMarti JM01 Sunglasses TR90 on Amazon, they had great reviews, didn’t look ridiculous like most cycling glasses, and at $14.95, I couldn’t find a reason not to try them.  I received them in 48 hours thanks to Amazon.  They fit my rather large head, seemed fairly sturdy, light, and I tested out the touted “Unbreakable, Bendable, Super light weight TR90 memory Frame” by bending them a good 180 degrees.  They took the abuse in stride.   They passed the qualification phase.

Jimarti Sunglasses, side view

They were put through a good stress test from the start. I dropped them twice on my back cement patio as I hurried to run over lunch break from work.  They seemed fairly scratch resistant, a good start.  During a 4 mile run they stayed planted on my face, not slipping despite my tendency to sweat quite a bit while running.  They were quite light; I actually forgot I was wearing them.  The only slight downside was the optics.  They were just slightly fuzzy.

Their next test was biking, which was their intended purpose.  Here’s where they earned a spot in a protected area of my trunk with my cycle gear and not in the general junk population.  Again they were light, blocked the suns brightness quite well, and stayed put through the ride.

About ¼ of the distance into the ride I crashed.  I caught my tire on a 1” ledge between sidewalks going at a pretty good clip and went down sideways on my knee and elbow.  In a fraction of a second, I executed a shoulder roll and ended up back on my feet, my bike cleats to be exact, sliding and scraping backwards a good 10 feet until I ground to a stop and immediately put my hands in the air.  I’d stuck the landing and it was somewhat acrobatic, which was out of character for me.  Thankfully, OnTime who was riding right behind me was narrowly able to avoid running me over.  Once back on the bike and moving again, I realized that the JiMarti glasses has stayed on throughout my tumbling act, I’d again forgotten they were there.

Jimarti Sunglasses, back view

About 2 weeks after receiving the glasses, the right lens came unglued from the nose piece.  I’m fairly convinced it’s from my constant twisting and stretching them to test out the unbreakable frame.  It was only noticeable when folding them and I still was able to wear them Mountain Biking in Kettle Moraine State Park and survived another small crash.  I buried my front wheel into a large rock and ended up having to vault over the handlebars rather than take a header, I again landed on my feet.  The glasses again stayed put.

I’ve since super-glued the lens back to the frame and they’re good as new.  They have already been incorporated into my cycling gear kit.  I’m considering another pair if I can find a clear or yellow lens option for lower light conditions.

Summary:

Pros – Light, sturdy, fits larger heads, stays put, and above all inexpensive

Cons – Optics could be better, lens came detached

CanEnd Review Crew Rating: ★★★★½ 

- The Amateur

2013 Note: This Post is old, the new version is available here:  JiMarti JM01 Sunglasses TR90

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