The 100% Speedcraft is a big and bold performance sunglass, boasting the most coverage of all the models in our test. The California based moto, mountain, and road bike optics company sources their lenses from Dalloz Sunoptics in France. The Speedcraft's cylindrical lenses have a bright reflective coating and a modern, in-your-face style. Optical quality is good, and they have adequate ventilation plus an anti-fog coating to help prevent unwanted fogging. They have a decidedly large fit with a tall and wide lens and a robust frame design. Each pair comes with a hard case, two lenses for bright and low light conditions, a microfiber storage and cleaning bag, and two interchangeable nose pads for varying nose sizes. They scored well across the board, and we are especially impressed with their value. Coming in under $200 for a quality set of glasses with two lenses and a nice hard case, this model is the best buy performance sunglass in the test.
100% Speedcraft Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Lots of coverage, two lenses included, quality storage case
Cons: Some air movement around eyes, non-adjustable nose piece, may be too big for some faces
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Our Analysis and Test Results
100% is a California based company making products for casual wear and the sports of motocross, mountain biking, and road cycling. The company has grown dramatically in recent years and boasts a stacked roster of professional athletes including World Champion road cyclist Peter Sagan and the Enduro World Series Champion, Sam Hill. Their product line includes everything from downhill mountain biking helmets and goggles to performance and lifestyle sunglasses.
The Speedcraft is a popular model in their cycling eyewear line that is well suited to high-velocity sports like mountain biking and road cycling. It's offered with two quality lenses at a competitive price. We tested the Speedcraft over the course of several months during the late summer and fall on both mountain and road rides in a range of weather conditions. Read on to find out how the Speedcraft compares to the competition.
The Speedcraft features two polycarbonate cylindrical lenses with a base six curvature. The lenses are produced by Dalloz Sunoptics, a French company that has been making lenses for over 50 years. Testers found these lenses to provide good optical clarity and relatively distortion-free vision.
It can be challenging to differentiate between the lenses that come with all of these high-end performance sunglasses. They generally all provide a clear and distortion-free field of view. That said, testers did experience a touch of distortion at the upper and side edges of these lenses when compared to their spherical lens competition. This is by no means a deal breaker as you have to go out of your way to really notice it.
The Speedcraft comes standard with two lenses. Our test model came with their HiPER Red Mirror lens with a 21% VLT for bright light conditions, and a clear lens with a 93% VLT for low light conditions. Both lenses provide 100% protection from harmful UV rays and are CE and ANSI certified for impact resistance.
The lenses are treated with a hydroleophobic coating, think Rain-X, on the outside to shed water from the lens. We found it to work relatively well. The HiPER Red Mirror lens has a very bright orange-red reflective coating that we found to stand up well to regular use during testing with no scratches or scuffs to mention.
Overall, we are relatively impressed by the lens quality of the Speedcraft, especially for a set of glasses that comes with two lenses at this price. Testers did prefer the optics provided by the Smith Attack Max and the Oakley Flight Jacket though, both of which have completely distortion free vision and seem to enhance color and contrast a bit more. The spherical lens of the POC Do Half Blade is more on par with that of the Speedcraft while the lens of the Julbo Aero was more one-dimensional and only good for bright light conditions.
The Speedcraft is undoubtedly a comfortable pair of glasses, but they are outdone in this metric by some of the more comfortable competition. They've got grippy Megol rubber on both the arms and the nose pad, which keeps them securely in place on your face. The frame has a fair amount of flex to accommodate a range of head widths, plus they come with two sizes of nose pads for varying nose shapes and sizes. These glasses have a large fit, with loads of coverage up high across the brow, down on the sides of the nose, and out to the sides.
Testers noted that the Speedcraft tends to squeeze the head a little tighter on the sides, which helps to keep them in place but is a little less comfortable than some of their competitors. The glasses do come with two nose pad sizes, but otherwise, they aren't adjustable, so you may not be able to dial in the fit to your exact preferences.
The textured Megol rubber on the nose pads is quite grippy and keeps the glasses in place, but it's less comfortable on the skin than the other models. The Speedcraft's large fit may also result in contact with the brow or checks for some users depending on their facial size, structure, and features. Our testers didn't have any issues though.
Testers found the Speedcraft to be comfortable enough, but the fit and feel aren't as refined as the Smith Attack Max or the Julbo Aero, our two most comfortable models. The Oakley Fight Jacket and the POC Do Half Blade also bested the Speedcraft for comfort, but not by much.
If there's one thing 100% didn't skimp on with the Speedcraft it's eye protection. These glasses are big. At 145mm wide and 56mm tall, they boast the largest lens of all the models in our performance sunglasses test selection. The cylindrical lens has a base six curve, wraps around quite far on the sides, and fits close to the brow and relatively close the cheeks.
They block light from all angles, in fact, you're very hard pressed to see anything but lens while you're wearing them. The large, almost goggle-like, coverage also provides excellent protection from dust and flying debris, plus the lenses are CE and ANSI certified for impact resistance. The lenses also filter 100% of harmful UV rays according to 100%.
One thing our testers found interesting about the Speedcraft is that, despite their massive lens and coverage, they didn't have the best wind protection of the bunch. Don't get us wrong, they do block the wind well, but testers did notice more air movement around the eyes at high speeds when compared to the Oakley Fight Jacket or the Smith Attack Max, both of which have slightly less coverage.
We think this is due to the small air scoops at the bottom of the lens, which are meant to promote air circulation and prevent fogging. The air scoops work well for their intended purpose but result in more air movement than some of the competition. Still, their wind protection is on par with the POC Do Half Blade and far superior to that of the Julbo Aero.
The Speedcraft has a large, beefy frame made of two separate pieces. Switching between the two included lenses is relatively easy. The arms attach near the upper corners of the lens to a stout piece of the frame that runs across the top of the lens. The back half of the arms are covered in textured Megol rubber and keep these glasses in place when the going gets rough.
The nose piece is separate from the rest of the frame and snaps into place with just a little pressure. The Megol rubber nose pad attaches to several small plastic posts on the nosepiece of the frame and swapping between the two included sizes is quick and easy.
The primary frame material is stiff but not brittle, and it seems that the Speedcraft can stand up to some serious abuse. The frame doesn't feel like it will crack or shatter if you drop them on the ground and they definitely feel a bit more robust than the POC Do Half Blade or the Julbo Aero.
All elements of the frame appear to be well made, and they've added some performance-enhancing features in the design. The arms have small air scoops that stick out slightly about midway down their length. These air scoops are meant to channel air towards the temples to enhance airflow and manage moisture in that often sweaty area. At the bottom of the nose piece, 100% also added small air scoops intended to direct airflow up and behind the lens to increase air circulation and help prevent fogging.
There's nothing especially ground-breaking or exciting about the frame of the Speedcraft, but it appears to be highly durable and functional. The more frameless design of the Attack Max allows for much quicker lens changes but may not protect the lens as well. The Oakley Flight Jacket has a frame that feels of similar quality to the Speedcraft but with more unique styling and adjustable features.
Style and Versatility
100% wasn't messing around when it came to the style of the Speedcraft. These glasses are big, bold, and in your face with a massive reflective cylindrical lens and a very angular design. They look like something from the future and something straight out of the early 1990s at the same time. This look is relatively popular among mountain and road cyclists these days, but we admit that it probably isn't for everyone.
While they may have the function and fashion that you're looking for on the bike, it doesn't really translate off the bike. Our testers agree that they would probably reserve these glasses for their intended uses during high-speed activities. The Oakley Flight Jacket and Smith Attack Max both have similar looking reflective lenses but with a touch less coverage and more rounded shapes.
100% includes a nice zippered hard case with the Speedcraft. It's on the larger side, making it a little less useful for taking with you on a ride, but it is great for storage, travel, and tossing in your gear bag between activities. The rectangular case has a quality zipper that allows the case to fold open fully to access its contents. Inside there is a semi-rigid foam with cut-outs to securely accommodate two spare lenses and the glasses with a lens installed.
Our test model came standard with the HIPER Red Mirror lens and a clear lens for low light conditions. The case is set up to carry one additional lens should you choose to add one to your setup. A microfiber storage/lens cleaning bag is also included.
This case is most similar in both size and features to that of the Smith Attack Max, the other glasses that come with two lenses. The Oakley Flight Jacket also come with a zippered hard case which is smaller and more basic but more packable as a result. POC's hard plastic case is unique and cool looking but lacks the functionality and features of the zippered models.
As the name suggests, the Speedcraft is best suited for going fast. If you want goggle sized coverage in a relatively lightweight sunglass package, then these are the glasses for you. They are most at home on the bike, mountain or road, due to their massive coverage and good eye protection, but there's no reason you wouldn't wear them for any other outdoor activity. With two lenses for varying light conditions they also won't leave you hanging on bright or low light days.
We think the Speedcraft is a great value and we've awarded these glasses with our Best Buy Performance Sunglass award. At a retail price of $200, we feel they represent a great value considering the optical quality, eye protection, and quality hard case, plus they come with two lenses for varying light conditions.
The Speedcraft is a quality performance sunglass model with massive coverage and bold styling. They've got a sturdy frame, multiples lenses for varying light conditions, a quality zippered hard case, and are offered at a very competitive price. We awarded the Speedcraft with our Best Buy Award for Performance Sunglasses for their combination of performance, quality, and price.
Other Versions and Accessories
100% makes a line of sunglasses for both performance and casual wear. The Speedcraft is available in two different sizes, the larger standard size, which we tested, and an SL version which has a slightly smaller lens.
The Speedcraft is offered in ten different frame color and lens options. They also make replacement lenses in a huge range of tints, reflective coatings, and VLT percentages, ranging in price from $40-$80.
100% also makes a Speedcraft Air model which has a unique nosepiece design that you can use to dilate your nasal passages to enhance your breathing.
— Jeremy Benson