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Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 Review

High performance for a low low price
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Price:  $70 List | $63.40 at Amazon
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Pros:  Inexpensive, solid all-around performance
Cons:  Delicate feeling hinges
Manufacturer:   Tifosi
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Aug 22, 2017
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RANKED
#3 of 9
  • Eye Protection - 25% 8
  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Lens Quality - 20% 7
  • Frame Build - 20% 7
  • Case Quality - 10% 8

The Skinny

Once a somewhat niche brand that was mostly worn by lycra clad road cyclists, Tifosi has built a widespread reputation for making high quality eyewear at relatively low prices. The Dolomite 2.0 is perhaps the best example of this. These sunglasses provide the same all-around performance of name brand models while costing less than half as much. If you're looking for high end performance without a triple digit price tag, these are the sunglasses for you.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 provides high end performance at a comparatively rock bottom price. We enjoyed using them for everything from trail runs to stand up paddleboarding. You really can't go wrong with these sunglasses.


Performance Comparison


Despite their low price tag, the Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 was one of the highest scoring models in our overall testing. The sections below discuss how the Dolomite 2.0 performed in all of our individual tests.

Eye Protection


The Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 scored towards the top of of our eye protection testing, being bested only by the very large lenses of the Oakley PRIZM Road. The lenses provide about as much coverage as possible without becoming quasi goggles. These glasses kept our eyes comfortable on fast descents and stood up to all but the most furious dusts clouds (the small vents in the lenses do let some dirt in if you're caught in a big dust storm). The frames have a medium fit, so there is a chance that these glasses will leave a gap under the eye if you have a particularly large face.


Comfort


The rubber, adjustable nose pieces on the Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 provide a secure and comfortable fit no matter the shape of your nose. The rubberized temples didn't create any uncomfortable hotspots, even when we wore them for hours on end. The only reason we didn't give them a top score was the fact that the lenses tended to collect some dust around the rims. This caused us to have to take them off and wipe them off more frequently than other models, which was a slight annoyance.


All of the models we tested have good lenses  and the Dolomite 2.0's lenses were right in the middle of the pack.
All of the models we tested have good lenses, and the Dolomite 2.0's lenses were right in the middle of the pack.

Lens Quality


We didn't feel that any of the glasses we tested had poor quality lenses, and the Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 fell right into the middle of the pack. The lenses provided decent glare reduction, but we still did notice some glare on bright days when looking at water or snow. They also provided us with good direct sun protection, even on bright days when the sun seems to be bouncing off every rock.


The Dolomite 2.0 comes with multiple lenses  and the case has convenient sleeves in which to store them.
The Dolomite 2.0 comes with multiple lenses, and the case has convenient sleeves in which to store them.

Frame Build


The Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 scored towards the top of our frame build testing. The frame itself feels very robust and durable. However, the plastic hinges do feel somewhat delicate and like they could wear out over time. Tifosi does offer a limited lifetime warranty on its frames.


Case Quality


While the case provided by Tifosi didn't feel as robust as our favorite Native case, it is still rigid enough that you can shove the glasses into the lid of your pack with little worry. It also has convenient pockets for extra lenses, so you can have your full arsenal of tints on hand at all times.


Tifosi provides a good case to go along with the shaes.
Tifosi provides a good case to go along with the shaes.

Value


The Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 just might provide more performance per dollar than any other product we've tested. These glasses and their $70 price tag can hang right alongside models that cost two and even three times as much. If you're looking for a good pair of sunglasses we doubt you'll be able to find a better value.

Conclusion


The Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 provides high quality optics and performance for a fraction of the price of the 'big name' brands. Money spent on Tifosi is money well spent.


Max Mutter and Steven Tata