Cébé Cinetik Sunglasses

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Manufacturer Description

Made with an incredibly light TR90 nylon frame, the Cébé Cinetik Men’s Sunglasses are ultra lightweight, shockproof, flexible and particularly comfortable for wearing all day long. The Cébé Men’s Cinetik Sun Glasses provides the wearer with a panoramic field of view without optical distortion, so your eyes can relax more readily.

Features

  • Ultra light frame – TR90 Nylon
  • Anti-fog vented lenses
  • Interchangeable lenses
    • 1500 Multilayer Category 3
    • Yellow Category 0
    • Clear Category 0
  • Adjustable and anti-slip rubber nose pads
  • Optical clip available
  • Base 8
  • Lens size – 62 x 39 mm
  • Nose width – 19 mm
  • Temple length – 134 mm
  • Measured weight – 21 g (0.7 oz)
  • Retail – $50

YMMV Review

Cébé has been making eyewear from back in 1892. That is a long time! A French company born in the Jura Mountains on the border between France and Switzerland. Cébé has always been a popular brand in the mountains, whether it was snowsports or mountaineering. More recently they became part of the Bushnell group here in America, which has helped accelerate their efforts. They are still focused on adrenaline sports and can be found on many athletes around the word.

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Front View – Click to See Larger

At the winter Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, I stopped by the booth to take a look. I did not know anything about the brand at the time but were intrigued by their quality product at a reasonable cost. I decided to test the Cinetik as it had several lenses and was made for a variety of activities.

Testing

Since the Cinetik comes with several lens options, I was able to test these during a variety of activities. I used all the different lenses both running and cycling depending on the weather and time of the day. For XC Skiing, I used primarily the dark lens as snow can be very bright.

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Side View – Click to See Larger

Design ★★★☆☆

Appearance (30%) ★★★½☆

Construction (40%) ★★★☆☆

Sustainability (10%) ☆☆☆☆☆

Weight (20%) ★★★½☆

The Cébé Cinetik Sunglasses are part of the Sportech series. This series has been designed to provide maximum protection and comfort even in the most extreme conditions. According to Cébé, the Cinetik is designed for XC Skiing, Cycling, and Triathlon (which would include running). The Cinetik is very lightweight while still providing full coverage to protect your eyes. It is made from TR90 nylon. This makes the sunglasses both light and flexible for all-day comfort. This nylon also provides shock resistance. Cébé has designed it to be used with an optical insert for those who need it. The insert can be clicked in and out very easily. It can be adjusted to suit each individual.

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3 Included Lenses – Click to See Larger

The Cinetik has adjustable nosepieces that keep the sunglasses secure while also being able to be adjusted to the user. The lenses on the Cinetik have been specifically designed to optimize air circulation to minimize fogging. The glasses come with three interchangeable lenses. This gives the user a lens option for all types of weather conditions. One of the lenses is a polycarbonate Cébé 1500 gray lens with a red mirror finish. This lens is made for bright conditions and carries a category 3 rating. The other two lenses are both Cébé 500 polycarbonate and carry a category zero rating. These lenses are both for lower light conditions, one being yellow and the other clear. Cébé’s polycarbonate lenses are a combination of protection, performance, and visual comfort. They are 20 times more impact resistant than glass. They are also lightweight while providing 100% UVA/UVB protection.

Looking at the sunglasses, they are primarily made of TR90 nylon and polycarbonate. To my knowledge, neither of these materials is sustainable. I have also been unable to find much information on any corporate initiatives in regard to sustainability.

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Adjustable Nose – Click to See Larger

Fit ★★★½☆

Adjustability (15%) ★★★★☆

Comfort (25%) ★★★☆☆

Eye Coverage (30%) ★★★½☆

Head Sizing (30%) ★★★☆☆

According to Cébé, the Cinetik is a medium to large fit. I have a smaller head and thus prefer a smaller pair of glasses. Even though these say they are on the larger side I would call them more of a medium fit. The sunglasses are made of TR90, which has a good flex to them, so they are secure to your head without being too tight. The temples on the Cinetik are a little longer to wrap your head a little better. On the end of the arms, they have anti-slip rubber to grip even when sweaty. These rubber pads have the Cébé logo which might look cool, but it does create a poky point which has adversely affected my comfort from time to time.

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Temple Pad – Click to See Larger

The adjustable nose pieces also use this same anti-slip rubber and fortunately do not have any logos, just small ridges to help it stay in place. I like how you can adjust the nose pieces to get a personalized fit. Wearing these for several runs and a bunch of rides, I really liked how light they felt on my face. No matter how long I wore these; they stayed comfortable. They worked well whether I wore them with a helmet, beanie, or nothing at all; the sunglasses were comfortable.

Performance ★★★☆☆

Breathability (15%) ★★★½☆

Clarity (30%) ★★★☆☆

Durability (15%) ★★½☆☆

Ease of Lens Change (20%) ★★★☆☆

Versatility (20%) ★★★★☆

Sunglasses need to perform as your eyes are arguably your most important part. You need to be able to see clearly in just about every sport you play. From what I can tell the lenses on the Cinetik do not distort the view. Each of the three lenses performed well and covered a wide range of conditions. I used the grey lenses on most of my daytime adventures, and they worked great in those bright conditions. I even liked using them on the snow, but none of these were in really high altitude where a darker lens would be needed. I used the yellow a lot more than the clear as I found that they both seemed to cover similar light conditions. When riding at night, I preferred the yellow as it takes a bit of the brightness off of oncoming headlights without being too dark for visibility.

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Included Case – Click to See Larger

I have found the TR90 frame to be plenty durable. Cébé gives you a hard case which protects the glasses when not in use. I find sunglasses tend to get damaged more often when not in use compared to when they are on my head. The lenses themselves have been a bit more fragile. I have noticed some small scratches on them during my testing. This has not affected the overall visual acuity, and the scratches are mainly on the mirrored lens. Inserting and removing the lens is fairly easy to do. It helps that the sunglass frame is very flexible as this helps with the process. The notches for the frame and lens work well but could be shaped slightly better. They are not a perfect fit but are fairly close. The lenses are still plenty secure as I have never had any come loose during the testing.

One thing I do like is the air vent on the lens. It is not very large but has done a good job of keeping fogging to a minimum. I did have them fog up a little when I was not moving but once there was some airflow it would clear up quickly. The Cinetik has been a good pair of sunglasses for a variety of my adventures. It is good to have a pair of glasses that can be used for nearly anything like these can.

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Lens Vent – Click to See Larger

Overall ★★★☆☆

Overall, I have found the Cébé Cinetik Sunglasses to be a good all around pair of glasses. They have good visual acuity even for a pair of sunglasses at this price point. You even get three lenses for whatever conditions you face. What I really appreciate with these sunglasses is how versatile they are. I felt like they worked well for Nordic skiing, running, and cycling. Of course with a pair of budget friendly sunglasses you may have to make some compromises. At least with these they are only very small ones. The temple arms are a little rough on the side of the head, and the lenses can scratch. Other than that I have been very happy with these. I would definitely recommend these for anyone who needs a versatile pair of sunglasses for a variety of sports. The Cébé Cinetik Sunglasses retail for $50 in the frame and lens combo I tested. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros [field name=iFrame]

  • Good value
  • Three lens types for various conditions
  • Light weight
  • Comes with hard case
  • Vent keeps fogging to a minimum

Cons

  • Cébé logo on the rubber temple can be rough
  • Lenses are not very scratch resistant

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About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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