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POC combines protection, coverage, and functionality in its lightest ever sunglasses

The new cycling sunglasses Elicit Clarity have been developed for the very highest levels of performance at the very lowest weight.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
November 05, 2021

23 gram. Unveiled at the Rouleur Live show in London, Elicit Clarity is how light POC can go. When paired with the brand’s lightest helmet, the Ventral Lite, the combined weight would be, approximately, a mere 200g…

One of the secrets is a unique truss design along the temples to allow the perfect balance of rigidity and weight. Created with bio-based materials, the design allows the temples to maintain rigidity and stiffness where needed, nearer to the lens, whilst allowing for greater flexibility around the head and ears, providing more comfort and security. Rigorous testing, particularly with professional rider Mitch Docker, has secured the right protection, coverage, and durability, for use in all conditions.

— The lightness means I hardly notice them and they are beautifully balanced. I am a fan of bigger lenses and I have ridden the Elicit’s in almost every weather condition, including my last race, Paris-Roubaix, which was very messy, but they handled it all. I also think they look amazing, he comments.

— We know that grams matter, so we set ourselves the challenge of creating the lightest performance eyewear we could, balanced with a large modern shield lens for enhanced coverage, visibility, and protection. The simplest way to cut weight would have been to make the lens smaller, but this does not match the expectations of modern performance eyewear, especially protection and visibility. For our developers and designers, the Elicit required a lot of unconventional thinking and innovation, and we are incredibly proud of the result, Oscar Huss, head of product at POC, adds.

Mitch Docker
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