If you are looking for technical glasses, the Adidas Zonyk Pro have become my favourite to grab anytime I’m going out for a hard ride. They aren’t exactly something you’ll want to wear around town, though. They have a very distinctive look, and for many people, they aren’t even something to grab for a ride. I tried out two different Adidas sunglasses, the Wayfinder and Beyonder to see how they performed.
With this in mind, Adidas released the Wayfinder and the Beyonder for when you’d like something a bit more relaxed. These are frames that really shine because they work well in such a wide range of conditions. You can easily use them as day-to-day glasses, on quick commuter trips, and they would even work on hard rides. These are sunglasses designed to blur the line between performance and lifestyle.
I’ve been testing the Wayfinder since late September, and even after a few months, the first thing I notice every time I grab them is how astoundingly light they are. Owing to a material that Adidas calls SPX, they weigh in at only 20 grams. Just think of it as a light, and strong, plastic.
The light weight, combined with adjustable nose pads and rubberised grip material on the inside of the arms, means that they never bounce on my face, and I’ve also managed to not lose them off the top of my head during my testing time. When I travel, this stability really comes in handy for quick runs.
If I’ve got time to kill, and no bike available, it’s normal for me to grab a quick run. The combination of my barefoot shoes and these glasses means I’ve had no issues staying in my regular street clothes for runs around three miles in length. If I was doing longer runs, I’d feel just as comfortable with the Adidas Wayfinder as I would with any other, more running specific, glasses available.
On a bike, they do just as good a job at staying put. The only place they don’t excel on the bike is in the amount of air that flows around them at high speeds. That’s going to be the trade-off with any design offering less wraparound protection, but in exchange for less protection at high speeds, you get a design that doesn’t seem out of place on a casual ride to the store or a restaurant patio.
Both the Beyonder and the Wayfinder are priced starting at $99 and have similar construction. The Wayfinder has seven frame color options, as does the Beyonder. The Wayfinder has a choice of five lens options while the Beyonder offers seven. The Beyonder and the Wayfinder are both compatible with prescription lenses.
The only real difference between the two frame options comes down to targeting. While the Wayfinder is not described in terms of gender, the Beyonder is described as “tailored to fit the female head shape” and “designed for the versatile female athlete who wants to look sharp throughout the day.” This distinction is the one thing I find somewhat off when looking at these new frames from Adidas. I’m not sure it really makes sense to call out a specific gender for a sunglasses design.
Regardless of how you feel about the marketing though, the performance is there, and it’s packaged with a reasonable price and lots of options for colours. If you are a performance oriented cyclist who needs something for the times you aren’t racing strava segments, or a more casual cyclist, the Adidas Beyonder and Wayfinder will work nicely in a wide variety of uses.