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3D-printed Titanium Makes the POC Elicit Ti Sunglasses 1g Lighter

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POC recently announced its “lightest sunglasses ever,” a titanium wire rig that beats its predecessor on the scale by one gram. Yes, just one gram.

Nonetheless, the Elicit Ti is technically the lightest sunglass POC has ever built. The wire earpieces are a “truss” design. Using titanium salvaged from used medical instruments under claims of sustainability, the company has officially defeated its previous lightest sunglass, the Elicit, by one gram — 23 to 22g.

The savings represent two years of progress.

a gif of a titanium manufacturing process

I’m admittedly low-tech, but the Swedish brand layers claims of curation onto the sunglasses in a way that’s so saccharine, so naked, there is no way not to lampoon it.

With a “perfect balance of rigidity and weight,” POC “creates a unique product with optimal stiffness, comfort, and balance.”

This is not a rear triangle. It’s a pair of sunglasses.

poc elicit ti

Team EF Education-EasyPost tested the Elicit Ti at the Giro d’Italia, and landed one rider in the top 50.

Cyclists at large, though, responded avidly to the glasses. The special model was limited to just 365 pairs, and was sold out as of this writing (at $400 MSRP).

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Ben
Ben
10 months ago

Why oh why would you wear titanium frames on your head? While they are certainly cool looking wouldn’t an alloy pose a far greater risk of serious injury in the event of a crash?

will
will
10 months ago
Reply to  Ben

at 22gr i doubt it, its not carbon nanotubes, it will just break

Ashok Captain
Ashok Captain
10 months ago
Reply to  will

Or (hopefully) bend?

Anders
Anders
10 months ago
Reply to  Ben

The frame for my standard glasses bought in like 2003 are made from titanium wire. It’s quite flexible and will just bend and then return into its original shape. I’ve accidentally stepped on the frame and it survived. Not sure how flexible these printed ones are though, maybe they’ll just break? I wouldn’t be concerned from a safety standpoint, but I wonder how fragile they are compared to traditional titanium wire.

Ted shed consultant
Ted shed consultant
10 months ago

Can everyone stop with the eco friendly claims. The process of recycling ti to that fine of a powder and then firing high power lasers at it is far more intensive than just bending a damn wire.

Jaap
Jaap
10 months ago

Yes! We need more useless stuff like these. The future is now.

craig
10 months ago

“Team EF Education-EasyPost tested the Elicit Ti at the Giro d’Italia, and landed one rider in the top 50.” Obviously the glasses failed the test. Maybe EF should have gone with some of the much cheaper Drive glasses DSM was wearing. DSM put a rider in the top 10.

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