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Tifosi Optics Adds New Affordable Rivet, plus Popular Rail Race Sunglasses Return

Not everyone wants to spend a few hundred dollars on sunglasses, and Tifosi Optics may be the answer. Some people lose their shades, some constantly break them, and others just can’t justify the expense. Thankfully, Tifosi Optics is a price conscious brand, and they’ve just released two cycling-appropriate sunglasses models for 2023.

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The all new Rivet and re-released Rail Race offer two different frames with a wide range of cycling lens options.

All of Tifosi’s cycling sunglasses sell for under $100 USD. That’s despite the fact that the brand uses many of the same high-quality materials as their much more expensive competitors. Furthering their value proposition, Tifosi offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, and makes replacement parts available so you can potentially extend the life of your shades, even if you are rough on them.

Tifosi Optics Rivet: $79.95

The new Tifosi Rivet is a lightweight, half-frame sunglass designed to offer adequate coverage with a sleek look. The lenses are made from shatterproof and scratch-resistant polycarbonate, and they offer 100% UVA/UVB protection. The lenses have their own vents to prevent condensation, and they’re ideal for medium to large faces, with each measuring 42.1mm x 71.5mm. The Rivet’s frames are 137mm wide overall, arms are 120mm long, and the bridge measures 15mm.  

With an ultralight and durable Grilamid TR-90 frame the Rivets weigh just 28g. Their adjustable nose and ear pads are made from hydrophilic rubber so they actually get grippier as you sweat.

The Rivet offers five different lens/frame combinations – one suggested option for cyclists is this Satin Vapor frame with a Clarion Blue Fototec photochromic lens. This lens ranges from nearly clear to a smoke tint with blue mirror when exposed to sunlight, which Tifosi says is ideal for riding in varying light conditions.

Between the six available frame colors, other lens options include Clarion lenses (which repel moisture), Enliven Golf lenses (specifically tuned for green contrast on golf courses), and Tifosi’s Interchange models come with three different lenses to cover bright, low light, and no light situations.

The Rivet’s MSRP remains the same for all different lens/frame options – which seems like an especially good value on the photochromic lenses. Each pair comes with a zippered hardshell case and a microfiber cleaning bag.

Tifosi Optics Rail Race: $79.95

In October of 2022, the frame-less Rail Race was launched as a limited edition model – an update to the Rail XC that we just reviewed this spring. But after selling out quickly, now it is now being re-released as a regular part of Tifosi’s lineup. The re-released models now feature top and bottom vents, and laser etching on their rimless frames.

The Rail Race’s temples/arms are also made from light & durable Grilamid TR-90, and the sunglasses claim a weight of 32g. Like the Rivets above, they include shatterproof, scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses that provide 100% UVA/UVB protection, just here with extra coverage. The Rail Race also shares Tifosi’s adjustable hydrophilic rubber ear and nose pieces.

Ideal for larger faces, the Rail Race measures 131mm wide, the arms 121mm long, and the nose bridge is 15.5mm wide. For ample eye protection, the lenses are on the taller side at 59.5mm, measured top-to-bottom.

The Rail Race sunglasses also come in three frame colors, and each includes two interchangeable lenses – one clear and one shaded (all selling for the same price). Available combinations are Satin Vapor frames with Clarion Red/Clear lenses, Crystal Clear frames with Clarion Rose/Clear, Matte White with Clarion Blue/Clear, and a special anniversary edition Chrome frame with Clarion Blue/Clear. A hardshell case and microfiber cleaning bag are included with each pair.


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14 days ago

They need the Rail Race in photochromic. Huge oversight

12 days ago
Reply to  Greg

Did you look at their site? Because there are (3) lense type offerings, their name for it is Fototec.

11 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Correction for my comment, the “Rail” version has photochromic lenses offering not the Race version currently.

8 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Yeah. I have the standard Rail in photochromic, they’re great. Would love the “race” version too though.

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