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Out Of Bot 2 Electric Bike Glasses

Out Of Bot 2 Electric Bike Glasses

12.06.24 09:09 139Text: NoPain (translated by AI)Photos: Erwin HaidenOrdered out of interest, worn with conviction: The "Made in Italy" cycling glasses with built-in photovoltaic automatically darken, electronically and without batteries.12.06.24 09:09 197

Out Of Bot 2 Electric Bike Glasses

12.06.24 09:09 197 NoPain (translated by AI) Erwin Haiden
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Ordered out of interest, worn with conviction: The "Made in Italy" cycling glasses with built-in photovoltaic automatically darken, electronically and without batteries.12.06.24 09:09 197

Anyone who has ever worn photochromic (self-tinting) glasses during outdoor sports would not want to be without this comfort anymore. Especially as a cyclist, one is often exposed to fluctuating light conditions and does not want to bother with changing lenses nowadays, nor forego protection by removing the glasses entirely. The only drawback of many self-tinting lenses, however, is that the change from category 1 (lightly tinted) to category 3 (darkly tinted) takes about 20 seconds, which is too slow for spontaneous changes in light, such as those occurring during tunnel passages or in the rapid play of light and shadow in the forest.

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With the Bot 2, the Italian company Out Of launched the second generation of their electronic cycling glasses last year, which adjusts the tint of the Iridium filters within 0.09 seconds to the prevailing light conditions using an integrated LCD module. No batteries, no charging, completely automatic. Out Of claims an unlimited number of tints and aims to cover the entire transmission spectrum between S1 and S3 filters with their colorful IRID lenses. Note: The IRID clear lens, however, only achieves tints between S1 and S2.

We opted for a review sample of the Bot 2 with “IRID-Red” lenses including the adjustable “Adapta” temples and tested them for several weeks.

 In 0.09 seconds from S1 to S3 with 0 batteries! 

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Technology

The Italian company Out Of was founded by three siblings: Federico, who graduated with honors in physics, Roberto, an industrial designer, and Laura, a graphic designer. All three share a deep passion for outdoor sports, which is why they continuously focused on the development of sports sunglasses. Made in Italy in their own R&D lab with reverse engineering, 3D scanning, rapid prototyping using 3D printing, electric welding, and luxmeter measurements.

The Bot 2 presented here is the only photochromic sports sunglasses on the market with the revolutionary IRID lenses. These are LC lenses that can electronically adjust their tint to the ambient light in less than a second. It covers every tint between S1 and S3 filters and offers smooth transitions. Battery-free, 100% waterproof. By the way, the Bot 2 also works behind a car windshield, as the photovoltaic cell reacts to all light, not just UV radiation.

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Bot 2 IRID red Adapt

The "Regular" version with continuous carbon temples (at least Out Of lists "all carbon temples" on their site) is supposed to weigh a low 29.5 grams. The Bot 2 model we reviewed, with the adjustable "Adapta" temples, comes in at 34 grams; still more than 12% lighter than the Evil Eye E-Sense E036 we introduced last year with similar technology.

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Model XS070288 IRID red Adapta (Electro-photochromatic lens with high contrast range; red-violet mirrored)
Colors Frame: Matte black
Lenses: IRID blue, IRID green, IRID red, IRID clear
Variation Range S1-S3 (Exception: IRID clear only S1-S2)
Frame Material Grilamid and carbon fiber frame
Versions Regular (Full carbon temples) or Adapta (adjustable temples with silicone ends)
Dimensions 151mm x 174mm x 62mm
Weight 34 grams weighed (Adapta)
Features 100% UV protection, waterproof, bicycle helmet compatible, Made in Italy
Scope of Delivery Glasses plus hard case and microfiber cloth
Price* 349 Euros (Regular) or 359 Euros (Adapta)

* Incl. free shipping within the EU

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    IRID blue Regular
    IRID blue Regular
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    IRID green Regular
    IRID green Regular
  • IRID Red RegularIRID Red Regular
    IRID Red Regular
    IRID Red Regular
  • IRID clear RegularIRID clear Regular
    IRID clear Regular
    IRID clear Regular
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Design and Ergonomics

In terms of appearance, the Bot 2 has the sleek, sporty look of cycling glasses from other high-end brands. Apart from a rise in the middle, behind which one can see the photovoltaic cells shimmering through the red-violet iridium glazing upon closer inspection, and a wider shading inside the frame, the electronic Bot 2 is hardly distinguishable from ordinary cycling sunglasses.

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  • Evil Eye E-Sense: 39 GramsEvil Eye E-Sense: 39 Grams
    Evil Eye E-Sense: 39 Grams
    Evil Eye E-Sense: 39 Grams

The nasal wings and temple hinges are not adjustable in angle, but they do give a high-quality impression. Despite the high-tech features, the weight is also acceptable: at 34 grams, the "Adapta" variant does not really add bulk, and the glasses do not feel uncomfortably heavy even on the nose. This is aided by the flexible plastic temples with silicone ends, as they not only allow the glasses to be securely adjusted to fit the wearer's head, but also distribute the overall weight better than, for example, the 39-gram Evil Eye E-Sense.

Using an optical insert (Optical Insert XS050470), the Bot 2 can also be used with prescription lenses tailored to the wearer's visual acuity.

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In practice

While the design of glasses is a matter of taste and the ergonomics also depend on the head and face shape of the wearer, there is no dry eye when it comes to technical function. The Bot 2 works flawlessly, and the cylindrical lenses transition seamlessly from a light (S1) to a dark (3) tint. In a direct comparison with the Evil Eye E-Sense, it is noticeable that the Bot 2 - although both glasses specify a range from category one to three - does not tint quite as strongly. No matter.

Apart from that, the darkening and lightening happen so quickly that we could not detect any difference despite different reaction times (Bot 2: 0.09 seconds vs. Evil Eye: 0.6 seconds). The "0.09" seconds is probably more of a marketing gimmick, as the direct competition advertises "0.1" seconds. They probably wanted to appear a bit faster on paper. But again: No matter whether you step out of the tunnel into dazzling sunlight or the forest delights you with a play of light and shadows - in the end, it makes no difference.

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Out Of Conclusion

Out Of Conclusion 2 
Model: 2023
Price: From € 349,- MSRP
+ Electronic Photochromatic
+ Design & Ergonomics (Adapta)
+ Comfortable and secure fit
+ 100% UVA/UVB protection factor
o Does not darken extremely, despite S3 rating
o Relatively light at 34 grams
- Temporary moisture in the solar panel window after hand washing
BB-verdict: Fits, suits, darkens.


Of course, 349 or 359 euros are no small change, as the Austrians like to say. However, compared to the Evil Eye E-Sense (list price 649 euros), the Bot 2 cost almost only half and could therefore even be described as a bargain - it all depends on the perspective.

Regardless of the price, we find the brand of the three siblings, their approach, and also the product extremely cool: Made in Italy, high-quality craftsmanship, high comfort, distinctive look, 100% UVA/UVB protection with a fast and electronic tinting without a battery. Why condensation formed once inside the glazing over the solar cell, we do not know. However, it was gone as quickly as it came - we will continue to monitor it and report on it in the comments.

Bikeboard tip: For an optimal fit and a secure hold, we recommend the "Adapta" version, even though it weighs 4.5 grams more and costs 10 euros more.
 

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