When we came back from the Aosta Valley, there was a box waiting for me at home. I had no idea what it was, as I was not expecting anything. To my surprise, I saw it was the new Panda Optics lenses. Their name is Conquer and I got the pink frame lenses so I could write a review.
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My ski goggles are Panda Optics as well, and I do love the system of magnetic lens change. As far as I know, this is the first time that Panda Optics went on to do some sport lenses for outdoor sports.
I was expecting to try them out during the half term in the Italian Alps. But thanks to Italy not being anymore in a UK travel corridor, I had to cancel the trip. It was that, plus the need to get a swab test before arriving in Italy, which costs a bomb in the UK, that put me off. I hope we can visit in December though!
As I was not going to the Alps now, I’ve decided to try them out in London, going out in my long Nordic Walk. First impressions is that it looks like the old wrap-around lenses of the 90’s. Something like the Oakley Mosquitoes. Not sure if that was their name. Looking online now, I see ones called Oakley Radars. The Panda Optics have a smoother border if you compare them to the former. What I do like is that they fit well to my face. They are proper wraparound. This is great if you are biking or skiing, as it protects you from the wind or elements getting in your eyes.
Specifications of the Panda Optics Conquer. Review of the Panda Optics Conquer sports lenses
The lenses come in a hard box that is great for storage, and they bring three colour lenses:
*the mirrored which are great for sunny weather, with a VLT of 9.73%. VLT stands for Visible Light Transmission.
*the amber lens. This is good for party cloudy to cloudy weather. The VLT is of 27.18% and it has a tint orange. I would use this one for flat light when skiing.
*the clear lens: This has a VLT of 89.87% and no tint nor coating. This is for rainy weather or night time.
Change of the lenses on the Panda Optics Conquer. Review of the Panda Optics Conquer sports lenses
At first, when I’ve received the box and look at the lenses, I was not sure how you could change the different lenses. The frame hugs the lens on both sides and a bit more on the top than the bottom. There is one part on the top without the frame (seen from the front of the lens). Same in the bottom. In reality, when I first tried to take it out, it was quite simple.
You need to slide them out. Then you grab the lens of your choice, and you slide it back in. It kind of accommodates by itself!
I went out today with the mirrored lenses. It was very sunny here in London, but London being London, it started raining in the middle. The lenses were not that dark, so I was fine with them in the rain! Which is good to know. Then the sun came out again and they were fine. My optician told me I need to always wear sunglasses when it is sunny. This is because the white in my eyes is a bit yellow. The pleasures of getting old! These glasses are perfect for that.
Another pro of these lenses. The frame is strong enough to put them like a headband. This is something I always finish doing, but most of the glasses start getting wobbly after a while. Then the lenses don’t fit well anymore! But the Panda Optics Conquer’s frame is robust enough for doing so.
Where to get the Panda Optics Conquer lenses. Review of the Panda Optics Conquer sports lenses
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