At first glance we thought the Magneto’s were cool and different, but doubted how they could be a feasible alternative to traditional glasses. We tried the Magneto’s with a Lazer Helium helmet, and the first time putting on the glasses was much easier than anticipated. We all can remember trying to clip into a pedal for the first time, not quite knowing where the cleat was in relation to the pedal—well, that’s what we expected with the Magneto, but it wasn’t the case. The magnets were strong enough that once the glasses and helmet strap came close—whammo! Easy, comfortable, and dare we say, secure? Wearing sunglasses that in no way put pressure on the side of your head, or compete with the helmet’s fit system for space, was a first for us. Out on the road there wasn’t really a whole lot to notice, and that’s a good thing. Although we didn’t take them across any sectors of cobbles, the Magneto’s never felt like they were sliding off or were at all cumbersome.
Having a stowaway spot for the glasses is a must, but the Magneto makes it a little tricky.
One thing that will be essential for buyers of the Magneto is making sure you customize your helmet by gluing on metal washers in order for the glasses to connect with when you want to take them off during a ride. Lazer customized our Helium helmet for us, which makes me think they'll be offering their helmets similarly equipped in the future.
The Magneto’s lens is interchangeable, and comes with a total of three different lenses: clear, yellow, smoke/red, in addition to a photocromic lens option. There are also six different frame colors to choose from. Full-length arms are included to change the Magneto’s from cycling specific shades to all-purpose glasses. The Magneto and additional lenses come in a padded case, and cost $100.
Look for a full-review of the Magneto to come in Road Bike Action Magazine.