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Deal of the Day on Spy Optic Quanta Sunglasses

“This is what you get after 16 years of R&D: Stylish, functional eyewear that can endure a world of abuse and won’t allow anything to get in the way of clear vision, fit or comfort.” That’s Spy’s lofty claim for Quanta, its mid-level performance sunglasses that seem best suited for mountain bikers and road cyclists.

And what kind of robot age tech have they packed into the Quanta? Well, the Grilamid TR-90 (look it up) frames are supposed to be virtually unbreakable. It sounds good, but who wants to test that on a $100 pair of sunglasses? None of the reviewers who I tracked down. The nose and temple pieces are hydrophilic, which means they get grippier when they’re exposed to moisture. So, instead of sliding off your face when the sweat starts to pour, like conventional specs, they only hold on tighter. The ARC (Accurate Radius Curvature) lenses, which come standard on all of Spy’s performance shades, block 100 percent of UV rays, are scratch- and impact-resistant, and are said to repel water, dust and oil. They also have the patented “Scoop Venting System,” which is two little vents placed subtly on either side of the frame. The vents allow air to flow behind the lenses (not so much that you cry on a hairy descent, though) to prevent fogging.

I’d have thought 16 years of research and development would have these sunglasses launching rockets into space, but all that’s not bad for a pair of shades that weighs less than an ounce and doesn’t make its wearer look like a cyborg. Plus, the Quanta plays well with helmets. Upgrade your bike kit now through Friday at 11am EDT.

MSRP: $100

Sale Price: $49.98 (50% off)

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In a brief departure from form, I offer this video from Spy in which pro cyclist Matthew Busche performs a backflip on a road bike. Maybe you can do it, too, what with all that R&D working for you…