The Lazer Argon ARR glasses feel solid in their construction, with the frame barely flexing at all – most likely helped by its thickness, with a large lip between the lenses and your face. It does give Lazer plenty of space to get some decent size logos in place though.
Everything is screwed together too, like the arms and the adjustable nosepiece, which is nice to see at this price point.
Both the nosepiece and temple grips are made from hydrophilic rubber, which grips even when wet from rain or sweat and certainly does the job.
In the kit you get a hard case, a cloth bag and three sets of lenses: the smoke you see in the photos, plus clear and yellow for low light conditions.
Swapping between them is simple with a method used by the majority of glasses manufacturers: a large tab on the outer side of the lens slots into the frame before you push the nose side part up into a groove in the nosepiece. It clicks into position and job done, 60 seconds if that, so an easy job to do at the side of the road should conditions change.
The lenses themselves offer plenty of coverage right across the eye and to the side, so you don't get any wind passing over the eyeball – ideal this time of year if you are a hayfever sufferer.
The optics are good – not quite as sharp as my favourite Oakley Radars, but you don't get any distortion of vision anywhere.
Fogging wasn't an issue either, even when riding hard in the rain, unless you stopped – so if you get caught at the lights you might need to ease them away from your face a bit until you get going again.
Lazer says these ARRs are small/medium in size, with an outside to outside width of 130mm. They are about 10mm narrower than my Radars, and while it wasn't noticeable on short rides, once I'd got over five or six hours I did feel quite a bit of pressure at the temples so you'll need to check the fit.
One criticsim I have is that the frame and nosepiece are quite bulky and always prominent in your vision when you're riding, especially when you are going hard with your head dropped closer to the bars than normal in a racing tuck.
Value-wise, I think at £79.99 the ARRs are about what I'd pay for them in terms of performance and specification. The Salice 016 RW at a tenner more offer pretty much the same kit with spare lenses, although the vision sounds better (and the fit, though that's subjective). If the narrow size of the ARRs fits you then you could always try another of its models with a three-lens setup for £20 less: the Lazer Solid State SS1 glasses got the okay from Mike.
A well made pair of glasses best suited to those with a narrow head
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lazer Argon ARR glasses
Size tested: One size
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Lazer says: "The Argon Race is a spinoff from the AR1 glasses. This 2-lens eyewear piece features racing looks in a sleek, lightweight frame."
The ARRs are a decent pair of glasses with decent optics, although I'd prefer a little less frame in my vision.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Lazer lists these features:
Adjustable nose piece and temple tips
Ultragrip nose piece and temples tips
Extra wide lenses
Hard case & cleaning bag
Small to medium fit
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The lenses offer decent optics without being exceptional.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The branding across the frame makes them look pretty cool.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, for short rides.
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
The Lazer Argon ARRs are well made glasses with good coverage. The narrow fit will suit some, but limit their appeal to others.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.