We are pleased to announce Lee Harvey as a LiP brand ambassador. Lee is a well known figure in the UK kitesurfing scene. He has been the British Kitewave champion for 6 straight years. With over 20 years experience coaching and instructing watersports in freeride, foil, racing and wave-riding on the beautiful Cornwall coastline, he is a great ambassador for kitesurfing and of course Cornish Pasties. Welcome to the LiP family Lee
We asked the Peconic Puffin windsurfing blog to put the Typhoon through its paces in the cold and squally conditions off Long Island, NY in May 2019. How did they perform? Did the lenses fog up? How did they cope with horizontal sheets of rain? What about withstanding epic wipe-outs?
Click the image below for the full review of how they got along with the Typhoon.
When it comes to foiling, most of us are aware of the dangers posed by the presence of razor-sharp wings and mast and the consequent potential for injury in a wipeout. There are very good reasons for learning to foil away from the crowds and always wearing a helmet and an impact vest.
But when taking safety matters into account for foiling, have you considered eye protection? Not just for protecting your eyes against the sun’s harmful UV rays, but also for impact protection? Failing to do so, or worse still, making a poor choice, could cost you dearly.
We recently learned about the case of Alex Taskov who lives in Australia. Alex has been kiteboarding for over 20 years and recently started kite foiling. He came close to suffering a catastrophic eye injury, but he is convinced his Typhoons protected him. We contacted him to ask about his experience. Here Alex tells his story…
Alex Taskov’s story
“Knowing the dangers of kite foiling I wear the protective gear for foiling like impact vest and helmet but to be honest I did not think about eye protection as I mainly wear sunglasses for the sun”.
“While learning in light winds in which it would appear to be relatively safe, I fell and pushed the board over my kite lines which resulted in me being pulled towards the board when the kite powered up, I was pulled head first towards the board and while the helmet took a big impact some part of the board or foil hit my right eye”.
“I was fortunate to be wearing my two-year old LiP Typhoon sunglasses. The impact was hard enough that the padded sunglasses frame cut into the side of my face close to my eye. I also had a lot of bruising right around my eye but no damage to my eye itself. I believe the frame and lenses spread the impact around my eye and saved me from direct eye damage as the impact was very hard.
To come away from this with no permanent damage to my eye in some ways make you shrug off the experience as minor. But I also consider that if I had not been wearing sunglasses or had been wearing sunglasses of lower quality with no soft padding and fragile lenses that shatter, I may have suffered long term damage”.
We think Alex’s story contains a strong message and we wanted to share it. With the rapid rise in foiling across most watersports disciplines, there are additional dangers to consider and eye injury is one of them.
How does the Typhoon provide impact protection?
At LiP Sunglasses we take your eye health seriously. Our watershades are designed for rugged use and will protect your eyes, even if they take a hammering. Here are the three main reasons Alex did not suffer an eye injury.
Flexible TR90 Typhoon Frame. The Typhoon frame is made from Grilamid TR90, which is a nylon thermoplastic. It is a Swiss developed technology that is lightweight, flexible and incredibly strong. Its flexibility is crucial when it comes to impact protection because when TR90 is placed under significant pressure (like during a heavy wipeout), the frame will bend and flex rather than snap or break. This ability to absorb and spread the force of an impact is critical. Alex was yanked hard towards his board, and on impact, the Typhoon frame flexed and didn’t break.
Soft TPU rubber. The Typhoon provides additional impact protection with the soft TPU rubber padding which surrounds the frame. While the Grilamid TR90 spreads the impact load, the TPU rubber acts like a fender to dampen the impact force.
Superior Lenses. The suitability and quality of the lenses is another core consideration when it comes to impact protection. Had Alex been using unsuitable lens material like mineral glass or CR-39, the impact could have fractured / shattered the lenses into pieces. It doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened to Alex’s right eye had that occurred. All Typhoon models ship with Zeiss lenses which are made from impact resistant polycarbonate or polyamide material. These materials are guaranteed not to fracture on impact.
When it comes to protecting your eyes, can you afford to take any chances, especially if you’re thinking about taking up foiling? We’ll let Alex have the last word on this…
“I have since continued to learn to foil wearing the same LiP sunnies as they were undamaged by the impact and I consider the cost of them as irrelevant compared to the cost if I had not worn them or had lesser quality glasses. Just don’t think it will not happen to you, stay safe”.
We’ve been working hard to deliver functional and stylish watersports eyewear for 5 years now. Since the launch of the Typhoon in 2013, we have introduced the Surge model, and later this year, we are releasing our third watershade, the ‘FLO’.
We are currently in the process of phasing out the Typhoon ‘UP’ model. This is the Asian fit version of our popular Typhoon (CLX) model. In 2017, the Typhoon CLX (Classic fit) was redesigned to create a unified shape that fits people from all corners of the world.
We have also brought in many other subtle changes and refinements to the Typhoon since 2013, including improving the comfort & durability of the TPU rubber parts, leash mechanism and improvements in lens technology.
As we grow on the global stage, we have decided that it is time to re-name the Typhoon to reflect its ongoing evolution and it’s global appeal. And we would like to offer our valued customers and followers a role in the re-naming exercise along with a chance to win a 5 year free supply of LiP sunnies!
TELL ME MORE!
Complete the Suggestion Box linked below to submit your ideas. If we end up adopting the name you have suggested, we will ship 1 free watershades model and 1 free Urban model (both of your choosing) every year for 5 years – that’s right – until 2024!
A few tips to help you decide on a suitable name; 1) the name cannot already be a registered trademark in the sunglasses industry (globally); 2) it must be 10 letters or less; 3) it should be just one word; 4) it should preferably have a connection with the ocean, wind, or movement.
We’re stoked to add two new Typhoon models – available today in our webshop. The Typhoon adds another string to its bow with the launch of ‘Rose Gold’ Polyamide (nylon) lenses by ZEISS.
We’ve added the new Rose Gold lenses to our popular Transparent Grey frame and have also today launched an entirely new frame color – Matt Graphite with Pink Rubber, pictured below.
Zeiss Polyamide Lens Technology
Zeiss’s nylon lenses are lighter and have a higher “Abbe” value than polycarbonate lenses. The purity of the lens material means that it is very close to mineral glass lenses for transparency and clear vision. Nylon is also slightly harder than polycarbonate, so durability is enhanced even without the premium hard (anti-scratch) coating.
Our Rose Gold lenses offer the same 100% UV protection as you come to expect from ZEISS, and of course, the Typhoon incorporates oleohphobic and hydrophobic lenses as standard. The transmittance rate is 14%, sitting right in the middle of lenses Category 3.
Here’s a short video to guide you on the correct way to attach the leash and necklace to your Surge or Typhoon watershades. There are 2 stages to setting it up. We recommend that you first attach the leash to the silicone necklace and then attach the leash to the frame.
Attaching the leash to the silicone necklace
Turn the silicone necklace over so that the embossed LiP logos are facing downwards. Grab the leash and orientate it so that the clear plastic hook opening is facing upwards.
Place the inside edge of the silicone necklace next to the leash hook opening as shown in the video. With one of your hands, grip the necklace and with the other hand stretch the silicone
As you stretch the silicone, guide it into the hook opening and once inside, release the pressure.
Attaching the leash to the temple tips
To ensure a comfortable fit, you want to ensure that the flat part of the leash clip is oriented inwards towards the head
Grab one of the leash clips in one hand with clip opening facing upwards and then place the opening of the temple tip on top of this opening.
Hold the two components together by applying pressure with a thumb.
With the other hand, gently stretch the temple tip rubber over the top and then the bottom part of the clip until you see it slot securely into place.
We are stoked to announce our new Matt Black Surge with VIVIDEIce Blue high contrast lenses.
LiP’s brand new VIVIDE Lens Technology delivers dramatically enhanced contrast in a wide range of light conditions. Be prepared for your mind to be blown and your eyes to pop with the uber-sharp visibility and enhanced colours and field of vision of our Ice Blue lenses.
These polarized lenses reduce blue light and enhance reds and greens to deliver balanced and outstanding visual clarity on the water. In addition, they incorporate hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings on both the inner and outer lens surfaces, together with polarization, anti-scratch, and anti-reflection on the outer lens surface. The result is an addictive visual experience.
Surge: Matt Black / VIVIDEIce Blue lenses
As with all our Watershade lenses, VIVIDE lenses are designed purely with watersports in mind. In merging the benefits of multiple lens tints to create a high contrast effect, water-bugs can now continue to ride even if the light conditions change suddenly and dramatically. And being a category 3 polarized lens with a transmission rate of 8.35%, you can also feel assured driving home after your session.
Available now at our webshop from $125 / £95 / €109 / AUD176.
Early 2014 I found myself in serious need of a new pair of high quality polarized sunglasses for fishing. I had just gone through my second pair of shades from a very popular brand in as many years. The problem was that the polarized coating would just peel off. These were US$220 shades, so you’d expect a little more durability, but as soon as the one-year warranty had expired, the coating would start to flake rendering the shades useless!
After some research I found that other competing brands had the same issue and I was dreading spending another US$200 on a pair of shades that would only last a season or two. Then I came across the Lip Typhoons. Brand new on the market back then, they are the product of many years of sunglass design experience, meticulous attention to detail, and an insatiable love for windsurfing.
The Lip Typhoons were designed specifically for wind surfers and kite surfers. The Typhoons are fitted with de-centered injected polycarbonate (PC) polarized lenses by ZEISS, featuring a hydrophobic and oleophobic coating, high impact resistance, superior scratch resistance and elimination of glare for improved vision on the water.
Basically what all that means is that the polarization is injected into the lens, so there will be no peeling of the polarization. The hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings WORK! Water just runs off the lenses and there are no water stains left on the lenses after being splashed. In my four years of using these glasses it has been so easy to clean them on the water, you just dip them in the water and shake off the water. As easy as that, no wiping required. Obviously this is not as simple on the ocean as it is when fishing fresh water systems, which is what I mostly do.
I do have a bad habit of not always storing my glasses correctly, so scratches are inevitable. However, for the amount of times I have not covered my glasses, the scratching has been absolutely minimal. This is a true testament to their scratch resistance. Very robust and durable lenses like these are a real asset to any angler.
On the water they perform excellently. In every comparison I have made with other brands the Typhoons came up trumps each time in both vision into the water and the amount of glare that these lenses cut. I have yet to try other lenses that could rival these on the water, and I have tried most of the popular brands.
The frames are absolutely in a class of their own. The amount of thought and attention to detail that has gone into these frames is unparalleled. Remembering that these shades were designed for watersports, and specifically for wind and kite surfing, angling applications benefit a lot from these designs.
The frames were designed with a dual vortex venting system which helps prevent fogging and heating. Basically there are small vents at the top and bottom of the lenses which allow for airflow around the lens reducing fogging and keeping you a little cooler. The frames are also light-weight and made of a very durable, flexible and virtually indestructible Swiss plastic.
Around the edges of the frames at the top and bottom, the frames have rubber inserts that act as a kind of shock absorber, but also seem to help keep water from splashing into the glasses from both the top and bottom. The same rubber is used on the ends of the arms that go around the ears. Here is the only thing that seems to not be able to withstand the test of time as they do start to perish and break. This is to be expected from rubber parts, especially here in Taiwan where I live. The climate is very hot and humid for most of the year, and that, along with sweat and sunscreen, will most definitely break down the rubber parts that experience the most contact and wear. This can be overcome a lot more affordably than other brands as you can purchase replacement frames at a fraction of the cost (which is exactly what I have done) instead of having to buy a brand new set of shades. Changing out the lens is a very simple process and requires no special tools.
All in all, these are great value watersports sunglasses, and although they were designed for wind and kite surfing, I think they are excellent fishing sunglasses for all the reasons mentioned above. I would not hesitate to recommend that any angler looking for a high quality, durable and effective pair of fishing sunglasses, seriously consider the Lip Typhoons. Their after sales service is the best you are going to get from any sunglasses company, so you can purchase a pair of Typhoons knowing that if anything goes wrong with them these guys will do everything they can to accommodate your problem.
And we are offering our regular readers a special 4th July discount to get your hands on some. Read on for more details…
One of the issues with fixed tint prescription sunglasses is what do you do when the clouds roll in and the light levels drop so much that it is difficult to clearly see where you are going?
You can continue riding in the hope that conditions improve or perhaps head back to shore to switch out for another pair of sunglasses with a higher transmission rate. In the latter case, despite the expense and hassle of carrying two pairs of prescription sunglasses around with you), you might get back on the water only to notice that the dark clouds are moving away, and now your field of vision is too bright. Back to the shore again….
LiP’s photochromic lenses (with the added option for polarization and mirror coatings) are a great solution to this problem. We offer a photochromic lens solution for every kind of lighting situation.
Here are our most popular photochromic lens options along with their transmission rates. You can see the full range of options here
Medium/Dark Grey TV: 40%/12%
Best for bright conditions
Medium/Dark Brown TV: 42%/20%
Best for variable conditions
“Night & Day” – TV: 77%/18%
Choose a photochromic lens base colour according to your local conditions. The medium to dark brown lenses will give additional pop to colours, while the medium to dark grey will be true to colours and work best in the brightest conditions. If you choose Night and Day, you’ll be able to wear your RX watershades all day – wherever you are and whatever the conditions.
Our photochromic lenses have an end to end transition time of 69 seconds. So if conditions change while you are on on the water, you can feel assured that your lenses will respond quickly and keep you focused on what you are doing.
If you want to reduce glare as much as possible, add a polarised coating and finish off with a silver mirror, blue mirror or red mirror coating. Now you’re styling…
Until 4th JULY, LiP are offering a 7% reduction on ALL Watershades RX purchases.
Simply add the coupon lip4life during checkout