ZeroRH+'s objective is to revolutionalise the sporting world through the ideas of technical products that fuses with the taste of the extreme, they had done exasperating seach for high tech materials and together with colours and shapes that puts effect in the products, it results in a exclusive product that allows itself to adapt to varying occasions of use. Or at least that's what the marketing spiel would want you to believe. We decided to put the Vertigo to the test and so tasked a young roadie to ride and review the frame over a month of training rides and regional races. Here is his take.
Hailing from Italy, the company frames can be spotted on many sports celebreties such as Juventus coach Fabio Capello, America's Cup winners Team Alinghi and Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella. In the cycling arena, Team Fassa Bartolo riders can also be spotted wearing their frames.
The eyeware range is classified into two different categories; Redblood, the sports range which includes the Vertigo; And Blueblood, for daily use as a fashion accessory or as prescription glasses.
Made with a material called 'PA12', The frame felt elastic and held out well to this reviewer's flexing. 'PA12' claims to be highly resistant to alcohol, cosmetics and perspiration and also non-toxic and non-allegenic. The white colour base requires care both during and after rides as it collects soot and dirt both from the rider's fingers and traffic laden roads but it's nothing a non-abrasive cloth can't handle. The Vertigo may look somewhat 'biggish' but it fits snugly at all contact points and didn't dislodge itself even with vigourous shaking.
The Vertigo came with the Ice range of lenses which are originally meant for winter sports but nevertheless worked well in sunny Singapore with no loss of clarity or visibility. The large surface area of the lenses looked odd at first but over time, the design grows on you. The 'bug eyed' lenses provided near complete cover and did a good job at shading the eyes. Unfortunately, the high humidity here in the tropics meant that the anti-fog lenses failed as soon as there was a sudden pause after a particularly hard period of riding.
The Vertigo also came with the following accessories. A protective padded bag, a sports kit and a back band. The capsule shaped bag suffices for the odd tumble off a table top but bumbling folks might want to seek out a hard case for their precious pair.The sports kit supplies an extra grippy strip that fits in across the forehead or brow area of the frame, is intended for users who prefer a firmer fit. While on the road, this frontal grip worked brilliantly and had the added side effect of preventing rain and perspiration from rolling down the forehead and into the eyes.
And finally, an elastic back band gives the user an extra sense of security on bumpy rides and also allows for the Vertigo to be slung around the neck for those off the saddle moments.
One bugbear though. With a rather detailed user manual in six different languages, they missed out the on the instructions of taking out the lenses from the frame for washing.
The Vertigo is a refreshing change from the usual Oakleys and Rudy Projects out on the roads. This pair felt comfortable both on long training rides. Its well sculpted, secure fit was a real blessing during the recent races in which this reviewer participated in. There are no were no major upsetting points about the Vertigo apart from the minor user manual annoyance. It is indeed a race worthy pair of shades that should suit all your riding needs.
ZeroRH+'s entry into the local and regional markets would surely make things more interesting for the rider who wants another option when shopping for a pair of shades.