Two Strong Partners, Nike Vision And ZEISS, Have Teamed Up To Create A Pair Of Sporting Sunglasses For Athletes Who Strive To Do Their Best.
These sports sunglasses are the perfect symbiosis between frame and lenses. In close cooperation with ZEISS, Nike Vision has developed a revolutionary pair of sunglasses for those athletes who are always committed to 110%. These goggles allow athletes to focus completely on their sporting performance. BETTER VISION wanted to know more about this. So we asked Carl Allen and Vincent Faivre d’Arcier, designers of Nike Vision, and Flora Schierano of ZEISS to tell us about the development of the Nike Vision Vaporwing sunglasses.
BEST VISION: The new Nike Vision Vaporwing sports sunglasses feature a striking and innovative design. Could you tell us a bit about the design process?
Carl Allen (Nike Vision): It all started with the study and intense work to really understand the needs of athletes. After much research, we realized that the glasses produced today can not meet the demands of the ever-evolving athletes. To give high levels of performance to the glasses, we realized that we would have to change the way they are produced, starting with the lenses. From scratch, it was necessary to forget all we knew about lenses and their manufacture to create this innovative concept. We wanted to redefine the border between frame and lenses, and so we thought: what if the lenses became the frame, and vice versa? For us, the glasses are all about protection and performance, so it was so important to be able to extend the lens as much as possible and provide maximum coverage, leaving athletes comfortable and allowing them to focus completely on their performance ..
BEST VISION: Have these sports sunglasses been developed exclusively for the race or can they also be used in other sports? Could I, for example, use them as normal sunglasses?
Vincent Faivre d’Arcier (Nike Vision): We developed these lenses thinking about running, but that does not mean that they can not be used in other sports that require maximum coverage and protection. And they can also obviously be worn as normal sunglasses.
BETTER VISION: What innovative lens features are already present in other ZEISS products? And what innovations were developed specifically for this new ZEISS lens for Nike Vision according to clothingexpress.org?
Flora Schierano (ZEISS): ZEISS is always developing new shades to help improve athletes’ performance, regardless of the environment or lighting conditions in which sport is practiced. Our collaboration with Nike Vision for the creation of the Nike Vision Vaporwing sports sunglasses was very special.
ZEISS has been able to transform an innovative design into a real lens with precision optics and clear visual clarity. Bringing together a team of specialists in the field of optics, ophthalmologists, production specialists and many more, ZEISS staff has sought a solution in other departments of the company, such as its Industrial Metrology business group. While 98% of sunglasses are made from pre-existing molds, ZEISS teams in Germany and Italy have developed metrics for a new specific mold for Nike Vision glasses – starting from scratch, this mold would be as close to perfect as possible Optics. Once the glasses are manufactured in their final shape, creating a mold like this also prevents the production of residues found in the typical production process with a pre-existing mold (when trimming the final product).
Once produced, the mold is polished by applying the same diamond cutting technology used to polish ultra-precise optical surfaces, ensuring the least possible imperfections by removing all defects in the mold. The laborious process required the ZEISS team to cut the mold according to the geometric dimensions of the sunglasses. More than 30 revisions were required to improve specifications and final product calculations.
The stringent 0.09D optical standards for sunglasses have limited designers for decades, forcing them to use only simple and toric beads for the optical surfaces of premium products. ZEISS has adapted advanced free-form design and manufacturing techniques developed for ophthalmic and precision optics to achieve 0.06D optical performance for complex-shaped general surfaces. This added freedom allowed the Nike Vision creative team to simultaneously optimize the fit, aerodynamics and aesthetics of their new line of premium sports glasses without compromising optical performance
Nike Vision Vaporwing Sport Sunglasses
This revolutionary production process has never been used in this area, but it will certainly set the standard for producing glasses for the future.
BEST VISION: How Long Did It Take To Develop These Sport Sunglasses?
Vincent Faivre d’Arcier (Nike Vision): We took more than two years, from design to the final product. We had to rethink what the glasses would look like. It was necessary to forget all we knew about lenses and their manufacture so we could start from scratch and create this innovative concept. At the time, we did not even know if the production of this product would be viable.
We focused entirely on the lenses, which at that point seemed to be the most important part of the frame. We wanted to redefine the border between frames and lenses, and so we wondered: what if the lenses became the frame, and vice versa?
For us, the glasses are all about protection and performance. So it was so important to be able to extend the lens as much as possible. This provides maximum coverage, allowing runners and other athletes to focus solely on achieving outstanding performance.
BEST VISION: How Did This Cooperation Between Nike Vision And Marchon Come About, The Manufacturer Of The Frame?
Carl Allen (Nike Vision): For years, Nike Vision worked in partnership with Marchon to create the Nike Vision line based on our knowledge in the eyeglass industry. This particular project arose from the desire to completely reshape the high performance eyeglass industry. The goal was for Nike Vision to become an innovative leader in spectacles, just as the company operates in the footwear and sportswear segments.
BETTER VISION: In Reality, What Distinguishes A Pair Of Excellent Sports Glasses From A Just Regular?
Carl Allen (Nike Vision): The sharpness of the lenses, the coverage and the correct weight (that is, their lightness), without forgetting the psychological aspect. We wanted runners and other athletes to feel like superheroes by using these frames, gaining a psychological advantage.
We also wanted athletes to forget about their glasses during the run – lenses sharpness, correct weight and fit: together, these factors create frames that fit perfectly on the face. Maximum ventilation and protection against fogging are also part of the equation. Without distractions, athletes can concentrate fully on their running.
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