Hypercraft® Sport Performance sunglasses now feature carbon-infused frames that are lighter, stronger and more dynamic than anything on the market.
100%® the San Diego-based sports performance company, has released the first Sport Performance sunglasses featuring UltraCarbon™ technology, which weaves carbon fiber into the nylon to create the lightest and most durable frames possible. UltraCarbon makes its debut with the all-new Hypercraft® Sports Performance optics, which were developed to meet the demands of the 100% roster of world-class endurance athletes, including seven-time Tour de France points champion Peter Sagan. With the launch of Hypercraft, 100% is bringing its market-leading technology to a broader range of athletes, including runners, triathletes, and even professional baseball players.
Designed in California and built in Italy, 100% worked with world-class runners and cyclists to perfect Hypercraft, which can now help elite athletes feel nothing and see everything. By increasing the strength of the frame with UltraCarbon, 100% engineers were able to create a minimal frame design without compromising function. Superior ventilation, aerodynamics and a featherweight frame make Hypercraft a tremendous all-around performance optic that performs great on the trail, road or track.
“We started with the singular goal of creating the lightest and strongest performance sunglasses on the market, and we had to completely reimagine how frames are built,” said 100% CEO Ludo Boinnard. “From bikes to running shoes, carbon fiber is pushing the limits of performance endurance equipment, and now we’re able to harness the power of carbon to make eyewear lighter and stronger than ever before.”
The Hypercraft design was originally conceived to create featherweight frames for runners, but once professional cyclists got their hands on it, they realized the light and sleek design allowed for better ventilation than anything they’d tried before.
“Hypercraft is unlike anything I’ve ever felt,” Sagan said. “The UltraCarbon material is so light and stiff that I hardly even noticed I’m wearing them. I can see everything I need to, whether I’m in the peloton or in the middle of the sprint.”
By weaving carbon into the nylon, 100% was able to reduce the amount of material needed in the frame to create a pair of featherweight sunglasses without sacrificing performance, safety and fit. Each pair features interchangeable ventilated lenses to prevent fogging and are available with contrast-defining HiPER® lenses. Weighing in at an astonishingly light 23 grams, it’s no wonder Hypercraft has been a hit with the world’s best ultrarunners.
“Hypercraft is perfect for running in the mountains because it’s super light, comfortable and gives perfect definition of colors, which is so important for where I run,” said Fernanda Maciel, one of the most decorated ultrarunners on earth. “The narrow frame gives my face room to breathe and keeps the lenses from fogging up, which can be the difference between a win and a DNF when you’re running up and down mountains.”
Hypercraft has also been a hit with world-class athletes from all walks of sport, including 2013 Ironman world champion Frederik Van Lierde and 2019 rookie baseball phenoms Pete Alonso and Fernando Tatis Jr.
In developing UltraCarbon for the Hypercraft sport performance line, 100% engineers were able to integrate the ground-breaking technology into the Active Lifestyle range with two new Legere models: Legere Round and Legere Square. Weighting just 17 and 18.5 grams, respectively, these new styles bring all the benefits of UltraCarbon technology to all-day eyewear. Utilizing the same UltraCarbon technologies and process, 100% designed the Legere to be the new everyday favorite sunglass for the active wearer. The silhouette of the single-shield lens is enhanced by the detailed etching around the perimeter, giving it a unique look while being so lightweight it feels as if you’re wearing nothing at all.
For more information about UltraCarbon and Hypercraft, visit www.100percent.com.