I work as a field bioligist in Louisiana marshlands, swamps, and the Gulf of Mexico. These sunglasses are a staple of my field preparedness. I've put these sunglasses through the roughest conditions - extensive saltwater exposure, riding through rain on airboats, trudging through waist deep water in swamps, and getting whacked in the face by tree branches while ridding on four wheelers - and they're as tough as nails.
I've worn the matte finish off the frames of these sunglasses after about 5 years but the lenses are still in great condition. The true color polarized grey base (as mentioned in the description) is very soothing and takes the brightness out of the sun w/o making the world dark or light blue like some other brands.
A few of my co-workers wear Costa del Mar shades but compared to these Bolles, Coasta's are heavy, bulky, and tinted too dark. I don't know what the hubbub about Coastas is. I wouldn't trade my shades for 2 pairs of Coastas.
These glasses work great for cycling, running, four-wheeler ridding, beach sitting, kayaking, skiing, and fishing (salt/fresh). They're always with me. I love them.
I've owned Bolle Sunglasses in the past but was a little nervous ordering online due to size/fit. I have a small head and most glasses do not fit me. Started wearing them the day they arrived. I'm in the military and getting ready to deploy to the Middle East for 9 months and needed a really good pair of sunglasses in the color of black. After reading the reviews, I decided to order a pair and I'm very happy I did. The only problem I have (and it could get better with time), it is very hard to open and close the stems. Most reviews said they are very dark, and they are, but that is what I was looking for. If anything happens to these glasses, I would definitely order another pair.
Cool effective shades
I wear these sunglasses all the time -- walking, cycling, driving, backpacking .... They provide a clear view when looking toward the sun. I feel well protected. They are comfortable. The wrap is sufficient to give protection and good peripheral vision. Since I commute by bicycle, that is a key feature. The also fit well on top of my head, so I can get them out of the way when I go inside or when there is cloud cover. I have had a number of pairs over the years. Mostly I replace them when I lose them. After five years or so they are pretty scratched up and need replacing if you can hang onto them for that long.
The Quality You'd Expect, Yet Smaller
These lightweight, stylish sunglasses offer the quality of tint, polarization, and clarity for which Bolle' is known. However, I find the lenses a bit small and the fit snug. If I let them slide down my nose a bit, I find myself looking over them, not through them. But when push all the way up, they are fine, even if my eyelashes brush against the lenses. Overall, they are good but not great like other Bolle' sunglasses I've owned.
I've worn Maui Jims for years, and still have several pair. But I needed some glasses that would be better suited for casual everyday, and sports activity, wear. I also love these glasses for driving and travel. They fit close to the face, which I like, but going from cold to hot, or vice versa, can cause them to fog. But, that's minor. Stylish. I forget I have them on.
For me, the perfect sunglasses
Aggressive styling yet refined; these don't look like tactical gear, but they would not look out of place in the field, either. Their rakish dip adds to style, as do the lack of a bottom rim, and the matte, almost rubberized finish on the frame. You will, however, need a strap if you plan to wear them during active movement. The wrap blocks side glare beautifully.
Stationed overseas and left a pair at home. Missed them so much I ordered two pair for here.
Fits my narrow face and close together eyes.
One of the few glasses I have owned that see well into shadows from sunlight. So excellent while bombing downhill on MTB in summer sun and seeing terrain on shaded trail ahead.
Decent polarized sunglasses for price
These were the cheapest name-brand polarized sunglasses I could find that also had pseudo-athletic styling. Unfortunately they are not that great for running. Not lightweight enough, not enough wraparound, and not far enough away from the eyes to allow for a breeze underneath to keep you cool. But they weren't marketed as athletic eye wear anyway, so I don't have much to complain about.
Why do I keep losing these glasses?
I've purchased these glasses about 6 times from Campmor because I am notorious for losing them. An embedded GPS tracker would be a great improvement. The lack of a bottom rim allows for unimpedded peripheral vision to the side and bottom. The only con is that I've had to glue on the rubber temple arm covers a few times.
I have worked outdoors all of my life and have used sunglasses for years. I have found that Bolle polarized sunglasses provide the eye protection that I require. They are lightweight, scratch resistant and fit well.I wear them daily.