Excellent Brand - Chili's
I am now on my 4th pair of Chili's the last pair I had was this exact pair. I've never really had a pair of sunglasses that fit well on my head, until I found Chili brand at REI. Unforunately, I've lost 2 and broke the last one playing Frisbee and taking a dive. The joint on one side of the sunglasses broke and unfortunately, I could not snap them together. I still may try to fix them because the lens and frames are still in tack.
For me, my number one priority is for sun glasses to feel comfortable on my head. These are not too loose or too tight. They have some flexibility, which is nice because I do have a bit of a wide head. I commonly stretch out other brands and they would become loose and fall of my head when looking down. The old, "Look there is a fish... and there go my sun glasses." I do not have to worry about my sun glasses falling off.
The longest I have had a pair is probably 10 months of wear before I lost them. I normally prefer to spend 12 dollars or less, but I've realized to get guaranteed satisfaction I always go back to REI to get Chili's. I just try and time it on a sale.
My second priority is sun glare. I like Chili brand because they wrap around your eyes. I have deep set eyes with Chili Brand sunglasses I do not have sun coming from sharp angles they snug nicely around my head.
I can't comment on Good Protection from UV and such, the sticker says they do so I assume it
These are good for hanging out, driving in the car, boating, even riding a bike, I'd take these. I'd like darker or more reflective lens.
I have used this pair of glasses for 3 years and absolutely love them.
I have used them for a week long rafting/hiking trip through Colorado/Utah, many many hiking trips, a full season of Sailing on Long Island waters, Golf, Driving, etc.
The glasses have held up wonderfully and the only issue i have is trivial given the use and abuse I have put them through....the lenses have scratched but given what i have put them through in 3 years, I have no right complaining about a few minor scratches when I never used a case to store them. When these eventually die on me....and that will likly mean LOSING them since they dont seem to have an end to their lifespan...i will gladly grab another pair. I will never again purchase high priced Bolle, Oakley, Ray Ban's, etc. again.
Excellent all-around sunglasses
I own two pairs of these and two pairs of Chili Sierras (sort of the non-polarized version); both models fit my bulbous, hard-to-fit cranium perfectly. I've had the Bluefins for ten months and wear them daily. I use them for biking, driving, walking, hiking, and running. In addition to excellent fit, they've put up with dirt and general manhandling with no breaks or scratches, they enhance my already-intimidating appearance, they don't distort or otherwise restrict my vision, and they were cheap. I've spent five times as much on sunglasses that didn't fit or perform half as good as these. If REI ever stops selling this model, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Great all around pair of glasses
I hate buying spendy sunglasses because most often times I lose them...well, I finally lost this pair to the ocean however they were so great and held up to my shenanigans that I came back looking for another pair. I'm pretty careful with my belongings but the lenses did get a little scratched in the three years I had them and ultimately the rubber piece on the side of the glasses which sits over your ear did pop out but I just kept on wearing them. I like them because they are light weight and they have held up to being tossed around and sat on.
Good glasses for the price
Like a lot of other people, my pair of these glasses broke...after over three years. These were my only pair of sunglasses when I bought them; since then I've replaced them for everything except casual and driving. They're not dark enough and don't have enough coverage for skiing or mountaineering and the peripheral isn't good enough for cycling. For casual, they're pretty good. They look decent.
The finish started wearing off after about a year and a half, and the lenses got small scratches in them, nothing major. Overall, for the price, they lasted a good long time and I was happy with them.
These glasses are everything I need. I tried some Smiths and some Scotts after I smashed my first pair of these but I went right back when I got tired of spending $100+ on others. I tend to be hard on my glasses. I like that the frame flexes and gives a bit. The arms wrap around my head well so they don't really move or fall off. Personally I doubt you can do better for the price, I mean you can scratch/smash multiple pairs of these glasses for the same cost of scratching/smashing top name brands.
Great for the field
I have had a pair of these for over two years. The lenses will scratch if you do not pay attention to where you put them (e.g. in a compartment with keys), but I have not had major problems with them. A friend of mine bought four pairs for fieldwork in the Everglades and the only reason he had to replace any is because he lost them. I originally got these for boating because of the polarized lenses and their construction holds up well to salt water. They are also great for driving and everyday use.
Good Value for Large Heads
Bought a pair of these a year ago. Wore them for 3-4 months then the bow broke. Got a second pair that has lasted 6 months. Will likely get another just in case while I still can. I have a wide brow and these are one of the few pair of glasses that do not squeeze my head. They are light and not super sturdy, but I don't expect a [$] pair of glasses to last as long as my Ray-Bans or Smiths. Considering the price, I think these are good value.
Great inexpensive polarized sunglasses
I'm on my third pair of these sunglasses (1st one was lost on a trip, 2nd one was chewed up by a dog) and I will keep coming back to these. For [$], you get a well-built polarized pair of sunglasses that will take most physical activities well. No bells and whistles to speak of, but they do their job. They are stylish enough to wear as everyday sunglasses, but for the price, I can definitely afford to replace them if they get broken during more physical activities.
A real lightweight pair of glasses. I haven't taken them up on a sunny day yet (climbing), but they block out just enough light. They are polarized too, so they do great off the lake. I use them primarily for backpacking.
I took out the small rubber inserts on the sides because they were pressing in too much and giving me a headache.