Revo’s Waterway Titanium sunglasses sport NASA-inspired Serillium purified polycarbonate lenses with high contrast polarization and anti-reflective lens coating that cut right through glare with style, and the Motion-Fit Titanium frame is durable, light-weight, and cleanly low-profile.
REVO Waterway Titanium Sunglasses, $249, www.revo.com
The Good: Solid construction titanium frames, enough tint to keep them on in the shadows, the blue reflective lenses make me look like a stud.
The Bad: Pricy little buggers. I tend to lose or break shades on an annual basis so I’m a little wary of the cost on these.
The Ugly: The lenses fit a little flat, so my eyelashes (yes they’re a bit long and full) touched them leaving some oils behind.
Sunglasses are an integral part of almost any outdoor experience. In the past I have only worn glasses to take the edge off of the blazing sun, settling for a “darker is better” mentality. That all changed the moment I slipped on the surprisingly sturdy Revo Waterway Titanium Sunglasses. The Revo Waterway sunglasses kept me company on an early morning paddle out through the Elkhorn Slough near Moss Landing just East of the Monterey Bay. As the sun crept up above the mountains the water put off a substantial glare. On a morning like this, glare really could have ruined the experience with quick moving schools of fish (or more accurately morning bird snacks) being thinned by ducks, pelican, gulls, and many other hungry waterfowl. A set of nameless polarized glasses I popped on for comparison did nothing but dim the view, and with the bright glare I was squinting hard just to see the currents.
Donning the Revo Waterways was actually a shock to me at that moment. First, they are not nearly as dark as I anticipated. This turned out to be incredibly convenient later when I was packing gear into my truck and I didn’t have to take them off to see what I was doing in the shadows. The beauty of the Revo technology is that they don’t have to dim the light; they filter it through reflection and polarization. I also was instantly able to see right past the glare on the water to what lay beneath. What this means is no more squinting; my eye muscles actually relaxed when I put them on. Fish were visible and sharp, and the bottom was clear almost 15 feet below me.
On the technical front, Revo sunglasses are guaranteed to block 100% of harmful UV rays, and up to 95% of infrared light. What this means for me and you is sunblock for the eyes and a more relaxed outdoor experience. The company also details what they call Element Shield lens treatment to keep sweat, grease, or water from sticking to the lens. I didn’t have to clean these much to keep them nice and clear so I’m sold on this feature as well.
The bottom line: I like the performance on these high tech shades. The durability and strength of the frames coupled with the superior polarized goodness of the lenses creates an irresistible combination I’ll be taking out into the wild from here on out.
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