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Liberty Sport Panton Sunglasses, $140
The Good: Wraparound design provides excellent field of vision, side shields keep out glare and dust. Autofit bridge design gives a great fit that holds on tight.
The Bad: Included cleaning cloth has a large printed logo across the middle, not really suited for cleaning well.
The Ugly: The sticky nose bridge, no bueno.
Most of our best adventures are under the blazing sun, surviving the heat is part of the challenge, right? An important part of enjoying the sun is proper sunglasses to take in the views. The Liberty Sport Pantons are light and durable so they fit comfortably, but can still stand up to outdoor abuse. Rubber temple tips hold the glasses fast while moving, with attachments for a clip-on cord for an even more secure hold. Side cups are magnetically secured for fast attachment and removal when glare or dust is an issue. There are two options for lenses, either ultimate sun or ultimate play but the glasses can also be equipped with Rx prescription as well; the frames come in Gunmetal, Black, White, and translucent olive. The nose bridge has a flexible soft design that provides a unique fit, but in practice it was sticky and distracting. Even after cleaning and adjusting the fit higher on the nose, it didn’t solve the sticky feeling. After a while I got used to the feel for the most part, but it was still there nagging when things got sweaty.
We took the Pantons with sun lenses out kayaking, trail running, and summiting Mt. Shasta in Northern California. The glasses braved dust, water, and plenty of glaring sun exceptionally well. On the water they cut down on glare and stayed in place even when dumped out of the boat. Water shed pretty well off the lenses, rarely leaving spots. Running, they provided a great field of vision and crisp colors, shed the sweat and held fast during plenty of hot runs. When summiting Mt. Shasta, snow glare would have been unbearable without the side cups in place, the simple magnets held on tight but were easy to remove for added ventilation.
Overall, these glasses performed well with durable materials and stylish design. The magnetic side cups are one of the best designs we’ve seen, and while they glasses stayed put no matter what we did, the sticky nose bridge really affected the comfort during long periods. Some wearers may not have this issue, so be sure to try them out in store to check if it is a deal breaker.
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