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The Good: Crisp colors, exceptional clarity, and easy to change out lenses – so if the sun is shining, we’re rockin’ these glasses.
The Bad: Provided case isn’t big enough to hold the spare lenses and sunglasses, leading to a few times when lenses were misplaced.
The Ugly: Fingerprints are hard to avoid when switching out the lenses, be sure to carry along a small lens cleaner for best results.
Adventure tends to take us places where a good set of sunglasses make all the difference. I have always appreciated a clear lens, and the best lenses are polarized. Cutting down on glare, polarized lenses deliver deeper colors, crisper detail, and block harmful rays for less eye fatigue and a more enjoyable experience. We grabbed a set of Switch’s Lycan sunglasses last fall and have been sporting them for the past few months in some of the best and worst conditions around. The Lycan glasses have a nice wide side to block out the bright, but fit well with very little movement. With the blue lens and the amber low-light, they were well suited for taking along during unpredictable weather conditions. Aside from the exceptional lens quality (which are well made and beautifully clear), the glasses have a unique magnetic lens system that makes it easy to switch lenses fast and securely. We never had a lens pop out accidently, but when it came time to toss in the amber low-lights, a few seconds was all it took. The only downside to switching out lenses is the propensity for fingerprints, but a quick wipedown with a lens cleaning cloth is all it takes to make them good to go again.
Overall, the Lycans are a great looking set of glasses that fit well over a huge range of conditions. The magnetic interchageable lenses are a great feature we haven’t seen in any other glasses on the market, and really make these stand out as exceptional among the rest.
The Good: Beautiful optics, lightweight design, fast magnetic interchange from solid street glasses to performance eye-wear.
The Bad: Pieces can be hard to keep track of while out on the water.
The Ugly: The Full Cup Climate Guards tended to fog up while doing high intensity kayaking or fly fishing even with the integrated venting.
For those that find themselves gravitating towards water, the Stormrider Multisport sunglasses may be more to your liking. Built tough, they have a great rounded lens that helps with peripheral vision, but they also have a nice wide side to block out water or snow glare. The magnetic interchange system on these glasses does not apply to the fixed water lenses (which are brilliantly clear and helpful when flyfishing during sunny days), theses glasses have two types of eye cups that can be switched in to provide partial protection against debris and splash, or full protection against water intrusion. We took these glasses out flyfishing, kayaking, and used them plenty as daily sunglasses. The cups are easy to switch out with integrated magnets that hold them securely during even the most wild whitewater. The sunglasses also have an integrated adjustable keeper that fits into holes at the end of the stems and circles the head. While the full cups did provide a goggle-like fit, they didn’t vent enough to prevent fogging on kayak runs and we found ourselves switching back to the comfortable foam eye-cups.
Overall, the sunglasses were exceptionally light and comfortable to wear during the most intense water runs, and as our daily set. The multiple pieces can get a bit hard to keep track of, but a small keeper bag was all it took to keep them organized up and all together.
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