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Check this out, Under Armour is making sunglasses!
The style of the Octane model is nothing radical, but definitely made for radical people! Okay, bad metaphors aside, there’s a reason that this style of glasses has been around so long. It’s designed close to the face to avoid catching on anything, contoured to conform to the curves of your cheekbones, flexible to avoid snapping, and firmly holds around the head to prevent bobbling up and down. Besides pretty much being the best design for sports, this style defines an era.
We all know Aviators, or big mirror hippy glasses, or the style that the Blues Brothers wore; well, here’s the style from our generation. I’m not sure when exactly they first popped up, but around the 1990s I started to see them everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean popular television like the WWF (no, not that WWF!), movies like Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise, a standard in the Armed Forces, and sports as diverse as golf, tennis, Nascar,… the list goes on!
Like it or not, this style gained traction during our time and proved itself up against the most iconic in the list. I think there’s a certain pride to that.
With that said, Under Armour spared no expense at creating a fantastic homage to this style. My favorite feature is the adjustable nose pads that click open or closed around the bridge of your nose. This is because a surf board and I once had a disagreement and now my nose has a small curve that is not comfortable with some glasses. In addition, they have polarized lenses that provide precision clarity even with the dark tint, they’re lightweight at 0.8 oz., and grippy rubber lines the stems to keep them where you put them even while riding a mountain bike. You can also rest assured that they provide 100% protection from UVA, UVB and UVC rays.
This is a solid pair of glasses with the details you want like polarized lenses and a sturdy frame and flash most avoid like accentuated curves and aggressive colors. If you’re in the market for a new pair, go try these on.
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