Review: Aspire Anonymous Sunglasses
Incorporating the latest in technology, advanced materials and fashion, Aspire Eyewear offers comfortable, wearable and adjustable eyewear that is distributed exclusively through ClearVision Optical. Aspire Eyewear started just last year and is already making a mark with designs that transcend the ordinary.
Aspire Eyewear is created with SDN-4, a specially designed nylon material proprietary to the brand. Their collection is designed for the manufacture of extremely lightweight eyewear with exceptional thinness. The entire collection was designed using 3D technology significantly reducing prototype development resulting in a brand that can quickly respond to emerging eyewear and experiment with inventive design options at a rapid pace.
Gearographer received the opportunity to test out the Aspire Anonymous Sunglasses and see how we liked them! Check out our detailed review below!
When I first received the Aspire Anonymous sunglasses I wasn’t quite sure if they were suited for the outdoors. However, to my surprise I was proven quite wrong. I took these bad boys on a 6 mile hike through Devil’s Den and, at times, forgot I even had them on my head. Aspire Eyewear is 50 percent lighter than a typical plastic frame, 50 percent thinner than the typical plastic frame and 22 percent lighter than a typical titanium frame. To say that they are light is definitely an understatement. They are very clear as well and they cover your entire eye, so it is easy to forget you are wearing them on your face which is a big plus whenever you are hiking for several miles at a time. Even when they are resting on your head it is easy to forget they are even there. As far as functionally goes, the Anonymous Sunglasses are excellent!
Design and Aesthetics ★★★★★
I personally love aviators, and these are a very unique take on the classic aviator. These are designed with a hypoallergenic SDN-4 nylon polymer material that leaves them looking this really pretty blue color (or whichever color you buy!). They also have a UV 400 flash mirror lens which is a beautiful dark brown color. When others are looking at you, they can just barely see your eyes through them, but they have to look pretty hard.
One major problem I have with them is that I typically have with aviators is that they leave this awful mark on my nose after I’ve worn them for an hour or so. You know what I mean? That mark from the bridge guard that stabilizes them on your face. I noticed today after my long hike that they did not leave a mark, which is a huge plus!
My one concern about design wasn’t necessarily with the Glasses themselves, but with the case that they came in. If you were to spend $280-300 bucks on a pair of sunglasses, I would want a case that is easy to handle and will hold up. The plastic material would probably handle me dropping it a few times in my car,but it was kind of hard to open if you don’t have long fingernails.
The SDN-4 material is apparently heat resistant and will never fade due to UV exposure. They also don’t appear to have any screws in the hinges and are made from just 3 pieces of the SDN-4 material. They also are not injection molded, but created with a computer numerical control machinery (3D printed). Meaning they are much more durable, while maintaining that super light feel.
I personally was worried that I may be too hard on the glasses due to how light they are. But after putting these guys through the ringer, I don’t have any scratches on them and they are still flat on my face. As I said before, they are super light, which is the coolest thing they have going for them. At one point my dog got incredibly exhausted on the hike, so I was forced to carry him. At this point I put the glasses on my head and completely forgot they were there! As I was ducking under a branch they got snagged and ripped off my head. They took quite a tumble down the rocky path and I knew that a drop like that would probably scratch a lens or dent the frame. Alas, I was proven wrong and they were perfectly fine!
At a whopping $280-$300 I feel like these are pretty expensive for sunglasses that aren’t polarized. But if you are looking for a very durable, very light pair of outdoor sunglasses, then these would be a great fit. In the outdoor world every ounce matters and these will not add to your overall weight at all. You should definitely consider the Aspire Anonymous Sunglasses next time you head out on a camping or backpacking trip where you need lightweight gear that can withstand anything!
Check out Aspire Eyewear Manufacturing Process as they cut out the inner frame!
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