If you have been fly fishing for Carp for a while then you will probably agree that your shades are your most critical gear. How appropriate that Outdoor Blogger Network recently randomly selected me to participate in a free gear give-away review of a set of Native "Cable" Sunglasses.
After two fishing outings and a good month of using these as my kickin-around glasses I rate these very highly. They have excellent clarity, are for the most part extremely comfortable, come with nice accessories, have the capability to switch out lenses and even look good! I do have a couple of minor complaints with the ear-pieces and the instructions for switching out the lenses but Native clearly manufactures very nice sunglasses.
|Native "Cable" Sunglasses|
JUST THE FACTS MAM:Manufacturer: Native Sunglasses
|Get Your Fonzy On|
|Love the facial stand-off at the brow.|
|I would like a little more down-ward curve to the ear pieces|
One of the interesting features of Native Sunglasses is the ability to change out the lenses. This feature is interesting in that it provides the ability to tune the lens tint to conditions and to replace your lenses if they get scratched. I would love to be able to switch to a different lens tint which could help with the wimpy winter sun. I like this feature and when I have the time and money I am plan on ordering a set of the copper lenses (18% VLT per the manufacturer, $40.00 MSRP) in order to see if they perform better in low-light.
I am just a little disappointed in the process for switching lenses. The directions for the Cable style would seem to imply that it is just a matter of lightly gripping the lenses and pushing them in the appropriate direction. I spent a while trying to get them out per the directions, but eventually had to resort to putting an uncomfortable amount of twisting and bending of the lenses and frames to make the switch. Afterwards the lenses were grimed to the max with finger grease and I had to clean them with a solution. I would say that on these particular frames the lens interchangeability may not be an on-the-water feature. If you feel this is a critical feature I would recommend taking a look at a partial-frame design or trialing the process at a physical retailer before purchasing.
The case is very nice and has a nice integral lens wallet and enough extra room to carry some small extras. The micro-fibre bag comes in handy for protecting and cleaning the lenses on the go. The Sport-Flex lenses that come in the package are very clear and look cool but since they are not polarized I am not sure what I would use them for.
I was not financially compensated by the manufacturer and am not associated with Native, but this product was provided free of charge in exchange for testing the product and writing a review.