Friday, April 27, 2012

Switch Sunglasses - Gear Review

Being an outdoorswoman, I have several staples to my outdoor gear bag.  One of the the things that goes from my purse to my kayak to my hunting pack and back to my purse is sunglasses.  While I am a little vain, I still refuse to buy a pair of expensive stylish sunglasses as well as a pair of nice polarized sunglasses.  When I buy sunglasses they have to be stylish and functional.  For the past two years I've been sporting a pair of Costa Del Mar Isabela sunglasses, but I acquired some Switch Vision Boreal sunglasses a few months ago. I've been giving the Switch sunglasses some good use lately.

Photo Credit - Switch Vision

I will say when I first read of the concept of Switch Vision I was a little concerned.  I own Ranger Shooting Glasses, where the lenses switch out and it is a bit of a concern to know that you could break your glasses by switching the lens out, so when I heard of Switch Vision's magnetized way of holding your lenses in it seemed like a great idea, but a bit scary as well.  I don't really want to watch my lens fall into the ocean and float away when I have 6 more hours out on a boat!  I can safely say I was very surprised with the strength of the magnets in the sunglasses and lenses.  The packaging of the extra set of lenses was excellent.  They are held into the packaging with magnets so they aren't getting beat up if they are floating around in your hunting pack or tackle box.  These are by far the best fitting sunglasses I've worn.  The following is a personal preference due to my giant head only, my Costa Del Mar sunglasses dig into my head behind my ears, while my Boreal's don't, but my Boreal's fit tight enough that I feel confident they won't fall off my head into the water as well.  The polarization on the Boreal's seemed to be like any other polarized sunglasses I've had.  I definitely have no complaints with the two sets of lenses that come standard with these sunglasses.
Wearing my Switch sunglasses while testing out my kayak

On my complaint list however, is the fact that I wish these sunglasses came in a shatter/impact resistant lens.  The way the lenses change out is perfect for shooting, but with the lenses not being impact resistant I can't shoot safely in them. I hope in the future Switch does attempt to make an impact resistant or safety type lens.  I am used to a bigger size of sunglasses, so when I received these they seemed so small, however after wearing them several times I'm more used to the size, but still wish they had a little more lens area.  On the lenses again, I wish that they offered a more extensive amount of color options.  I personally know how much the color of lenses can change what stands out in contrast to other things and how much that helps in hunting and fishing, so I'm hoping that Switch will branch out and look for more color options for their lenses as well.

Overall I'm fairly happy with my Switch sunglasses, yes with some tweaks they could be even more versatile, but they are great for driving, fishing, and non-impact activities.  They are pretty stylish for a women while still being a unisex style of sunglasses.  I am confident these won't fall off my head, nor will the lens jump into the water while fishing, so that's always a plus!  If you are looking for a good mid-price pair of polarized sunglasses that can be versatile I would suggest you look into Switch Vision.  

***I was compensated with Switch Vision Boreal's in exchange for a honest review of the product.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

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raj peter said...

I don't really want to watch my lens fall into the ocean and float away when I have 6 more hours out on a boat! I can safely say I was very surprised with the strength of the magnets in the sunglasses and lenses.
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