What are your thoughts on Sunski’s sunglasses?
Humans who have eyeballs
Dear Eyeball Owners,
By now, it’s probably evident that I try to give well-rounded reviews. It’s important to me that I present all the sides of a product, so you can make an informed decision about its usefulness in your life. And now that I’ve offered you that reminder of my intentions, let me say this about Sunski recycled frame sunglasses:
These are the best freakin’ pair of sunglasses I’ve ever worn, ever.
My friend saw them in a special compartment in my car. She reached for them, vulgarly prying open the microfiber pouch they come in. “Oh!” she exclaimed. “Let me see—”
“You shall not!” I bellowed, ripping the glasses from her dirty, thieving, probably super bacterial hands. “Go online! Look at them there! Don’t bend the frames! Stop breathing on my Sunskis!”
When I love, I love intensely, okay? But before I share what inspires such ardor for an inanimate object, I will offer some background info.
Sunski was founded by two college friends, whose initial dream of creating the world’s best salsa-and-chip bowl morphed, by the grace of the gods, into making dope sunglasses. This journey involved totally tubular Aussie frames from the radical ‘80s; a fire hazard air mattress; a failed Kickstarter campaign; and a healthy dose of resilience and ingenuity. Today, the San Francisco-based company is small but mighty. In addition to making My New Favorite Sunglasses™, they also participate in the “1% for the Planet” initiative. This cooperative of businesses, individuals, and non-profits supports key efforts in helping the environment.
With such a dedication to healing Mother Earth, it’s not surprising that Sunski sent me a pair of sunnies made from recycle post-industrial, scrap plastic. I am legit wearing something that could be clogging an Illinois landfill right now. You’re welcome, citizens of the Prairie State.
My “tortoise fade” Chalet frames with “forest” polarized lenses arrived in a cute, detail oriented box. Inside, I found a wonderfully designed information pamphlet, a useful microfiber cleaning pouch, a rad little sticker – and even the little baggie of desiccant bore a cute message. (And it didn’t tell me not to eat it, which, like, do people still try to eat that stuff? How hungry are you?)
The box also contained, of course, the main event: Sunglasses!
Little known fact: I worked at a high end sunglass shop as a high schooler. The frames we sold cost hundreds of dollars. While I convinced at least three whole people to shell out money on these expensive frames, my barely-above-minimum-wage certainly did not put me in the “consumer” category. However, I tried on hundreds of fancy glasses, and once, I won a sales competition and earned a free pair of Oakleys. At the time, they were the height of performance eyewear, and I picked a delicate, feminine frame – not the massive goggles worn by baseballers. These set my gold standard for sunglasses, one that has remained for *mumble mumble number mumble* years.
Sunski glasses are my new gold standard!
- After my Oakleys died, I settled on buying cheap sunglasses. Those of you with light eyes know that our sensitive irises melt in the sun (basically); I couldn’t go without sunglasses for long, but my heart couldn’t bear to lose another expensive pair. Of course, none of my cheapo glasses worked very well. Anyway, if you wince at the idea of paying US$60 for a pair of glasses, Sunski glasses might feel a bit too pricey for you.
- They do not come with a salsa bowl.
- They’re super comfortable. The fit is absolutely perfect. No sliding off my face; no falling down my nose; no weird bowing of the arms after days of wear.
- They’re stylish! I loved the color and shape of my pair, but then I found about a half-dozen other styles and colors I’d probably also love just as well.
- The lenses are polarized. This helps reduce that glare that can bounce off snow, water, or the chains precariously holding timber on the back of the logging truck you’re stuck behind on the highway.
- Their warranty. Holy moly, you all. Sunski offers a lifetime warranty that covers “frame damage that occurs under ‘normal use’ that prevents you from wearing your shades: broken hinges, cracked frames, damage from running into a tree… this is all normal use and fair game to be replaced.” Obviously I immediately thought of that time earlier this year when I, ya know, slipped down a mountain and cracked my arm. While Sunski couldn’t replace my arm, if I’d cracked my glasses, it sounds like they’d be covered!
- These glasses are earth-friendly. Not only do they utilize scrap plastic, they also support environmentalist non-profits.
- There’s a good feeling attached to supporting a small business! These guys aren’t corporate fat cats; they’re two dudes who like surfing.
I can’t compliment these Sunski glasses enough. I hope you enjoy yours!
See you again soon,