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Although it’s a little early to start the cricket season it’s underway and so every self-respecting cricket writer and cricket fan needs a new pair of sunnies. Its very rare for a pair to the last year and the cheaper they are the quicker they break and the more expensive they are the more likely you are to lose them, people less keen to return brand name shades to lost property. And, let’s face it, like umbrellas; you can leave sunglasses just about anywhere. I once left mine on the stumps when the players were coming out. Cue red face as tannoy announces this embarrassing discovery.
In recent years I was buying a pair of generics for a tenner or so off Amazon and hoping for the best. Actual eye protection is not what you are buying as cheap shades can often offer better protection than very expensive ones. Those pound shop ones are often perfectly fine although it’s important to have a larger lens to block sun coming in to the eye from the sides. No, what you need to buy are sturdy and protective ones so they can survive falling on concrete and the floor. Anything under a tenner will almost certainly crack the cheap plastic lens or frames. Better brands have stronger lens but they often have a weak point around the little screw on the side that often works itself lose all the time.
So with that in mind I decided to spend a little more this year and buy a brand. I can get through three pairs a season so thirty quid for a pair, I hope, will be good value. I don’t like buying brands because they are often made in the third world with cheap labor but sometimes quality is important. I’m going for Nike because I got a big discount with an Amazon voucher and I like the wrap around sports sunglasses design and protection to the whole eye. I have more floaters in my eye than a Glastonbury portaloo on the Sunday night so don’t want anymore. Sun damage causes them.
They are black lens with grey body and a sturdy frame. I have already dropped them once but no damage, thankfully. It says Nike’s are shatterproof and so let’s hope so. They are polarized but give a crisp clear image. No sun glare or leakage. They fit snug behind the ear and no cubbyhole area around the nose that accumulate that horrid gunge of old skin and greasy stuff of your snozzer. Most guys look cooler and better looking in sunglasses and so that’s why most guys wear them and I am guilty of that too. But if you are out in the sun it’s a good idea to protect your eyes. It does damage them over time. My little brother thinks I am vain to wear sunglasses and he never will wear them. In fact I have noticed at cricket that men that don’t wear shorts ever, rarely wear sunglasses.
I paid £30 quid for them (RRP £45) and a fair price. Other brands nudge £100 and most of that cost purely because it’s a brand and then spent on advertising that brand to get that inflated price. I feel they are worth the value and you get a carry case and guarantee with them. Amazon are pretty good with returns and as long as the product is in good condition they will accept a return if you are not happy with the goods. I have noticed Amazon are now deducting the cost of return delivery costs for some returns, but not if its bust quickly or on delivery.
I am happy with the product and so far it’s doing the job although not much sun yet to keep out. I am a bit of a poser and will wear shades in the winter on a bright sunny day. They go well with aviator jackets. I would recommend these more for sporting use and being out in the sun than posing in town and they have good grip for actually playing sport. The lenses are not bifocal and if you do buy those bifocals beware as they can be very discombobulating and your vision ahead is magnified and your vision looking down is normal. They fold neatly back into the case and offer top end sun protection for UV rays. Remember, just because the lenses are dark it doesn’t mean they are protecting you.