With Native Eyewear Sanitas sunglasses, fashion meets function.
Native’s new Sanitas Driftwood sunglasses with Blue Reflex lenses feature their patented N3 polarized lens technology, which blocks up to four times more infrared light as a standard polarized lens. The N3 lens provides Ultra-Violet protection by selectively filtering out blue light and cutting glare. This provides the user with high definition and clarity along with excellent contrast. On top of that, the lenses meet ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 testing for impact resistance. The frames are composed of Native’s Rhyno-Tuff thermoplastic which provides a lightweight frame that can still hold up to extreme use. Through the use of co-injecting, Native has placed Cushinol, a proprietary non-slip material into the frames to help keep the sunglasses in place during activity. Cushinol is used for the nose cushion and also at the ends of the frames behind the ears to provide for a comfortable non-slip fit. Strong cam-action hinges lock in both the open and close positions. The Sanitas models of sunglasses are available in five frame colors, each with a different lens color. All Native sunglasses come with both a hard case and a soft bag for storage and protection. The soft bag is also excellent for cleaning the lens without damage. Native offers an innovative lifetime warranty, they will replace any damaged pair of their sunglasses for $30, no questions asked. There is a one year warranty on manufacturing defects.
Native Eyewear’s roots started in an urban setting back in 1998, but a move to Colorado in 2008 allowed the brand to explore the outdoors and push the brand to new heights. Shortly thereafter they began their “Locals Only Project,” which keys in on one town a year to fully engage in the outdoor experience of that area. Along with the “Native Road Tour,” it allows Native to stay in touch with the people.
The Native Sanitas Driftwood sunglasses were worn non-stop since the day they arrived. The first thing noted when putting on the glasses was they are super light; they weighed in at less than one ounce. The Cushinol in the nose piece and frame ends did a nice job of keeping the glasses secure during numerous activities. The frames are patterned after gray driftwood and the combination of the reflex blue mirrored lens made a very attractive package. The lens color, while blue when viewed from the outside, is a soft gray from the inside. The polarized lens did a great job of cutting out glare on even the sunniest of California days. Contrast and definition are first rate, whether worn while driving or during a variety of outdoor activities. On the ski slope, the author’s eyes always felt well protected and no eye strain was noted after a full day of outdoor use. As with all sunglasses, there is a cool factor, and the Native Sanitas sunglasses are very cool.
The Native Eyewear Sanitas Driftwood sunglasses with blue reflex lens did a great job of looking great while providing excellent optics and UV protection. Keep an eye out for the “Native Road Tour,” as it may be coming to your town this summer.
- Price – Standard lens- $129.00
Reflex lens- $149.00
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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.