Residing in a concrete jungle doesn’t preclude one from being an outdoor enthusiast. In fact, miles of asphalt and cold steel can be a veritable playground for the right activities. Forget social climbing and the rat race. Go native. If, on the other hand, you prefer to spend your time in the great outdoors, well, that works for us too. I recently tested out two pairs of sunglasses (the Gonzo and Grind) in The Big Apple and took them along with us into some upstate wilderness to see how they stacked up.
Both the Gonzo and the Grind come with Native’s Interchange system which allows for quick and easy lens exchange. No tools, no hassle. Native also offers a wide range of lens options ranging from low light to polarized options that handle bright and even extremely bright conditions. Perfect for when your playground is set among gleaming glass skyscrapers. The feature that stands out most to us is Native’s venting system. Not only does it keep fog and condensation off your lenses, but it also manages to block out any extraneous light. The effect is an almost goggle-like feel, where our eyes felt totally protected from the elements (sun and earth). That was particularly helpful during one bouldering session when a large amount of dirt and debris rained down right into my face. Outside of the bad taste in my mouth I was no worse for the encounter. The final feature worth noting are the frames themselves. Built with what Native calls Rhino-Tuff Air Frames both the Gonzo and Grind are extremely light weight but strong enough to handle high velocity collisions and temperature extremes. Hopefully, you’ll never have to find out just how durable the frames really are.
If you’re into mountain biking, skateboarding, rock climbing or any range of outdoor mischief (urban or rural) than give Native Eyewear a look. Personally, I can’t wait to see how they handle the slopes this winter.
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