Over the years I have had a number pairs of sunglasses. From ballistic glasses I’ve worn working overseas to high-end fashion brands. The thing that has linked all of them together is my ability to either lose or destroy them. It’s not even funny any more, I am death the destroyer of worlds to eyewear.
Having lost yet another set of sunglasses (Oakleys this time) I decided that I would take a new approach to buying the replacement. This time I was going budget! Like ZZ Top I needed to embrace some Cheap Sunglasses.
I started looking all over the internet but was still looking at north of £20. I wanted cheaper than that, but also something I could trust not to make me go blind.
That’s when I went to Decathlon. I’ve been a fan of Decathlon for a long time. They have a great range of outdoor gear that has high-end performance at a very reasonable price. Given how much use I’ve had out of my Merino T-shirt and my Hunting Trousers I decided to dig into Decathlon’s offering.
Decathlon has a good selection of sunglasses, all at great prices. But, the single best feature has to be the “try them on” function on the website. Via your webcam it allows you to not only look at the sunglasses on your face but, if you turn your head, the glasses move too! I could try on the full range without having to visit the store.
These are a pair of black plastic, square framed sunglasses with straight arms. There are no frills. They don’t have sexy lens coatings. They don’t even come with a fabric pouch to put them in.
They do fit VERY comfortably. They more than happily stay in place if you bend down. They don’t slip down your nose every 5 minutes. The arms don’t dig into your head, causing a headache. If you prop them on the top of your head, and then look up, they don’t fall off (ask me about a church tower and a pair of Ray Bans).
Despite my claims of simplicity, there is more to the design. They have 100% UV protection. This is vital, I had a colleague go snow-blind in a sandstorm in Iraq wearing a pair of the 1970s Porn-Star issue sunglasses because they had no UV protection. Decathlon’s offering comes with ISO 12312-1 Certification. They protect from both UVA and UVB.
The lens and frame are made from a strong polycarbonate. So, if you do manage to drop them they won’t shatter. In addition, the very small number of metal components are made from Stainless Steel. This might not seem like a big deal but, with something that may well get repeatedly exposed to moisture or seawater, it means thet the arms won’t break off at an inopportune moment.
There’s more. They are shaped to cling to your head. They also have a curve to the front so that they wrap around your eyes to protect from spray or rain.
Once you have them on, you don’t notice that they are there as they only weigh 20g.
They also offer a 2 year warranty on them.
Finally, Decathlon is trying very hard to make their products more eco-friendly. The frames of these glasses have no varnish or paint. All of it integrated into the moulding.
I really rate these sunglasses. They are really comfortable to wear. They are robust. They look good. Best of all… THEY ONLY COST £4.99!
I liked them so much I bought 3 pairs that I can leave in various places.
High quality, good looking, robust sunglasses that cost pennies.
Cost – £: A VERY reasonable £4.99.
Value for money 1-5: 5. You more than get your money’s worth. Really high spec and well made.
Ease of use 1-5: 5, Well designed and well made.
Construction 1-5: 5, Well made with clear attention to detail in the construction.
Allyness 1-5: 3, you need ballistic Wily-X to be ally…
This Kit Pest Review was written by Ben O’Toole. Hopefully you enjoyed it and if you have any thoughts or comments related to this article then leave a comment!