Seattleites will tell you that more sunglasses are sold here than in any other city in the country. Who knows if this is actually true but it’s a trivia fact that we like to boast about.
I can totally see how it would be true. With so few days of sunshine (although I admit that has changed with global warming), it’s easy to misplace your sunglasses and have to replace them when the sun is actually shining down.
I almost always have sunglasses with me. I joke that it’s because I’m an optimist and I’m always waiting for the sun to come out. It’s probably truer to say that I have sensitive eyes and that on cloudy days I have to actually squint more than when there’s blue sky. My sunnies also help to hold my hair back so for me they are a hair accessory. 🙂
When asked me to review their glasses, I was delighted to do so. Jon’s been wearing Native glasses for years but I hadn’t had a chance to covet my own pair. Until now! I was sent the Native Eyewear Kodiak sunglasses.
My first chance to test these out was in Japan. Lucky for me we had many days of really beautiful weather. This gave me the chance to accessorize with my new sunglasses!
Pretty sporty, eh?
This might sound shallow but the first thing I look for in sunglasses is a small frame. Despite my inner desire to look like a movie star, those big Hollywood-ish glasses do not look good on me. The Native Eyewear Kodiak Asphalt glasses? Yeah, I can rock these.
It may sound even shallower, but I also have to have good solid arms on sunglasses so I can push them up on my head and they’ll stay there. Trust me. I’ve tested enough sunglasses to know that not all of them are capable of this very basic (but critical) task.
Of course with sunglasses, it’s always the technology behind them that really make them stand out. Here are a few things that I like most about the Kodiaks:
** The polarized N3 lens technology blocks up to four times more infrared light than regular polarized lenses. Though subtle, this extra protection helps prevent eyes from being fatigued by the sun. With my sensitive eyes, this is even more important.
** The Kodiak Asphalts also reduce blue light and filter UV light. This means you’ll get more contrast (think: awesome clouds and contrast when looking at mountatins).
Overall, these are really standout sunglasses and I’m thrilled to have them in my small collection. When I’m headed to super sunny locations this year such as and , I know these are going to come in really handy. And, truthfully, they’re getting a lot of use in Seattle this spring, too!
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Disclosure: Native Eyewear provided these sunglasses for me to review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.