Native Eyewear has a well-deserved reputation for excellent optical quality. It's combined that quality with the changeable lens technology of sports sunglasses in the Silencer, arriving at a package that -- at least at first glance -- appears to be quite street smart and sport savvy.
However, testing is where products either make the grade or fail, and after four seasons of hard use, we can't be silent about these sunglasses anymore.
The frames of the Silencer provide a nice balance offering up maximum protection, while at the same time not leaving the wearer feeling as if he or she is readying for an epic bike ride instead of a casual drive in the car. Most importantly, while some interchangeable lenses can be a challenge to, well, change, the Silencer lenses were not. They popped out easily when we wanted and remained firmly in place when we needed. The Silencer has smaller lenses than some sport glasses, which means less coverage and eye protection, but unless the winds were howling or the bike descents ripping, the protection was more than adequate.
We often struggle with fogged lenses during high-output activities, and the Silencer rated exceptionally well in this category.
While Native states the Silencer fits a medium to large profile, we found the sunglasses worked for testers who typically wear a small frame and testers who typically wear a larger size frame.
The Silencer also gets high marks for comfort -- both the Cushinol nose pads and rubberized Mastoid temple grip were soft. The temple grip also helped keep the glasses securely in place.
The Silencer (weighing a mere 0.7 ounces) comes with polarized or gray, orange, clear and yellow lenses, covering all conditions and preferences, and all with 100 percent UV protection. In keeping with the price and the quality, Native doesn't chintz on accessories. The glasses come in a semi-rigid case with pockets for each of the three sets of extra lenses, a soft case made of cleaning cloth material, a cleaning cloth, and a neck strap. And Native offers a lifetime repair or replacement option for $20, which even covers scratched lenses -- great for those of us prone to leaving sunglasses in our car seat and remembering only when hearing the crunch.
SNEWSÂ® Rating: 4.5 hands clapping (1 to 5 hands clapping possible, with 5 clapping hands representing functional and design perfection)
Suggested Retail: $120
For more information:www.nativeyewear.com