SunGod’s approach is a little different to other sunglasses brands. Instead of offering set colourways for its designs, you choose each element of your glasses from eight colour options for the frame, the lower lens protectors or the half-frame nose bridge, the logos and the rubber tips to the arms, as well as 10 lens options.
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That adds up to thousands of colour combinations. What also impressed me was that they arrived within three days. For £150 / €180 / $200 / AU$295 the package is pretty good, including a selection of soft nose-bridges, a zipped hard case and a soft cleaning bag.
The glasses themselves follow the current trend of retro/modern aesthetic. The shield lens extends to your brow line offering huge coverage – it is 62mm at its deepest.
The lens itself (I opted for the Fire colour) is made of a new material called 8KO, just 2mm thick. It is claimed to be both lighter and stronger than standard polycarbonate lenses.
SunGod also states the frame material is lighter than that used in its premium-priced rival’s frames. It does make for a super-light pair of shades with mine weighing in at just 25.1g with full frames.
The shield lens is shaped to curve smoothly both vertically and horizontally, which keeps the clarity high with no distortion even at the outer edges of your peripheral vision. The lens quality really does impress as much as Rudy Project’s RX series lens, Oakley’s Prism and the Carl Zeiss lenses in the Spektrum shades I tested recently.
Under SunGod’s lifetime eco- and wallet-friendly guarantee it will repair your glasses free of charge. The frame fit is good, with plenty of tension, and the grippy, sock-like tips hold them in place even when you’re sweaty and the going gets rough. The lens is coated hydrophobically (a transparent, water repelling coating), so it doesn’t tend to fog.
Finish-wise the main frame looks superb, but the red lower frame came out a little milky and flat and just doesn’t ooze the same class as Oakley or Rudy shades. Overall, though, the SunGods combine a great buying experience with superior quality lenses and fantastic on-bike performance.