A few weeks ago, a box of goodies showed up at my door. It was unexpected, but it’s always nice to get a big box of goodies. Unfortunately, one of the products was not destine to be reviewed by me . You see, I am useless without my prescription glasses, and thus, no RX sunglasses are not really my thing. So, when the Revo Abyss showed up for review I passed it off to my riding buddy Mitch. Below are his thoughts on these sunglasses.
Right in the middle of summer, Revo sends us a pair of their Abyss frames with polarized lenses. They’re stylish, a sort of casual-sporty, and fit me great. However, it’s far more complicated than that.
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Sunglasses are one of those products that are highly subjective to a person’s taste, or lack thereof. The only real way to judge a pair of sunglasses, as far as I’ve determined, is by lens quality. Distortion, weight, scratch resistance, and light filtration are what I look for in any brand’s plastic lenses. Revo uses very similar technology to Oakley, and is owned by the same company who owns Oakley and Ray-Ban along with a few others. And guess what, The Revo’s are just as good. Actually, because of the styling, maybe even a bit better.
For biking I’ve always thought it better to have light weight sunglasses for the way they feel on your face. The best way to get that is to go with plastic lenses, which can be hard to get right. Cheap plastic lenses have horrible distortion and scratch easily, and often exhibit poor light filtration. To have a light weight, recycled, plastic frame/lens combo of the highest quality, it’s a big deal.
The Revo Abyss frame comes in a few different colors, as do the lenses, which are user removable. They are feathery light, even lighter than my Oakley Half Jackets, and offer great coverage without being big. The polarized lenses are the way to go because Revo’s polarization is not a laminate, but rather it is infused into the polycarbonate lens. All of the color combos can be found here. MSRP comes in at $159.