It’s been a little while since I last reviewed a product in much detail, but these came just in time for the past couple of week’s glorious sunny weather to put them through their paces.
The first thing that I noticed is that they are incredibly light when you pick them up so you soon forget that you are wearing them. The lightweight nature is probably due to the manufacturing process where the frames are hand-laid to create a monocoque structure (the same method carbon fibre is built up on F1 cars they boast!).
Every Stratos is unique, the layers of painted Maple are sanded down by hand allowing the flashes of colour to creep through.
What I really like about the Dewerstone eyewear range in general is that each pair is unique. Made from sandwiched layers of coloured maple wood each pair is then sanded down by hand so all the tiny differences show through when you compare them side by side.
The other really great touch is in the hinges – they allow you to open the arms out beyond the 90 degree mark without fear of damaging them. Not only does that help out those with, ahem, slightly larger heads it also means I can clumsily take them on and off without fear of snapping them.
The brand ethos revolves around the idea of ‘Smart Technical‘ and the key to fulfilling that here is with the lenses. Many purely “fashionable” pairs of high street sunglasses look great but are often let down with the lenses, which is a real kicker as that’s the practical side of why you buy sunglasses! Not with these though.
Polarised and 100% UV the lenses provide excellent protection from the sun and give you real clarity of vision in bright light. I took them for a couple of long hikes in the Peak District at the weekend and they were superb in broad, open areas of sunshine as well as giving excellent visual relief in areas of high contrast such as the more covered woodland areas.
The only slight downside I have come across so far is that the lenses pick up finger smudges quite easily. Not discernible when wearing them, but they were obvious when looking at them front on. They come with the usual carry bag and cleaning cloth and polish back up nicely so it’s only a minor qualm from me.
Overall they feel equally at home on my face whether I’m at the beach, walking through the Derbyshire Dales, or cruising round town on my fixie. Definitely would recommend whether you’re in the market for a new pair of sunglasses or not!
Now then, which pair of their shorts do I fancy..?