By this I mean that you can choose the frame and the lenses from a wide range of options on the Sungod website, so in effect you come away with customised sunglasses.
The Classics² are made with a flexible, durable and lightweight frame so that to an extent you can bend and twist them out of shape and they won’t break. Fair enough, although there’s no real reason to want to do that to your shades, it does mean that they can withstand a lot of abuse in your pocket/pack without falling apart.
From a technical point of view the Classics² come with 100% UVA and UVB protection, exceeding industry standards. The lenses are impact resistant and have triple-layer scratch protection as well as having an anti-reflective inner coating. They also have polarising filters to protect against glare from snow and water which worked well on test.
In use they feel very light and comfortable although some light does get in at the sides due to the traditional, ‘classic’ design. But these sunglasses are not made specifically for skiing à la Dragon Mountaineer, Scott Ascend or Cébé Pro Guide so that’s only to be expected. However they’re also cheaper than any of these models.
And finally the glasses come with a protective box, microfibre storage pouch and lifetime guarantee as well as cool looks – not bad for the price.
FOR: Design your own style; tough, flexible frames
AGAINST: Not designed specifically for skiing
Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.