Native Eyewear Highline Sunglasses Review
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The Native Highline Sunglasses showed up in the mail for my boyfriend to review and within a matter of minutes I had determined they were “too small on him” and claimed them as my own. With an updated yet classic looking style similar to flat fronts the Highline sunglasses are stylish and functional without being too trendy that they’ll go out of style quickly.
Sizing & Fit of the Highline Sunglasses
The manufacturer website says these sunglasses fit best on medium to large profiles, but I personally think they fit just as well on smaller profiles that are looking for a larger frame and are actually a tad small for a true large profile. The shape and size of the sunglasses lend themselves to wide variety of profiles, so I could see these shades working for many people. On a big group trip people were interested in checking the Highline’s out after I had been talking them up, so I got to see several different people, both male and female, try them on and they looked fine on just about everyone. A feature that helps the Highline Sunglasses fit well and stay in place is the contoured ear piece that wraps slightly around the top of the ears.
The Highline sunglasses are a pretty classic style that I’d say is a mix between the popular styles of the 50s and 80s. This easy-going style is slightly shaped across the top with the center being a bit lower and have a rounded bottom edge. They aren’t true flat fronts as they do contour to the face a bit. Native Eyewear, including the Highline sunglasses, come with a lifetime warranty so the classic, not super trendy styling is appreciated since these sunglasses will definitely outlast any trendy style.
Highline Sunglasses Construction
I can absolutely say that the Native Highline Sunglasses are built to last and if for some rare reason they don’t, Native stands behind their product with a lifetime warranty. One of the first things you’ll notice about the Highline Sunglasses is that they are very lightweight, but do not feel flimsy. This is a result of the co-injected Rhyno-Tuff Air Frame. Not only does this make the the Highline Sunglasses lightweight, but also extremely durable, even in high impact situations. Luckily, I didn’t have to test this out first hand. If I did, I’m fairly confident that the frames would have fared better than my face.
Probably an overlooked feature, but one of the most appreciated on the Highline Sunglasses is the Cushionol nose pads. These are little rubber-like pads that rest on the bridge of the nose. Not only do these make the Highline Sunglasses were super comfortable, but they also make sure that the sunglasses stay in place, no matter what activity you’re doing. I wore these running, boating, mountain biking, hiking, and around town and even when wet or in wind they remained perfectly in place.
Another thing I noticed about the Highline Sunglasses was that the hinges at the sides felt tight and strong. I often feel like hinges weaken or loosen over time, altering the fit and making the sunglasses feel flimsy, but these have remained tight and snug thus far.
Native Eyewear Lenses
While frames help sunglasses look good and add additional features, the optics are the most important feature. The Highline Sunglasses that I tested had medium brown polarized lenses. The optics were clear, did not distort, or create a glare that I noticed. Native’s N3 polarized lenses block up to four times more infared light than regular lenses and reduce blue light ultimately reducing eye strain and providing optimal performance. Of note, the image on digital screens (phones, digital cameras, tablets, digital clocks) may not be easily visible with polarized lenses, including these.
I found the lenses to work great particularly on water and noticed that I didn’t have to take them on and off to see detail in bright sunlight which can happen with lower quality lenses. The lenses were also extremely scratch resistant helping to maintain the fine optics even after they were floating around in my gear bag without a case or when skidding across the deck of the boat. While they were scratch resistant, I did find that the got dirty quickly with smudges, and oils from my face and hands.
Native Eyewear Highline Sunglasses Overview
The Highline Sunglasses are a classic style with great optics suited for everyday wear or any adventure you may go on. They have clear optics, are lightweight, durable, and are a basic enough style for a variety of people. They come in a selection of colors viewable at www.amazon.com/nativeeyewear and also come with a hard case and bag.