Native Eyewear Lynx Sunglasses Review
Picking out a pair of shades can be a tricky thing, as much of it can be personal preference and there are many approaches to consider. When looking for eyewear, I’d say I’m fairly picky. On one hand, I want sunglasses that perform well in the activity I am doing. On the other, I want sunglasses that look good. In other words, what goes on my face for a long backcountry mountain bike ride is very different from what I might wear lounging poolside. Enter the Native Eyewear Lynx sunglasses which fall, in my opinion, squarely on the high performance side of things. That’s not to say they’re ugly, it’s just to say the style is more suited to running, cycling, skiing, and being active than walking the red carpet at a movie premier.
The Interchangeable Lens System of the Lynx is one of the highlights, making these shades really versatile in a variety of light conditions. Swapping lenses is super easy: just pop the left and right corners of the lens out of the frame, gently squeeze the nose piece to release the center of the lens, and the lens is out. To insert a lens, simply reverse the process. Native Eyewear touts their N3™ technology as the “most innovative and advanced polarized lens on the market” and I can attest the visibility and clarity is top notch. Even towards the end of long bike rides, my eyes don’t feel fatigued like they would with sub-par optics. Bravo! Additionally, these bad larry’s are well ventilated and don’t fog, both in warm summertime temps while mountain biking as well as in the winter while backcountry skiing.
Fit of the Native Eyewear Lynx Sunglasses
Native recommends the Lynx for Large to X-Large face profiles, and I would say these shades more than adequately give me enough protection. I don’t believe I have the biggest head in the world, but I’m a tall guy so I’d guess my head falls in the “Large” category. I also think these glasses are big enough to provide eye protection even for someone with a significantly larger head. When I first tried them on, I thought they sat too high on my face. After a quick tweak of the Flex Metal™ Adjustable Nose Pad System, they sat a bit lower and felt very comfortable. Speaking of comfort, the Lynx is light, and even after hours of mountain biking the Cushionol™ nose piece and Mastoid Temple Grip™ kept these shades comfy on my noggin.
Final Thoughts on the Native Eyewear Lynx
The Native Lynx has become my go-to sunglass for high-energy activities due to the easy to change lens, excellent optics, and overall comfort. I tested the Asphalt frames with Grey polarized Lens, but the Lynx is also available in Lime Burst with Blue Reflex polarized lens, Crystal/Orange with Copper polarized lens, and Smoke with Silver Reflex polarized lens. The Native Eyewear Lynx retails for $159 and $179, and includes two lenses. For more information, please visit http://www.nativeyewear.com/