Dear Natalie: Try Sunski Glasses

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By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

What are your thoughts on Sunski’s sunglasses?

Signed,

Humans who have eyeballs

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Dear Eyeball Owners,

By now, it’s probably evident that I try to give well-rounded reviews. It’s important to me that I present all the sides of a product, so you can make an informed decision about its usefulness in your life. And now that I’ve offered you that reminder of my intentions, let me say this about Sunski recycled frame sunglasses:

These are the best freakin’ pair of sunglasses I’ve ever worn, ever.

My friend saw them in a special compartment in my car. She reached for them, vulgarly prying open the microfiber pouch they come in. “Oh!” she exclaimed. “Let me see—”

“You shall not!” I bellowed, ripping the glasses from her dirty, thieving, probably super bacterial hands. “Go online! Look at them there! Don’t bend the frames! Stop breathing on my Sunskis!”

When I love, I love intensely, okay? But before I share what inspires such ardor for an inanimate object, I will offer some background info.

Sunski was founded by two college friends, whose initial dream of creating the world’s best salsa-and-chip bowl morphed, by the grace of the gods, into making dope sunglasses. This journey involved totally tubular Aussie frames from the radical ‘80s; a fire hazard air mattress; a failed Kickstarter campaign; and a healthy dose of resilience and ingenuity. Today, the San Francisco-based company is small but mighty. In addition to making My New Favorite Sunglasses™, they also participate in the “1% for the Planet” initiative. This cooperative of businesses, individuals, and non-profits supports key efforts in helping the environment.

With such a dedication to healing Mother Earth, it’s not surprising that Sunski sent me a pair of sunnies made from recycle post-industrial, scrap plastic. I am legit wearing something that could be clogging an Illinois landfill right now. You’re welcome, citizens of the Prairie State.

 

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My “tortoise fade” Chalet frames with “forest” polarized lenses arrived in a cute, detail oriented box. Inside, I found a wonderfully designed information pamphlet, a useful microfiber cleaning pouch, a rad little sticker – and even the little baggie of desiccant bore a cute message. (And it didn’t tell me not to eat it, which, like, do people still try to eat that stuff? How hungry are you?)

The box also contained, of course, the main event: Sunglasses!

 

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© Sunski – sunski.com

 

Little known fact: I worked at a high end sunglass shop as a high schooler. The frames we sold cost hundreds of dollars. While I convinced at least three whole people to shell out money on these expensive frames, my barely-above-minimum-wage certainly did not put me in the “consumer” category. However, I tried on hundreds of fancy glasses, and once, I won a sales competition and earned a free pair of Oakleys. At the time, they were the height of performance eyewear, and I picked a delicate, feminine frame – not the massive goggles worn by baseballers. These set my gold standard for sunglasses, one that has remained for *mumble mumble number mumble* years.

Sunski glasses are my new gold standard!

 

Drawbacks

  • After my Oakleys died, I settled on buying cheap sunglasses. Those of you with light eyes know that our sensitive irises melt in the sun (basically); I couldn’t go without sunglasses for long, but my heart couldn’t bear to lose another expensive pair. Of course, none of my cheapo glasses worked very well. Anyway, if you wince at the idea of paying US$60 for a pair of glasses, Sunski glasses might feel a bit too pricey for you.
  • They do not come with a salsa bowl.

 

Benefits

  • They’re super comfortable. The fit is absolutely perfect. No sliding off my face; no falling down my nose; no weird bowing of the arms after days of wear.
  • They’re stylish! I loved the color and shape of my pair, but then I found about a half-dozen other styles and colors I’d probably also love just as well.
  • The lenses are polarized. This helps reduce that glare that can bounce off snow, water, or the chains precariously holding timber on the back of the logging truck you’re stuck behind on the highway.
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I wasn’t kidding! © Me, 2018
  • Their warranty. Holy moly, you all. Sunski offers a lifetime warranty that covers “frame damage that occurs under ‘normal use’ that prevents you from wearing your shades: broken hinges, cracked frames, damage from running into a tree… this is all normal use and fair game to be replaced.” Obviously I immediately thought of that time earlier this year when I, ya know, slipped down a mountain and cracked my arm. While Sunski couldn’t replace my arm, if I’d cracked my glasses, it sounds like they’d be covered!
  • These glasses are earth-friendly. Not only do they utilize scrap plastic, they also support environmentalist non-profits.
  • There’s a good feeling attached to supporting a small business! These guys aren’t corporate fat cats; they’re two dudes who like surfing.

 

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Trying to look cool at Lava Beds National Monument – © Me, 2018

 

I can’t compliment these Sunski glasses enough. I hope you enjoy yours!

 See you again soon,

Natalie

 

 

 

 

Resident Columnist and Reviewer at | Website

“Ask Natalie” host, Natalie McCarthy was born and raised in the urban American rust belts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio, in a not-particularly-outdoorsy family. She discovered the outdoors in her early 30s and now seeks out new ways to adventure.

Natalie earned her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. She works as a licensed supervisory clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of co-occurring substance use, general mental health, and trauma-related disorders. While her professional practice is where Natalie spends most of her time helping people with their problems, she was an online advice columnist in the past.

In the early 2000s, she was the go-to answer girl on a now-defunct website called New Girl Order. Her column there led her to research a diversity of topics, from May-December romances to why on Earth plucking our eyebrows makes us sneeze.

55 thoughts on “Dear Natalie: Try Sunski Glasses

  • July 11, 2018 at 2:01 am
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    Really? That good? Honestly, the only ones I use and wear regularly are my Raybans. I have astigmatism and am now far-sighted because of age. But thankfully, my Raybans have been with me for 20 years now. 😀

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  • July 6, 2018 at 9:55 pm
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    These sunglasses are really cute! I love the tortoise pattern. My favorite thing about these glasses however, is the fact that they are environmentally friendly. We need more companies like this!

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:17 pm
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      Phoebe, I could not agree more. Admittedly, I’d probably buy them even if they weren’t recycled, but the fact that they are really helps me feel good about this brand. We don’t need more waste in the world. And I LOVE that they donate to environmental groups!

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  • July 6, 2018 at 11:12 am
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    I love the look of these sunglasses for sure. I am glad that they are stylish and add protection we need.

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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      Becca, yes! Gotta love when form and function coincide!

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  • July 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm
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    These glasses look very nice – and excellent quality is key in sunshades: They could so easily damage your eyes. So thanx for the review.

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:15 pm
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      Thank you for reading Renata. I agree – I’m in my late 30s and my family has “not great” vision genes. I want to preserve my vision as long as possible before I have to resort to Cole bottle specs!

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  • July 4, 2018 at 12:09 pm
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    I like this product, I find the price just worth it – stylish and durable I would say. Great review!

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:14 pm
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      Thanks Eliza. I agree, they are worth the price tag!

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  • July 4, 2018 at 3:08 am
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    Those are stylish!! I have always loved trying on sunglasses at the store, and these are great!

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:14 pm
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      Lisa, me too! That’s when I’m a supermodel – in front of the mirror by the sunglasses display! ?

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  • July 4, 2018 at 1:15 am
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    I really enjoyed your post, you have a way with words that makes the conversation come to life off the screen. I will have to check out these Sunski Sunglasses.

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:13 pm
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      Tara, that’s such a kind comment. Thanks! And let us know what you think of your Sunskis.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 10:12 pm
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    These are actually great looking sunglasses! I’m at the point where I need them the best quality there is:)

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm
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      Aye aye, Karolina! I’ve noticed that my eyes feel less strained after wearing them, compared to lower quality shades.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm
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    I love the way you write your blog post! And this pair of sunglasses looks so perfect and stylish.

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm
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      Aw thanks Lena! I just love these glasses. I think they’re cool too!

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  • July 3, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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    omg i def need a pair of these- esp that they LOOk amazing!

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:11 pm
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      Thanks Cait! All their styles are super cute.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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    I love camping and hiking so much. Although I don’t usually wear glass or sunglass, should try this one.

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:10 pm
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      They have been wonderful for my outdoorsy activities!

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  • July 3, 2018 at 4:07 pm
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    I had never heard of these brand of sunglasses before! I really enjoyed reading your review of them! Im going to have to keep them in mind the next time I’m in the market for sunglasses!

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:09 pm
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      Thanks Paige! I think you’ll really like them.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 4:07 pm
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    Wow..what a great pair of sunglasses. I love this. I totally want to try it out too.

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:09 pm
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      ?? you’ll love ‘em!

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  • July 3, 2018 at 3:31 pm
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    I need a pair!! I’m always dropping my sunglasses so I will have to look into these!

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:08 pm
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      Yes! And maybe there’s a sunglasses heavenwhere all your and my old pairs go when they die… hahaha!

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  • July 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm
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    The drawback of not coming with a salsa bowl could be a deal breaker for me haha – Just kidding. These sound like great sunnies, I don’t think spending $60 on a decent pair of eyewear is bad at all plus they are helping the planet. Bonus! (P.s totally chuckled at your mums reply in the comments lol)

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:07 pm
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      Hahahahaha I’m glad her sarcasm came through. We’d both feel awful if people thought she was actually critiquing my hair! And I agree, considering how great these are, $60 is not too bad.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm
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    oh !!!!! no way, it is environmentally friendly, comfy and stylish. I love these shades.

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:06 pm
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      Me too! What’s not to love, right?!?

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  • July 3, 2018 at 8:46 am
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    You look great in those sunglasses! These pair of glasses looks so stylish and comfortable! Definitely gonna check this out!

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    • July 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm
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      Thank you and yay ?!

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  • July 3, 2018 at 6:36 am
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    These eye glasses looks like a good stuff to buy very stylish and it looks so comfortable when you are wearing it!

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    • July 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm
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      So comfy! They’re great.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 5:07 am
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    I honestly could not live without polarized sunglasses. So good at protecting your eyes from harsh glare

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    • July 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm
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      Yes to that! Non-polarized lenses are good for walking around in a haze of rainbow blurs and auras, with an increased chance of bumping into stuff. ?

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  • July 3, 2018 at 3:15 am
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    Thanks for the review. Your writing style alone may get me to buy another pair of sunglasses. BTW – you may want to touch up those roots BEFORE taking such an up close photo of yourself 🙂
    You are welcome.
    Love
    Mom

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    • July 3, 2018 at 3:58 am
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      HAHAHAHAHA ?
      Oh mum. Love you.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 12:27 am
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    I’d not heard of this brand. They are great looking, and I do love sunglasses.

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    • July 3, 2018 at 2:41 am
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      Buy some, Nancie! I love them!

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  • July 3, 2018 at 12:10 am
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    lol @ they do not come with a salsa bowl. They do look good on you though !

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    • July 3, 2018 at 2:41 am
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      Thanks Jenn! ?

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  • July 2, 2018 at 11:52 pm
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    Amazing!! I’ve heard great things about these! I may just have to get a pair!

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    • July 3, 2018 at 2:42 am
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      Erin, you won’t regret it. They’re awesome.

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  • July 2, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    Those are actually really cute! I’d have to hide them from my kids’ grubby fingers!

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    • July 3, 2018 at 2:42 am
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      Yes! No kiddo jam hands on the Sunskis! ?

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  • July 2, 2018 at 10:32 pm
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    These are really cool sunglasses! You are right about them being fashionable. They are a little pricey though.

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    • July 3, 2018 at 2:43 am
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      Yes, they are on the pricey side. I figure I’ve spent more than $60 on replacing cheap sunglasses, though, so… I just have to be very mindful of where I set these down!

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  • July 2, 2018 at 10:22 pm
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    I love the design of them. I am completely the same because I used to prefer a cheapo pair because I always break or loose my sunglasses.

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    • July 3, 2018 at 2:44 am
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      Yes! Or I’d set them down somewhere and never see them again. I imagine an Oregon forest full of bears sporting my lost shades.

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  • July 2, 2018 at 9:07 pm
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    Those are great looking sunglasses and I LOVE that they are recycled. I’ve never even heard of recycled sunglasses!!! Great idea.

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    • July 3, 2018 at 2:45 am
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      Kim, until these, I hadn’t either! I love that they’re using scrap that would otherwise be waste.

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