|Rating:||8.7 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.8 / 2|
|Durability||1.8 / 2|
|Comfort and Fit||1.5 / 2|
|Weight||1.8 / 2|
|Appearance||1.8 / 2|
Most of my life has been spent outdoor working in the open air. Very early on I realised that eye protection was very important so I’ve always worn sunglasses of some type ranging from the super expensive to those on the cheaper end. One issue I have always had is that I have a tendency to scratch sunglasses so I tend to opt for glass lenses, rather than polycarbonate, as a way to minimise this issue. Unfortunately this has always pushed me towards the upper price range.
In addition to eye protection and durability another key selection criteria is appearance – I like to have that ‘feel good’ factor with whatever I’m wearing, sunglasses included. So again this has always pushed me towards the upper end of the sunglass price range.
Now with the availability of Goodr Sunglasses in Australia you can now make a fashion statement without breaking the bank. I first heard about Goodr Sunglasses from a number of US podcasts so when they became available in Australia thought it was time to give them a go.
The first thing you need to know about Goodr is that as a company they are best described as ‘quirky’. They sunglass names include Beelzebub’s Bourbon Burpees (see Tim in his glasses below), Polly Wants a Cocktail, Iced by Sas-squat, Dr. Ray Sting, and many, many more. The colour range matches these names and if you want to make a fashion statement the sunglasses do just that. Having said that, they do make sunglasses that are fairly sedate so if you don’t want to stand out they have glasses to suit everyone’s tastes.
These sunglasses are a plastic frame and polycarbonate lens which means they are very lightweight; the two pairs we purchased weigh 18 grams and 29 grams respectively so they are very much on the lighter end of the scale
Size wise is where these sunglasses can be a bit challenging. Goodr produce a variety of sizes including ‘normal’ and ‘huge’! Initially I purchased the normal size and discovered that while I could wear them, they were too narrow so l purchased a pair from the larger ‘huge’ sizing from a range called Big Friendly Giants which come with a wider/bigger fit. While the BFGS fit me well, the one and only downside of these sunglasses is that they are fairly flat in profile so are inclined to let sunlight enter from the sides. Goodr do produce a full wrap around pair of glasses which is aimed at cyclists and runners but I’ve never been a fan of this style of eye protection. And they are made for ‘normal’ sized heads which apparently isn’t me.
Price-wise these sunglasses sit around AUD $56.00 RRP which is relatively cheap as sunglasses go, particularly for such a fashion focused sunglass. While they aren’t likely to be as durable as a glass lens, at this price they aren’t going to break the bank. In fact for such a good looking and quirky range of sunglasses, these are great value.
All Goodr sunglasses are polarized with the lenses coming in smoked lenses as well as a mirrored finishes and given the sheer range, there is something for everyone.
So for those hikers out there with average sized heads who also want to make a bit of a fashion statement, this sunglass range is a great option.
Tim in his Goodr BFGS (Big Friendly Giants Sunglasses). The BFGS range is made for those with larger heads but in my case I wouldn’t mind a slightly bigger fit. This particular colour is called Beelzebub’s Bourbon Burpees which is sedate as far as the rest of the range is concerned. In the image above me, the bright orange glasses are the same model but in a very lairy colour!
Gill in her Goodr Mach G Running Sunglasses. The colour on this model is Granite, I didn’t ground today!
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AUD $56.00 RRP
The Goodr range is enormous – there is something to suit everyone’s taste
This review was done with product purchased at a retail store by Australian Hiker