I’m here to tell you I’ve finally found a brand that caters to those of us that want high-quality sunglasses but don’t want to give up an entire day’s earnings to get them. This is my Knockaround Sunglasses review.
For years, I’ve gotten by with the cheapest pairs of sunglasses I could find. These were usually purchased at a gas station or convenience store whenever the need arose. I was hard on them, and so it was hard for me to justify spending big on a pair that I knew I might break in a matter of days.
The first thing that I ask myself when I get a new pair of sunglasses is this: do they protect my eyes from the potentially harmful rays of the sun. I spend a lot of time outdoors, whether that’s guiding, recreating on my own, or working in the yard. As such, I want sunglasses that protect my eyes for prolonged periods of sun exposure. I also want glasses that allow me to clearly see my surroundings, instead of just being dark and dampening the colors of the environment.
On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = “my eyes burn every time I wear them!” and 5 = “Sun? What sun?”), I’d rank the polarization of my Knockaround Sunglasses at a 5. They are amazing at blocking out the harsh light of the sun and, because I hate squinting and I live close to the equator, these sunglasses will keep me from worrying about developing crow’s feet for years to come!
Comfort is also key when evaluating a new pair of sunglasses. Something that you’re potentially going to be wearing on your head for 10 or more hours a day has simply got to be comfortable! We’ve probably all been there with those sunglasses that looked so great when you tried them on and then gradually, as you wore them more and more, they began pressing into your temples so hard that you develop a headache within 15 minutes of putting them on now. No thanks!
On another scale of 1 to 5 (this time 1 = “totally uncomfortable” and 5 = “feel like small pillows on my temples”), I’d rate the Knockaround Sunglasses at a solid 4. One of my favorite aspects about them (when it comes to comfort) is how lightweight they are. Unlike some bigger and bulkier sunglasses I’ve had in the past, I barely know these are on when wearing them.
Durability also becomes important when you live an active, sometimes rugged lifestyle. My sunglasses have to be able to keep up with schlepping kayaks around every morning, slinging backpacks on and off, digging hugelkultur trenches in the garden, and whatever else I ask of them. (Sure, they get their fair share of walk longs on the beach, but come on, how hard is it to be sunglasses?)
On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = “feel like a butterfly would snap them if it landed on them” and 5 = “they could probably be run over by a small truck and still be fine”), I’d rate the durability of my Knockaround Sunglasses at a 3. Now, that’s partly because of that ridiculous scale I created, but it’s also due to their relatively lightweight. I haven’t yet broken a pair though, so that’s always a good sign given how long some of my previous pairs of sunglasses have lasted.
The Only Con
My only major complaint with the Knockaround Sunglasses would be that they aren’t great for all lighting conditions. As I mentioned above, their polarization is great, which makes them awesome for bright, sunny days at the beach.
However, I find that, because they are so polarized, you can’t really wear them when it’s only slightly sunny. Here in the Costa Rican rainy season, we have a lot of cloudy but bright days. They aren’t meant for those kinds of days.
The Right Price
Here’s really where Knockaround Sunglasses got me: these sunglasses cost just $10! That’s essentially what I’ve been paying all these years for those cheap, crappy sunglasses from the gas station. Now I no longer have to worry about over-spending and I can still get a quality, durable pair of sunglasses that actually look cool and function well.
On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = “got ’em at the Dollar Store” and 5 = “They were handcrafted in Europe and made entirely of gold”), I give the Knockaround Sunglasses a 2 when it comes to price. For the cost, they are some of the best sunglasses I’ve ever had. I know cheaper isn’t always better for everyone, but in this case, I have to paraphrase a famous saying: “The price is [definitely] right!”
Final Knockaround Verdict
Just to give you a conclusive summary, here are my final ratings for my Knockaround Sunglasses:
All in all, I wouldn’t say that there isn’t any major way in which Knockaround could improve their sunglasses. They are perfect for their purpose, and I’ll certainly be buying another pair (or two!) from them if they ever break in the future.
Ready for your own Knockaround Sunglasses?
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I’d love to know if you have any experience with Knockaround Sunglasses and, if so, what you think of them. In addition, if you decide to buy a pair of Knockaround Sunglasses after reading this review, I’d love to know how you like them after a few uses!
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Knockaround Sunglasses sent me a pair of sunglasses free of charge in exchange for an honest, thorough review. I hope you found this review useful and I encourage you to reach out to me if you have any follow-up questions that I didn’t address. Thanks!
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