By Jason B.
Native Eyewear has been around since 1998, and they make numerous lifestyle and performance sunglasses. In addition to sunglasses they make a line of performance googles. They have an easy to navigate website with large pictures of their product offerings. A couple things stood out as I learned about the company. The first is their frames are made of biodegradable resin made from Castor Beans. I also thought it was interesting to note that they source parts from around the world, but their glasses are designed in Colorado and hand assembled in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Catamount sunglasses are new to the Native line up this year. Native describes them this way: “Inspired by the iconic mountain lion of the American West, this style embodies a competitive spirit that won’t stop pushing the limits. This semi-rimless frame is feature packed with co-injected cushinol, adjustable cushinol nose pads and ensures your vision is poised for the win.”
The Catamount is available with five different lens and frame combinations. I chose the Dark Crystal Gray frames with Green Reflex lenses. The sunglasses come with a hard and soft case and SportFlex Interchangble lenses.
The Green Reflex lenses are Native’s N3 lenses. From the Native website the “N3™ lenses block up to 4X more infrared light than regular polarized lenses, pass Z87.1 testing, provide UV protection up to 400nm, and by significantly reducing blue light and selectively filtering UV, they deliver high contrast, crisp definition, and peak visual acuity.”
The SportFlex™ Lenses are a second set of lenses that come with the glasses. Native describes them this way: “SportFlex™ non-polarized lenses are made to perform in a wide range of low-light conditions, including early mornings and cloudy days.”
My first impression when I took the glasses out of the hard case was, man these are super light glasses. They are light as a feather. I also really like the styling of the glasses. The green and gray frame really pop and stand out. I expected the lenses to be green like the picture on the website, but they are not that green. They are more purple and green; however, if I catch them in the light just right they are the same green as the picture on the website.
The visual acuity is great with the lenses. The polarization makes items jump out. I have done a few walks on the Mississippi River Levee by the house and even though it is muddy, I could clearly make out the entire body of a turtle swimming by. I also like that the lenses do a good job of shading the view, but they are not so dark that I lose visibility transitioning from bright light to shade.
I generally consider the following criteria when reviewing sunglasses – comfort, durability, visual clarity and protection. I will be using the glasses for running and hiking here in the southern US. This concludes my initial review. Please check back in about a month for my update.
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and Native Eyewear for providing the Catamount Sunglasses for this review.