Once the sun comes out and the weather starts getting warm, we all head to the water. We get rid of our winter gear and bring out our warm weather clothes. Part of that wardrobe is a good pair of sunglasses. The sun is nice and bright and we need something to cover our eyes. There are a lot of sunglasses out there, but while on the water we need something special. We can take our good pair from the car, but we all know how that is going to end. When you go kayak fishing, it is only a matter of time before you drop your sunglasses in the water. With most sunglasses, they just sink to the bottom of the lake. Now if you are like me, you have lost a lot of money. With the Rheos Floating Sunglasses, you are saved by the technology.
Now when you drop your sunglasses, you can just circle back around and pick them up.
While reviewing the sunglasses, I found that they provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. Premium polarization filters the light from all angles, cutting glare and enhancing visibility. While looking into the water, I found the lens to be polarized just right. The frames were lightweight and very comfortable.
Rheos provided a pairs of shades for me to test out — a pair of Bahias. I found that they are a great fit for me and I had a lot of compliments. I really liked how the Bahias had holes in the back of the arms for a head strap. While they do float, I like to be able to take them off and on quickly.
Do they float?
Yes, our test showed that they do indeed float. They were dropped in the water and stood above the water enough for me to easily grab them. Depending on the color you pick, it may be hard to see on some water colors.
For me a big deal is if they are comfortable on the face. I would have to say that they are comfortable. The first thing you will notice is that they are very light. Rheos claims that they are up to 30% lighter than other sunglasses and I would have to agree with that statement. Only thing that I wish is that there was some type of rubber padding on the nose piece. I had to remind myself that they were so light that I didn’t really need to nose piece.
Rheos states that the lenses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. They have premium polarization filters the light from all angles, which cut down glare and enhances visibility. Wearing them to the lake, I could tell that they did provide a lot of protection. I was able to see clearly out of them and felt that they were comparable to my higher end sunglasses.
I was a little worried about the lifetime strength of the lenses. Rheos stated that they are anti-scratch armored lenses with dual-sided oleophobic oil protection. I am not sure what the technology is behind that and I was really afraid to test it. Side note, I wanted to keep wearing the sunglasses so I didn’t want to destroy them.
There is a anti fog technology in the sunglasses that I really did like. I tested them on several different ways and had very limited lens fog.
Style and Options
I was really surprised at the different styles and options Rheos has. Rheos has eight different styles of sunglasses with each one having between four and ten different combination color frames/lenses. Having so many different styles and options gives each person the ability to get one that they really like.
Price and Warranty
This is a section that Rheos did really well in. Starting price of $50.00 is a great price for a pair of premium sunglasses. Rheos does stand behind their products. Their customer service is fast to respond and work with you. They provide a lifetime limited manufacturer’s warranty on the frame and lenses. The frames are part of the 1 year Saltwater Promise replacement program. If anything goes wrong with your sunglasses, they will send a replacement for only the cost of the shipping and handling (approximately $9.00). Of course if you throw them out the car or shoot them, they won’t be covered.
In closing, I found that the sunglasses were a great value. The price, comfort, and features made them stand out. Add to it that they float makes them great. I am sure I will be taking them to the ocean to swim, lake to fish, and river to float.
Disclaimer: This product was provided to Kayaking Source for sole purpose of conducting a independent review of the product. No promise of any kind was given on the results of the product review.