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A real review from a real customer
on October 18, 2013
First off- the top reviewer "reviews" are of un-purchased product: they all were given free samples in "exchange" for a review of the product. So I was skeptical as all hell when I bought these.
This review is for the "Gold Chrome Black" three piece set. The "Chrome" is mirror reflective lens on chrome frames. The "Black" is the same mirror reflective lens on a black frame (chrome black, not painted, which is was a pleasant surprise). The "Gold" is Gold tinted mirror reflective lenses on gold chrome frames. The "gold" set is by far the most surprising... they are boss.
They glasses were all labeled "TrueUV"
When you go shopping for "cheap" aviators on Amazon, it's hard to detect the crap from the super crap. You already know that these aren't Raybans. But you also don't want bent up crap in the mail that is scratched and too dark to see through.
Being an american who frequents China for work, I have seen my fair share of counterfeits, cheap knock offs, and otherwise garbage eyewear. These lie somewhere in-between counterfeit and cheap gas station fair for the following reasons:
1. The frames are robust. They aren't double framed or anything, but the frames are thick. And this is good- cheap costume level aviators that you can buy at iParty usually are flimsy. These take some force to bend (they will if you try) but they won't bend easily. Nice.
2. The lenses can clear of scratches. This is the result of good packaging: each pair came in a individual plastic bag, all three inside of one larger plastic bag, and packaged in a amazon box with plenty of filler. So the lens showed up remarkably clear. There were some faint microscratches, but you had to look for them. Nice
3. The lens case that came with them is made out of fabric. Every knock-off I've bought in Hong Kong / PRC have come with "soft plastic" cases, which always reeked of the plasticizers of injection molding floor of a chinese plant. This case is not one of those. It is NOT microfiber, though- it is more of the consistency of athletic clothing like gym shorts, etc. Still nice- it won't scratch the lenses and may mildly clean them. Nice
4. The frames do have springs in the hinges. Cool.
5. The "Gold" lenses are brown when you look through them (I'll post some pictures). This is great as they aren't as dark as the chrome lenses. This will probably make them my "go to" pair so I can actually see things when the sun isn't out. Sweet.
Neutrals: (things that should be expected of a product of this price point)
1. The chrome on the lenses is easily scratched. I had a pair roll onto it's lenses on the black painted wood I photographed them on, and it left tiny 1-2mm long microscratches. You can't see them while wearing them (invisible when looking through the lenses) but they are cosmetically noticeable.
1. The lenses of the chrome glasses are dark to look through. Like as dark as the cheapest knockoff I've bought in Hong Kong. This wasn't unexpected, but I do find it unfortunate. I will still be in search of "affordable enough to lose" Aviators that aren't super dark. You can't wear these at night as you wouldn't be able to see anything, or you wouldn't be able to wear them in rooms with low lighting.
This may be a hallmark of cheap aviators. But I'll still hope that I may find some that aren't incredibly dark to see through.
something to note of this product is that you cannot upload user photos to the product page. This makes you believe that the product could vary between shipments. They may not be exactly the same pair as reviewed by others. So buyer be warned.
All in all? I'd buy again... unless I find some chrome pairs that have just as good of frames with slightly less dark lenses. These glasses shining part are their frames and their packaging. Other than that, they're standard fair for the price point.