There are so many things that can benefit our health and why not sunglasses! Not all sunglasses are created equal and I always wear them when I go outside on bright sunny Texas days, which is most of the time. Being an avid sunglass wearer for eye protection as well as style, I was introduced to a company called SIKK Shades. Most of their clientele is from the sports world such as professional surfers, skateboarders and even NASCAR drivers. I wanted to find out will these sunglasses benefit a normal person like me who only sees the extreme sport of driving through Houston traffic and those long driving trips I take across the desert in west Texas and beyond.
SIKK Shades, a company founded by Eddie Bauer, Jr who spent an enormous time and effort in creating a real lens to protect the eyes and of course with style in mind. But what makes Sikk Shades eyewear different than the other million sunglass companies on the planet?
First, let’s talk about the polarized lens other companies use in their product. Much of what I personally know from personal experience and that many of the polarized lenses on the market aren’t polarized at all! I’ve spent a few hundred dollars on what I was told was polarized and when I went outside, I knew something wasn’t right. I needed a lens to protect my eyesight and give me the clarity as well as prevent eye fatigue from all the long hours of driving I do on America’s open roads as well as filming outdoors. Many of the so-called top brands are doing nothing more than selling overpriced plastic tinted lenses that aren’t truly polarized at all, either way polarized isn’t healthy for your vision.
When it comes to polarized lenses, people have reported dizziness, nausea, eye fatigue, and headaches as a result of wearing polarized sunglasses. Other lenses, including many polarized, can block too much of the good light necessary for proper vision, tricking the eyes, resulting in dilated pupils which in the sun is a very bad thing! Having bigger pupils mean that more harmful radiation can enter your eyes and causes retinal damage and deteriorating vision.
Now, let’s talk about SIKK Shades Flash Electric™ Lens Technology for eye protection. Their Flash Electric™ lenses act as filters that block more bad (short wave) light and allow more good (long wave) light to come in, cutting glare as well as polarized, but without all the prism effects, distance skews, and distortions experienced with some polarized lenses.
I have two pairs of SIKK Shades, the Huckleberry and the Qualifier. The Huckleberry is more like your Wayfarer, but a tad bit oversized to give you a bigger window of protection. The Qualifier is very sporty with a wrap around design. Both I like when it comes to style, but the secret is in the lens.
THE TEST: The only way to truly test sunglasses is to wear them on a bright sunny day and wear them all day, so I did. Due to my filming for my television show and other film projects we are working on, I had the perfect chance to put SIKK Shades to the test. We had a weekend in which was going to place us filming outdoors for three days in the Texas sun. Our three day film shoot comprised of both land and sea, yes we spent some time on a boat and when that happens you get the sun from the sky and its reflection upon the open water which can be blinding at times. I wore the Qualifiers the first day and what I experienced at the end of the day was I did not experience any headaches from the bright sunlight and my eyes never became fatigue as they would have with other sunglasses that I own. On day two, which consisted the open water and the SIKK Shades are the bomb! Never had any glare from the water and it made filming easier because we were able to see what we were actually doing as my film director and crew were wearing SIKK Shades too! I wore the Huckleberry on the second day and the same thing happened as my eyes never fatigued.At the end of the day, we discussed our experiences with the sunglasses and we were all convinced that SIKK Shades is the only company that got the lens correct. Both styles are very comfortable on the face with no discomfort on the ears or the bridge of the nose.
We should all value our eyesight and as we become older we value it even more. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for, but in this case SIKK Shades is the most affordable, stylish and protective outdoor eyewear available on the market today. I’ve been wearing them for the last year and I won’t wear anything else!
For more information about SIKK Shades and how to order go to SikkShades.com