Neoprene straps and cords are a definitely an option for
keeping your shades in place while stand up paddling, however, the most secure
high performance sunglasses we have found thus far are the Gamer and Rover
collections by Gargoyles.
When Gargoyles told us they’d like us to send us some
glasses and put them to the test, we accepted the challenge and eagerly awaited
their arrival. When they arrived, we quickly put them to the test and even used
them in this year’s Battle
of the Paddle Hawaii.
The Gamer and the Rover are part of the Gargoyles Function
Collection which were developed for performance and are commonly seen being
used by many Major League Baseball players. Now let’s look more closely at the
Function Collection and stand up paddling. Here's our review:
For extended paddle sessions, the Gamer and Rover are
extremely comfortable. Unlike traditional sunglasses, that normally leave the
wearer with pressure on the bridge of the nose and above the ears, Gargoyles
have been carefully crafted to almost completely eliminate these pressure
First, the curved and contoured frame fits comfortably
around your temples and ears. The frame
then seamlessly leads to a comfortable, fully adjustable, head strap to keep
your shades in place at all times. Second, non-stick urethane nose pads with an
extra nose bridge support (see image), make for an incredibly comfortable fit
on the nose with even pressure distribution. The nose bridge support is not mentioned on the Gargoyles website but we found it to be a huge contributor to the comfort of the sunglasses. Finally, the lightweight design,
particularly of the Rover, makes extended wear easy.
The Gargoyle Gamer and Rover both feature flip up lenses so
you can quickly switch between natural light and sun-filtered light. We found
this useful for down-wind stand up paddling when wanting to see natural light without taking the time to use both hands to remove the sunglasses, or put them
back on again.
Stand up paddle fishermen also may find the flip-up feature
useful being able to quickly flip up the lenses to tie a fishhook, land a
catch, or sort through the tackle box. The secure design of the glasses also
means stand up paddlers won’t have to worry about them falling off their heads and losing them
to the ocean.
The Function Collection sunglasses are built tough with
Gargoyles shatter resistant Ballistic Defense lenses developed by a blend of
polymers by Carl Zeiss Vision. The lens by itself was designed for military,
safety, and sport uses, and exceeds the MIL-STD 622 ballistic test.
Other features include Tri-Flection Lens Coating to help
prevent lens glare, and Hydro-Fog lens coating to help prevent the condensation
that would normally accumulate on the lenses of stand up paddlers as their
bodies begin to give off heat.
The Gargoyle Gamer and Rover are an excellent choice for stand
up paddlers looking for a secure, distortion free lens that can easily be flipped up
and back into place, and
For more about the Gargoyles Function Collection that
includes the Gamer and Rover, and to order yours, visit www.gargoylesinc.com.