If you’ve been paying attention to the world of optics, you’ll know a trend is crafting frames from wood. We got a pair in-house for a wear test.
These glasses are built from an African tree called zebrawood, giving them a made-in-the-woodshop look. The frames are incredibly sturdy; see our attempt with a multitool saw above — the wood was difficult to cut. Even though they are wood, the frames can take a beating in the outdoors.
The pink/orange mirrored, polarized lenses looked a little goofy. But they did a decent job knocking down the UV rays. The company advertises them as being 100 percent UV-protected, which is a standard any decent sunglasses should attain.
You gotta be confident to rock the wood look! Many of the people we put these glasses on just couldn’t keep a straight face with the chunky, grainy, varnished design. Narrow nose bridges caused them to sit askew on a few people.
Wood frames don’t flex and lack adjustment options; the bows cannot be bent into place, nor were there movable nose pads on the Earth Wood model. For a technical sunglass, we didn’t find any advantage to the wood; they are made for fun and style, not performance and fit.
Buy now? If you want to jump on the wood wagon, try out the Portsmouth. They cost $75 at Campmor.com.