goodr BAMFGs Review
Cons: Silicone details aren't the best, intense back-lens reflections, odd feel
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|Pros||Large lenses, decent coverage, cool mirroring, good fit for large heads||Great clarity, excellent contrast, minimal color distortion, very comfortable, look good on pretty much everyone||Great color retention, superb coverage, quality construction, fits many face sizes, great case and cleaning cloth||Lightweight, comfortable, stable, good on many faces, nice case||Lightweight, comfortable, secure, good balance, versatile, look good|
|Cons||Silicone details aren't the best, intense back-lens reflections, odd feel||Peripheral coverage not ideal, can still bounce a little||Heavy, large lens "look", weird inside reflective patch||Not overly stylish, run small, temple grips could be cleaner cut||Hinges loosen, brown lenses are yellowy|
|Bottom Line||Oversized shades that are a good fit for wider faces but not our favorite performers||Exceptional lenses in impressively comfortable frames that manage to be extremely functional while still looking casual||Top-notch coverage and superb color retention make these large-fit shades well-equipped to protect your eyes from water-reflected light||These sunnies are light and comfortable for your face and eyes and a bit easier on your wallet||A solidly versatile pair of comfortable shades that are easy to wear and a great price|
|Rating Categories||goodr BAMFGs||Kaenon Clarke||Costa Del Mar Rincon||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Frame Quality (20%)|
|Style And Versatility (15%)|
|Specs||goodr BAMFGs||Kaenon Clarke||Costa Del Mar Rincon||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler|
|Lens Tested||Beelzebub's Bourbon Burpees||Ultra Brown 12||Grey 580P||Crystal Grey||Brown|
|Ideal Lens Light Conditions||Medium to bright light||Bright light||Bright Light||Medium to bright light||Medium to bright light|
|Visible Light Transmission (VLT)||Not specified||12%||12%||12%||15%|
|VLT Protection Index||Not specified||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3|
|HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim)||None||None||100% HEV blockage||90%||None|
|Infrared Protection (claim)||None||None||None||40%||None|
|Neutral/Contrast||Neutral||Increased contrast||Neutral||Neutral||Increased contrast|
|Lens Material||Triacetate cellulose||Plastic - "SR-91" polycarbonate||Polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate|
|Protective Coatings||Anti-scratch, mirror||Anti-reflective back, hydroleophobic, anti-scratch||C-WALL (anti-scratch, hydroleophobic)||Anti-scratch, hydroleophobic||Anti-reflective|
|Can take prescription lens?||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Case Included||Microfiber bag||Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag||Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag, microfiber cleaning cloth||Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag||Microfiber bag|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We tested the goodr BAMFGs with their lenses fondly named Beelzebub's Bourbon Burpees. They're a Large/Wide fit and come with a microfiber storage bag and the option to keep the magnetic-closure manufacturer's box.
When it comes to lens quality, the Beelzebub's Bourbon Burpees lenses are just okay. They're a grey lens with a mirror finish, giving them a neutral hue rather than the contrast-enhancing properties of more advanced lenses — or just plain brown lenses. Though mirror coatings typically help reflect even more light, the BAMFGs are just "average", "fine", and "okay" in bright light.
- 100% UV Protection
- Unspecified Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
- 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
- Color: Grey, Material: Triacetate Cellulose
- Impact Resistant, Anti-Scratch, Mirror
However, that mirror coating does seem to pick up fingerprints incredibly fast. They're not hard to clean off, but we found ourselves cleaning these sunglasses a LOT. We're also unimpressed by the amount of reflection on the backs of the lenses. The lack of anti-glare coating is exacerbated by how far away from our faces they sit and how wide the lenses are, leaving plenty of extra room on the edges to clearly see what's behind you or examine the hair follicles on your face.
Weighing 27 grams, these shades are about the average weight among sports models we tested. They have a silicone piece that forms both nose pads and stretches over the bridge of the nose, as well as textured silicone on the ends of the bows. While all of this sounds fine in principle, we just don't love how they feel. Some testers found the top of the bridge to be too tight, some found the silicone nose pads to be too hard, and some didn't like how the little silicone circles on the bow feel on the skin above the ears or when pulling through hair. Overall, they're not a bad-feeling pair of glasses, but we aren't big fans of all the little details that are supposed to make them better but end up detracting from our experience wearing them.
The polycarbonate frames are reasonably thick, with full-width integrated standard hinges that can easily be adjusted from the bottom. The overall construction feels pretty good and we had no issues during our testing. However, we're less impressed with the quality and integration of the silicone nose pads/bridge and silicone temple grips. All three of these areas appear sloppy in their manufacturing and unimpressive in their attachment to the main body of the frames. Though we experienced no durability issues with these silicone patches, we have longevity concerns.
Style and Versatility
In general, we like the style and shape of wayfarer sunglasses. However, the execution of that style by the BAMFGs is slightly off in proportion and we like less than expected. The lenses are a bit too tall for how wide they are, in our opinion. That said, they're still pretty neat, overall, with a sporty element added by the mirror coating.
Large lenses and a lack of a keyhole in the bridge lend a fair bit of coverage to these shades. But they're rather flat, leaving plenty of space on the sides for sunlight to get in. The silicone pads help hold them in place when you need them to, but also allow them to raise off your face when you smile.
These come with a very thin, lightweight microfiber drawstring case. It works fine for cleaning the lenses but is a touch small for these oversized glasses.
The BAMFGs are some of the least expensive sports sunglasses we tested. They have the potential to be of great value to you, but this depends completely on your personal preference of fit and feel. If you can try them on before you buy (or return them if desired), they have a decent combination of interesting looks, wide fit, and low price that may be just right for you.
The goodr BAMFGs are a low-cost pair of shades with an oversized option that's actually oversized. They're not blowing our minds with their performance but are a solid buy if you like their specific fit and feel.
— Maggie Brandenburg