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goodr BAMFGs Review

Oversized shades that are a good fit for wider faces but not our favorite performers
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Price:  $35 List | $35.00 at REI
Pros:  Large lenses, decent coverage, cool mirroring, good fit for large heads
Cons:  Silicone details aren't the best, intense back-lens reflections, odd feel
Manufacturer:   goodr
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 27, 2021
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  • Lens Quality - 30% 4
  • Comfort - 25% 4
  • Frame Quality - 20% 5
  • Style and Versatility - 15% 6
  • Coverage - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The goodr BAMFGs are the original style of wayfarer-like shades with a sportier function. We tested the "beast" version, which is designed for wider heads, and were impressed by how well they live up to that size claim. Their larger lenses and mirrored finish look sporty yet cool and stylish while still being fairly light and versatile. We're less impressed by the finishing details of their silicone components and the distracting back reflection in bright light. Still, they're a decent pair of glasses that easily accommodate large heads for a good price.

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Pros Large lenses, decent coverage, cool mirroring, good fit for large headsGreat clarity, excellent contrast, minimal color distortion, very comfortable, look good on pretty much everyoneGreat color retention, superb coverage, quality construction, fits many face sizes, great case and cleaning clothLightweight, comfortable, stable, good on many faces, nice caseLightweight, comfortable, secure, good balance, versatile, look good
Cons Silicone details aren't the best, intense back-lens reflections, odd feelPeripheral coverage not ideal, can still bounce a littleHeavy, large lens "look", weird inside reflective patchNot overly stylish, run small, temple grips could be cleaner cutHinges loosen, brown lenses are yellowy
Bottom Line Oversized shades that are a good fit for wider faces but not our favorite performersExceptional lenses in impressively comfortable frames that manage to be extremely functional while still looking casualTop-notch coverage and superb color retention make these large-fit shades well-equipped to protect your eyes from water-reflected lightThese sunnies are light and comfortable for your face and eyes and a bit easier on your walletA 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
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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
Polarized Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fit Large Medium-Full XL/Wide Large Medium
Weight (grams) 27g 29g 33g 26g 25g
UV Protection 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
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
Impact Resistance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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
Hinge type Standard/barrel Standard/barrel Spring Standard/barrel Standard/barrel
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.

Performance Comparison


Feelin good in the BAMFGs.
Feelin good in the BAMFGs.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality


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.

Beelzebub's Bourbon Burpees Lenses
  • Polarized
  • 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.

The backs of these lenses have a high level of reflection, allowing...
The backs of these lenses have a high level of reflection, allowing us to clearly see our faces.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


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.

Testing the BAMFGs during an all-day snowshoe adventure.
Testing the BAMFGs during an all-day snowshoe adventure.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality


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.

The silicone components of this frame let us down a bit.
The silicone components of this frame let us down a bit.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

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.

They're a bit taller than we wish they were for their width, but we...
They're a bit taller than we wish they were for their width, but we like the mirror lenses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Coverage


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.

With a base curve around 4, these flat shades leave a lot of space...
With a base curve around 4, these flat shades leave a lot of space around the edges.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Case Quality


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.

They come with just a thin microfiber bag.
They come with just a thin microfiber bag.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

The Smith Lowdown 2 (left) next to the goodr BAMFGs (right).
The Smith Lowdown 2 (left) next to the goodr BAMFGs (right).
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg