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Sunski Yuba Review

A lightweight, more stylish pair of shades that work better on smaller faces
Sunski Yuba
Credit: Sunski
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Price:  $58 List | $57.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Stylish, lightweight, good color and clarity
Cons:  Counter reflective glare, run small, low coverage
Manufacturer:   Sunski
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 27, 2021
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  • Lens Quality - 30% 4.0
  • Comfort - 25% 5.0
  • Frame Quality - 20% 6.0
  • Style and Versatility - 15% 8.0
  • Coverage - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Sunski Yuba are impressively lightweight, with a more stylish than sporty look. They have good clarity and contrast and are pleasant to look through and wear. They're a bit on the small side and therefore were better liked by our more narrow-faced testers, both in fit and fashion. They do have a fair amount of glare on the backs, somewhat detracting from an otherwise good quality lens in certain lighting. If you're after a neat-looking pair of sport sunglasses to fit a narrower face, these just might be the ones for you.

Our Analysis and Test Results

We tested the Yuba with Amber lenses. They say they're a Medium-Large, but fit more like a Small/Medium and come with a microfiber storage bag.

Performance Comparison

Sunski Yuba sport sunglasses - many of our testers love the look and lightweight feel of the yubas.
Many of our testers love the look and lightweight feel of the Yubas.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality

The Amber lenses we tested have great clarity and contrast. They're fairly true to color, erring on the side of more reddish-brown than yellowy-brown, which we prefer. Made of triacetate cellulose, they're lightweight and easy to look through. A slightly higher VLT makes them less protective against super-intense light but more comfortable in mixed and lower lighting conditions, like partly cloudy days and nearing dusk.

Amber Lenses
  • Polarized
  • 100% UV Protection
  • 15% Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
  • 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
  • Color: Brown, Material: Triacetate Cellulose
  • Impact Resistant

Considering how flat these glasses are, we wish they had an anti-reflective coating on the backs of the lenses. As they are, in certain a light, we could pretty clearly see the reflections of our own eyeballs looking back at us. We also had a harder time wearing these on extremely bright days in environments where light seems to come from everywhere — like when paddling or driving across the high desert in summer — as they're a bit light and open, leading to earlier eye fatigue.

Sunski Yuba sport sunglasses - we like the clarity and hue of the yuba amber lenses.
We like the clarity and hue of the Yuba Amber lenses.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg


This is a mixed bag for the Yuba. Despite being advertised to fit large heads, our testers with wider faces found these too tight to be comfortable. But our testers with narrower faces loved wearing them, as they're very lightweight, with thin frames that are smooth and comfortable to slide on and off. They tend to ride a little farther from the face, making them a great choice for people who don't want their sunnies to touch their cheeks. And they have no problems staying put when laughing or smiling.

Sunski Yuba sport sunglasses - simple, recycled plastic frames.
Simple, recycled plastic frames.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality

Made of recycled plastic, the Yuba's are thin and flexible, but reasonably sturdy feeling. They have fully metal standard barrel hinges that can be easily adjusted if you need, though we never had to tighten them during our testing. They aren't the beefiest feeling glasses we tested, but they don't feel like they're about to break or fall apart and have no extra pieces or padding to peel off over time.

Sunski Yuba sport sunglasses - lightweight enough to forget you're even wearing them.
Lightweight enough to forget you're even wearing them.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Style and Versatility

In general, the shape of these shades is more fashionable than sporty. We feel more at home wearing them out to grab lunch than we do on a trail run in the mountains. How well our testers liked the look of these on their own faces seemed to correlate pretty closely with how wide or narrow their heads are.

Sunski Yuba sport sunglasses - our testers with narrower faces like how the sunski yubas look.
Our testers with narrower faces like how the Sunski Yubas look.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg


With a base curve of just 4, the Yuba are pretty flat. They tend to sit on top of the nose, leaving plenty of space around the edges for the sun to find its way in. Despite having no rubber padding anywhere, their low weight and snug fit keep them relatively secure on the face. But if you want a pair of glasses with great side, top, or bottom coverage these aren't really great for that.

Sunski Yuba sport sunglasses - not the best side coverage for snow sports.
Not the best side coverage for snow sports.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Case Quality

The Yuba come with a thick microfiber drawstring bag. It works well enough for cleaning the lenses and helping prevent scratches.

Sunski Yuba sport sunglasses - the sunski bag is made of thick microfiber.
The Sunski bag is made of thick microfiber.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg


As one of the less expensive pairs we tested, the Yuba's price tag is a little easier to swallow. If you want high-performance sport sunglasses and/or you have a wider face, these aren't likely to be a good fit for you. But if you prefer fashion first and have a smaller/narrower head, the price just might be right.


The Sunski Yuba are a lightweight pair of glasses that offer more fashion than function. We're unimpressed with the reflections on the backs of the lenses and wish they were a slightly larger size to better fit more faces. Yet some of our testers love how these look and feel, and appreciate their unique combination of traits at a fairly low cost.

Sunski Yuba sport sunglasses - the smith lowdown 2 (left) next to the sunski yuba (right).
The Smith Lowdown 2 (left) next to the Sunski Yuba (right).
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Nichols

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