Sunski Yuba Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Stylish, lightweight, good color and clarity
Cons: Counter reflective glare, run small, low coverage
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|Pros||Stylish, lightweight, good color and clarity||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||Counter reflective glare, run small, low coverage||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||A lightweight, more stylish pair of shades that work better on smaller faces||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||Sunski Yuba||Kaenon Clarke||Costa Del Mar Rincon||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Frame Quality (20%)|
|Style And Versatility (15%)|
|Specs||Sunski Yuba||Kaenon Clarke||Costa Del Mar Rincon||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler|
|Lens Tested||Amber||Ultra Brown 12||Grey 580P||Crystal Grey||Brown|
|Ideal Lens Light Conditions||Bright Light||Bright light||Bright Light||Medium to bright light||Medium to bright light|
|Visible Light Transmission (VLT)||15%||12%||12%||12%||15%|
|VLT Protection Index||Cat 3||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||Increased contrast||Increased contrast||Neutral||Neutral||Increased contrast|
|Lens Material||Triacetate cellulose||Plastic - "SR-91" polycarbonate||Polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate|
|Protective Coatings||None||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 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Yuba come with a thick microfiber drawstring bag. It works well enough for cleaning the lenses and helping prevent scratches.
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.
— Maggie Brandenburg