Under Armour Assist Review
Cons: Dark lenses, glare inside, a little boring
Manufacturer: Under Armour
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|Pros||Simple style, comfortable, good coverage, autolock hinges||Great clarity, excellent contrast, minimal color distortion, very comfortable, look good on pretty much everyone||Lightweight, comfortable, stable, good on many faces, nice case||Lightweight, comfortable, secure, good balance, versatile, look good||Lightweight, true to color, minimal face touching, not super sporty-looking|
|Cons||Dark lenses, glare inside, a little boring||Peripheral coverage not ideal, can still bounce a little||Not overly stylish, run small, temple grips could be cleaner cut||Hinges loosen, brown lenses are yellowy||Run small, fairly specific style, large edge gaps|
|Bottom Line||A straightforward pair of dark shades that are comfortable to wear from the trail to the town||Exceptional lenses in impressively comfortable frames that manage to be extremely functional while still looking casual||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||Lightweight shades that stay solidly in place without looking as sporty as most of the rest|
|Rating Categories||Under Armour Assist||Kaenon Clarke||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler||Tifosi Swank SL|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Frame Quality (20%)|
|Style And Versatility (15%)|
|Specs||Under Armour Assist||Kaenon Clarke||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler||Tifosi Swank SL|
|Lens Tested||Gray Polarized with Storm||Ultra Brown 12||Crystal Grey||Brown||Brown|
|Ideal Lens Light Conditions||Bright Light||Bright light||Medium to bright light||Medium to bright light||Bright Light|
|Visible Light Transmission (VLT)||Not specified||12%||12%||15%||Not specified|
|VLT Protection Index||Not specified||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3||Not specified|
|HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim)||None||None||90%||None||None|
|Infrared Protection (claim)||None||None||40%||None||None|
|Neutral/Contrast||Neutral||Increased contrast||Neutral||Increased contrast||Increased contrast|
|Lens Material||Polycarbonate||Plastic - "SR-91" polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate||Polycarbonate|
|Protective Coatings||Anti-scratch, hydroleophobic||Anti-reflective back, hydroleophobic, anti-scratch||Anti-scratch, hydroleophobic||Anti-reflective||Anti-scratch|
|Can take prescription lens?||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Hinge type||Autolocking barrel hinge||Standard/barrel||Standard/barrel||Standard/barrel||Autolocking integrated hinge|
|Case Included||Microfiber bag||Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag||Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag||Microfiber bag||Microfiber bag|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We tested the Under Armour Assist with the Grey Polarized with Storm lenses. They're a Medium-Large fit and come with a microfiber storage bag.
For fans of simplicity, these old-school, standard-performing grey lenses may be just the ticket. They're dark enough to provide relief on very bright days, with polarization that adds another layer of protection. They're clear and crisp and straightforward.
- 100% UV Protection
- Unspecified Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
- 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
- Color: Grey, Material: Polycarbonate
- Impact Resistant, Anti-Scratch, Hydroleophobic
On the other hand, in comparison with the multitude of other lens colors and technologies out there, these are a bit underwhelming. Their rather intense shade of grey can make the world look a little bit dreary — almost like a rainy day. They also have below-average counter reflection, and in certain lights and angles, it's very easy to see your own face in the backs of these sunglasses.
Weighing 29 grams, the Assist are on the slightly heavy end of average among models we tested. They feel fairly light and pleasant to wear. Their glossy frames and auto-lock hinges make them easy and smooth to put on and take off. Though they're on the larger end of the spectrum, even our narrow-faced testers still found them comfortable to wear. Certain face shapes may find they touch slightly on the cheeks, but the lenses aren't as tall as many others, limiting this effect. Rubber grip nose pads help hold them in place, leaving the shiny bows free from snags — which also keeps them rooted firmly on the nose no matter how big you smile or hard you laugh.
The Assist are made of injected polyamide (a type of plastic) with rubber nose pads. They have auto-lock screwless cams at the hinges. We love how they feel to use, almost snapping open and close with ease and authority, but the complete lack of screws that can be tightened or replaced as needed is a bit disconcerting. They feel thick and fairly sturdy though, and pretty solid all around.
Style and Versatility
These make a pretty good crossover pair, looking just as natural on a run through the neighborhood as a trip to the grocery store. The glossy black frames are simple and sleek. Their large-end-of-medium size was well-liked by all our testers. Our only minor complaint is that if anything, they're a touch plain and unimaginative. But having a simple staple isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Though we couldn't find an official reporting on their base curve, the Assist seem on par with other pairs we have that are a 6 — a middle ground of face-hugging without being a full wrap. Combined with their larger lenses and overall width, these offer good coverage. Their rubber nose pads work wonders when it comes to keeping them from sliding or bouncing, even on long runs.
These shades come with just a simple microfiber drawstring bag. It's thinner than most others and a touch disappointing, but still does what you'd expect from such a small sack.
Falling in the middle of the price range of models we tested, these aren't a bad buy. They didn't really wow us, as there are similarly priced glasses we like more, but if you're a fan of the fit and feel, we think their price is fair.
The Under Armour Assist are a simple pair of shades that are comfortable to wear and offer solid protection and coverage. They're a bit uninspired and lack some of the fancy lens technology of others, but we still enjoy their versatility in a wide range of uses.
— Maggie Brandenburg