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Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Review

We aren’t impressed by these glasses’ lackluster performance, though we felt really cool wearing them
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ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review
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Price:  $204 List
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Manufacturer:   Ray-Ban
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 22, 2019
  • Lens Quality - 30% 3.0
  • Comfort - 25% 5.0
  • Frame Quality - 20% 5.0
  • Style and Versatility - 15% 8.0
  • Coverage - 10% 3.0

Our Verdict

When it comes to overall quality and performance, the Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classics don't stack up to the competition. Their large, polarized lenses help block out bright rays of sun, but their front-heavy design and pop-out nose pads create giant coverage gaps. The nose pads also get stuck in our hair when we push them up to head indoors. They never became a fan favorite. Their saving grace? Mad style, that's just about all our testers loved.
Touches only nose and ears
Case is small and light
Can take prescription lenses
Lenses distort reality
Heavy and imbalanced
Nose pieces catch your hair when pushed on top of your head

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Clubmasters come with Green Classic G-15 lenses designed for everyday, casual use. They're sized medium-large and come with a semi-rigid flex case and a small microfiber cleaning cloth. They're also available with prescription lenses.

Performance Comparison

ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review - beaches, deserts, boats, cars, you name it, we probably tested...
Beaches, deserts, boats, cars, you name it, we probably tested sunglasses there!
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality

On paper, we expected the Ray-Ban Classic Clubmasters to perform better than they did. With all the protection you'd expect out of a pair of high-quality sunglasses, the Ray-Bans still fall a bit short. They're still certainly better than those grungy glasses living under your driver's seat though.

Green Classic G-15 Lenses
  • 99% Polarization
  • 100% UV Protection
  • 15% Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
  • "Blocks Most" HEV/Blue Light, No Infrared Blockage
  • Color: Green/Grey, Material: Glass
  • Not Impact Resistant, Anti-Reflective Coating

We found their Green Classic G-15 lenses very similar to the grey lenses we tested, with just a hint of greenish-yellow against certain, lighter objects. The subtle difference was only noticeable when we compared these glasses side-by-side with truly grey lenses. So while the green tint adds a bit of contrast, it's virtually unnoticeable without that direct comparison.

Despite being made of glass, which typically yields crisp, clear images, the Clubmasters actually distort images. The distortion is easily visible when you shift your head from side to side. While we love the look of the anti-reflective lenses, they pick up grease like crazy. It comes from obvious sources like hair and from mysterious, ever-present, sources. They are surprisingly difficult to clean with the included microfiber cleaning cloth.

ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review - listed as green, we think these lenses are more similar to grey...
Listed as green, we think these lenses are more similar to grey lenses.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman


These sunnies are comfortable enough to wear all day without finding annoying pressure points. However, on a hot, sweaty day their extremely front-heavy and large weight (37 grams!) encourage them to slide right down your nose. The same is true of simply looking too far down in the Clubmasters. This was a consistent problem for our testers with smaller faces, as the medium length arms left plenty of room for movement.

We appreciate that the nose pads are fully adjustable. They help you find the most comfortable placement for these glasses, regardless of your nose size. While some of our testers think these nose pads become annoying after a while, others found them to be a nice feature. They also keep the sunnies from pressing anywhere else on your face. Depending on your personal preference about nose pads, you may love or hate the Clubmasters.

ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review - adjustable nose pads could be a blessing or a curse...
Adjustable nose pads could be a blessing or a curse...
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality

The Clubmaster's frames are made of acetate, with nylon nose pads. They aren't particularly sturdy, but they aren't overly brittle either. Though they feel thin and easy to break, we never had any problems with them bending out of shape or showing signs of overuse. Perhaps if you're constantly bending and readjusting the nose pieces, you may run into issues over time. But we didn't have any problems over the several months of hard use we put them through. Ray-Ban also offers a 24-month manufacturer's warranty. Currently, they only offer repair services through licensed dealers.

ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review - the clubmasters survived our journey to vietnam in remarkable style.
The Clubmasters survived our journey to Vietnam in remarkable style.
Credit: Brynna Nichols

Style and Versatility

Their style was our favorite part of the Ray-Ban Clubmasters. Just about everyone who tried these on think they sport a classy or classic look. They seem to translate well across genders, face shapes, and styles. One tester put them on and said, "In another life, I'll be cool enough. Maybe."

ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review - lookin fly out on the town with the help of the ray-bans.
Lookin fly out on the town with the help of the Ray-Bans.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman


Large lenses provide extra coverage, particularly when facing directly into the sun. The ability to adjust the nose pieces of these Ray-Bans also allows you to increase their coverage by positioning them closer to your face to close gaps. That said, these glasses are completely straight, which leaves exceptionally large gaps to close. When paired with the nose pieces, which hold the glasses away from your face, this flat shape and the glass's particularly narrow arms provide poor coverage overall. Don't count on the Clubmasters to keep that side-angle sun or dust storm debris out of your eyes.

ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review - the clubmasters left something to be desired in the way of coverage.
The Clubmasters left something to be desired in the way of coverage.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Case Quality

If you're just tossing it in your purse or on the top of a suitcase, the semi-rigid, flexible case that comes with the Clubmasters is enough to protect your glasses from scratches and mild squishing. The case is lightweight, at just 54 grams, and includes a small cleaning cloth. It's not an amazing value for what you get, but it will at least help protect against most scratches. Ray-Ban also sells other cases on their website for $25. An upgraded cleaning kit with a larger cloth and lens spray is $15.

ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review - a simple case and small cleaning cloth - just the essentials come...
A simple case and small cleaning cloth - just the essentials come with the Clubmasters.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg


For a not-so-good performer, the Clubmasters still come with a pretty high price. For a pair of sunglasses that cost less but perform better, we think there are many better options that we tested.

ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review - enjoy your chic new look while sipping on a tasty margarita.
Enjoy your chic new look while sipping on a tasty margarita.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg


The Clubmaster Classics thoroughly underwhelmed us. Their lens distortion and front-heavy, high-weight design make them less enjoyable to wear. The adjustable nose pads certainly have their benefits, but they also get caught in hair when placed on top of your head. If you're after top-notch quality and performance, we're sorry to say we can't recommend the Clubmasters. But if you dig the classic style they bring to the table, we think they are decent shades with copious swag.

ray-ban clubmaster classic sunglass review - even the dog thinks we're pretty hip in the clubmasters.
Even the dog thinks we're pretty hip in the Clubmasters.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Maggie Nichols

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