goodr Circle Gs Polarized Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Polarized, good light protection, very lightweight, retro style
Cons: Inwardly reflective lenses, narrow frame, less versatile fit
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|Pros||Polarized, good light protection, very lightweight, retro style||Great lens quality, excellent gradient, very comfortable, versatile style, good case||Great contrast, comfortable, easy style to love||Protective lenses, good contrast, secure fit, versatile use across lighting and activities||Bold style, great narrow fit, adjustable nose pads, good protection, sturdy build, cool case|
|Cons||Inwardly reflective lenses, narrow frame, less versatile fit||Not polarized, may be loose on top of head||A bit small, translucent frame magnifies light, expensive||May be tight, mirror lenses collect smudges, case is a poor cleaner||Narrow fit, not great directly into sun|
|Bottom Line||A neat throwback style, though not our preferred version of it, as they're a bit too small||Excellent quality shades that are protective and stylish, offering top-notch quality for a reasonable price||These are great quality sunglasses with excellent contrast and a superb face feel||A sporty yet chic pair of cute, comfortable shades that can keep up with you from casual brunches to afternoon hikes||A great set of aviators for smaller faces with good protection and a brazen style|
|Rating Categories||goodr Circle Gs Polarized||Ray-Ban Erika||Maui Jim Honi||Smith Caper Chromapop||Costa del Mar Fernandina|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Style And Versatility (20%)|
|Frame Quality (15%)|
|Specs||goodr Circle Gs...||Ray-Ban Erika||Maui Jim Honi||Smith Caper...||Costa del Mar...|
|Lens Tested||Nine Dollar Pour Over||Grey Gradient||Blue HCL Bronze||Opal Mirror ChromaPop||Green Mirror 580P|
|Visible Light Transmission (VLT)||Not specified||Not specified||12%||15%||10%|
|VLT Protection Index||Not specified||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3|
|HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim)||None||None||"HEV reduction"||None||100% HEV blockage|
|Infrared Protection (claim)||None||None||None||None||None|
|Neutral/Contrast||Increased contrast||Neutral||Increased contrast||Increased contrast||Increased contrast|
|Lens Material||Triacetate cellulose||Polycarbonate||SuperThin glass||Carbonic||Mineral glass|
|Protective Coatings||Anti-scratch||None||Anti-reflective, anti-scratch, hydroleophobic||Anti-reflective,hydroleophobic resistance, mirror coating||C-WALL (anti-scratch and hydroleophobic), mirror|
|Can take prescription lens?||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Case Included||Yes; microfiber bag||Yes; semi-rigid snapshell case and microfiber cleaning cloth||Yes; rigid triangular collapsible case, microfiber cleaning cloth||Yes; microfiber bag||Yes; cork box, microfiber bag|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We tested the goodr Circle Gs with the Nine Dollar Pour Over lenses. They're a Narrow fit and come with a microfiber drawstring case.
The Nine Dollar Pour Over lenses we tested are a fairly dark shade of brown, making them a decent choice in medium to bright lighting. They're polarized too, adding a little extra protection against glare. They add some contrast, helping brighter colors — especially greens — look even brighter.
- 100% UV Protection
- Unspecified Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
- 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
- Color: Brown, Material: Triacetate Cellulose
- Anti-Scratch, Impact Resistant
They're a tad dark for lower light situations or when the lighting is changing on a partly cloudy day. Where they really fall short though, is when it comes to reflections. They are intensely reflective on the backs of the lenses, allowing you to easily see every detail of every pore on your face. With light coming in over the tops of the lenses, we could even see the features of our own eyeballs. Despite having otherwise pleasant lenses, this level of reflection is rather disappointing.
Weighing just 19 grams, the goodr Circle Gs are some of the lightest glasses we tested. On smaller faces, this lightness is appreciated and feels easy to wear. However, these Narrow frames are very narrow — almost too narrow for one of our testers who regularly has to get her glasses in children's sizes because her face is so small. Though the bows are flexible, they're also a bit slender, allowing them to dig into the skin over the ears during long-term wear. The matte coating helps them to stay in place but is a little too sticky-feeling, making them less comfortable to put on and take off.
Style and Versatility
These glasses lose some versatility points for how incredibly small and narrow they are. However, if the size isn't offputting to you, they offer a pretty neat blend of retro and modern. The particular color combination we tested is meant to have tortoise frames, but in most situations are so dark they actually appear black. We tested other glasses with a similar shape, and find these less appealing than the others.
These frames are made of plastic polycarbonate and are very flexible, especially the bows. They have standard three-barrel hinges that are integrated sections of the polycarbonate frame pieces and held together by a screw. They feel pretty durable, with the extra flexibility adding a nice touch and a small boost in confidence that they'll be able to withstand daily wear.
Small lenses in small frames aren't a great recipe for maximum coverage. The Circle Gs also sit a bit higher on the nose, allowing light to enter from just about every side of the lenses. That said, wearing them close to the face does offer reasonable overhead protection from the sun. Their combination of shockingly low weight, fairly secure-gripping frames, and nearly-sticky matte finish kept them pretty firmly planted on our faces even when sweaty.
The Circle Gs come with just a simple microfiber bag with a double drawstring top. It also works to clean the lenses.
With a pretty low price tag, the Circle Gs are an appealing buy. However, we find them to be so small that they're difficult for many to enjoy wearing for long periods and they don't offer quite what we want in terms of actual sun protection.
The goodr Circle Gs are a very lightweight pair of retro-style shades. They have highly self-reflective lenses with limited coverage, making them not a great choice for quality protection from intense sunlight. Still, they offer a very small take on an interesting style for a low price that may just fit into your fashion lineup.
— Maggie Brandenburg