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goodr Circle Gs Polarized Review

A neat throwback style, though not our preferred version of it, as they're a bit too small
goodr Circle Gs Polarized
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Price:  $25 List | $25.00 at REI
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Pros:  Polarized, good light protection, very lightweight, retro style
Cons:  Inwardly reflective lenses, narrow frame, less versatile fit
Manufacturer:   goodr
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 9, 2021
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  • Lens Quality - 30% 4
  • Comfort - 25% 4
  • Style and Versatility - 20% 4
  • Frame Quality - 15% 6
  • Coverage - 10% 3

Our Verdict

The goodr Circle Gs are another pair of small, circular shades lacking in a few details. They have polarized lenses with solid protection against bright and harsh lighting. We love how lightweight they are, and their matte finish helps to hold them tight on the head. However, the lenses are exceptionally reflective on the backs, reflecting our facial pores back at us when wearing them. They're also very narrow, even on our most slender-headed testers. And the tortoise frame we tested is so dark it almost looks black. Still, there are other colors available and their low price makes them a tempting option for lovers of very small shades.

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Pros Polarized, good light protection, very lightweight, retro styleSecure fit, great lenses, padded frame, excellent coverageSolid protection, look good on most faces, comfortable, well-priced, great warranty/exchange policyTruly oversized lenses, unique look, good for low lightPolarized, good contrast, lightweight, easy to wear, solid case, numerous accessories
Cons Inwardly reflective lenses, narrow frame, less versatile fitMay be tight, style doesn't work for everyoneNot a bold style, unimpressive case, minor longevity issuesPerhaps too large, not overly protective, scratchy metal bits on the frameDistracting back-reflection, very long bows, lenses are loose
Bottom Line A neat throwback style, though not our preferred version of it, as they're a bit too smallA blend of sporty and stylish, these secure fit shades offer great protection and great valueGood quality, inexpensive shades with a classic style that works well for just about everyoneBig lenses on large frames give a specific style vibe though sun protection is limitedA budget-friendly version of a cool retro style that unfortunately doesn't follow through in performance
Rating Categories goodr Circle Gs Pol... Native Eyewear Acadia Shady Rays Classic... SojoS Round Vintage Wowsun Polarized Gr...
Lens Quality (30%)
4.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
2.0
Comfort (25%)
4.0
5.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Style And Versatility (20%)
4.0
4.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
Frame Quality (15%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
3.0
Coverage (10%)
3.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Specs goodr Circle Gs Pol... Native Eyewear Acadia Shady Rays Classic... SojoS Round Vintage Wowsun Polarized Gr...
Lens Tested Nine Dollar Pour Over Brown Grey Brown Gradient Brown
Polarized Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Fit Narrow Medium Medium Large
(tested 60mm width)
Medium
(tested 55mm width)
Weight (grams) 19g 27g 27g 30g 21g
UV Protection 100% 100% 100% 100%% 100%
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) Not specified 13% Not specified Not specified Not specified
VLT Protection Index Not specified Cat 3 Not specified Not specified Not specified
HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim) None 94% HEV blockage None None None
Infrared Protection (claim) None "up to 4X more than regular polarized lenses" None None None
Neutral/Contrast Increased contrast Increased contrast Neutral Increased contrast Increased contrast
Lens Material Triacetate cellulose Crystal carbonate Plastic Polycarbonate Plastic (composite)
Impact Resistance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Protective Coatings Anti-scratch None None None Anti-scratch
Can take prescription lens? No Yes Yes No No
Hinge type Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Case Included Yes; microfiber bag Yes; semi-rigid zippered shell, microfiber bag Yes; microfiber bag Yes; microfiber bag and cleaning cloth Yes; semi-rigid zippered shell, microfiber bag, microfiber cleaning cloth, double-sided screwdriver

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.

Performance Comparison


Driving with these polarized lenses.
Driving with these polarized lenses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality


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.

Nine Dollar Pour Over Lenses
  • Polarized
  • 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.

The lenses are a touch dark but work pretty well in bright lighting...
The lenses are a touch dark but work pretty well in bright lighting - if you can ignore the glare.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


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.

These flexible frames fit best on narrow heads.
These flexible frames fit best on narrow heads.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

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.

Getting ready to head out on a snowy high country hike.
Getting ready to head out on a snowy high country hike.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality


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.

The Circle Gs have very flexible frames.
The Circle Gs have very flexible frames.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Coverage


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.

These small glasses are a bit light on coverage.
These small glasses are a bit light on coverage.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Case Quality


The Circle Gs come with just a simple microfiber bag with a double drawstring top. It also works to clean the lenses.

They come with a simple microfiber bag.
They come with a simple microfiber bag.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

A bit narrow and a bit dark but an interesting style, for sure.
A bit narrow and a bit dark but an interesting style, for sure.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg