SojoS Round Vintage Review
Cons: Perhaps too large, not overly protective, scratchy metal bits on the frame
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SojoS Round Vintage
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|Pros||Truly oversized lenses, unique look, good for low light||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||Perhaps too large, not overly protective, scratchy metal bits on the frame||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||Big lenses on large frames give a specific style vibe though sun protection is limited||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||SojoS Round Vintage||Ray-Ban Erika||Maui Jim Honi||Smith Caper Chromapop||Costa del Mar Fernandina|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Style And Versatility (20%)|
|Frame Quality (15%)|
|Specs||SojoS Round Vintage||Ray-Ban Erika||Maui Jim Honi||Smith Caper...||Costa del Mar...|
|Lens Tested||Brown Gradient||Grey Gradient||Blue HCL Bronze||Opal Mirror ChromaPop||Green Mirror 580P|
(tested 60mm width)
|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||Polycarbonate||Polycarbonate||SuperThin glass||Carbonic||Mineral glass|
|Protective Coatings||None||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 and cleaning cloth||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 SojoS Round Vintage with Brown Gradient lenses. They're a Large fit pair of shades that come with a microfiber bag and microfiber cleaning cloth.
The Brown Gradient lenses of the SojoS offer solid clarity and color. They're pretty true to life in their color rendering, rather than skewing shades too much. The gradient isn't too extreme, transitioning from a darker section (about two-thirds of the lens) at the top to a lighter section at the bottom. We like how this feels to wear and found it pretty useful to look through.
- Not Polarized
- 100% UV Protection
- Unspecified Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
- 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
- Color: Amber Gradient, Material: Polycarbonate
- Impact Resistant
These glasses lack any anti-reflective coating on the insides of the lenses but are far from the worst when it comes to being able to see your own face. Since the lenses are quite large, it's possible to see reflections of some things around you on the outside edges but it's not horribly distracting. They're a bit too light to work well in bright light though; they're much better suited to lower light situations.
Weighing 30 grams the SojoS are on the heavier end of the spectrum. They're surprisingly comfortable for being so incredibly oversized, even on smaller faces. They have long bows to help even out their balance and stop them from sliding down the nose. Metal loops on the ends of the bows look cool but are fairly scratchy to put on and take off if you're not paying attention.
Style and Versatility
It's clear to see that the SojoS Round Vintage are a very specific style. They have an oversized retro look, rather than contemporary fashion. They are exceptionally large, appearing almost comically huge on some of our smaller-headed testers. Interestingly, the lenses extend over the front of the frame around the top, even extending out almost far enough to meet the bows. This gives them a pretty unique look, with some of the oddest-shaped lenses we've ever tested.
These acetate frames are fairly average in pretty much every way. They feel fine and are relatively sturdy. Standard three-barrel metal hinges do a solid job, though ours were a tad wobbly. We're not in love with the metal sticking out the backs of the bows, but it doesn't seem in any danger of falling out.
These exceptionally large lenses provide good coverage in areas where their flat frames may otherwise leave you exposed — like the tops and, to some extent, the sides. In an unexpected twist, the unique shape lets light come through around the bridge.
These glasses come with a microfiber double-drawstring bag and a medium-sized microfiber cleaning cloth.
If you're in love with this oversized style and don't mind the lack of serious sun protection, these low-cost frames make a good budget fashion accessory.
The SojoS Round Vintage are a very large pair of retro-styled shades with just enough of a flair to make them unique. They're a bit too light and oddly shaped to offer the level of sun protection we expect, but they're inexpensive and have an interesting look many folks enjoy.
— Maggie Brandenburg