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SojoS Round Vintage Review

Big lenses on large frames give a specific style vibe though sun protection is limited
SojoS Round Vintage
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Price:  $14 List | $13.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Truly oversized lenses, unique look, good for low light
Cons:  Perhaps too large, not overly protective, scratchy metal bits on the frame
Manufacturer:   SOJOS
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 9, 2021
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  • Lens Quality - 30% 5
  • Comfort - 25% 6
  • Style and Versatility - 20% 4
  • Frame Quality - 15% 5
  • Coverage - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The SojoS Round Vintage are a throwback style of oversized sunglasses many of our testers loved. Though they're a large frame, they fit a good range of face sizes. In a unique twist, the lenses extend across the front of the frame for an exaggerated cat-eye aesthetic. The Brown Gradient lenses we tested are too light for bright days but are very comfortable in low light — or even for a fashionable indoor look. Metallic sections at the ends of the bows add detail but can be scratchy. Though they're not a hit with everyone, if you're here for fashion over protection, these colossal shades just might be for you.

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Pros Truly oversized lenses, unique look, good for low lightGreat lens quality, excellent gradient, very comfortable, versatile style, good caseGreat contrast, comfortable, easy style to loveProtective lenses, good contrast, secure fit, versatile use across lighting and activitiesBold 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 frameNot polarized, may be loose on top of headA bit small, translucent frame magnifies light, expensiveMay be tight, mirror lenses collect smudges, case is a poor cleanerNarrow fit, not great directly into sun
Bottom Line Big lenses on large frames give a specific style vibe though sun protection is limitedExcellent quality shades that are protective and stylish, offering top-notch quality for a reasonable priceThese are great quality sunglasses with excellent contrast and a superb face feelA sporty yet chic pair of cute, comfortable shades that can keep up with you from casual brunches to afternoon hikesA 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
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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
Polarized No Yes Yes No Yes
Fit Large
(tested 60mm width)
Standard Narrow Medium Narrow/Small
Weight (grams) 30g 22g 35g 27g 32g
UV Protection 100%% 100% 100% 100% 100%
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
Impact Resistance Yes Yes No Yes No
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
Hinge type Standard Standard Flex Standard Standard
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.

Performance Comparison


These oversized glasses are a bit much for some of our testers'...
These oversized glasses are a bit much for some of our testers' small faces.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality


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.

Brown Gradient Lenses
  • 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.

Not a bad gradient, though these lenses are very light in color.
Not a bad gradient, though these lenses are very light in color.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


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.

They're pretty well balanced for how big and heavy they are.
They're pretty well balanced for how big and heavy they are.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

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.

Not everyone loved these, but on certain faces, they are really...
Not everyone loved these, but on certain faces, they are really stylish.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality


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.

The metal on the backs of the bows can be a bit scratchy.
The metal on the backs of the bows can be a bit scratchy.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Coverage


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.

Large lenses add coverage, though they are quite flat across the...
Large lenses add coverage, though they are quite flat across the front.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Case Quality


These glasses come with a microfiber double-drawstring bag and a medium-sized microfiber cleaning cloth.

Microfiber case and cleaning cloth to go along.
Microfiber case and cleaning cloth to go along.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

Backyard birding in these light-colored lenses.
Backyard birding in these light-colored lenses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg