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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
Photo: SOJOS
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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 lightSecure fit, great lenses, padded frame, excellent coverageSolid protection, look good on most faces, comfortable, well-priced, great warranty/exchange policyLightweight, great coverage, flexible bows, secure fitPolarized, good contrast, lightweight, easy to wear, solid case, numerous accessories
Cons Perhaps too large, not overly protective, scratchy metal bits on the frameMay be tight, style doesn't work for everyoneNot a bold style, unimpressive case, minor longevity issuesOn the narrow side, some distracting reflections, uninspiring styleDistracting back-reflection, very long bows, lenses are loose
Bottom Line Big lenses on large frames give a specific style vibe though sun protection is limitedA 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 everyoneLightweight and less expensive, these secure shades may not be fashionably adventurous but they are comfortableA budget-friendly version of a cool retro style that unfortunately doesn't follow through in performance
Rating Categories SojoS Round Vintage Native Eyewear Acadia Shady Rays Classic... Suncloud Loveseat Wowsun Polarized Gr...
Lens Quality (30%)
5.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
2.0
Comfort (25%)
6.0
5.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Style And Versatility (20%)
4.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Frame Quality (15%)
5.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
3.0
Coverage (10%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Specs SojoS Round Vintage Native Eyewear Acadia Shady Rays Classic... Suncloud Loveseat Wowsun Polarized Gr...
Lens Tested Brown Gradient Brown Grey Polarized Sienna Mirror Brown
Polarized No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fit Large
(tested 60mm width)
Medium Medium Medium Medium
(tested 55mm width)
Weight (grams) 30g 27g 27g 20g 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 Polycarbonate Crystal carbonate Plastic Polycarbonate injection molded Plastic (composite)
Impact Resistance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Protective Coatings None 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 and cleaning cloth Yes; semi-rigid zippered shell, microfiber bag Yes; microfiber bag Yes; microfiber bag Yes; semi-rigid zippered shell, microfiber bag, microfiber cleaning cloth, double-sided screwdriver

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