Sungait Designer Gradient Review
Cons: Not great in direct light, back reflection, extreme gradient
Compare to Similar Products
Sungait Designer Gradient
|Price||$14.99 at Amazon||$138.00 at Backcountry|
Compare at 3 sellers
|$249.99 at Amazon|
Compare at 3 sellers
|$152.40 at Amazon|
Compare at 2 sellers
|Check Price at REI|
Compare at 2 sellers
|Pros||Classic retro style, easy to wear, versatile fit, lightweight, inexpensive||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||Not great in direct light, back reflection, extreme gradient||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||Some low cost classicly styled shades that are easy to wear but lack quality performance when facing into the sun||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||Sungait Designer Gradient||Ray-Ban Erika||Maui Jim Honi||Smith Caper Chromapop||Costa del Mar Fernandina|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Style And Versatility (20%)|
|Frame Quality (15%)|
|Specs||Sungait Designer...||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 55mm 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||Plastic (composite)||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, microfiber cleaning cloth, double-sided screwdriver||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 Sungait Designer Gradient with Brown Gradient lenses. They're a Medium fit and come with a microfiber drawstring case, microfiber cleaning cloth, and double-sided screwdriver.
The Brown Gradient lenses we tested are among our least favorite lenses. They have reasonable clarity until you're in direct sunlight, in which case they have very heavy reflections on the insides of the lenses that are distracting and directly in your field of vision. They're not polarized and in challenging lighting (like golden hour, when the light comes directly across the horizon), they appear almost cloudy, making them difficult to look through.
- Not Polarized
- 100% UV Protection
- Unspecified Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
- 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
- Color: Brown Gradient, Material: Unspecified Plastic
- Impact Resistant
While the right gradient can actually help you see better in variable lighting conditions, this one is too extreme for our liking. The top is too dark, the bottom is too light, and it shifts too quickly from one to the other. As a whole, these lenses are very distracting and not overly pleasant to wear when you really need to see — like when driving.
The Sungait have a fairly smooth matte finish that helps them feel pleasant on the face and adds a little bit of grip to the frames. They weigh just 22 grams, which is on the lighter end of the spectrum among the models we tested. They don't touch too much in unpleasant places and have a pretty good balance.
Style and Versatility
One of the biggest appeals of the Sungait being able to get this look for less money. They're very similar to some other sunglasses we tested, but lacking in some of the details of proportion. Still, they're not bad and look pretty good across the full range of face sizes we tested.
The portions of these frames that are made of TR90 material are flexible plastic. The metal bows aren't very flexible and are attached by standard metal three-barrel hinges that are fairly narrow. They're decently sturdy but not outstandingly so. We had none of the issues with lenses falling out or bows breaking that we read about online. Lacking any rubber sections, there are also fewer pieces we worry about detaching — always a plus.
The lenses of the Sungait are on the larger side of average, lending them a little extra coverage. Their style includes pretty flat frames, leaving plenty of space around the edges and even the bottoms for sunlight and glare to creep in. The matte finish gives them a little extra grip when you're sweaty, in lieu of any rubber or silicone padding to keep them in place.
These sunglasses come with a simple microfiber bag with a double-sided drawstring. Also included are a good-sized microfiber cloth and a dual-sided mini screwdriver for hinge tightenings.
The Sungait Designer sell on the high side of what we feel they're worth. We're not fans of their lenses and we're underwhelmed by their style.
The Sungait Designer Gradient are inexpensive shades meant to replicate a throwback style for less. However, we find their gradient to be subpar and their back reflection to be intensely distracting. We're bigger fans of their overall look, but not quite sure it's worth living with a substantially lowered lens quality.
— Maggie Brandenburg