Sungait Designer Gradient Review
Cons: Not great in direct light, back reflection, extreme gradient
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Sungait Designer Gradient
|Price||$12.74 at Amazon||$74.21 at Backcountry|
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|$13.99 at Amazon|
|Pros||Classic retro style, easy to wear, versatile fit, lightweight, inexpensive||Secure fit, great lenses, padded frame, excellent coverage||Solid protection, look good on most faces, comfortable, well-priced, great warranty/exchange policy||Lightweight, great coverage, flexible bows, secure fit||Truly oversized lenses, unique look, good for low light|
|Cons||Not great in direct light, back reflection, extreme gradient||May be tight, style doesn't work for everyone||Not a bold style, unimpressive case, minor longevity issues||On the narrow side, some distracting reflections, uninspiring style||Perhaps too large, not overly protective, scratchy metal bits on the frame|
|Bottom Line||Some low cost classicly styled shades that are easy to wear but lack quality performance when facing into the sun||A blend of sporty and stylish, these secure fit shades offer great protection and great value||Good quality, inexpensive shades with a classic style that works well for just about everyone||Lightweight and less expensive, these secure shades may not be fashionably adventurous but they are comfortable||Big lenses on large frames give a specific style vibe though sun protection is limited|
|Rating Categories||Sungait Designer Gr...||Native Eyewear Acadia||Shady Rays Classic...||Suncloud Loveseat||SojoS Round Vintage|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Style And Versatility (20%)|
|Frame Quality (15%)|
|Specs||Sungait Designer Gr...||Native Eyewear Acadia||Shady Rays Classic...||Suncloud Loveseat||SojoS Round Vintage|
|Lens Tested||Brown Gradient||Brown||Grey||Polarized Sienna Mirror||Brown Gradient|
(tested 55mm width)
(tested 60mm width)
|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||Plastic (composite)||Crystal carbonate||Plastic||Polycarbonate injection molded||Polycarbonate|
|Can take prescription lens?||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Case Included||Yes; microfiber bag, microfiber cleaning cloth, double-sided screwdriver||Yes; semi-rigid zippered shell, microfiber bag||Yes; microfiber bag||Yes; microfiber bag||Yes; microfiber bag and cleaning cloth|
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