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Vuarnet Legend 02 Review

The particular fit of these glasses is a huge hit for many in regards to comfort and fashion
Vuarnet Legend 02
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Price:  $240 List | $240.00 at Backcountry
Pros:  Outstanding coverage, great lenses, stylish, flexible bows
Cons:  Oddly specific fit, mirror coating is difficult to clean
Manufacturer:   Vuarnet
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 9, 2021
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  • Lens Quality - 30% 9
  • Comfort - 25% 4
  • Style and Versatility - 20% 7
  • Frame Quality - 15% 7
  • Coverage - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Vuarnet Legend 02 are a fashion-forward pair of sunglasses that many of our testers adored. They don't leave function in the dust either, with some of the best lenses and most coverage among all pairs we tested. Exceptional color and clarity and a gold-colored mirror coating make these lenses protective and stylish. Their flexible bows curve inward farther than we're used to — some of our testers loved the comfort and security this provides, while others found that it prevents them from being worn close enough to the face. Still, for those who like their fit, the performance measures up.

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Pros Outstanding coverage, great lenses, stylish, flexible bowsGreat 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 Oddly specific fit, mirror coating is difficult to cleanNot 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 The particular fit of these glasses is a huge hit for many in regards to comfort and fashionExcellent 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 Vuarnet Legend 02 Ray-Ban Erika Maui Jim Honi Smith Caper Chromapop Costa del Mar Fernandina
Lens Quality (30%)
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Style And Versatility (20%)
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Frame Quality (15%)
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Coverage (10%)
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Specs Vuarnet Legend 02 Ray-Ban Erika Maui Jim Honi Smith Caper... Costa del Mar...
Lens Tested Pure Brown Gold Flash Grey Gradient Blue HCL Bronze Opal Mirror ChromaPop Green Mirror 580P
Polarized No Yes Yes No Yes
Fit Medium Standard Narrow Medium Narrow/Small
Weight (grams) 34g 22g 35g 27g 32g
UV Protection 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) 11% Not specified 12% 15% 10%
VLT Protection Index Cat 3 Cat 3 Cat 3 Cat 3 Cat 3
HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim) 97% HEV blockage None "HEV reduction" None 100% HEV blockage
Infrared Protection (claim) 95% None None None None
Neutral/Contrast Increased contrast Neutral Increased contrast Increased contrast Increased contrast
Lens Material Mineral glass Polycarbonate SuperThin glass Carbonic Mineral glass
Impact Resistance No Yes No Yes No
Protective Coatings Anti-reflective, mirror None Anti-reflective, anti-scratch, hydroleophobic Anti-reflective,hydroleophobic resistance, mirror coating C-WALL (anti-scratch and hydroleophobic), mirror
Can take prescription lens? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hinge type Standard Standard Flex Standard Standard
Case Included Yes; neoprene bag, microfiber 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 Vuarnet Legend 02 with Pure Brown Gold Flash lenses. They're a Medium fit and can take certain levels of prescription lenses. They come with a neoprene drawstring bag and a microfiber cleaning cloth

Performance Comparison


Not all of our testers find these to be a great fit, but those that...
Not all of our testers find these to be a great fit, but those that do really love their look.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality


The Pure Brown Gold Flash lenses we tested were some of our favorites. They're intensely protective, even without being polarized. The 11% Visible Light Transmission and mirrored coating help them block out bright light, though they are perhaps a little bit dark in lower light situations. They have an anti-reflective coating on the back that works very well at stopping you from seeing your own face.

Pure Brown Gold Flash Lenses
  • Not Polarized
  • 100% UV Protection
  • 11% Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
  • 97% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 95% Infrared Blockage
  • Color: Brown, Material: Mineral Glass
  • Anti-Reflective, Mirror Coating, Scratch Resistant

Colors through these brown lenses are a touch yellowed with increased contrast, but they still feel quite true to life. Though we did not test precise wavelength-blocking technology, Vuarnet claims these lenses block 97% of harmful blue light and 95% of infrared light. If that's true, then these lenses are some of the most protective we tested.

Though not polarized, a dark tint and mirror coating help keep the...
Though not polarized, a dark tint and mirror coating help keep the eyes comfortable and protected.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


The comfort of these glasses was very hit and miss. The Legend 02 bows are thin and flexible but bend inward at an odd point that gripped some of our testers in front of their ears. Strongly downcurved bows stop them from sliding completely off the nose, but for those who experience this odd fit, the overall feeling wasn't pleasant. On the other hand, many other women who tested these did not experience this odd fit and loved how these shades felt on their heads. Even though, at 34 grams, they're some of the heaviest we tested, they manage to stay put on the face very well — if they're a good fit.

Flexible bows help add comfort to the Legend 02 sunglasses.
Flexible bows help add comfort to the Legend 02 sunglasses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Style and Versatility


This is another area in which the Legend 02 are polarizing. Our testers with smaller faces found these lenses to be too large, with the intense mirror coating creating a "bug-like" look. Many others, however, really liked these super stylish frames and loved wearing them whenever and wherever possible — whether that's out to brunch or paddling across the lake.

Several of our testers adore how they look in these glasses.
Several of our testers adore how they look in these glasses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality


Made of nylon, the Legend 02 frames are solid and sturdy. The front stands out for being remarkably inflexible, while the narrow bows are quite flexible. Standard barrel hinges are solid, formed as outcroppings of the shape of the frame components. They're held together with a pin, rather than a screw, meant to never loosen, and therefore never need tightening. The matte texture is subtle and pleasant to wear. Unfortunately, it's also quite easy to chip off, as just a few times of dropping these glasses or setting them on rough surfaces has left us with numerous white patches showing through the black exterior.

These bows curve inward in a unique way that didn't fit all of our...
These bows curve inward in a unique way that didn't fit all of our testers' heads and isn't correlated with face width.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Coverage


If these glasses are the right shape to fit your face, they offer outstanding coverage. The large lenses and face-hugging curve provide plenty of surface area to shade the eyes. They're meant to sit very close to the face as well, adding even greater coverage. They have more curved bow backends than just about any other pair we tested, adding extra staying power by grabbing your ears, instead of any rubber padding.

Large lenses and a face-hugging shape offer top-notch coverage.
Large lenses and a face-hugging shape offer top-notch coverage.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Case Quality


These sunglasses come with a thickly padded neoprene drawstring case that takes scratch protection up a notch. They also come with a large microfiber cleaning cloth.

A thick, neoprene case and a large microfiber cleaning cloth.
A thick, neoprene case and a large microfiber cleaning cloth.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


These are some of the most expensive sunglasses we tested. That said, we love their lenses though and for those whose faces they fit, they are a big hit. If you can try these on before committing to their price, we'd highly recommend it, on the not-insignificant chance that they aren't a compatible shape for your noggin. If you do decide this is the look you want to spring for, take extra care you don't chip the coating off your frames like we did.

Conclusion


The Vuarnet Legend 02 offer a unique look with very protective lenses and stellar coverage. They have an oddly specific fit that doesn't work for every head shape and frames that chip off their color a bit too easily. But for those who love the look and feel of these shades, they are a great choice.

Feeling fly in the Vuarnet Legend 02 classic glasses.
Feeling fly in the Vuarnet Legend 02 classic glasses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg