Kaenon Wishbone Review

March 15, 2013
Kaenon Wishbone
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
92
Lens Clarity
9
Style Points
9
Coverage / Wind Resistance
8
Fit / Comfort
9
Overall Performance
9
Value
8

The Good

  • Marries performance with sophisticated style
  • Crisp, clear optics with high-tech polarized lens
  • Superlight frame design
  • Fits comfortably under a helmet
  • Chic, modern, feminine styling

The Bad

  • A less-wrapped design equates to less wind resistance
THE VERDICT

As far as performance/lifestyle sunglasses go, the Wishbone is pure nirvana. No matter how hard we tried, we just couldn’t get it to slip, slide, bounce, or feel uncomfortable while cycling and running, and they moved seamlessly from the trail to the coffee shop.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The Kaenon Wishbone is a runway-worthy women’s sunglass that also happens to pack in some serious performance. Notable features include Kaenon’s crisp, high-tech polarized lens plus a thin and lightweight design.

FULL REVIEW

The Design
The Wishbone is Kaenon’s first 6-base frame design, meaning that this sunglass is less wrapped than most of the company’s other products. It also happens to have more fashion-forward look than most of the company’s sunglasses.

The ultra-stylish hexagonal frame houses Kaenon’s proprietary SR-91 lenses while thin, sculpted temples deliver a sleek look and light weight. Crafted of superlight TR90 and hand painted in Italy, this sunglass performs surprisingly well for a lifestyle product.

Lens Clarity
The Wisbone’s polarized lenses cut glare on the trail and road—an outstanding feature for this type of sunglass. The SR-91 lens, developed by Kaenon, also has excellent optics that delivers impact resistance and crisp, clear vision in a variety of light conditions. We tested the G12 lens, which has a darker gray tint; it offered solid sun protection and visual clarity in bright sun but wasn’t too dark on cloudy days.

Wind Resistance
Because it’s less wrapped, the Wishbone’s 6-base design lets in a little extra wind during outdoor activities such as mountain biking and running. Still larger frame front design offers some protection from the elements.

Fit & Comfort
The thin profile and impressively low weight of the Wishbone made it one of the more comfortable frames we’ve worn in a long time.

It slid effortlessly under a cycling helmet and remained in place for the duration of the ride. A miracle, it seemed, since the Wishbone offers no gripping nosepads or temples. We’re convinced the performance here is derived from a frame design that fits in all the right places, with just enough grab over the back of the ears to stay put.

Style Points
This sunglass has no problem hanging in the most discriminating fashion circles and its sleek good looks work well both on and off the trail. The hexagonal shape is perfectly modern and slightly edgy.

 


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MSRP
$230.00
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