Native Apres Review

March 15, 2013
Native Apres
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
86
Lens Clarity
8
Style Points
7
Coverage / Wind Resistance
8
Fit / Comfort
8
Overall Performance
7
Value
8

The Good

  • Solid performance paired nicely with hipster style
  • Good optics with polarization
  • Lightweight, full-coverage frame design
  • Grippy temples and nosepads
  • Cooling, anti-fog air venting system

The Bad

  • Larger frame profile can cause some visual disturbance
  • Slightly uncomfortable under some helmets
THE VERDICT

The Native Apres flows effortlessly from the bike, run, or hike to après. A unisex frame, it has hip styling with solid performance features, such as an air flow system, strategically placed gripping rubber, and polarized optics.

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The Design
These shades have some nice performance attributes, like a wrapped frame, low weight (1.2 ounces), polarized lenses, and an air venting system. Its larger frame size and profile make it a good fit for medium to larger faces.

Lens Clarity
We tested the polarized Reflex lens, which worked well to cut glare. The Apres offers really good optics, especially considering its $129 price point. According to Native, this lens’ quality optics are partly due to the fact that it features up to 40 percent infrared reduction and blue light filtering.

Wind Resistance
The Apres’ full wrap design blocks wind quite efficiently—I noticed no leakage while riding fast.

Fit & Comfort
I found the Apres fit comfortably, even over long periods of time, and there was little slip and slide during running and cycling activities. The larger wrap design is offset by Native’s lightweight thermoplastic material. The company’s soft Cushional nose pads and temple boots offer good grip and comfort. The frame’s venting system, which is built into the top of the frame over the nose, has a cooling effect while minimizing fogging and condensation.

I did find the larger frame size created some visual disturbance in the nosepad and brow areas, especially in the white frame color. I also found helmet compatibility was limited, as the pressure of some helmet straps caused the frame to move around.

Style Points
Options include matte black with a cool gray lens, 70s-inspired tortoise with an amber lens, white with rose-brown lens, and camouflage with a light gray lens.

 


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MSRP
$129.00
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