Native Eyewear Lynx Review

February 11, 2014
Native Eyewear Lynx
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
86
Features
7
Security of Fit
8
Coverage / Wind Resistance
8
Fit / Comfort
8
Lens Clarity
8
Value
7

The Good

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Wide-open, rimless wraparound shield design delivers on peripheral vision
  • Lens has solid visual clarity
  • An adjustable nose pad system for a customized fit

The Bad

  • While I’m a big fan of the adjustable nose pad system, the Lynx’s nose pads are engineered with metal arms that have a stiff fit and offer little shock absorption on the trail
THE VERDICT

The Native Eyewear Lynx sunglass offer solid visual performance and comfort via a noticeably lightweight frame design. The open, wrapped design, interchangeable lens system, and adjustable nose pad system are all very appealing, but I would prefer an adjustable arm in a material other than stiff and unforgiving metal.

FULL REVIEW

Fit & Comfort
After wearing the Lynx for cycling and trail running over the course of several weeks, this noticeably comfortable, lightweight sunglass became one of my go-to performance shades. Made of a light, slightly flexible material, it moves with the wearer.

While the Lynx does have an adjustable nose pad system, my only gripe with this performance sunglass is that the arms on the adjustable nose pad system are made of a flexible metal. This material is bendable but it proved a bit stiff (with resulting discomfort) during higher-impact activities such as trail running.

On the plus side, co-injected (engineered right into the frame) gripping temples and nose pads kept this sunglass firmly in place, even during more intense activities such as mountain biking.

Lens Performance
In addition to its minimal rimless design and wide field of vision, the Lynx is equipped with a performance lens that worked well to enhance visual clarity. Native’s N3 polarized lens cut glare effectively; it also provided a crisp visual view during road rides where clarity is critical. This lens also offers blue light filtering.

Wind Resistance
The Lynx’s wrapped design helps kept the elements out. This sunglass had the ability to cut the wind, even in breezy conditions. I also experienced few issues with fogging.

Best For:
Cycling
Running
Nordic Skiing
Peripheral Vision
Wind Resistance

Bad For:
Small Faces

 


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MSRP
$179.00
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$110.73
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