Native Trango Polarized ReviewJuly 1, 2012
- Highly lightweight and comfortable.
- Optics are solid; polarization truly cut annoying glare.
- Frame’s full-rim wrap design delivers good wind resistance and element protection.
- Style-focused design is a refreshing change from tech-y shields.
- Gripping material integrated into the frame works well.
- Frame does feel hotter than rimless or half-rim sunglasses in warmer conditions.
This lightweight frame truly has forget-you’re-wearing-it comfort and the high-quality polarized lenses deliver visual bliss. Features such as interchangeable lenses and integrated grip molding make this spot-on for cyclists.
The Native Trango surprised us. We hardly expected a full-rim sunglass to deliver such lightweight comfort, but it did—in spades. Two testers both reported forget-you’re-wearing-it comfort, even after pedaling with it under helmets for longer rides.
We’re chalking it up to what Native plugs as its Rhyno-Tuff Air Frame technology, which is basically a super lightweight thermoplastic material that, Native claims, also offers enough strength to endure high-velocity collisions and temperature extremes.
The design certainly does offer some full-frame standard conveniences such as excellent wind and sun protection. We also dug the integrated gripping material built right into the temples, which kept the frames in place even while sweating.
The Trango tested was also equipped with high-quality polarized lenses that provided excellent optics. Native’s new N3 polarized lens is one of the more advanced options on the market today, providing visual clarity that is usually associated with much higher-priced performance sunglasses.
This sunglass also features an interchangeable lens system. With so many super tech-y lens-changing systems on the market today, we found the Trango’s to be a little less appealing and not as easy to operate. The full-frame design also provided a little extra heat, especially on those baking hot rides in bright, sunny conditions.