Native Zodiac Review

February 9, 2013
Native Zodiac
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
87
Fit
8
Comfort
9
Lens Clarity
8
Coverage/Wind Resistance
6
Overall Performance
8
Value
8

The Good

  • Solid performance
  • Good, quality optics
  • Lightweight, highly comfortable wrap design with full-coverage and wind resistance
  • Venting system reduces fogging
  • Rubberized nosepads and temples deliver fit and stability

The Bad

  • Some lens reflections apparent in direct sunlight
  • Nosepads and temples are not adjustable for customization
THE VERDICT

The Native Zodiac is a solid performance sunglass with high-quality optics, low weight, noticeable comfort, and a rubberized gripping system, although it has fewer bells and whistles than comparable shades. Spring for the indispensible polarized lens option for the extra $20. It’s worth it.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The Native Zodiac is a lightweight, semi-rimless, performance wrap sunglass designed for multi-sport use. Key features include a top-of-frame venting system, gripping nosepads and temples, plus good-quality lenses.

FULL REVIEW

Fit & Comfort
The Zodiac provided a noticeably comfortable fit, even during longer, more rigorous activities. It fit very well and its gripping nosepads and temples (the entire temple interior is lined with Native’s Cushinol Temple Grip) worked hard to hold this sunglass in place, especially during highly technical trail riding and running outings.

This sunglass’ highly comfortable fit is notable given the fact that its nosepads and temples are not customizable.

Lens Clarity
The Zodiac’s lenses offered good visual clarity in a variety of light conditions. I tested the polarized lens option, which Native says offers state-of-the-art blue light filtering, and had no issues with glare. The Zodiac is available with both polarized and non-polarized lens options—glare-busting polarization bumps the Zodiac’s price up by $20, but this feature is well worth the extra cost.

This sunglass, with its semi-rimless design, also offered an ample field of vision. On the downside, some lens reflections became apparent and somewhat distracting when looking down a trail into direct sunlight.

Wind Resistance
The Zodiac’s full-coverage wrap design delivers some wind resistance but I felt some wind got into my eyes when stronger gusts kicked up on the trail. The top-of-frame venting system did help minimize lens fogging and kept my face nice and cool.

 


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MSRP
$129.00
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