Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review: Nectar Cruze Sunglasses

As someone who grew up on the beach in Southern California, I'm no stranger to sunglasses. They are a  must have item for me, and I don't ever leave the house without a pair of shades. Cheap ones, expensive ones, distinguished-looking or over-the-top gaudy, I like 'em all.

When I was asked to pick out a pair to review, I wanted to chose something different--something fun. So I settled on the Cruze, and Nectar graciously provided a pair for review. They have also provided a 10% discount code of "lovenectar" for readers to take advantage of.

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Product View 1


Product Description


The Cruze is a unisex model in Nectar's Sunnies line of sunglasses. The $20 price tag puts them into the budget category, well suited to a day at the lake. Stylish, with lightweight frames and a good built quality, this one definitely caught my eye. What I like about this line is that there's a look for everyone.

Official Specs (From Nectar)


FEATURES
  • LIGHTWEIGHT FRAME SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR MAXIMUM COMFORT 
  • DURABLE POLYCARBONATE FRAME MADE TO TAKE A BEATING 
  • OPTIMUM IMPACT RESIST FRAME MATERIAL 
  • INSANE AMOUNTS OF STYLE 
  • IMPACT RESISTANT POLYCARBONATE LENSES FOR MAXIMUM STRENGTH 
  • SCRATCH RESISTANT FILM OVER ALL LENSES 
  • DUAL INTEGRATED BALL AND HINGE JOINT FOR SIMPLE AND STURDY CUSTOMIZATION 
  • GLARE REDUCTION 
  • EMBOSSED LOGO FOR SUPERIOR RECOGNITION 
  • FLEXIBLE THERMOPLASTIC MEMORY FRAME 
  • 100% UV PROTECTION  
  • REDUCES BLINDING EYESTRAIN OFF WATER AND SNOW
DIMENSIONS
  • FRAME: 5.7 IN. 
  • HEIGHT: 2.1 IN. 
  • THE ARMS ARE EXACTLY 5.5 IN. LONG
ADDITIONS
  • BRANDED MICROFIBER POUCH TO KEEP YOUR SUNNIES SAFE 
  • EXCLUSIVE STICKER THAT STICKS TO ANY OBJECT 
  • ENVY FROM ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS 
  • FREE COMPLIMENTS 
  • RELAXATION FOR YOUR EYES
Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Product View 2

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Product View 3

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Product View 4

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Product View 5



Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Product View 6

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Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Product View 9

Initial Impressions


I knew they were an edgy company. After all, they say "do epic shit" on their web page. But these shades were even edgier than they looked on the web site. Unboxing them, I heard terms like "broglasses" and "hipster" from the peanut gallery. The consensus was that I wasn't hip enough to wear these, by people who coincidentally offered to take them off my hands.

The next thing I noticed about these shades was that they are light, and I do mean light! At 0.8 ounces on my scale, they are the lightest pair of shades that I own. They seem well put together and don't really have that cheap look. The lenses are fairly dark just like I like them, though they are a little larger than I would prefer for every day wear. 

Fit and Finish


There's not much to nit pick with this pair. There were no scratches on the lenses or frame, which is one of my pet peeves. They also sit perfectly with the arms swung out, which is another thing I look for. 

About the only thing I can find is that one of the frame screws looks like it's not screwed down all the way compared to the other one, but it's not something obvious. It took me about 20 minutes to find that one tiny flaw, so it's safe to say that this review sample pair has a superb fit and finish when you consider that these are budget shades.

Everything else looks legit: the Nectar logo is nice and sharp on both arms, the hinges fit together nicely, and the finish on the frames is uniform.

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Frames View 1

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Frames View 2

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Frames View 3

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Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Frames View 5

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Frames View 6


Usability


These shades have dark lenses, and are very comfortable to wear because they are so light. The lenses almost look polarized which there's no way they could be at this price point, so maybe it's the anti-glare coating on them. Whatever it is, the lightness of the frames and quality of the lenses really stand out on this pair. These are very wearable.

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Old Guy

Style wise though, they might not be the best choice for an old dude like me, though as I pointed out, everyone who says they aren't my style have offered to take them, so I take their words with a grain of salt. What do you, the readers think? 

Everyone universally thinks they look good on my son, so I factor that into the usability.

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Young Guy



Conclusions


I like these shades. And screw the haters--I'm keeping them. While this would probably be great for EDC for most younger guys, I think this one is going to see mostly off-the-clock duty for places such as the lake. My son swears he will wear them every day so I may cave in eventually. 

All style factors aside, they seem well made for a $20 pair of shades, and the fit and finish is definitely above average for that price point. They also seem to have an above average lens coating/filter as well. I have no idea where they were made and the packaging gives no indication, so I'm going to guess that they were made in China. Since the fit and finish are so good, I'm also going to guess that they are made in one of the larger, more established factories. 

So all things considered, this pair of sunglasses appears to be an excellent value, and you'll see me wearing these out at the lake. Or I'll order a pair of black ones and you'll see my son wearing these out at the lake.

Gallery


Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Gallery View 1

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Gallery View 2

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Gallery View 3

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: On Scale
Less than an ounce!

Nectar Cruze Sunglasses: Next To Ruler
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3 comments:

  1. Good job on this article! I really like how you presented your facts and how you made it interesting and easy to understand. Thank you.

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  2. Nice article. Just decided to buy these shades based on your review. Thanks!

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