The team behind Rheos Gear, a brand new eyewear company, believes "if you're on a boat, your shades should float." And truth be told, rough currents might carry your shades away no matter what, but at least if they float, you've got a chance, right?
|Truth: I was too scared to drop the shades in deep or moving water for the first test, so I used a bowl of water on my patio instead!|
"Sunglasses often literally define the transition between being outside and inside since it's the first thing we put on our face when that door opens! As a small business, we love hearing feedback and stories from customers that have loved their shades and think that has been a massive part of the positive reception into such a monopolized industry." (Jake Berton, Founder and CEO)
"Rheos" is a Greek word for river current, and just like a river carving its own path, the team behind Atlanta-based Rheos aims to do the same thing by making seemingly small, but important improvements to an essential product for anyone who enjoys spending time outside in the sun.
|Showing off the Bahias in North Cascades National Park.|
The Bahias frame is named after a bay connecting Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Steady winds from October to March make it an ideal kite surfing destination, and when you're kite surfing, having shades that float can be pretty helpful. The Bahias frame is Rheos's athletic style, and they're too big for my face, but luckily, my partner in crime was willing to test them out for me. He wore them for a half marathon here in Philadelphia, and his post-run report was glowing.
|Taking the Sapelos in a hot tub with me without worry. Dropping them in the water to see what happened turned into a fun game!|
The wayfarer style is atypical of the style of sunglasses I usually wear and they're arguably way too big for my face, but the tortoise frames and marine colored mirrored lenses made them a blast to have on.
Like the Bahias, they feature 100% UV400 protection and premium polarized lenses with dual anti-scratch and shatterproof technology. They're so light I forget I'm wearing them sometimes, and though I've been testing them since I received them in March, I'm curious to see if the lightweight frames hold up to wear and tear over time.
Bottom line? Rheos makes great shades, and they're a small company with a big personality. I'm not a huge fan of mirrored lenses, but otherwise, both pairs did exactly what they were supposed to do, and they looked good doing it! At the end of the day, the product has to perform, but I'm more excited to wear shades made by a company full of people with a passion for adventure, who know what it takes to design shades that work in a variety of situations, and who believe in providing the best customer service in the industry.
So what do you think, would floating sunglasses have a place in your gear arsenal? Have you ever lost a pair of shades in the water? We'd love to hear from you!
Thanks to Rheos for providing me with two pairs of shades to test out. As always, though the products in this review were provided to me at no cost, the opinions expressed here are my own.