Bollé and Serengeti’s Fall Sunglasses: TFL puts them to the test

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Fall is upon us, and the guys here at The Father Life have tested out some of the new fall sunglasses from Serengeti and Bollé eyewear. Both manufacturers have a big selection of styles that are sure to be popular with the whole family. I personally put the Serengeti Merano driving glasses to the test. My older son Aaron and one of my colleagues that plays 4.5 competitive tennis scrutinized the Bollé Warrant sunglasses.My hard to please, almost 4 year old, Pete, gave the Bollé Fang Jr sunglasses a go. Here’s a first hand report of our experience.

Serengeti Merano

Serengeti Merano driving sunglasses
Serengeti Merano driving sunglasses

Serengeti hails itself as the “world’s finest driving sunglasses.” Although I can’t claim to have tested all the driving sunglasses in the world, I did find that the Meranos are superior through and through. The most important item for me when it comes to choosing sunglasses is comfort. I have a large head and many types of glasses simply don’t fit my face well. Not only did the Meranos fit my face well, but they are stylish as well. I live in El Paso where the sun shines about 350 days a year. It is important to me to have sunglasses that fit well that I can easily use almost every day of the year. Another feature that I enjoyed, was the polarized lenses. Serengeti calls their proprietary technology Spectral Control®. This technology filters out specific spectrums of light to offer high definition contrast while driving. I typically wear prescription glasses when I drive, but the Merano’s lenses filtered out the right amount of light and enhanced my ability to read road signs.

Bollé Warrant

Bollé Warrant competitve sunglasses
Bollé Warrant competitve sunglasses

The Bollé Warrant sunglasses are perfect for the active user. One of my colleagues plays competitive 4.5 tennis and tested out the Warrants under match conditions. The tennis lenses filter out light so that the yellow of the ball is enhanced, making it easier to see. My colleague indicated that the Warrant sunglasses fit comfortably and did make the ball easier to see. He did note that when the sun was low in the sky and the lights came on in the park that the ball almost seemed too bright. Overall, however he was very pleased with the Warrant’s performance on the court and would recommend them to any competitive tennis player. Another great feature that the Warrant sunglasses provide is interchangeable lenses. You can swap out the CompetiVision lenses with standard polarized lenses for everyday use.

My older son Aaron also tested out the Warrants. He plays tennis as well and through that it “was really cool” to be able to see the ball more easily. Aaron just entered junior high, so looking cool is important to him as well. Aaron walks to school in the bright El Paso sun so he prefers wearing sunglasses regularly. He said that the Warrants are comfortable, and they pass the junior high cool test as well. He has received a handful of junior high compliments like “cool shades” and “nice glasses bro” from his peers.

Throwing for a touchdown in the park
Throwing for a touchdown in the park

Bollé Fang Jr

Bollé Fang Jr. children's sunglasses
Bollé Fang Jr. children's sunglasses

Anybody with small children knows that they are hard to please. My son Peter isn’t any different. In fact, he gets upset if I put the wrong shoes on him in the morning before daycare. (Blue Crocs are the default standard; don’t mess with the system unless you want unpleasant results.) In the past, it has been very difficult to get Pete to wear anything on his face at all. I’ve tried sunglasses with his favorite cartoon characters, letting him pick out his favorite color, and using those cool little straps you can get to help keep them on his face. The end result has always been the same. They end up off of his face in about ten seconds, and there is no begging, borrowing, or advanced toddler negotiation skill that can get him to change his mind. I was surprised when I showed him the Fang Jr. sunglasses and he took them and immediately put them on. (It might have helped that they were blue and that is his favorite color). As you can see, he looks kind of tough sporting these glasses. Here in the Sun City he often has the sun in his face while he is sitting in his car seat. He used to just put a blanket over his head, but now he asks for his “cool glasses.” So I guess in the mind of an almost 4 year old, the Fang Jrs. Get his stamp of approval as well.

Sometimes sunglasses are best enjoyed when they're off
Sometimes sunglasses are best enjoyed when they're off
Time to get serious
Time to get serious

Bollé and Serengeti have a full range of women’s styles as well. Being that I am a single dad and that pink is not my color I didn’t test out any glasses for the ladies. But if their women’s styles come close to the men’s styles that my boys and I tested out, you can’t go wrong. The combination of comfort, functionality and style make any of Bollé’s and Serengeti’s fall styles a good choice for the whole family. the end

More info:

http://www.serengeti-eyewear.com/index_en_na.cfm

http://www.bolle.com/main/

Sunglasses images provided courtesy of Bollé and Serengeti.  Other photos provided courtesy of Mryna Villa Photography.

Dave Baldwin

Dave Baldwin is a businessman, musician, and divorced father of two boys. They live together in El Paso, TX.

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