A little uncomfortable
While the TOREGE Guardian Spirit Polarized Sport Sunglasses sell for under $20, they are far from cheap gas station shades. With polarized lenses wrapped up in a solidly constructed frame, these glasses are great for knocking around the golf course, the tennis courts, a long bike ride, or wherever an active outdoor lifestyle might take you. I tested them out to see just how well the budget buy would hold up.
Technology: Polarized lenses
According to the listing, the lenses of these glasses are constructed from seven layers: There’s a polarization layer, which minimizes glare—helpful for any outdoor sporting activity, including golf. Two bonding layers lend durability, while two more layers offer 100 percent UV400 protection—meaning they block both UVA and UVB rays. Finally, the last two prevent the lenses from shattering.
Because they are polarized, I also had to take off the glasses to read text messages, answer emails, or make calls with my iPhone.
The lenses are scratch-resistant and feel like they’re of good quality. The highly durable, lightweight Grilamid TR90 frame can take a serious beating, too. Grippy rubber on the stems and nose pads keeps the frames stable during swings.
Even if you manage to shatter or snap them, TOREGE offers a lifetime guarantee against breakage. The company also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can give them a spin around your local course, and if for any reason you are not satisfied, you can send them back for a full refund.
Performance: Great in bright sun
On the course, the specs hold up, especially in bright conditions. When the sun is out in full force, my eyes appreciate all the protection they can get, and the TOREGE’s polarized lenses truly blocked quite a bit of light—perfect for rounds in the middle of the day. The rubber grips were effective at keeping the glasses from sliding during my swings, though it probably helped that the fit was slightly too tight.
In less bright or overcast conditions, these sunglasses made things a bit too dark for me, and I found myself switching them out for an alternate pair of shades. Green reading was also challenging with the TOREGEs in front of my eyes. So, for putts over 6 feet, I took them off to glean the grain and slope.
The TOREGE’s polarized lenses truly blocked quite a bit of light—perfect for rounds in the middle of the day.
Because they are polarized, I also had to take off the glasses to read text messages, answer emails, or make calls with my iPhone; the screen becomes illegible with these lenses over my eyes. Even though spending time on your phone during a round is a sizable faux pas on the course, it is quite hard to fully disconnect for a four-hour round of golf, and some emails can not wait.
Overall, the style of these shades is uninteresting. The pedestrian aesthetic certainly won’t stand out in the crowd, but that could be a good thing. The company does offer this model in seven frame and lens combinations. I went with the transparent gray with red lenses, although the more adventurous (or perhaps Guy Fieri) might select the white frames with blue for added pop.
The rubber grips were effective at keeping the glasses from sliding during my swings, though it probably helped that the fit was slightly too tight.
As an added bonus, the company includes a cord to attach to the stems in case you want to let them dangle around your neck, but I find that distracting on the course.
Care: Wipe ’em down
The glasses come with a soft case for storage, as well as a microfiber bag and lens cloth for cleaning. All optics, whether in sunglasses or a camera lens, should be kept clean, so utilize the micro bag during the round to wipe grease, dirt, and smudges.
It’s hard to find this kind of quality for such little money.
When I wasn’t wearing the TOREGEs, I kept them in the mesh netting under the handle on my pushcart, where I also keep my laser rangefinder, or in the dashboard compartment of an electric golf cart. After three rounds, the glasses still look new.
Price: The price is right
At less than $30, these glasses are a definite value, especially since they come with a case. Other brands might easily charge you an extra $20 just for the carrier.
Competition: A crowded field
While the sports sunglasses market is saturated with numerous options, it’s hard to find this kind of quality for such little money. Oakley, Ray-Ban, Nike, and Under Armour will all run at least three times as much, so the TOREGEs are a steal.
The TOREGE Guardian Spirit Polarized Sport Sunglasses are about $20, and honestly, at that price, you don’t have to think very hard about pulling the trigger. Whether you don’t already own polarized sunglasses or you just don’t want to wear your expensive shades out on the course, these are a solid (if not very stylish) option.
- Product Name Guardian Spirit
- Product Brand TOREGE
- Price $26.99
- Color Polished and matte black, white, and gray, in a variety of lense colors