Monday, February 11, 2008

Kaenon Sunglasses

While down getting the scoop on the Water Taxi Aaron noticed my bent Maui Jim’s and took the opportunity to introduce me to a sunglass brand he is carrying that was new to me: Kaenon. Kaenon is really into producing product for winning sailors; their web site has a great link here to some of the more notable users (I will be waiting for them to update it with my picture!)

As you can see from the Kaenon website they make both frame and wire glasses. The picture above is their Hard Kore model. Aaron lent me a pair to wear for a couple of days to see how they worked. It was great timing, I think that yesterday was one of the sunniest days we have had all winter, and of course my major interest was in something that would work well on the water so bright sun on new snow was not a bad substitute. The Hard Kore’s are light and very comfortable. The pair I am wearing has the copper tint as shown in the picture above. I really prefer the copper to the neutral or grey. It does a nice job of enhancing the contrast without really making the colors quite as weird as the yellow lenses. I have a habit of bending sunglasses; the Hard Kore’s look pretty sturdy. We will see how they work out and I will follow up with another post in a couple of days.

What was particularly important to me about the Kaenon brand was that they offer prescription lenses. What was really exciting to me was this statement from the Kaenon website:

“And, like all Kaenon Polarized eyewear, Hard Kore is Rx adaptable utilizing SR-91 Rx lenses.”

Like many older guys I need prescription glasses – in fact prescription bifocals. In my search on other eyewear web sites I find that even those that offer prescription lenses do so for a small segment of their product line – usually the products I don’t particularly like. So it was pretty cool to find out I could pick what I liked first, and then deal with the prescription part second rather than vice versa.

Inner Harbor can set you up with either regular or prescription Kaenon’s. If you need prescription lenses they will get you set up with the necessary eye care professional. Next time you are downtown go have a look.

It’s not going to be fun to have to give these back!

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