Even though we’re in the deep depths of winter cold, there’s always a reason to have a good pair of sunglasses to cut down the glare. Sure, if you’re hitting the slopes, you’re probably putting on something with a little fuller coverage. But if you’re dressing up and heading out? Nothing wrong with a little bit of style, such as what we experienced with the Timberland Round Keyhole Sunglasses.
Coming from Timberland, you know that these shades are going to focus on the style side of the equation. While the profile of the frames gives a vintage feel, the overall look doesn’t feel old. Had it gone heavy with a tortoiseshell pattern, that might have been a bit too much. Here, you’ve got a slightly variegated brown used in the plastic that hints at a tortoiseshell and sets off quite nicely against those deep brown polarized lenses.
In my book, polarized lenses are the way to go with sunglasses, and they’re well-executed on the Timberland Round Keyhole Sunglasses. Sure, polarized lenses look flashy, but they’re not a good fit for a dressier pair of sunglasses. What about just going with a very dark tint? Well, that cuts down the sun, but then that makes it hard when you actually need to see something. Polarized lenses, on the other hand, easily cut down glare (such as the sun coming off of snow and ice) while still letting you see what’s right in front of you. For me, they just make the most sense, especially when driving.
You might be tempted to dismiss the Timberland Round Keyhole Sunglasses because, well, they’re made of plastic. Yes, metal frames are durable, and stuff like acetate sounds like a cool material on the spec sheet, but plastic? For one, it’s not going to be cold against your face. Second, plastic is going to be durable and not get bent out of shape, even if they’re in your pocket inside of a microfiber sleeve. Finally, there’s no denying that plastic is a lightweight material, which means they’re not going to be wearing heavy on your nose or ears. Sure, if you get some sweat buildup, they might slip, but that’s a small tradeoff to make.
Wrapping things up
While Timberland classifies these as Medium sizing, they fit quite well on my oversized head. Temple to temple was a good width, and the arms were long enough to sit comfortably on the ears. The plastic frames keep things relatively light, and the polarized lenses definitely cut down the glare without making it too tricky to see what’s going on in front of you. Want to pick up a pair, either in brown (as reviewed) or grey? They’re going for $73.21 over at eyeons.com
|Color:Light Brown/Other / Brown PolarizedFrame Size:53-19-140Model:TB9319Frame Color:Light Brown/OtherFrame Material:PlasticFrame Shape:RoundFrame Type:Full RimLenses Color:Brown PolarizedPolarized:YesMirrored:NoType:SunglassesGender:MenStyle:CasualManufacturer:TimberlandWarranty:2 years