Randolph Concorde Sunglasses

Randolph Concorde Sunglasses

This pair of aviator-style sunglasses was actually named for Concorde, the now defunct supersonic airplane. It features the same type of teardrop shape lens worn by military pilots, which makes it even more stylish for aviation fans.

Randolph eyewear is known for its excellent attention to detail including scratch resistance and 23 karat gold accents. They are proudly produced in a family-owned factory in the United States and have a lifetime guarantee.

I tested these out while on an Elewana Collection SkySafari experience and really appreciated the durability and UVA/UVB protection that is so important when spending so much time outdoors.

It was impressive how easy it was to wipe them clean from the constant dust and dirt of a safari with the microfiber cleaning cloth included in the leather case (there’s also a maintenance case included). A friend of mine even left their glasses outdoors overnight, and when we returned, we found an animal had nibbled on the edge of the glasses thinking it was food.

It was the perfect example of the high quality of the material used as they were barely damaged. If she chose to exchange them for a new pair, it would certainly be one of the more unique explanations given when taking advantage of the lifetime guarantee!

I really liked how you can design your own pair on the website by choosing the color of lens and style of finishes like tortoise pattern tips. This insures that each pair is unique and designed to your own preferences. A flared tip over the screws keeps them from coming loose.

The cushioned nose pads kept the glasses comfortable and lightweight, which is another thing that I appreciated while bumping along dirt roads in a safari jeep all day. It’s clear that the company designed these for military pilots, which is why they are such high quality.

The materials used are meant to withstand scratches thanks to a special lens coating, damage from impact if you drop something on them, rust if they get wet, and any type of damaging effects of weathering. They retail for $250 on the Randolph Eyewear website.

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