Serengeti Eyewear- Mara Frames and Driver’s Lens

Ring in 2020 with a pair of Mara frames from Serengeti Eyewear. With technology that dates back to 1877, Serengeti Eyewear, more specifically the Photochromic and Spectral Control lens, has risen to be the most advanced eyewear on the market.

For the year 2020, Practical Travel Gear is looking forward to the new year with clearer vision. With our eyes wide open we are taking on the outdoors with 20/20 vision and looking for sustainable and excellence in products that allow us to remain minimal but not sacrifice quality.

Serengeti Eyewear is one piece of eyewear that will forever be on our favorites list.

Serengeti Eyewear is available in 8 lenses hues with specific technologies that support your activities. From the Sedona Bi Mirror for mountainous conditions to the Drivers lenses that are ideal for driving and everyday wear, Serengeti Eyewear will ensure you are seeing clearer in 2020 with timeless and fashion forward frames.

The Mara Frames

We are reviewing the Mara frames in Shiny Espresso from Serengeti Eyewear’s Classics line. The lens for the Mara is the polarized Drivers Ultra-light Mineral lens. The Mara is specifically made for women.  I need a smaller frame and fit for my head and the Mara delivers on both. The Mara is advertised as a medium frame; however, I find it fits perfectly and may run a little small.  I love the rich espresso color of the frame. Although we don’t have one, I am sure it pairs best with a convertible car, driving down the 101, wind blowing in your face.

The rounder frames and lens allows for extra protection from the sun while driving. The small cat eye of the injected Nylon Tr90 frame gives a timeless look to the Mara. Found within the frames, are the highest rated lens we have seen on sunglasses.

The Ultra-light Mineral lens are 20% thinner and lighter than others on the market. This allows you to wear them for the entirety of your journey without switching sunglasses or simply suffering without them on. Don’t worry about storing Serengeti Eyewear in your car’s sunglass holder! The Ultra-light Mineral lens are chemically tempered to prevent scratches and are impact resistant. The process of creating the lens also allows for the lenses to withstand extreme temperature changes. An anti-reflective coating is applied to the backside of the lens. This process cancels the scattering light that causes reflective glare and can make your eyes fatigue during long trips.

Safer Driving

I was just complaining that my go to pair of sunglasses are great for the water, but they don’t highlight red when we are driving and in very bright conditions, I don’t always see the red of stoplights and brake lights. The amber color of the Serengeti Eyewear Driver’s lens highlights the red, green and yellow of the environment for safer driving. I guess I can’t blame my bad driving on my sunglasses anymore.

It is the Spectral Control technology of the lens that tunes the light waves passing through the Driver’s lens and filters the shortwave blue light. I am wearing the Mara as I write this to test the blue light filtration on my computer screen and can’t believe how nice my screen looks with them on. Maybe Serengeti needs to get into the computer screen business, too!

All eyewear from Serengeti is available in polarized lenses. There are some products in the line that are not polarized. It is recommended by the Serengeti Eyewear website that non-polarized lenses would be suitable for pilots flying aircraft with digital instrument panels.

After hours of wearing the Mara I can highly recommend them to all adventurers, car pooling parents and desk jockeys.

If you are looking for a thinner frame with all the same benefits, I recommend looking at the Carrara (8294). They are a handsome frame, similar to aviators, with adjustable temple tips and nose pads.

If you are still unsure which lens is best for your lifestyle, I would suggest using the lens simulator that is found on the Serengeti Eyewear website. It is perfect for getting the right lens color and feel for 100% satisfaction.

Serengeti Eyewear is available on their website and a small selection can be found on There are some brick and mortar stores as well. The Store Locator on the website is the place to look for the retail space nearest you. The Mara lens retails for just over $200.

Happy driving and safe travels!

Leah Guill

Leah specializes in women's outdoor sports as well as our new yoga and SUP focused sections. Her favorite travel accessory are the ones who can pack a punch, do double duty and make traveling with kids easier on everyone! She lives in Idaho with her husband and two sons.

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