Maui Jim Banyans Sun Glasses Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Product Review & Walking Gear Test

Maui Jim Banyans Sun Glasses Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas Maui Jim Banyans Sun Glasses Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Banyans Sun Glasses Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas

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Colours:
Gloss Black/Maui HT™, Gloss Black/Neutral Grey, Tortoise/HCL® Bronze

SRP:
£149.00

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In-use Test:

Personally I've not invested at this level (ca £150) in sunglasses before - so I was really very interested to try out the Banyans from Maui Jim. So I've been trying out a pair (in Gloss Black with grey lenses) for walking, cycling, driving ... and even gardening in some unusually hot (and sunny!) UK Spring conditions.

And yes - I must say I really do like them. They are certainly extremely light and very comfortable - even when worn for most of the day. I'm female with (I think) a fairly standard face - I found the Banyan's fitted very well. (A male colleague has also tried them - and they appeared to fit him very easily as well.) They really do stay in place and - even when my face was hot and sweaty - there was no annoying tendency to slip down my nose at all.

Probably the most important feature in sunglasses for all-day walking or cycling trips is the performance of the lens system and I must say I thought this was where the Banyans really did out-perform my usual (cheaper) sunglasses. Right through the day, the clarity and contrast were excellent and I wasn't conscious of glare even in conditions when the sun was lower. The frames have small slits along the top which do a really good job in preventing any misting or fogging.

When I first started wearing them, I was a little aware of the bridge piece. However, I'm now not conscious of this at all so it's not proved to be a problem. The wrap-around design also ensured that there was no glare from the side - a great advantage when driving.

Buying Advice:

I think the rectangular shape is likely to be acceptable to both men and women. Expensive yes - but Maui-Jim's Banyans are are an impressive pair of sunglasses for many outdoor pursuits - especially walking, driving - and for more general, everyday use.


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