Featured Review byMr.BishoponDec 02, 2013 @ 11:56 AM
The Hardknox from Electric is a solid set of sunglasses.
I've personally felt in years past that Electric glasses were lesser quality than similarly priced products from a more established company like Smith or Oakley. However, with the Hardknox, I feel that this opinion has changed.
The glasses take a mixture of styles that I like and fuse it together to create something modern. The '80s Tom Cruise risky-business-esque shape is melded together with something that would have been more the wrap-around styles popular in the '90s and '00s. This creates something that is cool looking by modern fashion standards, but sets you apart from the masses of people wearing the same chunky frame style.
Optical quality is very solid. Again, I usually wear Smith sunglasses so my standards are relatively high, and I feel that Electric has made leaps and bounds of improvements in their optical distortion, color resolve and overall field of vision.
Construction seems very solid, though admittedly I have not been using the product for a huge amount of time to give a super accurate report on how they will last. Previous Electric glasses I've used have held up relatively well, though succumb to a bit of loosening of the joints and overall fit. I'm not sure if many glasses out there which aren't in the $300 range are going to be impervious to this, so I won't at all put in a knock for it.
So far, I'd definitely recommend this as a set of glasses to get if you hanker for a style that is popular right now, but takes some influences from good parts of the past and sets you a touch aside from everyone else.