After I got tired of my White Oakley Canteens that I got back when that was cool in 07, I was in need of a more mature pair of shades. After shmoozing around all the sunglass shops on Church Street in Burlington, I found the After Party's which fit me decently and had the look I was going for.
Arnette is owned by Oakley so the quality is there. I have had these for a couple years now and I do like them quite a bit. But can anything be perfect?
The answer is no. These may be my favorite shades in my arsenal but they are not perfect. The ends of the arms jab into my head just enough to be slightly annoying, and the front / lenses sit just a little close to my eyes. My eye lashes can hit the lenses sometimes which, as you can imagine, is annoying. I have a medium / narrow face and a "perfect" nose (according to physiology / doctors / fashionistas) (not a flat nose and not a huge bridge, a nice in between). If you have a flatter or a big bridge these may not work for you. The best way to buy anything that goes on your face is to find a place to try them on.
The lens is a grey polarized which makes contrast pop, but does not make color pop as much as a brown polarized. It's best for bluebird days, and it works very well for being on the water where there is a lot of glare and snow as well. A brown polarized is better all around in my opinion, but that's why many people own multiple pairs of shades.
Durability: So far they have been great. No scratches on the lenses or frame, no cracking, no breaks. The frame feels very sturdy and strong, more so than any of my other sunglasses (Oakley, Ryder, Warby Parker). These get tossed off my face all the time (me throwing them, not them falling off), especially when I am fishing. If they can bounce around in a boat without anything happening, then they are durable.
Overall: Excellent quality in the lens and frame. They come with a nice hard case and cleaning cloth. I am a big Arnette fan and will definitely purchase from them again. If you are looking for an alternate to Oakley Fuel Cells or Hijinx (closest style / size that I am familiar with), check out the After Party!