Donning a pair of Pit Viper sunglasses sets you apart from your average sunglass wearer. They are unique and loud. They scream I love the 80's and 90's, and I am here to party. From the slopes to your morning commute, everyone who sees you knows that you are a rad dude who is ready for a good time. Pit Vipers style really is what makes or breaks it for you. In my experience they are a love/hate product. People either want a pair as soon as possible, or would not be caught dead in them. No matter how you feel about the style though, Pit Viper will keep your eyes protected.
The pair I reviewed are dubbed 'The Merika Mirror' and sport a mostly white frame, speckled with red and blue paint, with red and blue Pit Viper logos on the edges of the glasses. They have a mirror finish and give the world a dark, slightly brown tint. They are not polarized however. According to Pit Vipers website the glasses offer ballistic protection as well so they can double as shooting glasses. I would like to know the exact specifications as to their ANSI rating, but I could not locate this information on their site. The frame feels quite sturdy, and can be adjusted at the temples to pivot up or down, and the length of the ear pieces can be moved as well. In addition the nose piece can be squeezed together to make it narrower if need be. Included in the box were a carrying bag, a lanyard to keep them around your neck and an extra pair of wrap around ear pieces.
Overall I like the Pit Vipers a whole lot. I spent several days on the mountain with them, and a month or so overall with them as my daily shades. I got no less than 5 compliments by total strangers on my sunglasses, something that has never happened with my previous run of the mill sunglasses. On the slopes, they are the first pair of sunglasses I actually enjoy wearing while I ski. I have never been a sunglasses while skiing guy, I only usually wear goggles due to the downsides of sunglasses on the mountain. Wind in your eyes, falling off your head when you afterbang off every feature, that kind of stuff. My Pit Vipers kept the wind from my eyes due to their extreme wrap around design. and the wrap-around ear pieces kept them firmly on my face through the gnarliest of faceplants. They seem pretty durable so far as well. I've crashed a couple times with them, dropped them on the mean streets of New York City during New Years, and thrown them all about my house and they only show the slightest signs of wear (one minor lens scratch). And if you are wondering, you really cannot see the Pit Viper logos while you are wearing them unless you stare at the sun.
The glasses are however not without their flaws. My biggest gripe with them is in attempting to change the ear pieces from the standard sunglass type to the full wraparound ones that came with them. According to Pit Viper support, in order to change them, you simply need to pull them out and shove the new ones in. This could not be further from the truth. I tried to change them for about half an hour by myself before recruiting a friend to help me. Between the two of us and using several pens to push the bumps that hold them in place down, we finally got them swapped. Simply pulling as instructed feels like you will rip them apart and does not work. I am not the biggest fan of the nose adjustment either, once you get it set how you want it is great, but it feels kind of like bending a clothes hanger wrapped in rubber to fit your nose. My final issue with them, is that although they work great for driving, skiing and general outdoor use, if you try to read with them on you do notice some subtle distortion. If you are particularly sensitive to distortion, I would try a pair on before you buy.
I really do love my Pit Vipers. If you love the style, the minor gripes are easily overlooked, and once adjusted you never really need to adjust them again anyway. Find them on your local internets, located conveniently at pitvipersunglasses.com.