I’d like to think that we’re pretty sensible when it comes to product reviews, but after considering a recent review of Noggs Sport Glasses, it’s easy to see how we might be viewed otherwise. So we’re rating these “Chuck Norris Tough”!
Backed by a parent company with more than 20 years in the industry, Noggs makes very high quality sunglasses, but instead of spending tons of cash on a huge advertising budget and celebrity endorsements, they just sell them at reasonable prices. Priced from $68 to $88, these highly functional and stylish glasses are for folks that prize value over brand name alone, but without compromise. Their range of glasses are designed to offer excellent fit while being lightweight for maximum comfort, with plenty of features found in more expensive sunglasses. For instance, they feature optical quality polycarbonate lenses with anti-fog, scratch, and static protection, that repel water too. They block 99.9% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays from reaching your precious eyeballs. Their ANSI Z87.1 certification means that the lens will not detach from the frame on impact, with one of those impact tests being a 1/2 inch steel ball traveling at 150 feet per second. That’s a pretty impressive standard. And that’s also where this review took a questionable turn.
Yes, we did test our nog100 (they use lower case and one “g” in the product descriptions) sunglasses by wearing them while walking, hiking, and mountain biking. And they performed wonderfully, offering nice wrap-around coverage, good peripheral vision, and exceptional style. This model has a very lightweight frame, rubber temple inserts that provide all-day comfort, five lens color choices, and the previously-mentioned high velocity impact protection. But one tester with a calculator (who shall remain nameless) determined that 150 FPS = over 100 MPH. Based on that math, they should protect the wearer’s eyes from small debris on the freeway while riding a motorcycle well in excess of the posted speed limit. Without admitting guilt, let’s just say that we can confirm that Noggs will protect against bugs and debris within reasonable and legal speeds and beyond. Want more? While enjoying some target shooting with a high caliber rifle, one of the testers got “scoped”. For those not familiar, that’s when the recoil sends the rifle backwards into the shooter’s face, with either painful or amusing results, depending on where you are in relation to the rifle in question. Needless to say, the Noggs took that one squarely between the eyes, so to speak, with no apparent damage. They quite possibly spread the impact out a bit too.
The moral of the story is that the nog100 most certainly did all they were advertised to do: They look good, are comfortable, and offer protection from the sun and impacts. Like any pair of decent sunglasses, they held up to being sat on, dropped, and generally tossed around. And when pressed into action above and beyond, they held up admirably. Oh, they also come with a nice pouch and a durable case that fits your car’s cup holder. With frame designs and lens options to meet the demands of just about any outdoor activity, they have you covered. Our biggest complaint was a website that’s not so easy to navigate, but if you’ve read this far, you’ll want to go have a look at Noggs.com.
Here are their current designs. Keep in mind that there are several other frame and lens color options available, including polarized.