Over the years you’ve seen me drive and review hundreds of new cars and trucks in a variety of sunglasses; designer, sport and tradition driving sunglasses. Well, this is my first official product review featuring two styles of “Night View Driving Sunglasses”. I got these products for free in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.
So what are night view driving glasses and why look into getting a pair? Night view driving glasses are aimed at reducing glare from headlights, super bright street lights and traffic lights in wet or dark conditions. But the benefits don’t stop there. They can also double for outdoor activities like fishing and golfing, basically most activities where anti-glare is your goal.
The first pair I want to talk about is the wraparound style night vision glasses. By the way, a coupon code, product links and more information about both products can be found at the bottom of this posting.
Let me begin with the hardware. The wraparound night view glasses are designed with a plastic frame, a composite polarized Lens and Yellow coating that blocks blue light that causes night-time glare. You’ll find polarized lenses very helpful around water, they enhance contrast, and eliminate all types of glare. That why fisherman love wearing them. Rather than seeing a reflection on the top of the water, wearers can see into the water. For this reason, they are popular with people who play water or snow sports and are constantly exposed to reflected light. And that’s another reason why drivers like you and me can find great benefit wearing them. When drivers wear them, you’re better able to reduce the glare from light reflected off of wet roads.
These wraparound night view glasses are excellent for UV400 protection. UV stands for ultraviolet. Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses that are tinted a “darker color” don’t necessarily provide more UV protection than other lenses. There is actually no way to know how much UV protection a pair of sunglasses offer just by looking at them. Shoppers need to look at the label on the sunglasses to see what kind of protection they provide. Ideally, sunglasses should offer UV 400 protection. This means that they block all wavelengths of light from 400 nanometers. This covers all of the UV spectrum. The label should read “UV 400” or “100% UV protection.”
The second pair are aviator style night view glasses. These are much more stylish and have a metal frame and TAC polarized lenses, a material that makes the scenery more clear and soft. These too can be used as a regular night driving glasses and do a good job in reducing oncoming headlight glare. They also Feature UV400 Lens Technology, absorbing 100% of harmful UVA and UVB rays. In my opinion, you’ll should feel just as confident wearing these in foggy, snowy and rainy condition as you do in the wraparound style night view driving glasses. Prices range between $10 and $16. I liked the aviator style glasses better but for people who need to wear prescription glasses like I do when they’re driving, the wraparounds are the better choice because they fit easily over regular glasses with little to no interference. And if don’t need the protection, just flip the lens up until you do.
My biggest takeaway was how the glasses turn everything into a yellow tint and that it does minimize glare. For the price, I’d say they’re worth a look. And if you don’t use them for driving, you can always take them fishing.