Popticals has been pretty active on outdoors social media the last few years, and it’s been interesting to watch them morph from an idea to a product over the last few years. When they offered to send me a pair of their Popstar folding sunglasses for review, I was really excited to see how the hardware performed.
Popticals have a unique folding system that utilizes the FL2 Micro-Rail System to slide rather than fold the lens section, while the hinged arms do folding the compact bundle. The frames are made from The Grilamid® TR 90, which is lightweight, strong, and flexible. The Polyamide lenses manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision are polarized, scratch and impact-resistant, and filter out all UV rays.
What I like: pretty much everything – great design, work as promised, and are easy to stow and deploy. They are comfortable on a wide face, shield from sun and wind, and are substantial feeling for such a light package. The polarized lenses are a must-have if you do anything around the water.
There are a few things that could be improved, in my opinion. These are folding sunglasses, but I wish the arm pieces could be more rigid when extended. Also, I wish the glasses could be stored inside the microfiber bag inside the hard case – right now it doesn’t fit that way, so you have to choose one way or another. Nitpicking yes, but these are really great glasses, yet could be even better.
Overall, the ease of use and storage, along with the cool design and great performance, make these a must-add to your gear.
*These glasses were provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.