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  • I usually never buy anything from ads, but I had to have these Blenders Eclipse sunglasses.
  • I love their retro 1980s look and also use them for my outdoor cycling workouts.
  • They are similar to athletic sunglasses with similar designs, but they are also much cheaper at $60.

I’m generally pretty resistant to ads and like to think they don’t work on me because, well, I don’t like ads. But when I saw an ad for these sunglasses while browsing Instagram, I knew I had to have them.

I present to you the Eclipse model in the Saturn Cloud color option from the Blenders sunglasses company, worn by yours truly.

the author wearing the Blenders Eclipse sunglasses outdoors

The Blenders Eclipse sunglasses worn by the author.

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I love retro-inspired gear, especially from the 80s, and these sunglasses from Blenders reminded me of the wraparound sunglasses that were popular back then. To be clear, I was born in 1986, so I remember the 90s more clearly. But in 2022, I find myself nostalgic for the aesthetics of the 80s.

There is definitely a sense of irony that crosses my mind when I wear them. At the same time, I love how different they are from the sea of ​​popular sunglasses I often see these days, like the Ray-Ban Wayfarer style, which was also very common in the 1980s. a ton of unique sunglasses, but the loud retro look just appeals to me.

Eclipse Blenders come with a case, soft protective bag and cleaning cloth.

The Blenders Eclipse comes with a case, a soft protective bag and a cleaning cloth.

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It’s weird that I like it so much because I’m not a loud person, and I don’t really like to stand out and get attention in public. I generally prefer to wear the Eclipse around friends and family who know me, and it depends on my mood. When I’m feeling more conservative, I wear my Sunski Madronas – a pair of Wayfarer-style sunglasses with a matte tortoiseshell frame and mirrored blue lenses.

However, the Eclipse also doubles as my outdoor cycling goggle, and I wear them on every ride with impunity.

Design aside, the $60 Eclipse was within the price range I set myself for sunglasses – I don’t like to spend too much, as I once lost an expensive pair of Oakleys and I swore to myself never to spend more than $100 on sunglasses. The wrap style is still popular among athletes, many of whom would give that retro style I so crave. But these often cost upwards of $100.

Inside the Blenders Eclipse Sunglasses

Inside the Blenders Eclipse sunglasses.

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The only thing I would change about them is to remove the plastic frame piece right in the middle of the lens. Otherwise, I find them perfectly comfortable to wear. Also, the lenses are polarized and they provide 100% UV protection, which is what I was specifically looking for before buying them.


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