Gear Review- Revo Sunglasses and Goggles

I’m excited to announce I will be entering my second year as an ambassador for Revo! This company started back in 1985 and has steadily been producing some of the best high-end sunglasses and goggles on the market. Before I get into the product details I want to share some of the other things that make me psyched to be a part of this team.

Community & Social Responsibility

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Revo has partnered with Bono and the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) to raise awareness about the Institute’s eye health programs and to provide aid to impoverished people around the world suffering from visual impairments. With every purchase Revo donates $10 to this campaign. While $10 might not seem like a lot it really makes a difference considering Revo has pledged to donate a minimum of 8.5 million dollars to this cause!

Climbing & Filmmaker Legend, Jimmy Chin!

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If you are reading this blog you have most definitely heard the name Jimmy Chin. He’s been on The North Face Global Athlete Team for fifteen years, is one of the few people to climb and ski Mount Everest from the summit and has been profiled in multiple publications including National Geographic Magazine, VICE, Outside Magazine, People Magazine, and Men’s Journal. Did you see that amazing 2015 climbing film Meru? He produced and directed that. It so humbling to be connected to such a giant even if it is though 6 degrees of ambassador separation!


With those shameless plugs of how cool this company is let’s get into the actual product.

What does Revo make and how can it improve your time spent crushing outside?

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Claude sporting Revo Traverse with the Blue Water Lens– photo from Brent Doscher

Revo makes top-of-the-line men’s and women’s sunglasses and goggles along with a modest line of apparel. My experience is with a few different models of sunglasses and the nicest pair of goggles I have ever owned. While style is a very individual taste the first thing you should know about Revo’s is the quality, and variety, of their lenses.


Lens Technology

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The author wearing Revo Straightshots with Green Water Lens- photo by Matt Baldelli

Revo goes beyond simply selling a “polarized” lens and offering 100% UVA and UVB light. Every pair of Revo’s manages the full spectrum of light, including harmful ultraviolet light, Blue Light, and high-energy visible (HEV) light. By filtering the Blue Light you see a greater contrast between colors and a more pronounced brightness of objects. This has been quite obvious to me on a daily basis here in the White Mountains as we undergo peak foliage season! For further protection Revo’s also block HEV light which has been implicated as a cause of age-related macular degeneration (loss of vision).


Lens Materials

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The author wearing Revo Cusp S with Solar Orange Lens while preparing for glacier travel at Camp Muir, Mount Rainier, Washington State- photo by Alexandra Roberts

Revo uses two different materials for their lenses. The SeriliumTM lens is a lightweight, shatterproof, poly-carbonate lens, and is the only lens I have personal experience. The other material uses is a higher form of crown glass, trademarked “CRYSTALTM LENS”. Revo Crystal lenses are scratch resistant and are ground and polished to about the same standard as a camera lens.


Len Options

This is where I find Revo really shines in this market. The choices of lenses is almost overwhelming at first but I’m going to break it down and simplify the options with suggestions for end-use. But lets first look at a complicated yet informative chart.

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Lots of data represented there but let’s look at the main lens options and how they look and perform along with what they would be best suited for.

Blue Water

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As can be expected by the name Revo Blue Water lenses are perfect for cutting glare in bright conditions on the water. They are ideal for boating, sailing, fishing, skiing, and field sports.

Green Water

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These have become my favorite lenses to date! Revo Green Water lenses enable natural colors to pop and radiate by completely cutting through surface glare in medium and low light conditions. They are ideal for golfing, tennis, biking, cycling, motorcycling, driving, fishing, boating, sailing, skiing, hunting, and shooting.

Graphite

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Revo Graphite lenses enhance natural vibrant colors while blocking harmful rays and harsh glare. They are ideal for boating, sailing, fishing, baseball, softball, basketball, and tennis.

Terra

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Revo Terra lenses actively filter the light spectrum to provide clear vision from trailhead to viewpoint. They are ideal for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, hunting, shooting, and skiing.

Open Road

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As the name suggestions the Revo Open Road lenses are ideal for driving, motorcycling, biking, and cycling. The lenses feature an image intensifier that filters to improve light adaptation in bright and low light situations while also precision tuning light transmission for greater sharpness, crispness, and contrast which also makes them ideal for hunting and shooting.


Now that you have a sense of the lens options you can spend forever trying to pick out the style you would like because Revo has just about every style imaginable! Aviator, rectangle, round, semi-rimless, square, wrap, and more… one might think it would be hard to narrow down the selection but Revo’s website has great filtering options to make this happen!

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Warranty & Lens Replacement

By now you have found the slickest pair of shades you might ever own, but what’s the warranty on them? Revo has a common sense type of warranty that covers defects for 2 years and offers an affordable ($80) lens replacement option should you drop your sunglasses down 400 feet of Conway granite on Whitehorse Ledge and they end up quite a bit scratched but otherwise still serviceable. Yes, that did happen to someone. Instead of copying the details of the warranty here I will refer you to Revo’s FAQ page.


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The author rips skins just below 4,000 feet in Iceland while wearing the Revo Capsule goggles with Green Water lens– photo by Brent Doscher

Summary & Discount!

As you can see I’m quite sold on this brand, as any brand ambassador should be! If you’re curious about them seek me out on the cliff or on the slopes. I’d be happy to have you check out the models I’m currently sporting. I’m also am happy to be able to offer you a discount! Exclusive to Wild Northeast Magazine and Northeast Alpine Start readers you can get any pair of Revo sunglasses or goggles at 20% off with this promotion code when ordering directly from www.revo.com:

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This code expires 12/31/17 which gives you a little over a month to do some shopping and save some money. If you have any specific questions about models, lenses, end-use, etc. please feel free to reach out to me!

See you in the mountains,

Northeast Alpine Start

Disclaimer: David Lottmann is a Revo brand ambassador and received all products mentioned at no cost. 

 

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