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Cloverdale

Posted in Cloverdale, Sunglasses on March 13, 2010 by Thomas

Ahh, the insanely cool Cloverdale sunglasses.  These are the first pair of metal Spys that I have owned and I liked them because they gave a lot different look than the normal plastic ones that give a distinct extreme sports appearance.  They wear light and close to the eyes and make you feel like James Bond through and through.

Effectiveness

I sport the brushed gunmetal with silver temples and black mirror Cloverdales.  They’re not polarized but the tint that the bluish shade gives make them just as good.  I love the color they give off and it is a HUNDRED times better than the grey tint.  They make it where you can protect your eyes from extreme sunshine but also can wear them in shade or darker sun so that you can keep that cool look going.  There’s nothing worse than having to take your shades off at dusk because you’re walking around like Stevie Ray.

I give Cloverdale a 5 for effectiveness

Comfort

Because of the metal frame that Cloverdale is made out of, they probably half the weight of it’s plastic companions.  These guys feel great on your face and they can definitely sit there for a while.  The ear frames are thin and small which make them feel like they aren’t even on your face.  They give no “head pinch,” which you can run into quite frequently. Cloverdales do a pretty good job of not irritating the bridge of your nose, which I sure is mainly in part to there weight.  They have the plastic pads that lay on your nose and they are effective enough that you don’t feel like you need to readjust them over and over or do that “I’m a nerd” move where you push them up closer to your face.  I have ran into my fair share of glasses where you can’t wear them more than 2 minutes without have to adjust them on your bridge. I recently went on a six hour roadtrip and wore the Cloverdales pretty much non-stop.  They are road warriors and will give you little trouble during long durations of use. The only complaint I have about the comfort of the Cloverdales is the mark they leave on the bridge of your nose.  I threw these on for only about ten minutes and there was already a noticeable mark at the top of my nose.  I wouldn’t say HORRIBLE, but if you’re walking into a blind/first date, I don’t think I would want that mark there.  However, I check again after only twenty minutes without the glasses and it had completely disappeared.   So, they do leave a presence on your face showing you wore them, but these are the kind of glasses that you can and should wear for long periods of time, and even the most cynical person would have to accept that glasses will do that.

I give Cloverdale a 4 for comfort

User Friendly

These bad boys were made to ride your face, and to ride it close.  If you pushed the lens any closer to your face your eye lashes would touch.  I did a thirty minute jog with these on and they didn’t even budge.  Like I have said, the weight of the Cloverdales is so light that they can pretty much just sit on your face without any discomfort.  If you are an active person, running, biking, etc., these glasses are ideal for you because of their weight and their shape.  I have no complaints about these in regards to doing activities with them on.

The only thing you have to be wary is of the lens.  They have much less space between the frame and the lens because of the wire.  This makes them even MORE susceptible to getting scratched than its plastic counterparts.  They did remedy this by providing a VERY nice leather case that it comes with.  However, if you’re taking them off, setting them down and whatnot be careful because they can scratch very easily.  Don’t set them around your keys or loose change or anything.  Learned from experience.

I give Cloverdale a 5 for user friendliness

Fitting Room

Because of the size and weight of the Cloverdales, they will most likely look a LOT different on a face that is used the plastic Spys.  They also are slightly curved in on either side, giving them a cylinder type shape, which for very wide heads will not fit very well.  They fit my face perfectly and I love the way they look.  However, if you have a wider, rounder face I don’t think the Cloverdales are for you.  They will more than likely give you that “fat cop that wears aviators” look.  However, far smaller taller heads these will were perfectly. Also a point of note, these are really good for girls as well.  I know that Spy has a line for girls, but my experience with those are that they are pretty dumb.  While some men’s Spys are too big for a girls face, these work very will and look stunning on a female.

I give Cloverdale a 4 for fit (my face of course, if you have a wide face it won’t work)

Overall

I love the Cloverdales.  They are the first pair of wire framed Spys I have owned and they have treated me great.  They give you a very different look than the plastic lines that Spy is really known for, but they still give that great attitude and sense of style that Spys are famous for.  They are great for protection, they were close to your face and sit comfortably, and overall are a great pair of shades.

I give Cloverdale a 4.5 overall.  I don’t want them SURGICALLY attached to my face, but if I had to eat, drink, and sleep in them, I would be A-OK.