Rewind to September of 2018 and I had just picked up two pairs of Magpul’s then-new sunglasses; a “Terrain” and an “Explorer” model (YouTube video HERE). At some point Chris stole the Terrains, and I continued wearing the Explorers until about six weeks ago.
Undeniably cool looking and comfortable with crisp, distortion-free lenses, I wore those suckers nearly every single day for almost two-and-a-half years. They traveled around the country with me, saw summers in Texas, winter in Wyoming, swam in the ocean in Florida, traveled inside my backpack a hundred times, hung from the collar of my shirt whenever I stepped indoors, regularly found themselves peppered with suppressed pistol blowback and weed whacker debris, and were always unceremoniously cleaned on my t-shirt.
They certainly didn’t suck when new — Mr. Pike agrees — and they didn’t even suck after all of that time. Sure, they had picked up a few hairline scratches and a small scuff on the lenses.
But lord knows how many times I dropped them onto every surface known to man. Or how many times I rubbed them down with my t-shirt after a cursory attempt to blow off sand, dust, and other debris.
The worst wear was to the tortoiseshell finish in the areas contacted by my skin. Two-and-a-half years of wear, most of which was in hot Texas weather, took its toll.
I also lost the rubber nose pads about three months ago. They were there for over two years…and then all of a sudden they weren’t. The glasses were still comfortable — the little nose pad mount flange things didn’t touch me.
The temples also suffered some finish loss, but the rubber grip sections were still solidly affixed from end to end.
Frankly, I don’t think I would have purchased new sunglasses quite yet. These bad boys were still perfectly serviceable. But then opportunity came knocking…
Fast-forward to about six weeks ago and Magpul released new eyewear models around SHOT Show timing. With the new models came a blowout sale on some older models that were getting phased out (Brownells still has a few models on sale), including the Terrains, so I picked up two pair.
Both tortoise shell frames, both polarized bronze lenses, but one mirrored blue and one mirrored gold.
Magpul’s glasses come with a microfiber cleaning cloth and are packaged inside in one of their DAKA Cans, which, for what it’s worth, sell for $18.99 on their own.
Obviously they’re great for safely storing your sunglasses, but they’re also handy for 6-inch or shorter cigars and whatever else you might want to keep in there. My 8-year-old uses one for her prescription glasses that she wears at school; the DAKA Can is easier and stronger than the skinny clamshell case her glasses came with.
The Magpul Terrain sunglasses are taller than the Explorers I had been wearing prior, and they wrap around the side a little more as well. They’re slightly less “everyday” cool and slightly more full protection safety-oriented.
With ballistic rated lenses that meet or exceed Z87+ and MIL-PRF 32432 standards, they provide a solid level of high velocity impact protection and will keep your eyeballs safe. The TR90NZZ frames are flexible, lightweight, and extremely durable.
With the larger, wraparound style there’s effectively no frame intruding into your vision. It’s edge-to-edge clear, crisp, completely distortion-free lens.
Comparing the Magpul sunglasses to some other high-end models I have (e.g. a really nice pair of Gargoyles) or that I looked through back-to-back with these (e.g. Oakleys from the higher end of their line), they absolutely hold their own for image quality and zero distortion.
In general I’ve found that they tend to be slightly brighter — less tinted aka more light transmission — than other shades. Perhaps when I’m on the water or in bright snow I’d want to dial up the tint a little, but for general use and definitely for shooting range use I think Magpul has the tint level just right here.
All this is to say that the Magpul sunglasses are, indeed, things that don’t suck.