Ratings and Reviews
The rubber behind the ear splits and makes it impossible to wear. This definitely a design flaw as this is my second part after I complainted about the first pair.
I bought these for driving and general outdoor use. They are very comfortable, although the shade of tint in the lenses isn't exactly what I would have chosen (full disclosure: I have a LOT of trouble finding what I want in sunglasses... the tint was tolerable for me, just not ideal. You may love it.)
However, the poor quality of the rubber molding around the earpieces and the nose have almost made them unwearable in less than 4 months. I can see by other reviews that this is not an isolated problem. And I also see that 5.11 requires me to take them back to where I bought them for an exchange or refund. That smacks of poor customer service, especially with a known issue like this. Unfortunately, if that proves to be the case (I will be emailing 5.11 customer service), I will have to stop purchasing 5.11 products altogether.
I love the feel of these sunglasses. My eyes are extremely sensitive to sunlight and these are just a tad darker than regular sunglasses which make them perfect for me.
The one thing I do not like is that they scratch VERY easily. I am extremely careful with mine and they always go back in the case. Yet I have scretches on them out of nowhere. Luckily none of the scratches are in my direct field of vision, but it's only a matter of time.
Great pair of sunglasses. I've owned them for 2 or 3 years now and I still have them and wear them daily. I wear them when I go shooting at the range, for work, driving off road, pretty much if it's to sunny for standard safety glasses I'm wearing these. My only main complaint is that my peripheral vision is completely blind when wearing these. Before these I was use to thin metal framed glasses. My last complaint is the rubber padding for the ears have fallen off and needed to be glued back on. Besides that they have been great.
I use these sunglasses for everyday wear/activities which frequently transition(s) into high-jarring pursuits that merit the rugged build and snug fit this model provides--not to mention the elevated occular impact protection from high velocity debris that this model ensures.
Annoying then to find that the rubber temple tip pieces detached from the Grilamed TM TR -90 nylon frame after 3 weeks of daily use (no salt water exposure aside from perspiration). As this occured out in the field I had to put up with the annoyance and discomfort of dangling rubber strips for some 5 weeks before I hit civilization and could visit an authorized 5-11 vendor.
Well there I was offered a full refund, a replacement pair, or the choice of any of the other sunglass models/brands that they stocked (paying/refunded the price difference). This despite the circumstance of my having purchased the sunglasses 8 months prior to showing up at the authorized dealer. Smooth customer service indeed!
I tried on quite a few of the other bomb-proof sunglasses they stocked but opted for a replacement pair of Shears--they quite simply had everything I wanted going for them. The excellent 5-11 & vendor customer service left me feeling confident that should the temple tips' rubber strips fail again then I would be well served and not abandoned like some mass market chump. Nice. (Reminded me of the excellent customer service Arc'teryx provides--the kind that oft shapes me into a brand-loyal consumer)
These glasses are very comfortable and stlyish. The lenses are perfectly tinted so as not too be to dark, but they are also not to light and are great in bright sun. I really like them and would highly recommend them.
I purchased two pair of these glasses when they very first came available, [...] The second pair was a backup in case the first pair failed. The first pair lasted for well over a year, but the rubber parts (i.e., nose pieces and ear pieces) began to deteriorate and separate from the frame. Finally, they reached the point of no return, so they went into the trash and the backup pair came out. When shopping for a new backup pair I was disappointed to see that the design has not changed. Perhaps my first pair was defective, but I somehow suspect this is a design flaw. I believe that I will try another model this time around. I'd love to see a pair based on the old Romer design. I had a pair of Romer's that lasted 3 years.
These are great sunglasses that look great and cover well. They are fragile and scratch easily just like any plastic lense, but if you are careful, you can get a year or so of wear out of them.
I have enjoyed SHEAR Eyewear from 5.11 so far; Driving in the bright sun is now much smoother & more comfortable, while rainy days seem clearer.
They are very light weight, and slick, I forget I have them on.
I plan to take them when hunting and fishing but worry about loosing them. I do not mind taking Falcons out to the rough places but SHEAR is too new for that yet....
It was very hard to get my first set and hope that they will be easier to find from now on.