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Review - Persol 2244S

Manufacturer: Persol Persol 2244S
Model: 2244S
Price Paid: $168
Made in: Italy
Lenses: Polarized
Quality / Finish: 3.5 / 5.0
Durability: 1.0 / 5.0
Comfort: / Wearability: 3.5 / 5.0
Tint - Visibility Balance: 3.0 / 5.0
Peripheral Vision: 4.5 / 5.0
Lense Coverage: 4.5 / 5.0
Average: 3.3 / 5.0
What's in the box: Sunglasses, case, cleaning cloth, guarantee booklet, Persol information booklet, Luxottica Group information booklet
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I was excited to get a pair of Persol sunglasses; I find the history behind the brand very interesting. Around Christmas time last year I put a pair of Persol sunglasses on the top of my list. I liked the look of the 2244S, and the fact that they were worn in the movie Casino Royale made them more appealing. Believe it or not, I even got Cheryl's approval of their appearance. I poked around the Internet and found the 2244S at FramesDirect.com, and put my order in. They arrived a few days later.

Quality / Finish
The sunglasses have a good look to them. The arms are shiny black plastic with two metal vertical accents that are located up towards the lenses. The frames themselves are matte black and have a good, consistent finish. Upon handling the sunglasses I found that one arm opens and closes easily, while the other one is very stiff. I also noticed that the nose pads are at different elevations. This isn’t a big deal, but worth noting. Inspecting the lenses I saw they fit into the frames with decent consistency.

I definitely do not wish to test the durability of these glasses as they are made more for appearance then physical activity. These are sunglasses that you keep in your car and always in the case when you are not wearing them. If you happen to accidentally sit on them, or have them in your coat pocket and lean against them, you will spend a lot of time trying to bend these sunglasses back to a usable shape. The metal frames are extremely malleable, while the plastic arms are deformed at the metal accents and could possibly break at these weak points.

Comfort / Wearability
Because of the materials that comprise this sunglass model, they tend to sit a little heavy on your head. You can feel the weight on your nose and the valley where your head and ears meet. The sunglasses don’t squeeze your temples or nose, or rub uncomfortably, and I have worn them in the car for hours without much fatigue.

Tint – Visibility Balance
The polarized lenses work well. Whether in bright sunlight or in low-light conditions the lenses allow for good visibility.

Peripheral Vision
The peripheral vision of these sunglasses is good. The small profile of the metal frames and the size of the lenses allow for a great amount of visibility.

Lens Coverage
The lens coverage of these sunglasses is also good. With the size of the lenses and the way the frames wrap around, they provide as much coverage as can be expected from stylish looking sunglasses.

I really like the case that comes with the Persol 2244S, in fact it is probably one on my favorites. It has a leather look to it, with felt inside, and closes with a magnetic tab. Despite its thin walls, it is amazingly stout and withstands a fair amount of pressure. I like the magnetic tab which stays strongly shut, but can also be opened with one hand while driving. The cleaning cloth is a brown color and has the Persol name embossed into it. It has a great thickness, although I wish it were a little bigger.

I was initially disappointed with the Persol 2244S sunglasses, the different tensions on the two arms made me wonder where the quality control was.  After wearing these sunglasses around town and on trips, I have come to appreciate these for what they are.  They are a beautifully designed pair of glasses that are made to be worn in controlled conditions.  Wear them in your car or while having a drink at the bar patio as they are fashion sunglasses.  Do not try to take these glasses anywhere they could accidentally experience pressure like in your pocket while skiing.

Reviewed by Brian, 23 January 2009


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