Back in 1892, some French guys in the cradle of French glasses creation—did you know there was such a thing?—started making sports glasses for climbers and other adventurers. Today, Cebe is providing hard core adrenaline-addicts with sunglasses that have style and performance.
Or so says the hyperbole. But what are they like? Do they fit? Do they perform? The matt black S Sentials Cebe provided for us to test weren’t revolutionary in their appearance or materials at first glance, but the little things they’ve done to create a better mousetrap have indeed given us some of the best sport/alpine nylon sunglasses we’ve tested.
Unique SymbioTech and arm shape increases the area around your head and temples that’s in contact with your head—the result being a more comfortable fit. In fact, they advertise that they’ll stay in place even upside down (if you’re into that kind of thing). These are amazingly comfortable glasses, and the nylon frames were light and flexible. The big lenses are a stylistic choice—Cebe has other models—but were great in the wind and inspired confidence that debris wasn’t going to fly into your eye.
To me the best part is that these sunglasses, which have a very premium feel, do not have a premium price–$70 for the polarized lenses, or as low as $40 for the regular. The cost of entry to a fine club of French Alpine explorers and mountaineers is less than you thought, thanks to our friends at Cebe.