Ray Ban Icons New Wayfarer RB2140 Sunglasses.. Cool!
Feb 5, 2008 (Updated May 8, 2008)
Review by lllopez
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Classic Look, Sturdy Frame, G15 XLT Lens
The Bottom Line: are the benchmark from which sunglasses should be measured.
Have you ever stared into a mirror at a department store trying on sunglasses; its great to watch. People squint, make the cool mannequin face and pace back and toward the glass to get a good at themselves coming and going. Then there are those that know what they like and stick with it; not that theres anything wrong with posing for that one money shot thats going to release the butterflies from the billfold.
Years ago I made a choice in frames that I havent strayed from too often. My sunglass of choice was with a company whose pedigree that included the Navy Air Corps. Ever since, I have had a variation or incarnation of Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
The immediate thing that comes to mind when I see the Ray-Ban Wayfarers is they have the nerdy 1950s appeal to an engineer with a pocket loaded with pens hopping, with these thick black glasses squinting as they look for their into a Chrysler Imperial in the company parking lot. Yeh, so? Looking back, those guys were cool, they just didnt know it. Ray-Bans are similar looking with thick black cellulose acetate frames that have become distinctive as they have been adopted by many pop icons decades back into the 20th century and now into the 21st. The distinctive thick fronts with opposing slit rivets are as non assuming yet clearly as recognizable a badge for the brand as it gets. The eye wires enclose the G15 XLT Lens so securely that I have never had a lens pop out. The saddle bridge is equally thick and with a slight outward impression is enough t sit securely on the bridge of your nose. The 3/8 end pieces give way to a tight miter where the heavy duty hinge is secured with four embedded rivets, two on the frame front and two on the temple.
Ray-Ban Wayfarers feature skull temples with a slight downward bend behind the ear which is enough to secure the frame to your head along with the natural contour of the temples, giving a spring effect to the frames. The integrated nose pads are smooth and durable as well as comfortable.
It is the lens where the Wayfarers really shine. Originally a Bausch & Lomb developed lens in response to a request from the US Navy Air Corps. They were so impressed with the design that they used the specifications as a recommendation for their pilots frames and that was the shot the fledgling company needed.
The human eye responds differently to different colors of the spectrum being more sensitive to green and yellow and less so with blue and red. The G15 XLT Lens accentuates the more responsive green and yellow absorbing 85% of light, transmitting only 15%, mimicking the response of our eye to light resulting in a more natural acclimation to the lens and thus clearer vision.. Besides the obvious benefits, the G15 XLTs are also impact resistant, provide 100% UV protection and are scratch resistant. If that isnt enough to convince you, the Wayfarers come with a sturdy snap closure case and cleaning cloth that are as durable as the 2140s.
It is interesting to note I bought my first pair for about 17 bucks and I just recently paid $140.00 for a pair. I drive a lot and these are as comfortable as it gets. I have to say, while I have tried countless sun glasses from other manufacturers, I will always have a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers on hand. So, yes, I do the mannequin thing with sunglasses glasses, only I have my own discreet of going about it.