Cons:Scratch somewhat easily. Lots of fakes online.
The Bottom Line:
Great style. Everyone should have a pair. They aren't the sturdiest but are the most versatile.
The Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses are probably the go to sunglasses for just about any facial type, outfit or situation. These have to be one of the most versatile sunglasses on the market today. You can wear these with a suit as easily as you can with jeans and a t-shirt. Just about every celebrity you can imagine has worn this type of sunglasses.
Ray Ban by Bausche and Lombe is one of the top luxury sunglasses brands, which unfortunately means one of the most imitated and counterfietted. Every designer from Kenneth Cole to Georgio Armani has knocked off the style of these right down to the small script in the corner of the lense. I find that the Kenneth Coles are the closest in style and construction and can usually be purchased for $10 - $30 if you don't want to spend $100 - $150 on a pair of Ray Bans.
That brings me to another point ... you really must do you due dilligence when buying these online because there are probably many more fake Ray Bans than real ones. Right down to the knocked off cases. When I was in Italy, I remember walking down the street and seeing a street vendor with a blanket spread out containing hundreds of pairs of fake Ray Bans. There is obviously a big difference in construction between fake and real ... real Ray Bans are very well made and will last years. Fake Ray Bans will last a few weeks or months before the lenses will pop out or the screws will fall out of the arms.
There are lots of different frames and lense combinations for various prices. My favorite are the gold frames with the black or dark grey lenses made popular by Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Most American pilots wear American Optics sunglasses and not Ray Bans, which were designed more for a fashion sense than a pilot functional sense, unless you are talking about safety glasses. Professional shooters have been wearing Ray Bans for years.
These come in grey, black, green, etc. lenses. You can get the lenses polarized or non-polarized. They come in a matte lense or a metallic mirrored lense. Police officers are usually seen wearing the silver mirrored lenses ... pilots the black lenses ... and shooters the yellow lenses. You also have the choice of many different color frames such as gold, silver, black, gunmetal, etc. You will pay more for options such as the polarized lenses or the mirrored lenses.
You can also get these in different sizes ... there is a large aviator, a medium aviator.
These are very comfortable to wear, although I do find that they do tend to pinch and leave marks on the side of your nose if you wear them for long periods. Also, the frames are made very well, but if you sit on them or if something gets put on top of them, the frames bend a little easier than one would expect at this price range.
The lenses are not as scratch resistant as I would like and it is not uncommon to find small scratches on the lenses if you put them in the center console of a car and something rubs on them. This is especially true with the mirror lenses. I guess I don't expect sunglasses to be absolutey scratch resistant but for the price, these aren't the best in terms of being scratch resistant.
Overall though, everyone needs to own a pair of Ray Ban Aviators. These look great on just about every face and will make you look a little more adventurous, rugged and handsome. If you want that pilot look ... these will give you the look. You may also want to check out American Optical/American Optic sunglasses and compare them. The Ray Bans are a little lighter weight but the Optics are a little better made in my option.