I've had the Shelters for a year now - they've been great sunglasses for me (and I did get a deal on them). Early in 2012, I had the chance to grab a pair of Smith Shelters for an even better deal, and thought I'd try gray lenses instead of my standard brown with tortoise shell frames. If there's one thing that brown lenses don't give you, it's great protection in high sunlight conditions.
The Proofs I purchased were made using Smith's "Evolve" recycling process, and they were literally the lightest sunglasses I'd ever owned.....until buying the "Evolve" Shelters. The frames of these sunglasses are light and flexible - a great thing since my two year old loves to grab and bend them (the death of my Ray-Ban Predators in 2010).
|Like this color combo much better...but def. not on sale,|
and def. not made of recycled materials!
The lenses are solid, scratch resistant, and well polarized. Again, the gray lenses are quite dark, and I found that fishing, hiking, or driving with them on in dawn or dusk glare conditions was definitely not a good call on my part. Wearing them in higher light, I could easily locate fish under a glare, and see the text on my mp3 player, but I could not read the display of my Android smart phone. The polarized gray lenses do poorly in low light conditions.
River Mud Gear Grade:
Fit: 3/5 - very large.
Lenses 3/5 - Solid, not amazing.
Weight: 5/5 - Very light.
Field Utility - 3.5/5.0 - they have their place, and perform well.
Overall Grade: 3/5 - worth buying, especially on sale.