Serengeti, a name long associated with high-end sunglasses, features distinctive photochromic lenses, spectral control technology and superior styling. With a long history crafting sophisticating driving glasses, Serengeti now has several lines of sunglasses to suit every taste, from classic to sporty.
Serengeti lenses are made using a process that embeds polarization properties into the ultra-light glass or other material, rather than laminating in layers, so it can’t wear off. The high-definition Polar PhD lenses are as optically close to glass as current technology allows, using Trivex, a urethane-based monomer that is lighter than polycarbonate. The photochromic lenses that are part of every pair of Serengeti sunglasses adjust by darkening in bright sunlight and lightening in low light and overcast conditions. This is accomplished when UV light causes the molecules in the lens expand in size, absorbing more light, blocking UVA and UVB rays and darkening the lens. The spectral control provides high-definition contrast and color enhancement to the lenses to enhance optical clarity by managing light wavelegths so that only organized light comes through.
The Italian-made Brera model I tested from the Signature Collection, with Sanded Tortoise colored frames, are sleek and modern with an almost flat horizontal upper frame and rounded rectangular lower frame. The arms flex slightly and the smoothly bending Signature hinges, made of copper beryllium, looked more like fine jewelry. This pair came with ultra-light glass lenses in the gray 555nm model, photochromic lenses that are cool and relaxing on the eye as they adjust to the light conditions. The lens gets its name from the 555 nanometer center of the visible color spectrum of light, the point where the human eye sees most easily and comfortably. These work very well in bright light conditions, effectively managing yellow and green light transmission. The subtle mirror coating reduces glare even more. Frames come in Sanded Black, Sanded Dark Brown, Sanded Dark Gray and Satin Tortoise colors.
I found the lenses to be be cool and soothing in the bright light of Sierra and Southern California beaches. I couldn’t see visible changes in the lenses but clarity was good in restaurants and lower light conditions as well. The frames were a bit big for my small face but not overly so, especially considering that the styles now trend toward oversized sunglasses. The lightweight frames were comfortable to wear for extended periods of time and didn’t rub on the bridge of my nose.
Serengeti was originally developed by an entrepreneurial division of Corning, maker of specialized glass and ceramic materials for scientific and industrial use, which sold the brand in 2000 to Bushnell. Later, in 2013, Bushnell was acquired by ATK Sporting Group. Outdoor products run the gamut from glasses and binoculars to solar chargers and gun accessories.
ATK sells its products worldwide under the Bushnell, Tasco, Serengeti, Bollé, Uncle Mike’s Law Enforcement, Stoney Point, Hoppe’s, Butler Creek, Kolpin, Final Approach, Simmons and Millett brand names and more.
Serengeti Eyewear sunglasses are high-end, technologically advanced and fashion-forward.
The Brera sunglasses retail for $259 from Serengeti or varying lower prices from Amazon sellers.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a sample to test for the purposes of this review from Serengeti but the opinions expressed are solely my own.