Nicolas Lenze 10.15.21
Glasses can be used for many different purposes in our lives. Whether it’s helping us see traffic signs while driving or looking like Tom Cruise, glasses can make life (and sometimes dating) easier to navigate. Sunglasses can be particularly useful. I live in Colorado and we have more sunny days than not. On many of those sunny days, I find myself either on the shooting range or in the wild. This means that I need my sunglasses to be durable. Most people know Magpul for their PMAGs or rifle butts, but today we’re going to take a look at their glasses. This is the OutdoorHUB review of the Magpul Explorer XL sunglasses.
The Magpul Explorer XL are more than sunglasses. They are made from injection molded natural Grilamid TR90NZZ. This material retains its integrity at extreme temperatures and offers exceptional impact resistance. The wrap-around shape prevents the glasses from having an ANSI Z87.1 rating, but Magpul’s website says they are designed to the same standards as the rest of their glasses. The lenses are coated with an oleophobic treatment, which is a coating that does not allow oils to be absorbed; it is the same coating used on the screen of your smartphone.
The hinges use coated stainless steel pins for added strength to the most vulnerable part of the frames. The nose and temple pads feature rubber overmolding for added comfort when wearing Explorer XL glasses for extended periods of time. The MSRP is currently set at $ 149 itself.
Usually I don’t care much about the packaging, but the glasses are different. If you’ve ever sat on your glasses, you know how important a good case can be. The Magpul Explorer XL are coming a DAKA can. It’s a $ 20 case that I don’t have to pay for when I want to protect my glasses. In my case, I use it to keep track of smaller items that are easy to lose.
The glasses themselves are light and flexible. The style I got was the tortoiseshell frames with polarized bronze lenses. The tortoiseshell color is subtle and doesn’t look like your grandmother’s frames. You can only really see it when the sun hits them. The cut is perfect for my face of a medium height man. I was very impressed with what I saw.
Explorer XL sunglasses in use
When talking about what the world looks like to the wearer, one thing to note is that I am color blind; I have a strong deutan color deficit. With that out of the way, here’s what it looks like to look through the bronze lenses.
What strikes me the most about these lenses is that they don’t seem to darken everything. In my experience, most sunglasses lenses just darken the image. These give everything a brownish tone, but I feel comfortable wearing them even in low light environments or while driving at dusk. They are also great for reducing glare. I drive a Ford Edge. These are known to have borderline windshield glare. When I wear my Explorer XL, this glare is greatly reduced.
The branches are light and thin, but not so thin that they are fragile. With other glasses, the thick temples can cause pain in the back of my ears when worn for a full day. The rubber overmolding of the nose pads is small but effective. They keep my nose comfortable and the deck doesn’t sweat excessively.
There are a lot of things to love about these glasses. They are stylish, durable and can be worn as eye protection indoors and outdoors. The wrap-around shape also makes the Explorer XL glasses a lot less distracting and minimizes blind spots while I’m driving. When hiking or other activities in nature, the bronze glasses keep things uniform, making movement very easy to detect. I also find the price reasonable. While some companies just choose a pre-made frame, put their logo on it, and bill like a pharmaceutical company, these have been well thought out and offer a lot for the price of admission.
The negatives are difficult. In all honesty, I really like these glasses. I did not ask for them for review. My wife bought them for me as a gift and I was so impressed that I decided to share my thoughts and hopefully bring more people on board. If I had to complain about anything I would say I would like to see a little more of Magpul in the design. A few subtle PMAG ribs near the hinge might be cool. Also, with Magpul being a company that makes accessories for modular weapon platforms, some modularity would be a huge bonus. There is plenty of room in this DAKA Can for a set of clear lenses or other interchangeable options. For the price, however, I don’t think the bezels are missing in any way.
If you’re looking for a new set of shades that gives you more than just a glance from a potential suitor, I highly recommend you take a look at the Magpul Explorer XL goggles. You can pick up a pair directly from Magpul by go to their site. You can also follow Magpul on their social media platforms. They can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram. Thanks for reading and remember to always protect your eyes!