Gear Review: The new TOYSHADES collection

Gear Review: The new TOYSHADES collection

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I had the chance to get not one, but two pair of TOYSHADES lenses for using year-round and during this coming ski season. First of all, price is so cheap, that I was a bit sceptical how they would compare to my Oakleys or Raybans – the brands of choice since I was a young adult.

The TOYSHADES Hillwoods model, extremely light and with a lovely design.
The TOYSHADES Hillwoods model, extremely light and with a lovely design.

I bought some lenses on the mountain two years ago in Pila, as my Oakleys were all scratched, and I was suffering then of conjunctivitis. The optician that see me at a ski resort, told me that I needed to purchase a new good pair of lenses. These were some cheap lenses bought at the ski school in Pila which were pretty decent, but not comparable to a more renown brand.

Two years ago, after the Mountain Travel Symposium, I’ve bought in San Francisco airport my last pair of Oakleys, which I love, and they are in very good nick. So, when I’ve got these two pairs of shades, I thought that they were not going to compare to my Oakleys. But I was surprised!

First, I’ve got one pair of the model called Hillwoods – this model is a classic shape, black with Pentoptic™ lenses, a trademark of the company, protecting your eyes a 100% UV400.  What I love of these glasses is the lightness of them, even better than my good reading glasses which cost me a bomb and I find them heavy on the nose bridge. These ones you don’t remember you have them on. It happened to me many times that I’ve thought that my glasses where not on me when they were! Then the design is very nice, delicate I would say…they definitely do not seem to be in the range of GBP 35-40!

I’ve took them to our last two trips – first one to Milano and then the Aosta valley, when we had lovely days and I loved them. My husband and me were alternating glasses and he loved them too – saying that one of the pairs was his- which I’ve said no way!

The Hillviews TOYSHADES on my husband on our driving to the Alps.
The Hillviews TOYSHADES on my husband on our driving to the Alps.

This last time we went with the kids for the half term to kit our new pad in Morgex -(more of this in another post)! We had pretty changeable weather and I’ve used a bit more the other pair of glasses while my husband used my Hillwoods. These other ones are called Corbs, they have a stronger frame with blue Pentoptic™ polarised Lenses also with 100% UV400 protection. The frame is white transparent, pretty cool. At least that is what my dog thought – and he looks great on them – while he leaves them on!

The glass has a pink tint (at least for me), which makes it lovely for using them for skiing, to see all the snow outline while skiing, even when getting into shady spots.

So how come these lovely glasses are cheap? This is because there is no middle man here, these glasses can only be bought online. To get your pair, go to the TOYSHADES website.

My husband with his TOYSHADES by il Duomo in Milan.
My husband with his TOYSHADES by il Duomo in Milan.

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What is my pooch thinking...maybe I can eat these TOYSHADES?
What is my pooch thinking…maybe I can eat these TOYSHADES?

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Featured Image: My pooch with the TOYSHADES Corbs. Looking good!  

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