Review of "Ray-Ban RB3386"

published 02/01/2016 | steerpyke
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Pro the last word in chic
Cons not the cheapest on the market
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"The eyes have it!"

The combination of brand name and design at work here probably make for the most iconic product in the world of sunglasses. In 1930’s when airplanes where coming of age, US Army pilots were complaining of headaches caused by the sun’s glare as they flew higher and higher and Rochester based medical equipment manufacturer Bausch and Lomb rose to the challenge and in 1937 the Ray-Ban Aviator was born. Since then Ray-Ban have always been the leader when it comes to effortlessly cool, eyewear. In 1940’s Gradient lenses were introduced so that pilots could maintain the benefits of the shading as they looked forward but had a clearer view of the instrument panel below. Think of James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause and you are thinking of the Wayfarer, think of Peter Fonda in east Rider and you are looking at the wrap around Olympian, picture Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force and you have the Balorama. It is a brand that celebrities, film stars and the cool set must have.

But back to where it all began and the Aviator. The RB-3386 is a range of glasses that gives you options in lens colour and slight design variance but all conform to the same characteristics. The big selling point is how light they are, you barely notice you are wearing them but they are also surprisingly robust being constructed out of strong, thin metal. Most of the product is actually the lens itself making for a chic and very retro look and suited to both sexes. One further advantage of their design is that the lens can be replaced if scratched, something that does happen easily due to their shape, but it also means that they are prescription friendly. They also provide 100% UV protection.

But at the end of the day they are as much a fashion accessory as they are a practicality and seem to have a cyclical life cycle. Older shoppers may associate them with the 80’s, Top Gun and Sunset Strip rock bands but with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway seen sporting them it seems that they are back on an upsurge.

Prices range from around £60 up to £140 depending on the various options you might want, they are easily bought online but look out for fakes, probably best to purchase from the official website or through reputable stores if authenticity is key, you will pay more but your are paying for quality. Fake copies will look the part but the quality guarantee and durability could be the factors you risk loosing by saving money. The real thing isn’t cheap, but you really do get what you pay for.

Personally, I have always been a fan, they are the perfect rock and roll accoutrement (I’m still living off those few years I was a professional musician…maybe it is time to stop milking it,) they are the choice of the stars and they have a history and tradition going back 80 years. For me there is no other choice.

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  • MAFARRIMOND published 03/01/2016
    My 30 year old son is not a film star or musican but till uses nothing else.
  • mumsymary published 03/01/2016
    good review
  • lucie2511 published 02/01/2016
    Good review :)
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Product Information : Ray-Ban RB3386

Manufacturer's product description

Accessory - Sunglasses

Product Details

Long Name: RB3386

Type: Accessory

Accessory Type: Sunglasses

Genre: Men

Manufacturer: Ray-Ban


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