Skeleton Performance Optics is relatively new to the eyewear market. Their motto is providing “serious sunglasses for active humans,” and that’s exactly what they’ve done with the Centrifuge and the Cylinder Polarized .
Both models are light, durable and provide a great fit, all essential qualities in a high-end pair of running sunglasses.
I tested the Centrifuge and the Cylinder Polarized on long runs and a few sweaty interval sessions, and was never disappointed in their performance.
Skeleton makes multiple styles for different activities, but the Centrifuge and Cylinder Polarized are rimless at the bottom, making them particularly well suited for running.
If you’re trying to make a choice between a full framed and a half framed pair of glasses, keep the following in mind: Full frames can look cool, and feel comfortable when you try them on, but even fractions of an ounce can add up over a long run. Nothing is worse than taking a pair of sunglasses out for a 20-miler and getting an achy nose after an hour on the road.
I also find that full frame lenses are more likely to graze your cheekbones, which can definitely be irritating over longer distances.
The frames of the Centrifuge and Cylinder Polarized are made of TR90 nylon, making them extremely lightweight. The material was also flexible enough for me to give the stems a substantial bend, with no fear of snapping the glasses in half.
While the optical clarity of both sets of lenses was fantastic, the polarized lens of the Cylinder was particularly stunning and clear.
But to me where Skeleton really excelled was with the fit of the Centrifuge and Cylinder Polarized. The stems are snug enough to grip the head, but not so tight that they give you a headache or a sore spot behind the ears.
The silicone padded temples and nosepieces added to the comfort, and kept them in place on even the sweatiest of runs. I never had a problem with the glasses bouncing or slipping down my nose.
In terms of styling, both frames have a sleek and clean look. The Cylinder has a similar shape to other running sunglasses on the market. The Centrifuge is more rectangular, giving them an updated and more modern appearance. Both pairs are flattering, and won’t overwhelm smaller faces.
The Centrifuge and Cylinder Polarized are available online from Skeleton. The Centrifuge retails for $109.95, but is currently on sale for $79.95. The Cylinder is $89.95, a reasonable price for a pair of frames with polarized lenses.
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