A little while ago Ultra168 was contacted by a new brand of sunglasses I’d never heard of, AMO. Want to take them for a test drive was the question? So what better way to put them to the test than to get a couple of Ultra168 Supporters to put them through their paces for a completely unbiased review of what they’re like.
The first thing about AMO is that the sunglasses are custom made for you in terms of the fit. First up to take us through how he went with them is Geoff Millar, an Ultra168 Supporter from Sydney.
I really didn’t know what to expect of the AMO’s as they’re a brand I have heard very little of. I have run in the same pair of ‘sunnies’ for many years, which until now I was relatively happy with. I am a runner of many distances, from marathon to ultra and spend a few hours on the road and trail each week, hence always looking for a sunny that can meet a few criteria. Ultimately I want to know if they can provide me with protection, durability and ease of storage. So what do I look for?
- Durability – as I break most of them!
- Weight – light so you don’t know you’re wearing them.
- No slip – so you don’t have to keep pushing them up your face as you sweat.
- No steam – this would be a game changer as my current pair of Oakleys steam up every run
- Storage – ease of it
And finally, and most importantly! So that I don’t look like too much of a tool out on a run 🙂
When the very well wrapped package arrived at my desk, I felt like a kid at Chirstmas and when I opened up the box, the excitement and respect for the AMO brand grew instantly. The packaging was very sleek and amazingly well presented so much so the only other product I have ever had the same experience with was Apple.
Every minute detail in the packing had been planned to offer the best experience possible, they sure know how to make a guy feel special!
AS I opened each box, the excitement grew. Finally after marvelling at the packets for so long, I eventually tried on the ‘sunnies’ and what a great looking pair they are, very similar to what I was wearing currently, but made from a somewhat different material.
The package contained: 2 x lenses, 2 x arm sets, 2 x cases and additional nose piece and some lens cleaners.
I jumped onto YouTube and checked out the AMO tutorial on how to change the lens and arms. These were really helpful, otherwise I would have most likely snapped them! I was nervous doing this, as they are very thin to keep the weight down, but after around 10 changes, I’m still yet to break them! It has also gotten a lot easier to change as I am more confident with the process.
I was excited to head out for my first run in them, so chose to run home that night. It was dusk and the sun was still up, but going down so I opted for the Photochromic lens and fully black arm.
Carrying a bit of an injury at the moment, most of my runs start in the gym, so I headed there or 40 minutes to get a good sweat on and as I left the gym, entered a pretty cool night. I expected to run home with my glasses on my head, which steam instantly in a change of environment. But to my welcome surprise, the AMOs didn’t steam up at all. Instead, they let in a lovely golden glow and enhanced the running experience too by bringing in more light.
I have run and ridden in these ‘sunnies’ for over 3 months now and almost every day and they are simply brilliant. I enjoy wearing them, they do what they’re supposed to do and do it very well. Regarding the ‘steaming up’ point I made previously, I have since tested this to the extreme and they still haven’t steamed up. One of my big frustrations with my Oakleys is that they acted as more of a hair band than sunglasses. I don’t know how AMO have managed this, but it really is a game changer in the sunglasses department!
I also managed to test them on the trails too and in the slight darkness of a Sydney morning with the photochromic lenses, they let in enough light for me to be pretty nimble on some technical trails. As I ran along the trails, I didn’t even notice them on my head for the most part. They have arms made of malleable plastic that bend into the back of your head to keep them pulled against your face while the nose clasps wouldn’t slip down in the rain either.
As the day got a little hotter and brighter, the glare from the water next to the trail did not impair my visibility in the slightest. Even as I ran harder and sweated more, there was still no movement and no condensation on the lenses.
AMO exceeded all my expectations, overachieving in all of my criteria. I would not hesitate in buying these sunglasses. I am looking ordering my next set of arms to match my fluorescent green trainers!