Rheos sunglasses are the only complete line of sunglasses fully dedicated to our Water Junky community taking care at every stage to focus on the features that matter most to those who spend time on the water. This means you'll enjoy the benefits of a fully-featured frame and lens at a stellar price point without sacrificing an inch on quality. It also means that just because your shades float doesn't mean they'll be bloated with extra buoys or air injection...they're the most stylish, comfortable piece of gear you'll wear. Our technology is trusted by some of the most avid sportsman on the water.
The basic principles of buoyancy apply: when an object displaces water the heavier of the two sinks. Meaning, if 2 oz. of water is displaced and the water weighs just barely more than the object, then the water sinks and the object floats. If a second object weighed the exact same amount and displaced only 1 oz. of water and the water weighed less than the object, then the object would sink and the water would "float".
With that in mind, our frames are made of the highly durable and ultra lightweight specialty polycarbonate material. Due to its unique manufacturing process, these frames weigh approximately 30% less than similar sunglasses moulded in polycarbonate while maintaining a hyper-durable structure to ensure its comfort for long-term wear and floating capability.
Since our shades weigh less and displace the same amount of water as standard frames, ours float while theirs sink.
Light is made up of waves travelling in different directions. Vertical light is useful to the human eye; it helps us see. But when light strikes a flat surface like a lake, snow, or even your windshield it changes to horizontal light and creates a glare. Polarized sunglasses block horizontal light, so you don’t get the glare. And nobody likes glare. It’s juuust about that simple.
The most harmful sun rays are those above 400 nanometers. Our lenses are carefully designed to protect all UVA and UVB rays that are above 400. Over time these rays can cause long-term, irreperable damage to your eyes!
Our premium lenses include a finish of dual-sided anti-fog coating. Lenses are susceptible to fogging in moments of highly contrasted temperatures (such as walking from inside to outside or sweating while it is cold outside). With our anti-fog coating it will detect the fogging of the lenses and quickly, and automatically, clear the lenses so you do not need to remove them and do it yourself.
We didn't hold anything back when it came to a feature rich lens. Typically reserved for the highest priced adventure shades on the market, the Rheos lens includes a speciality Hydrophobic coating, which acts like RainX for a windshield helping water to bead off the lens without settling in and covering your view. More detailed info coming soon!
We built our lenses to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. An anti-scratch coating helps to ensure they will be as good as new from start to finish.
With glass-like clarity, polycarbonate lenses give you the protection you need without the risk of shattering glass near your eyes. It is comprised of a thermoplastic that starts as a solid material in the form of small pellets. In a lens manufacturing process called injection molding, the pellets are heated to 500 degrees until they melt. Compressed in extreme pressure scenarios the lens is complete in less than five minutes. Because of this unique process, polycarbonate lenses are much more impact-resistant than both regular glass and other plastic lenses. These materials are relatively "soft" — which means they can absorb energy without lens fracturing. It is also the lightest lens material made and yet offers far greater impact resistance than glass or plastic.
With so many premium features packed into one lens we needed to make sure they were all protected. A final oleophobic coating helps to protect each side from wear and tear of salt water and oils from fingers and usage.