Gear Review – Nemesis Safety Glasses

 A review of Nemesis Safety Glasses. Affordable, light, functional, comfortable and durable.

Good enough for Obama is good enough for me! 🙂

Most of us lose, forget or damage something frequently.

For some, it is their car keys.

For others it is their phone.

Or maybe their lunch at home.

For me, it is sunglasses.

Over the years I’ve crushed, lost, dropped, left behind, misplaced, damaged and put God-knows-where more sunglasses than I care to think about.

I’ve worn everything from Ray Bans back in my Rhode Island Guido Days [1], to glacier glasses to drug store sunglasses to whatever I find at Tar-zhey or Wally World.

Living in Colorado, and being an avid outdoors person, sunglasses just aren’t for fashion. They are a  necessary item to block UV rays, cut down glare from the sun, help blocks the wind and other protection when outside.

My problem is that  I lose, damage, drop or otherwise mangle them just too darn much. Even the cheap $10-15 sunglasses add up.

I lost yet another pair on the Uinta Highline Trail.

But the trail gods provided. My buddy Mark spotted sunglasses with amber lenses. The frames were camo. Not my first choice of sunglasses, but they worked.

By the end of the backpacking trip, I enjoyed them quite a bit. Lightweight, durable and flexible frames. Comfortable to wear.  Lenses that wrapped around for good coverage.

Out of curiosity, I googled the brand of Nemesis sunglasses when I came home.

To my pleasant surprise, these now-favorite sunglasses were astonishingly inexpensive. Found as inexpensively as $13 for three pairs (including shipping!) And they came in various lens colors and color schemes: Mirrored, blue, amber (for better contrast), very dark and even clear.

Wanting an all-purpose one, I bought the black ones with smokey lenses.  Being safety glasses, they seem to be highly scratch-resistant and durable.   The ones I bought claim to be anti-fog as well.  Curious to see how they work in winter. Naturally, they block out UV rays as well.

In short, I think I found my new outdoor sunglasses of choice: Light, durable, functional and inexpensive. And someone said they look good, too. 🙂 Find them on Amazon and rock the outdoor look in inexpensive style! 

[1] We all have skeletons in the closet. Mine happened to have driven a ‘89 Mustang with chrome rims, had spiked and gelled hair, a gold chain, and an earring.  Do you want to see photos of those days in my late teens? Fuhgeddaboudit!


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Cam Honan
9 years ago

Great find, Mags!

“Affordable, light, functional, comfortable and durable”……….an ideal combination of attributes for any piece of backpacking gear.

Cam Honan
9 years ago

At $6 a pop, not only can you afford to lose a pair or two, you could probably start giving them away to fellow hikers at trailheads around Colorado!

Another Kevin
Another Kevin
3 years ago

Thanks for the recommendation! If all goes well with my forthcoming surgery, I’ll be able to hike without prescription glasses (would still need reading glasses for maps and suchlike). For the first time in my life, so wrap-around glasses will be a totally new experience for me!

Another Kevin
Another Kevin
3 years ago
Reply to  Another Kevin

I looked them up, and oh, wow, they come in bifocals! Assuming the surgery is successful, these will definitely be the thing to try!

Al Garay
Al Garay
2 years ago

Just bought a set using your Amazon link. Thanks for the great tips. Been looking for inexpensive option since I’m bound to lose them. Can’t get myself to buy another pair of Maui Jim.