I first came across aluminum sunglasses back in 2005 when I took over another online sunglasses business. I was instantly impressed by their durability and style, I mean I could drop them as many times as I liked and it didn't matter. If for some weird reason I managed to damage them I could get them repaired, which is more than I could say for the prescription Ray Bans I had from LensCrafters!
For those new to aluminum sunglasses currently we recommend 3 brands: Liquid Eyewear, Outlaw Eyewear and Gatorz. There are other brands around such as Icicles however our experience has been of poor quality control and horrible customer service so I would steer clear for now.
Gatorz are the original aircraft aluminum based brand. You'll find their shades right across the military (SEAL, Marines etc) to sports stars to Hollywood in Universal's epic war film Lone Survivor. Sadly at this time, Gatorz have ceased trading and are currently going through Chapter 7. We hope they return soon.
Liquid Eyewear are unique in that their frames have a hingeless arm design plus they offer a great selection of lenses and add on accessories. Which one you choose really just depends on what you need the glasses for and style preference. Liquid also have one of the best transitional lenses you can find in the Hellfire LTD.
Outlaw Eyewear are an unfamiliar brand to most but they make a quality product. They differentiate themselves by using spring loaded hinges which whilst old school, work well and are comfortable.