Dex Sunglasses

Posted: Dec 15,2016

bamboo sunglasses from skateboard deck

Dex Sunglasses come in an assortment of colors. 

Let’s be honest - Choosing a pair of sunglasses is kind of a pain in the ass. They're like a piece of fashion that’s permanently affixed to your face whenever you’re outdoors (or 24 hours a day, if you live in LA) often times making your sunglasses the first thing that someone notices about you. Most consumers (myself included) usually have to find some sort of acceptable middle ground between style and price - often compromising the look you want for the pair you can afford. All the pairs you really like are north of $140, and are made of the same materials as the cheap ones you find at kiosks in the mall. But who seriously wants to have some generic, cheap-looking nonsense glasses adhered to your face all day?

Brands like Oakley, Ray-Ban, Coach, and Versace have been the “standard” for years, and as a result are now basically a status symbol. Seeing a familiar logo etched on a pair of shades means you better be ready to pay 4x what you think they should cost, while you end up getting the same generic, unoriginal pair of Wayfarers that everyone else has.

If you're gonna fork over a bunch of cash for sunglasses, why not have them be unique?

Dex is an independent sunglasses company that makes stylish and awesome glasses out of recycled skateboard wood. Every pair is hand-made from repurposed 7-ply bamboo, and each one has a unique wood grain pattern to it. UV400 polarized lenses protect your eyes from the sun’s rays, and also allow you to see with MUCH more clarity than their non-polarized counterparts.

Each pair weighs less than an ounce, which actually has made me completely forget that they’re even on my face at times. The arms have spring-fit hinges, which accommodate nearly all sizes and shapes of heads for men and women, and makes them really comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

Despite their insane weightlessness, they’re also super durable. I’ve mistakenly sat on mine multiple times, had them banging around in my backpack, and dropped them from high up, and surprisingly they have remained completely undamaged as long as I’ve had them.

Even more amazing still, they float if you should mistakenly drop them in water! There are few worse things than going swimming or boating with sunglasses and watching them fall off your head and sink to the bottom of the ocean. With Dex, their lightweight bamboo construction makes it so they literally cannot physically sink. Score!

As if all of these features weren’t enough to convert even the most die-hard Ray-Ban enthusiast, the price tag makes them even more attractive. They’re priced very affordably at $78, and Dex is even offering free shipping for all orders from now until the end of 2016.

Each pair has a unique wood grain texture to it, and comes with an equally unique and high quality laser-etched bamboo case and cloth for safe keeping when you’re not wearing your shades. They come in a huge variety of colors, and are sure to be a conversation piece (I get compliments on them nearly every time I go out)

Even still as if all of THIS wasn’t enough, Dex is committed to environmental sustainability, and plants a tree for every pair sold. Not only does it give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside to know that you are helping to not kill the planet, but you also get an affordable piece of wearable art that is made out recycled materials that otherwise would’ve ended up in a landfill.

Dex Shades are the real deal. I’ve been a pretty big Oakley/Ray-Ban guy for years, but these guys do it right. I’ve definitely been converted, and never plan on going back.

Check out the Dex Shades website and be sure to get a pair!