Gear Review: Sunski’s Avila Sunglasses

Shoestring Adventures is excited to feature Sunski as our Partner-of-the-Month. Sunski prides itself on producing well made sunglasses that are ready for adventure! All of their lenses are polarized, they come with a lifetime warranty, and they are really reasonably priced. Sunski also makes an effort to give back to the environment by being a member of 1% for the Planet and they just launched a new recycled sunglasses initiative.

Live Life Outside

They take their motto pretty seriously and even print it on the inside of the frames! The founders of Sunski actually have a pretty awesome story that involves salsa bowls (aka salsabol), a surf trip, vintage sunglasses and much more. Read the full story here and then check out their fun selection of glasses. I tested their Avila sunglasses, read my review below.

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Avila Sunglasses

Disclosure: The following item was donated for the purposes of the review

Materials: Polycarbonate frame, the slate grey tinted lenses are made from tri-acetate cellulose and include a solid polarization layer and offer 100% full-spectrum UV protection, including UVA, UVB and UV400 wavelengths

Features: Light and flexible frame, original design, comes in a microfiber pouch

Dimensions: Temple width: 138mm, nose bridge width: 13mm, lens width: 51mm

Available Colors: Black slate, tortoise emerald



These sunglasses are by far the lightest pair of glasses I’ve ever worn. I switch off between contact lenses and glasses so I’m used to wearing glasses and am usually pretty cognizant about the fact that I have them on. With that being said, these sunglasses are so light that I often forget I have them on. I recently wore them on a trail run. They didn’t bounce and I nearly forgot they were on except that I appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to squint!


At $58.00 for well made polarized lenses, these sunglasses are one of the best deals in the outdoor gear industry! Additionally, they come with a lifetime warranty. The folks at Sunski know sunglasses are meant to be worn outside and sometimes people fall and bust their glasses. Frame replacement is free. To replace the lenses, you just have to pay $7 to get a new pair of lenses sent to you! Not only are their prices reasonable, but they’ve got a fun Club program. Join the Club (for free) and they’ll give you a $5 credit. With their give $10 get $10 perk, give your friend $10 and then you’ll receive $10 in Sunski credit once they’ve purchased a pair of glasses.

Spread the stoke


The Avila frames are simple, stylish, and totally functional. All of their styles start as sketches and are designed in-house. Colored lenses, tortoise shell frames, whatever style you’re looking for, you’re bound to find something you like.


Everything about the packaging and website screams “fun”! Check out their website and you’ll quickly see what I mean! It’s clear that the folks at Sunski care about their products but also have a lot of fun doing their jobs. Fun designs like the Avila glasses. Fun colors. Fun stories on their Sunspot blog.


One Size Fits All (Kind Of)

Although the Avila comes in two styles, the frames are one size fits all. Many people don’t think of sizes when shopping for sunglasses but I have a small face so it’s something I have to consider. While the glasses aren’t massive on my face, they look a little big. Luckily they fit nicely around my head so they don’t slip off or feel big. The dimensions are listed at the bottom of the product page and the dimensions change slightly depending on the style.


I absolutely LOVE the Avila sunglasses and have fallen for Sunski as a company! From their dedication to giving back to the planet, to their referral program, to their sweet glasses made for adventure and an equally sweet warranty, what’s there not to love?!

Photos © 2018 Shani Leead

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