Price Paid: $55 used
Own several pair of Kaenon sunglasses and they tend to run larger than their competitors' — which is good for me because I have a larger face/head.
That said, the UPDs are definitely a smaller model within the Kaenon lineup. The frames still fit me just fine (and oddly enough can even be worn comfortably by my 6-year-old son — they really are a universal kind of fit), but the lenses are much shorter (top to bottom) on these than on my Jettys and Lewis.
If you're looking for something streamlined and light, these fit the bill. If you want something beefy and bold, look elsewhere.
I got them in the Kiwi finish with gray lenses, and the translucent green frames look really cool. The gray lenses are darker than Kaenon's copper lenses and will do best in really bright situations. I prefer Kaenon's C12 copper lens as the most versatile and best at color contrast, but the gray is fine and preferred if you're dealing with really bright conditions.
I'm a huge fan of Kaenon — they're well made, their polarization is tops, the lenses are super clear and provide good scratch resistance, and the fit is more comfortable than any I've found. The UPDs are not my favorites of my Kaenons, but that's only because of my head size. All in all they're great shades especially if you want something on the sleeker side.
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The Keanon UPD is a lightweight, subtly styled, unisex frame with stainless steel hinges offering maximum comfort and protection for sport or street. The injection-molded TR-90 frame supports 8.25 base curve SR-91 polarized lenses featuring Kaenon's proprietary Light Transmission Control technology and our own Glare 86 polarizing element. UPD comes with lightweight sport case.
Ready to grace the faces and shield the eyes of all who revel in outdoor pursuits - be it running from the cab to work or climbing in the desert, Kaenon's subtle UPD Sunglasses fit the bill for any situation. With laid-back styling that works anywhere, they protect your eyes from glare, UV rays, and impact, as the SR-91 lenses, made neither of glass or polycarbonate, surpass US ANSI standards for impact resists, so climb on or play on without worrying too much about your eyewear.
- Mountain Gear
The Kaenon UPD Polarized Sunglasses combine aggressive style with high-quality lenses that give you excellent performance to match your look. Using Light Transmission Control technology and patented SR-91 material, Kaenon makes polarized lenses which are fine tuned to give you optimal light protection and contrast in a variety of conditions. The UPD Sunglasses are built to last, featuring an injection-molded TR-90 frame and stainless steel hinges. UPD Sunglasses are not for the faint of heart. They're for those who play hard and party harder.
Kaenon UPD Sunglasses - UPD is a lightweight, subtly styled, unisex frame with stainless steel hinges offering maximum comfort and protection for sport or street. The injection-molded TR-90 frame supports 8.25 base curve SR-91 polarized lenses featuring Kaenon's proprietary Light Transmission Control (LTC) technology and our own Glare 86 polarizing element.
- Massey's Outfitters