In previous blog posts, I have discussed the importance of quality lenses. After all, the main function of sunglasses – Matrix Sunglasses or otherwise – is to shield your eyes from those nasty ultra-violet sunrays. Thus, the quality of the lenses is the most critical measure of sunglass quality.
That said, frame quality is also somewhat important, albeit not quite as critical as lens quality. When selecting eyewear, whether it’s Neo Sunglasses, Agent Smith Sunglasses, Trinity Sunglasses, or Seraph Sunglasses, it would be wise to consider the frames.
There are several materials from which frames are made, but the two primary frame materials are plastic and metal. Each material impacts quality, comfort, and price, and as you can imagine there are tradeoffs in each.
Generally, plastic frames are usually at the lower end of the quality scale. Although some plastic materials are sturdy and impact-resistant, others can become discolored or simply fall apart after some period of usage. Plastic materials can also become warped and misshapen, especially in extremely hot and humid climates. Thus, if you are considering sunglasses with plastic frames, make sure the plastic material is of high-quality (and, make sure you do not live anywhere near the Equator!).
Metal frames are usually better than plastic frames, because they tend to last longer and maintain their shape better over time. This is why all of our Matrix Sunglasses come with standard metal frames (except of course the Morpheus Sunglasses, which do not have frames). Common materials for metal frames include aluminum, nickel, stainless steel, and titanium.
Titanium and stainless steel in particular are thought to be two of the best frame materials you can find because they weigh very little yet are strong, and they do not corrode. Both materials are also hypoallergenic, so they work well for folks who are allergic to other metallic materials, and both can accommodate prescription lenses very well. Really, the main difference between these two metal frames is that the stainless steel ones tend to cost less.
So again, metal frames are usually the way to go, and our Agent Smith Sunglasses, Neo Sunglasses, Trinity Sunglasses, and Seraph Sunglasses all have metal frames. In fact, all of our Matrix Sunglasses have metal frames (again, except for the Morpheus Sunglasses). Plastic is sometimes ok, but you would be well-served to stick with metal, especially in extreme climates.