Sunglasses help make a statement and these days; and everyone is trying to make one. But, is it possible to have a pair of stylish sunglasses that also function for more adventurous activities than just rolling around town? Enter the affordable Bollé Slate sunglasses with a classic shape and modern styling that looks the part and functions well in a variety of conditions.

Bollé Slate Sunglasses Features:

  • Classic shape with keyhole nose
  • Thermogrip rubber inserts on nose and temple tips
  • B-20.3 polycarbonate lenses
  • 8-base wrap for better coverage
  • Available in 5 color options
  • Polarized available
  • MSRP: $69 – 99
Bolle Slate Sunglasses Review

Trailside selfie mid-run in the Bolle Slate sunglasses.

Classic, versatile sunglasses

It’s great how many classic-style frames there are on the market and I’d throw the Bollé Slate into that mold. Featuring a classic shape with a keyhole nose, the Slate’s turn things up just a touch by using an 8-base wrap instead of the typical 6-base for casual sunglasses. With that, the Slate’s get a little sportier without looking the part.

Part of having a great pair of athletic sunglasses is having a grippy nose piece and temple tips. Bollé adds Thermgrip rubber to these touch points for added all-day comfort and to help them stay in place. For the most part, it works. However, when really sweaty, I’ve experienced slippage at the nose. Kind of a bummer, but it’s certainly better than a plastic nose piece.

Bolle Slate Sunglasses Review

Trail running with the Bolle Slate sunglasses

Optical clarity is solid with crystal-clear vision at all viewing angles. Poor lenses will get distortion at extreme angles, but there’s none of that with the Slate. In varying light conditions, clarity remained, but the Brown Emerald lenses are pretty dark. In low light conditions, you’ll need to pull off your glasses — more particularly when looking at your phone.

I’ve worn these around town, on the lake, hiking and trail running. The large lenses are great for most activities, but I honestly did get a little but of tunnel vision while trail running. I much prefer shield-style glasses for running, but know that these will do well if that doesn’t bother you.

Scratch-resistance has been solid so far with no noticeable scratches on the green mirror of these polycarbonate lenses.

The Good

  • Classic styling
  • Clear optics
  • Love the looks of the color sandwiched frame
  • Affordably-priced

The Bad

  • When things got really sweaty, they did slip down my nose
  • Lenses are really dark

The Bottom Line: Bollé Slate Sunglasses

Simple, classic styling abounds with the Bollé Slate sunglasses. The sandwiched frame color is outstanding — many people have commented on how cool they look. Yes, they look great and they function well with great optical clarity. However, the nose piece will slip if you’re sweating a lot.

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About Author

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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