Komodo Pro sunglasses
These are new to the market and claim to be “the fastest light-reactive glasses in the world” with the ability to “reduce glare instantly”.
Powered by a unique “voltaic microchip,” the whole thing sounded a bit Darth Vader to me, so I was keen to see if these claims were true, while raising one eyebrow in my usual sceptical manner.
On Friday 19 October, there was finally a bright day with low sun in the Cotswolds! At 9.35am, the first drive of the day kicked off, and I was coaching a regular client on high driven pheasants. He kept telling me he was losing sight of the birds coming out of the sun to his right with his prescription sunglasses, while I could see them clearly through my Komodo Pros without any issues – an excellent start, especially when he tried them on at the end of the drive and simply said: “order me a pair please”.
For the remaining three drives of the day, they were hugely beneficial to me as a shooting instructor. The glasses were handed around to the other Guns during the mid-morning break, who had nothing but praise for the astonishing way the lenses instantly reacted when looking from shade to full sun – faster than the blink of your eyes.
The overall build quality of the glasses is good, and I like the satin black finish and the secure fitting when worn, with no indication of movement when tilting one’s head back quickly when fast birds are coming out of a snap-shooting woodland ride situation.
Another thing that is seriously helpful, and that heavens above I hope you never have to put to the test, is that the polycarbonate lenses have been ballistically tested at 20 yards with 28g of shot... with no indication of penetration.
I think the look and fit of these glasses is one of personal preference, with some thinking they were very stylish and others saying they were a bit Terminator-like. Some wished the lenses were a little larger with the addition of an adjustable nose bridge, while others didn’t want anything changed.
I’d suggest trying a pair on. They come with clip-in prescription frames as standard, which you simply hand to your optician to have your lenses fitted. I thought that was a real winner. Here are a couple of second opinions: Nick (professional pilot, well known for flying ‘Stuart’ the Minion hot air balloon, among other things): “Having tested the Komodo Pro glasses briefly, I found them to be very comfortable and surprisingly light, considering the in-built technology. The transition time was very impressive and I would find them extremely useful when flying directly into the sun, and close to the ground.
“The bonus of prescription lens inserts included in the package is an inspired idea. I’d love to try them in real-time flying conditions.”
Nigel (racing driver, who was off shortly to compete at Sebring and Daytona): “Really surprised by the fast light transition. A little unsure about the colour of the dark tint, but it’s always helpful to see where you are going at 200mph!”
As for me, they haven’t left my side when coaching on sunny days. I really wish I’d got my hands on these back in the summer.
GET YOUR OWN! Buy online now, for the introductory price of £185, at www.komodopro. com