|Gunnar Optiks Shredder Digital Eyewear|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 28 January 2011|
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Closer Look: Gunnar Shredder Eyewear
Gunnar Optiks offers indoor digital performance eyewear segmented into three categories: Gaming (eSports), Tech, and Creative styles. The Gunnar Catalyst Shredder S6126 digital eyewear series is part of their 'Tech' category, which they describe as offering a "modern yet classic visual palette". The Gunnar 'Gaming' series offers i-AMP lens technology, and the 'Creative' series features Gunnar's CATALYST collection.
Benchmark Reviews recently tested the Mad Catz CoD: Black Ops ProGaming Glasses, which are a clever variety of Gunnar Optik's MLG Legend frame from the eSport collection with amber i-AMP lens. The Gunnar Catalyst Shredder offers that same i-AMP lens technology and uses a custom-blended proprietary polymer (which beats out polycarbonate on the toughness scale and rivals the undisputed optics of ground glass), but does so with a more-fashionable frame (according to me).
The Gunnar Optiks Shredder glasses measure 125mm wide from corner to corner, and 121mm long from tip to lens. The nose piece is 18mm wide, while each lens measures 60mm wide by 43mm tall. Shredder is one of Gunnar's largest frames, surpassed only by the MLG Legend (56mm tall/43mm wide lens) and Sparrow (60mm tall/51mm wide). While the wide lens allows for the maximum viewable area, the short height may potentially affect the 'ocular cap' effect (discussed later).
Shredder's frame is cold forged of magnesium/aluminum alloy and fused with internal spring hinges. The straight arms make it possible to comfortably wear a headset or earphones with these glasses, while the thermally molded polymer traction points keep the eyewear in place.
Gunnar Optiks offers the Shredder series in four colors: Onyx (S6126/2-C001), Espresso (S6126/2-C002), Crimson (S6126/2-C004), and Ash (S6126/2-C005). All four colors offer the exact same frame style and lens, but Onyx appears to be the most affordable pair for $79.00 at Newegg or Amazon.
The temples and precision cut frames feature a floating adjustable nose pads for a customizable fit. In the images above (top view) and below (bottom view), you can see how much room the nose pads have for adjustment.
Gunnar Shredder S6126 digital performance eyewear look nice, but do they really work? That's what we plan to find out, as we inspect these glasses and test them in real-world scenarios...