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Review: Henrik Stenson Eyewear ICEMAN sunglasses

June 18, 2018 – For years we have been watching out for the new sunglasses that are launched for golfers, paying particular attention to specific innovations for the practice of our sport.

Today’s golfers know what we want and we are always looking for the most advanced products that help us to improve our card and our look. And golf eyewear is no exception, because lowering the handicap and getting good scores, and becoming a better player, involves maintaining a broad and complete vision, handle the changes of light and perceive the different types of colours and reliefs of the course, along with defending ourselves from the sparkling sunshine, the gusty wind or the unwelcome insects, from the first drive to the last putt.

Here we analyse the ICEMAN sunglasses, the top model of Henrik Stenson Eyewear. The brand has just arrived in Spain and Portugal thanks to the distribution of Farol Lda., and we now have the collection in selected pro shops and golf shops. We tested them at PGA Catalunya and Lumine Golf, and the truth is that the ICEMAN has convinced us.

A star figure of the PGA and European Tour, Henrik Stenson, is fully behind the product. The brand which carries the name of the Swedish player was presented at the end of 2016, a few months after Stenson won the Open Championship at Royal Troon, and was launched worldwide at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show.

With his knowledge and years of experience, he has been an active part of the development of his own complete line of Henrik Stenson Eyewear sunglasses, and especially the ICEMAN, undoubtedly the flagship model of the brand, as he never goes without them during the season.

The perfect fusion of functionality and golfstyle clearly comes from the involvement of Henrik Stenson. He himself chose the materials and the special lenses, which is a guarantee of an optimal design of the product. But the glasses themselves seem incredible, both for their simplicity and the efficiency of all their elements, which fulfil their mission with high technology but without ornamental extras or exuberance, in a modern, sporty and smart design, with different colour options to choose from and, very important, at an affordable price.

We find the ICEMAN very comfortable and light thanks to the Grilamid TR-90 material and the flexible zones integrated throughout the frame. The rubber grip on the bridge of the nose and at the ends of the temples guarantees an excellent grip. That comfort and ease of grip make them totally reliable, since they don’t move a millimetre during the swing, and you can wear them under the cap or visor without feeling any pressure or inconvenience. And the moment the sun goes down, you can put them on your cap without worrying about dropping them involuntarily in the course.

The Powereye lenses are a key part of these glasses, offering you an adequate sporting vision for golf, or any activity with a high visual requirement. The clarity is total and without distortions, which allows you to trust the information that comes to your eyes, with the tranquility of knowing that you are perfectly protected. They have 100% UV protection and up to 95% blue light filtering, and their extra width fully covers your eyes against the harmful sunrays.

The removable crystal stays securely fixed to the frame. It is made of polycarbonate, highly resistant to impacts, and with an anti-scratch treatment. If you look straight at them, you can see their discreet but technical silver mirroring property, which increases the visual capacity, by giving you a high definition contrast, while the ventilation holes prevent mist in situations of humidity. On the outside, the hydrophobic coating prevents moisture, dirt, grease or water from adhering to the lens.

Using these lenses, with the ICEMAN, the sun glare and other visual interference is effectively reduced, preventing eye fatigue for longer. On the course you have an enhanced contrast of colours, volume is highlighted in a way that makes the elements of the terrain stand out better, while maintaining the natural colour balance.

Finally, the one-piece curved and wraparound lens is exclusively designed to meet the golfer’s requirements, providing a wide field of vision and optimum protection of the eye area. The ICEMAN sunglasses satisfy the requirements of any golfer, whether professional or amateur, truly distinguishing themselves from any other competitor product.

Excellent optics, protection and high level visual performance when you most need it. With the ICEMAN, sunglasses cease to be a mere accessory and become an essential part of the golfer’s equipment. High quality materials, perfect vision, clear and precise, and with a simple but attractive look that Henrik Stenson shows us every time we see him on the golf course.

There will be those who prefer more classic or extreme glasses, with separate lenses (if this is the case, you have the Henrik Stenson Stinger), super mirrored or even ornate luxuries where ‘being seen’ is more important that ‘seeing’. But there is nothing that we can find to detract from ICEMAN. For us, they are simply perfect.

FACT SHEET

  • TR-90 Grilamid frame, a flexible and very light material that provides high comfort.
  • TR-90 Bi-injected temple with rubber, with removable rubber injected nose pads.
  • HS metal logo.
  • Six base shield lens, with split vision.
  • Three point grip on the head (nose and cap grips).
  • Changeable Powereye lenses, with extremely hydrophobic and oleophobic coating on the outside that repels oil, grease, sweat, water and fingerprints; scratch resistant; silver flash coating outside; and ventilation holes.
  • Presentation box that includes a free semi-hard protective case and a microfibre bag.
  • Colours: Black / grey, purple / blue and white / black frame; lenses available in grey, brown and pink.
  • Models: ICEMAN (adult) and ICEMAN Jr (junior).
  • Graduation: Special progressive lenses on request with the Stinger RX model.
  • RRP: 142€ (Junior, 112€ with an extra lens at no additional cost).
  • More information at Farol Lda., Tel. 351 917 242 567, mobile 686 632 907 and spain.portugal@henrikstensoneyewear.com and www.henrikstensoneyewear.com.
Por Miguel Angel Buil