[Review] 2015 Bosky Optics Phantasmo Wooden Sunglasses
Sunglasses are incredibly necessary on sunny days. No one enjoys a car ride trying to adjust your visor or being outside and squinting the whole time. The casual sunglasses market has a lot of options out there to relieve this problem. A company I came across recently was Bosky Optics. This Oregon based company is offering wooden framed glasses featuring high end polarized lenses, unique construction, and great looks. Check my review below of their Phantasmo sunglasses to see how I feel they performed.
Bamboo hardcase, herringbone wool drawstring pouch, artist-designed cleaning cloth, and optical screwdriver
I was really impressed with the extras that come with the Bosky sunglasses. The screwdriver is really nice to have on hand for adjustments and is made out of some weighty metal. The pouch and cleaning cloth are also necessary accessories to keep your lenses looking clear and smear free. It’d be nice if more companies offered all these extras for the price you pay for their sunglasses.
$120 – You can purchase these sunglasses directly through Bosky’s website with free 2-day shipping and free returns
1 year on manufacturer defects
Bosky Phantasmo Frame Review
All of Bosky’s sunglasses frames are made out of wooden materials. They use a layered construction process that is similar to the way skateboard decks are made. The process makes the frame stronger than acetate frames that most sunglasses are made out of. They use polyurethane during the construction process that creates a watertight seal protecting the frame from the elements. A nifty side benefit of being constructed out of wood means the sunglasses float in water.
Bosky offers several different models of sunglasses with various style and exterior wood choices. The Phantasmo is made out of black Canadian sourced Manitoba Rock Maple. I was impressed with how smooth the finish was on the frame inside and out. There were no sharp edges or rough spots.
Bosky uses steam to hand bend each frame. They use a 6 Base curve design to wrap around your face and head. These sunglasses have felt comfortable from the very beginning. I have enjoyed the lightweight feel of the sunglasses and their fitment on my face.
Besides the shape of the frames, the hinges play a big part in feeling comfortable and secure. Bosky uses stainless steel hinges that are spring loaded. The hinges have a little bit of give that seem to fit a variety of faces well. I had a few people try on my glasses and all of them enjoyed the fit and feel of them. The hinges also have adjustment screws to secure the arms and dial in your fit.
Bosky Phantasmo Sunglasses Lens Review
The polycarbonate lenses available on all Bosky sunglasses are made by Carl Zeiss. The lenses are polarized and block out 100% of UVA/UVB along with 98% of blue light. When you wear these sunglasses you can notice very quickly that you’re wearing high quality eyewear. The lenses were super clear and glare was incredibly diminished. Polarized lenses make a big difference in the glare department and help me see much better on sunny days.
Beyond the polarizing of the lens they also coat each lens with an anti-glare coating to even further reduce glare and increase contrast. I’ve been very impressed with how clear and sharp my vision has been on sunny days. I compared them against some of my other sunglasses I usually wear (Oakley, Tifosi) and I can tell a difference thanks to the polarization and anti-glare coating.
If you’re looking for a casual pair of sunglasses for when you’re done riding, I think the Bosky’s are a great choice. I really like the styling of these sunglasses and the construction is top notch. Add in some really nice Carl Zeiss lenses and these sunglasses are the total package. I was impressed with how they fit my face and head along with the increased visual clarity I saw. I wouldn’t hesitate suggesting anyone purchasing a pair from Bosky. Even if you don’t like them you can return them for free.
How did Bosky get started?
My business partner Matt and I started talking about the idea back in April 2012 while hiking in our town of Corvallis, Oregon. We saw that there was a growing interest in products that look great and do good for the planet. This was a pretty new concept in eyewear though (especially when we started) and that really excited us. We saw a huge potential for making eyewear products like sunglasses and snow goggles with materials that you didn’t usually see on the market. This has always given our products a unique look and feel that has gotten people excited. One thing we always wanted to do was make sure we are choosing materials that not only are more eco-friendly but also perform better. This is why we began to experiment with highly renewable textiles like hemp and easily earth-friendly bioplastics.
How did the process of making your own sunglasses progress?
Really getting the perfect sunglasses took some experimentation. The first round of sunglasses we did were from a single cut of wood, which we quickly learned wasn’t durable at all and would split. We then began using multiple layers of wood in all our future pairs. The next problem we found was that our frames let in too much light on the sides, so we made sure to add a steam-bending process to add curvature, reduce glare and provide a better fit.
The final step was to find the perfect lenses. We now use Carl Zeiss polarized anti-reflective lenses in every single one of our sunglasses. This whole process of refining and improving took 2 years of looking at customer feedback and going back to the drawing board. Now we can confidently say our sunglasses are some of the top eyewear products you can buy.