Given that rugged Metallica frontman James Hetfield is the spokesmodel, it’s no surprise that Sutro Vision sunglasses are meant to exude toughness. And tough they are: Hinge failure is usually what kills a pair of glasses, but the patented hinge used in Sutro eyewear is made from surgical-grade steel. On top of that, Sutro still uses durable scratch-resistant Italian glass for its non-prescription models, practically an anachronism in an age of polymers.
Following a 20-kilometre bicycle ride stuffed into a pocket along with keys, the Fisk model pictured here (US$295 from sutrovision.com) survived with no scratches whatsoever, in contrast to a competitor’s product with polymer lenses.
The Sutros laughed when sat on by a nearly 200-pound man on a hard surface, and endured being pulled quite hard by the arms. More rough play (a toss off the third storey, being run over by a bike) led to progressively more serious scratching, but only a firm, sharp twist finally cracked a lens.
Barring an encounter with a heavy metal hellbeast—or a determined child—these sunnies should see a lifetime of sunsets.