Clear As Day – Serengeti Lizzano Sunglasses Reviewed

Made well, beautiful design, light-adapting ultra-clear lenses

No negatives here!

Serengeti Lizzano sunglasses shown in case

The official description

The Serengeti Lizzano’s we were supplied came with the Photochromic Polarized Glass lenses. Serengeti state on their website that ‘The amber-colored Drivers lens amplifies contrast and definition, delivering vibrant colors in all environments… photochromic properties lighten and darken throughout the day, providing the perfect light transmission in any condition and proprietary polarization delivers a stunning view.

Design and build quality

At CarProductsTested, we love things that are made well and beautifully designed. The unisex-designed Serengeti Lizzano sunglasses are just that. Those qualities, mated with an obvious air of cool mean that we can’t fault them on either of these factors. Have a look at our photographs of them for proof of this.

We like that the Lizzano’s have a seemingly perpetual stylish look to them, one that won’t date or become unfashionable easily.

Picking up the Serengeti’s for the first time they feel weighted in a good way – like picking up a good quality watch. The arms are spring-loaded and positive but not too heavily-sprung, meaning that they will comfortably fit different head proportions without nipping into the skin.

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Test time…

As these Serengeti glasses are aimed at drivers, and we’re living in the land of changeable weather  – the U.K. – we’ve had the pleasure of using them whilst travelling in a whole heap of varying conditions, from lashing rain to heavily overcast, dull skies and brilliant sunshine, so testing them wasn’t a problem.

Putting on the sunglasses, we weren’t expecting anything other than the view looking slightly darker. However, the Lizzano’s are seriously good. We’d liken the view to watching normal T.V, before changing over to a High Definition channel. Everything is much sharper, more focussed.

Colours intensify and deepen, but at the same time details become far more visible. Things like a car’s rear lights stand out as do traffic lights and other LED-lit road signs. The yellows and orange’s from side indicators and brake lights stand out like a warning beacon at sea.

The tones of colours are far more vibrant and lustrous, and the colour of a vehicle (which can look washed out on a cloudy day) are brought to the fore. The shades of green on the trees and grass became richer – like they belong in the Amazon rainforest. More importantly, when wearing the Lizzano’s, people were easier to spot.

Nose piece on the Serengeti Lizzano sunglasses

The photochromic properties of the Serengeti Lizzano’s, which adapt to light changes, made wearing them a very pleasant experience. Instead of having to take off the sunglasses every time the weather changed, we were able to to just leave them on. In addition, we found that the physical Amber hue of the Lizzano’s lenses relaxing on the eyes.

One of the worst lights to be in when driving is after it’s rained heavily and the sun is low. You then have glare directly from the sun, but also from it bouncing off the wet road. It’s painful just looking at the road ahead, and dangerous too as the view in front can all but disappear. The Lizzano’s made such a huge difference to this, and are perfectly suited to this sort of situation.

Other features we liked

The adjustable nose pads made for comfortable wearing. The pads are made from soft, grippy rubber rather than plastic so there was minimal marking left behind on the skin, even after prolonged use.

Update

I’m updating this in May 2016 – four years after I’d reviewed the Serengeti Lizzano sunglasses. So, how have they fared? After four years of hard, regular use, being dropped and sat on more times than should be right, being put into the gloves boxes of various test cars when I’ve forgotten their case, they’ve survived better than I’d ever expected.

Serengeti Lizzano sunglasses after four years of hard use

The frames are bent only very slightly (my fault), there’s the odd scuff mark (again, my fault), there are some signs of the paint finish wearing out where they are handled repeatedly on the frame arms and around where the hinges are, and the nose pads occasionally come away on one side, which could be fixed with either a new rubber pad (if Serengeti still sell the part) or glue if necessary.

The case is worn and the hinge starting to lose its strength, but it’s done it’s job superbly in protecting the sunglasses, and believe me, it’s had as much – if not more – heavy use than the Lizzanos themselves, being packed into bags, suitcases and dozens of car glove boxes, storage spaces and boots.

Serengeti Lizzano sunglasses after four years of hard use

Aside from that, the Serengeti Lizzanos have done brilliantly, and I still wear them, keeping them as a backup pair to the new Serengeti Brera sunglasses I’ve now reviewed. The Lizzano model is now discontinued, but the Drivers lens they have is still very much in keeping with today’s new models.

Our Verdict

The Serengeti Lizzano’s are superb sunglasses, and we loved how they adapted to light changes. Retailing at £194.00, they seem steeply priced but you really are getting your money’s worth. The high standard of craftsmanship and materials used are obvious.

As above, they’ve lasted well over time, and they’re clearly made to a very high quality to be this robust.

Need-To-Know Info:

Functions Polarised lenses, sprung hinges
Colours Espresso, Satin black
Website Serengeti Eyewear
Shop Amazon UK
Price £194.00

Thanks to Bushnell Performance Optics UK  for supplying these sunglasses.

Words: Chris Davies | Photography: Chris Davies, Matthew Davies

2 responses to “Clear As Day – Serengeti Lizzano Sunglasses Reviewed”

  1. Lane Lamoreaux

    the sunglasses look great. I will definitely have to get a pair for traveling. thanks for such a great product review and test. the uk always makes the best.
    thank you,
    Lane. Crossville, Tn. USA

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