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Cocoons Over Rx Sunglasses: Seeing Clearly

Woman with hat and Cocoons Over Rx Sunglasses

Recently, I’ve started wearing my progressive lenses nearly full time. In addition, my blue eyes have always been sun sensitive. So when I learned I was going to Yukon Territory, Canada, during the snowy season, I was concerned.

RealTest-logoEither my eyes would be protected from the sun with sunglasses, but the world would be blurry, or I’d be able to see clearly, but would be blinded by the snow. Then I was introduced to Cocoons Over Glasses Sunglasses.
Cocoons are sunglasses designed to be worn over prescription glasses. They come in six sizes and are designed to fit over nearly any style of sunglasses from small frames (5”w x 1 ½”h to 5 ½”w x 2”h). If you buy them from a brick and mortar retailer, obviously, you can simply try on the different models. If you opt for an online retailer, they’ll send you an easy-to-use template you can use to measure the style that best fits your prescription glasses. I used the online template and order a pair of XL Aviators (retail $49).

When the Cocoons arrived, I was surprised at how large they appeared, but they fit perfectly over my wire-rimmed prescription glasses and felt comfortable. They came with a zippered neoprene case and a cleaning cloth.

I tucked the Cocoons into my pack and didn’t really think about them until I got to the Yukon. We were heading across the frozen Takini River on front to catch up with some of the racers in the Yukon Quest 1,000 sled dog race, but there was no way I was going to be able to see anything without sunglasses. The sun was blazing and reflecting brilliantly off the snow. I scrambled into my pack and retrieved the Cocoons and slipped them over my glasses. The difference was instant and dramatic. Suddenly, the glare from the sun and snow was instantly cut and my eyes felt comfortable. The view was amazingly clear. Despite the noontime sun shining directly down, my eyes were completely protected. Sunlight didn’t even leak from the sides since the Cocoons feature little mini-lenses on the sides. And unlike many sunglasses, the polarize gray Polaré™ lenses didn’t alter the natural color of the landscape (the lenses also come in amber for increased depth perception, yellow for low light, copper to improve contrast and improve visual clarity, and clear).

Man in snow with sunglasses over Rx glasses

Look closely. This guy looks pretty silly wearing regular sunglasses over his prescription glasses. Notice how the glasses are crooked because they’re not made to go over prescription glasses.

I later learned that Cocoons Polaré lenses are so incredibly clear because they are polarized and optically correct. The mini-side shields block peripheral light without compromising side vision. They’re also scratch-resistant, a good feature for me since I’m hard on glasses. The frames feel comfortable because they’re made to fit your prescription frames and the Flex2fit adjustable temples allow you to bend the temples that wrap around the ears until the glasses fit perfectly. They’re also amazingly light. The frames are virtually unbreakable and they even offer a lifetime warranty.

Protected with my Cocoons, I headed across the river to wait for the mushers to come by. All around me families were playing in the snow waiting to applaud their heroes. Some had even brought deck chairs and drinks.

I met one couple enjoying the sun and realized the husband was wearing regular sunglasses over his prescription glasses. Because his sunglasses weren’t made for this, they were ill-fitting. I offered to let him try on my Cocoons.

Man with warm hat and jacket in snow

Check out how cool he looks now wearing Cocoons Over Glasses Sunglasses. He was ecstatic both about the cool look and the terrific view provided by the polarized lenses. And he demanded to know where he could buy his own pair.

When he put the Cocoons on, he said, “Oh my God, what are these? I can’t believe how great these are. The clarity is amazing. Where can I buy a pair of these?”

Real bottom line: I’m going to enjoy Cocoons Over Prescription Sunglasses for a long time to come. As a photographer, I appreciate the comfort and true-colors of the grey polarized lenses. These sunglasses offer many of the features and qualities of more expensive brands at a reasonable price. If you’re in need of over-prescription sunglasses, you can buy Cocoons at a number of retailers like Cabela’s outdoor store or from online merchants. For more information, check them out at 1-800-834-2563.

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.

2 thoughts on “Cocoons Over Rx Sunglasses: Seeing Clearly

  1. Ron Odekerken

    The cocoons sunglasses are really perfect. I wear them also over my own normal glasses.
    It’s a very easy en good solution .
    I am are sitting in a electric wheelchair and have a lot of problems, that is the reason why I have 3 different lens colors . Al over the year I wear the richt one.
    My wheelchair is a special one! He is the ” humvee” off the wheelchairs.
    I driving in heavy underground and in so nature!
    A good sunglasses you need.
    Here in the Netherlands is cocoon not jet so availleble and the accessories for the glasses are not can buying, but I hope that cocoons fast with all product also in Europe easy to buy is.

    For me is cocoon for everyone with glasses the richt one .
    I say it al over everyone they also disabled, cocoons is so heavy that illness fingers are really good handling!

    Thanks for this good product!
    With kind regards and nice greetings from Holland

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Hi Ron,
      Thanks for your kind note and for writing us all the way from Holland. I agree that Cocoons clip-on sunglasses are the best. These days, they’re pretty much the only ones I wear, unless I’m doing something very active and need a wrap-around style sunglass like the Serengettis. Keep reading! Thanks. — Bobbie, RFT Editor

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