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Gear Review

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The Burnet is my first pair of sunnies from Kaenon (pronounced "kay-nun" - just throwing that out there), and I'm now confident it won't be my last. It's not kool-aid; the SR-91 lens technology that Kaenon has patented is the real deal. The downside with many polarized lenses is that the polarization filter often adversely impacts the clarity of the lens itself, but that's the magic of SR-91 -- it delivers maximum glare reduction while still preserving its near-perfect clarity. Kaenon also adds a comprehensive series of scratch/impact and moisture-resistant coatings to the lenses, which have a nice mirrored finish to them - even the lighter Copper series of lenses. Now, as for the Burnet frame itself (I got the Special Sauce colorway), it's masterfully constructed in Italy using a very high quality and lightweight TR-90 plastic. I would have almost preferred that Kaenon use acetate, as it would allow for a little more precise frame adjustment, at only a slight weight penalty. I only say this, because the Burnet is definitely a smaller frame best suited for medium-sized faces. If you need a little more coverage but love this subtle retro style, check out the Burny. I'm willing to forgive the minor sizing gripes though, as the Burnet really is an impressive and timeless sunny, and one I fully expect to wear when out for long hours out on the road or water.

* Special Sauce, Black/Tortoise, and the Tortoise colorways are quite a bit darker than pictured - only under direct sunlight do the colors really come alive
* Kaenon has discontinued the pictured silver hard case, and is now shipping its sunglasses with a zippered black and orange soft case, along with the included microfiber storage bag

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