Incorporating the latest in technology, advanced materials, and fashion, Aspire Eyewear is a colorfully captivating, aspirational collection for today’s men and women. Offering a “barely there” feel and fit, while including features that enhance comfort, wearability and adjustability, Aspire Eyewear gives today’s individualized consumers a fashionable eyewear statement that’s on trend in every sense. Designs that transcend the ordinary. Aspire Eyewear is created with SDN-4, a specially designed nylon material proprietary to the brand. Designed for the manufacture of extremely lightweight eyewear with exceptional thinness, the hypoallergenic SDN-4 material is incredibly strong and durable, offering shape memory, heat resistance, and will not fade in UV exposure. Using customized SDN-4 sheet material, Aspire frames are not injected, but created with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to produce unique shapes and endless color possibilities. The entire Aspire collection was designed using 3D technology, significantly reducing prototype development from 20 weeks to 20 minutes in most cases. Using this innovative technology in its design process will allow the brand to quickly respond to emerging eyewear and experiment with inventive design options. Aspire Eyewear is:
50 percent lighter than a typical plastic frame
50 percent thinner than a typical plastic frame
22 percent lighter than a typical titanium frame
I haven’t utilized a fully framed pair of glasses in quite some time, recently opting for the semi-rimless variety. However, these black fully rimmed glasses are right in line with my face shape and style (there are other colors available). The first thing I noticed is just how light these felt on my face. It is SIGNIFICANTLY lighter than even my relatively light pair – boasting an almost “not even there” quality. The front of the glasses are made with a nylon polymer and the temple has some stainless steel end pieces. Despite the minimalistic design, they felt solid and did not come close to sliding off my face. Speaking of the durability of the frames:
Now that’s impressive stuff right there. These had no issues with going back into shape despite my aggressive folding due to the material’s “shape memory”. I shudder to think what that would do to my current pair. The hinges on the Aspire Free’s are also screwless, which I appreciate.
Running in these have been a joy to be honest. Historically, if I am running in my eyeglasses, I need to wear some sort of ear covering to keep them tight to my head and have them not continue to fall down. While this workaround is annoying (and hot) in the summer months, it still only decreases the amount of times my head slides up and mashes my glasses back to my face, and doesn’t stop it completely. Running headband-less in the Aspire Free’s was like a dream come true. They were light, they were strong against the side of my face, and didn’t require the headband. Score!
There a ton of different options in the Aspire line-up. Be sure to check out the Store Locator to see where you can pick yours up. There are at least 7 locations between Tigard to Vancouver and Hillsboro to Gresham.