Felix Gray — Yay or Nay?
That’s me wearing new Felix Gray glasses. The glasses are the sexy part, not tooting my own horn here. Although I do feel mighty stylish wearing them. As far as comfort goes, my eyeballs gave me tiny hugs all throughout final exam week — dry, tired eye begone! (any exhaustion was from burning the midnight oil)
Alright, you’ve scrolled past the giant photo of me. Let’s get down to business.
Felix Gray tossed some specs my way for an honest review. I went with the Nash model in black. They offer four models total named after distinguished persons (Alan Turing, John Nash, Michael Faraday, and Emily Roebling). The folks running things over there sure have the whole startup design vibe down pat.
You have to realize that you’re paying for the style and practicality rather than practicality alone.
So what are a pair of Grays good for? Supposedly they filter out low wavelength rays which are harmful for your vision. Supposedly. I always check for credible research attached to claims like this but the Learn tab on their site features only pretty graphics and empty statistics. I certainly don’t mean to be harsh — I’m sure if you shot them an email they would be quick with evidence. At least I hope so.
For the sake of practicality, they do work. They are tinged yellow and thus block blue light. Science! The magic is that unlike Gunnar glasses or cheap Amazon blue-blockers, Felix Grays don’t look yellow.
Okay, you may see the tint if you look closely… but I kid you not. Flick back up to that pic of me — no yellow. When I gaze through the Grays, the world is as it appears. My colleagues don’t even give a head-tilt.
One gripe I did have was with sizing. The Nash model is advertised as fitting a medium face (49–17–140) which I assumed would fit after checking against my other specs. Apparently I have a large face. Good news is they do make models for the spectrum of face sizes. Bad news is, depending on the size of yours, you’ll be stuck with a certain frame style. Nash fits my face well aesthetically-speaking but has a real vice-grip on the ol’ noggin. At least for the slight brain-squeeze they do stay in place pretty darn well, i.e. no nose oil slippage.
Onto the design — Felix Gray put together quite a simplistic package.
All white with their signature owl logo and a little ribbon pull-tab, the box comes across as minimalistic but could have gone with more finesse in the design. It certainly doesn’t feel cheap but perhaps a bit lazy. When I make a purchase at this price tier I don’t want the product packaging to look like I could have made it myself. Good design should look effortless but be painstakingly meticulous. Let’s open it up, shall we?
The inside of the box has a cute message that I won’t spoil here on Medium. I will say that there is nothing else inside besides the glasses case. This delights me and disappoints me in a peculiar way. A huge advocate for sustainability and going paperless, I always question the neccessity of including little instructions, warranties, warnings, and other bollocks in packages. Apple does an increasingly solid job of waste reduction of this sort although they’re obligated to with the great impact they have as a company. Either way, it’s important to consider and imperative to be an environmental role-model. The slight disappointment comes from familiarity with old ways of stuffing boxes with paper rubbish. It’s the 21st century — put a website on your box, that’s all we need. Alright now, what’s inside that creme-colored case?
Hello there, Grays! Protected by soft velvet and accompanied by a cleaning shammy, the glasses shipped in perfect condition. While unseen above, the shammy bears the same owl logo found on top of the box. The case is nice and sturdy, not at all gaudy, and feels nice in hand. It looks great sitting atop my desk, though someone unfamiliar with the company might presume the specs belong to a certain Felix Gray. Curiously enough, the Indiegogo campaign was started by a fella named David Roger — no anagrams here.
Upon some brief internet-digging, it appears that John Nash (after whom the glasses were named) didn’t even wear glasses. Explain yourself, Felix! Or David, or whoever…
In all seriousness, I am enjoying the glasses. David Roger on his Indiegogo campaign says he, “Thought about how many other people stare at a computer screen all day long, that would want a pair of affordable, cool glasses.” We all stare, David — you hit the nail on the head there. Are your glasses cool? A lot cooler than Gunnars, Amazon lemon-lenses, and others that attempt the same thing. Are they affordable? HELL no. $95 is highway robbery. I would pay $40 tops. After all, I can get the same effect from frames costing me a Hamilton elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, Grays are great. You have to realize that you’re paying for the style and practicality rather than practicality alone. Such is the case with many similar products. I only wish there were more attention paid to the unique design of a product whose selling point is its design.
Check out Felix Gray media and let me know your take on the comfy, sexy screen specs. Cheers!