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In continuing its timeless design and insistence on using the very best acetates available, RAEN offers up another instant classic with the Savoye. Lots to like here: superlative construction, a nice unisex width and earstem lengths, and a curvacious vintage profile begging to be shot with your favorite Instagram filter. I was also pleasantly surprised to find RAEN now using stiffer hinges and rivets to secure the asymmetrical temple branding (instead of earlier frames which only used adhesive). As aesthetically pleasing as always, but now with an attention to construction befitting of the frame's superlative Mazzucchelli acetate. A truly excellent offering from RAEN.

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make some noise for detroit
5 5

In the sea of sunglasses claiming Ray-Ban as an inspiration, the Detroit is as close in profile and construction to a pair of Wayfarers as you'll ever get - and actually, I think these are almost nicer than the Wayfarers most of us already own. The frame is made from some very nice, two-tone handmade acetate and features awesome asymmetric temple detailing as per the Loveless collection. Early versions of the Wayfarer had that deep, signature 'tilt,' and you'll get a bit of that here with the Detroit as well. An homage for sure, but this is a classic in every sense of the word, and one with more than enough style to stand on its own.

* not a super tall or wide frame - if you prefer extra coverage, check out the Detroit XL. Something about the slightly smaller frame lends a bit more to the classic nature of the profile, so if you need to widen the earstems out a bit, you can use a hair dryer to heat and carefully bend the acetate

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There's a lot to really like about the Helm - pretty sweet color options, nice lenses, on-point branding, and the cool earstem interchangeability (bear in mind that not every pair comes with extras - look for "With Extra Set" in the title). The retro, squared-off flair (definitely dig the keyhole nosebridge) is also very on-trend, and is quite similar to the Oakley Holbrook and the Electric Knoxville, though the Helm lens profile is a few millimeters taller. That being said, while the construction and the quality seems fine enough, I think the Helm is a tougher sell than some of Spy's other offerings at this price point. The finish on the matte colorways is admittedly a little rough around the edges, and I'm also not crazy about the fit - seems like with the lightweight nylon grilamid construction and the hinge design, the frame would be quite a bit more flexible than it is, but the frame width and earstem angle isn't quite ideal for those with slightly wider heads. But at the end of the day, the Helm looks totally awesome and that was probably the whole point for Spy all along, so I'll just shut up now.

* you can swap out the earstems, but their attachment points aren't any different than the Oakley Frogskin (who does NOT advertise this interchangeability), and I would assume this could increase the likelihood of breakage if not done correctly every time
* $5 from your purchase of the "Keep a Breast" colorway (which comes in a fun, limited-edition "I love boobies" microfiber case) goes to the non-profit's education and awareness programs designed to "inform young people about methods of [breast cancer] prevention, early detection, coping and support."

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Very pleasantly surprised with the Dibs. While very different than the rest of the label's wraparound offerings, it's still a quintessential surf style that is neither uber modern, nor throwback. The frame is oversized, but remains lightweight and very flexible. Unique to the brand, the Dibs combines a classic squared-off profile and a modest lens width and height, with a flattering angular nose bridge that should play nicely with a wide variety of face shapes. Optical quality seems on point - the red mirrored lenses are undeniably badass. Struggled at first changing out the custom arm "sleeves," but once you get the hang of where you're supposed to push and how you're supposed to pull, you'll fear less about snapping off your hinges. Arnette should really sell the ACES pieces separately as the customization is pretty intuitive and unique, but at the moment, you're only able to get a spare pair with each sunny purchase.

* made in Italy, if you're into that sort of thing

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In case you missed the train, all of the wholesale proceeds of these cheeky bracelets go direct to Keep a Breast education and awareness programs designed to "inform young people about methods of [breast cancer] prevention, early detection, coping and support." Awesome. You can also keep abreast (*cough*) of the non-profit organization's charitable comings and goings by following 'em on Twitter: https://twitter.com/keepabreast

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let the journey begin
5 5

The Rover II really exemplifies what Nixon is all about: rugged simplicity wrapped in an engaging design that might even inspire a little wanderlust along the way. But what I was most pleasantly surprised by with this watch, is how powerful the luminescence is. A brief charge in natural sunlight results in a reassuring glow that lasts well into the night - a glow that's right on par with what I would expect from some Swiss or Japanese watch brands. Granted, it's not quite as bright as C3 Superluminova or Seiko's LumiBrite panels (probably the technical inspiration here), but still very damn good - easily the best I've experienced from Nixon. Bear in mind that the lume on the All Black and the Surplus colorways is going to be a little brighter than the white lume on the regular Black colorway, as those green hues tend to hold a subtly brighter glow for longer. Peep this photograph to see the impressive green lume shortly after a fresh charge from an LED lamp.

* not a huge fan of the included strap. Its leather backing and custom keeper rings are very nice, but the fitment holes are located too far apart and my small wrist is apparently in between sizes. Obviously not everyone will have this problem, but it was enough for me to change the strap out for a nylon zulu I had lying around

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yep, still fresh
5 5

The Acid Tort colorway isn't technically a true tortoise - it's actually just a contrasting print over the frame's bright aci-- Wait, what am I critiquing? This colorway is simply more of what everybody loves about the Frogs. And with color-matched Iridium lenses? Sold. Call it a tort, call it camo, call it whatever you want, the Frogskins still have it. Easily one of my favorite limited Frog drops to come along in a while.

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