Last month, we brought you word of the new Tifosi Swank XL sunglasses (you can see that here). Since that launch, we got a pair in, and I’ve been wearing them when I’ve been heading out of the house. You know what that means – it’s time for a review!

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As I mentioned in that initial article, glasses like the Tifosi Swank XL are a boon for folks with oversize noggins like me. Aside from looking proportionally correct on my face, they also don’t feel like the arms are jamming into my skull behind my ears – or, alternatively, worrying about the extreme angle being forced at the hinge. The frame also has a little bit of flex as well to it, allowing even more give in the fit. For me, they felt immediately comfortable.

Sizing goes a long way, but the light weight of the Tifosi Swank XL is a big contributor as well. How light? Just 26g, which is just a touch over three times what the microfiber pouch the sunglasses come with. So, yeah, they’re light, giving your nose a break. Speaking of, the nose pads are hydrophilic, meaning that as you sweat, they grip more tightly (instead of sliding and bouncing around). I tested them out on some morning jogs, and they stayed in place just like you’d hope.

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In other words, the Tifosi Swank XL are setup to be a great active pair of shades, especially if you’ve got a bigger head that needs to be accommodated. I tend to go for polarized lenses, which these were not. Still, they’ve got UVA and UVB protection, and I felt they did a good job of cutting the glare down, even when the sun was bouncing off of the snow. How much, you ask? The Tifosi Swank XL are just $29.95 for the non-polarized version (which we reviewed) or $54.95 for polarized lenses (which only come in one color). Check them out over at

Tech Specs from Tifosi

  • GRILAMID TR-90 FRAME is lightweight and durable for all day comfort.
  • HYDROPHILIC RUBBER nose pieces provide a no-slip grip, the more you perspire, the more they grip.
  • POLYCARBONATE LENSES are shatterproof, scratch-resistant and optically decentered for optimal clarity.
  • 100% UVA / UVB PROTECTION protection from harmful ultra-violet rays.
  • TIFOSI GLIDE allows the frame to slide on comfortably and provides an anti-bounce fit for all activity.
  • Versions (all $29.95 except for polarized, which is $54.95)
    • BLACKOUT 1720410570 SMOKE
    • SATIN VAPOR 1720402878 SMOKE RED
    • BLUE TORTOISE 1720405471 BROWN
  • Lens height: 43.45mm
  • Arm length: 136.74mm
  • Bridge width: 16.5mm
  • Lens width: 55mm
  • FIT: M-XL
  • WEIGHT: 26g

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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