Dragon Alliance Sunglasses Review | Alternative to high-end glasses

At work, I have to wear shockproof safety glasses. While I love the protection that my Milwaukee lenses give me, I prefer something very different for other adventures in life. I’m used to wearing Costas and Oakleys, and I’ve been hiding my eyes behind the Dragon Alliance sunglasses for several weeks to see how they stack up.

Target user of Dragon Alliance sunglasses

Dragon Alliance is specially designed for sports sunglasses. They have ranges suitable for fishing and boating, cycling, snowboarding / skiing, and more. They even carry frames you can put your prescription in and recycled frames that keep plastic from ending up in landfills.

Considering that two of my favorite off-the-clock activities are road biking and shore fishing, this seems like a perfect match… if they can withstand the quality I expect from my glasses. After carefully considering my options, I chose the Dragon Alliance Tidal X LL Polar for fishing and the Ridge X LL for cycling.

Dragon Alliance Ridge X LL and Tidal X LL

Dragon Alliance Tidal X LL Polar Sunglasses

Dragon Alliance Tidal X LL Sunglasses

I’m looking for a few key things in quality fishing goggles. First of all, it To be polarized. Protecting your eyes from the sun is one thing, but I need to see what’s going on underwater, and the polarization cuts out the glare.

Second, I need clarity and contrast. I want to be able to tell if I’m looking at a piece of log or a trophy rockfish.

For this review, I chose the LumaLens Red Ion Polar over the Tidal X LL and the clarity is simply exceptional. It’s as good or better than my Costas with plastic lenses. I also really like the contrast that the base color adds. It does a good job of helping to differentiate shapes in water without destroying my color recognition. Through polarization, I get the glare reduction I’m looking for.

Lastly, I need them to stay attached when I’m not wearing them over my eyes, and if they do fall in the water, there has to be something keeping them afloat so I can retrieve them.

One of the things that really impresses me is how well the frame prevents slipping without adding extra pressure behind my ears or on my nose thanks to the temples and nose tips. When the sun goes down I can pull them up on the edge of my visor and they don’t try to pull back if I look up too high.

me too love that these come with a set of necklaces. This isn’t the type that wraps around the frame – these snap into the holes on the back and aren’t likely to come loose.

Hose clamps

Enveloping the whole, they float.


  • Exceptional clarity
  • Excellent contrast and color
  • Excellent eye coverage
  • Comfortable, non-slip fit
  • Clip-on choker included
  • Floating design
  • The frame folds securely (ideal if you like to attach your glasses to your shirt)

The inconvenients

  • I would like some extra color on the frame

Dragon Alliance Ridge X LL Sunglasses

Dragon Alliance Ridge X LL Sunglasses Review

My cycling priorities start with eye coverage and the Ridge X LL does a great job protecting my eyes from dirt and dust with its rectangular Flak Jacket style lens shape. With slightly taller lenses they have better coverage than similar models I have worn in the past.

I’m also looking for non-slip comfort. I don’t want to think about pressure points or keep my glasses up constantly while riding. Similar to the Tidal X LL, they have a snug fit without creating too much pressure. The nose out of the box was a bit meh, but the design allows you to bend them to any shape you want and I found a perfect fit in a very short time.

While I’m riding for exercise it’s nice to be able to see what’s going on when you’re cycling through scenic areas and the Orange Ion Lumalens has fantastic clarity. These don’t have polarization, but it was nice to find two more sets of lenses in the housing – clear and gray. While I prefer the color and look of the orange lenses, I really like having the clear setting for when I ride after dark.

Over the past few years, I have stayed away from replaceable lenses. I have had a few bad experiences with fittings that loosened over time and allowed the lenses to come out too easily. Dragon made me rethink multi-lens versatility with a release tab that ensures lenses are secure when you need them.

Dragon Alliance Ridge X LL Sunglasses Release Tab

Finally, the frames fold up securely so I can clip them to the back of my jersey when I don’t want to stick them on my helmet.


  • Excellent eye coverage
  • Adjustable nose
  • Comfortable fit
  • Exceptional clarity
  • Excellent color and contrast
  • Secure folding

The inconvenients


Dragon Alliance sunglasses compete in the premium space and the price is appropriate for their quality. The Tidal X LL Polar and Ridge X LL in this review cost $ 239.

Looking at the full range, there are options that start at $ 99 and can go all the way up to $ 239.

The bottom line

I was a little skeptical about stepping away from the Luxottica group (Costa, Oakley, Ray-Ban, etc) for my premium sunglasses. However, I am very impressed with the comfort, quality and clarity of Dragon Alliance. I have other options available, but I keep looking for my Dragon Alliance sunglasses for my outdoor activities or even just for the daily commute.

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